Working : Our Union
For my Equity brethren: This is about the non-AEA tour of Catch Me If You Can and touring in general.
Read it (and check out Nick's "Touring 101" and "Touring 102" if you haven't already.)
If you have problems with this - any of it - contact our union.
If you are on board with this - any of it - contact our union.
Write emails, make phone calls, send old fashioned letters. Contact Nick directly. Contact the business rep of your current or most recent contract. Contact friends you have on council, on the committees. And don't just call or write to cheer or boo. Yes cheer and, God knows, boo, but then have a conversation. Get some skin in the game. It's our union. That means it's our responsibilty. AEA is not our parents, it's us and people who work for us.
Blowing off steam to each other in the wings and on the web is the first thing we do in these situations, but please don't make it the last.
Catchme-asaurus vs. Cashcow-asaurus...Or How Can Catch Me Go Non-Equity ?
As I laid out in my "Touring 101" and "Touring 102", touring is now a very difficult environment in which to make money -- whether you are a Producer, a presenter, or an Actor. Government funding has been slashed or eliminated, donors have pulled back and subscription lists have shrunk -- so the local presenters are refusing to pay the guarantees necessary to mount and run an Equity show, even on the lowest SETA category. If a Producer needs $280K to $300K per week to run his show and only three or four cities will guarantee more than $230K, the Producer (who may have already lost most of the investors' money during the Broadway run) will take the sure money -- exceedingly modest but sure -- of licensing the show rather than taking the risk of losing yet more of the investors' money.
President Nick Wyman
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