Its a complex issue that doesn’t need to be. There’s an agreement with the 99 Seat Theatres and the Actors Equity Association that exempts smaller non-profit theatres from paying a union scale in exchange for allowing actors to hone their craft, make “art” if you will. Its been in force for ages, it what allows dozens of small theatres spread about Los Angeles to operate. Without it they would wither and actors more interested in the art and developing their talent will be shut out.
Step in I Love 99.org to put forth all the facts and explain why its important and what you can do to preserve the agreement with Actors Equity. Within their website are many links to tools to help your voice be heard if you wish to keep 99 Seat Theatre alive in Los Angeles.
Of course I have an emotional interest in keeping 99 Seat Theatre alive in Los Angeles. It goes beyond keeping my friends busy, its about keeping art alive in the city. The loss of the 99 Seat Theatre would be devastating to them as well as the businesses around the theatres that depend on the traffic they generate. I’ve taken my love of small theatre to the next level and am working on the board of directors with Sierra Madre Playhouse to help them grow and evolve in the community. I don’t take this potential loss lightly.
Please support this cause in any way you can. Tweet your support and use the hashtags #ILove99, #Pro99 . #LAThtr