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Mar 9, 2012 jessiek01 commented on Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.
You have some great, innovative ideas. BUT:

Since when does leaving at intermission earn someone a free drink? It's the ultimate faux pas. If you want to peace out at intermission, you can go home. Having someone in the lobby after the show tipsily discussing why they left the performance early isn't going to help build audiences or community. And a free drink will just encourage people to leave at inermission MORE.

Secondly, it is very clear that you are not now, nor ever have been a working actor. It is very easy (VERY easy) to get your new work under an Equity Showcase Code, which stipulates that the union actors in the production must be paid a whopping... anything more than the non union actors. One dollar will do it. So will a metro card. Come to New York: it's how our fringe festivals work, and why we have more of them. There are hundreds and hundreds of new works performed under showcase codes every year.

And your'e right, no one deserves a living wage simply for being talented and educated. But EVERYONE deserves a living wage for work performed. Including those who perform work that can ONLY be performed by someone talented and educated. That right is equal across all industries, unionized or not. Even in freelance journalism.

Jessica (a working actor)
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Mar 9, 2012 jessiek01 joined My Stranger Face
Mar 9, 2012 jessiek01 commented on Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.
You have some great, innovative ideas. BUT:

Since when does leaving at intermission earn someone a free drink? It's the ultimate faux pas. If you want to peace out at intermission, you can go home. Having someone in the lobby after the show tipsily discussing why they left the performance early isn't going to help build audiences or community. And a free drink will just encourage people to leave at inermission MORE.

Secondly, it is very clear that you are not now, nor ever have been a working actor. It is very easy (VERY easy) to get your new work under an Equity Showcase Code, which stipulates that the union actors in the production must be paid a whopping... anything more than the non union actors. One dollar will do it. So will a metro card. Come to New York: it's how our fringe festivals work, and why we have more of them. There are hundreds and hundreds of new works performed under showcase codes every year.

And your'e right, no one deserves a living wage simply for being talented and educated. But EVERYONE deserves a living wage for work performed. Including those who perform work that can ONLY be performed by someone talented and educated. That right is equal across all industries, unionized or not. Even in freelance journalism.

Jessica (a working actor)
More...