One Plan to rule them all

noun_236742_ccI’ve been involved in a handful of 99-seat productions, and I almost got involved in a few others.

One was well suited for the new 50-Seat Showcase Code.

One was well suited for the new 99-Seat Agreement, or maybe even SPT.

One would fit well into the new Self-Produced Code.

One was produced by a membership company, who will continue to produce under the Membership Company Rule.

And then there were more than one that are the sort of thing that should be non-union theater. Those were my first L.A. experiences, and my worst experiences.

So in thinking back, I come up with an interesting cross-section of the L.A. small-theater scene. One takeaway: I’m glad they won’t all be lumped together under one Plan anymore!

Let’s celebrate!

noun_123297_ccAEA Council did not give the gift to membership companies that was proposed, the one that I wrote about below. But gave them another gift, which has many of the same pros and cons. In fact only one of my bullet points needs to be edited, in my opinion.

AEA Council gave us all another gift, as well — a broader palette of codes and agreements to choose from.

So now I’m wondering which theater will be the first to use SPT now that it’s available here in Los Angeles? Which theater will be the first to use the new 99-Seat Agreement? Who will be the first to use the LA Self-Produced Project Code or the new LA 50-Seat Showcase Code? (Hollywood Fringe Festival, perhaps?)

Whoever is the first to use these, I hope they post it far and wide. I want to buy a ticket to the first show produced under each of these 4 codes. I want to inaugurate these new opportunities, and to celebrate them with you!


Kilgore sums up

Brief facts on the 3 original prongs

noun_83600_ccBrief facts re AEA and 99 and what Council passed, compared to the initially proposed 3 prongs:

The language of the LOS ANGELES SELF-PRODUCED PROJECT CODE is identical to what was in the initial proposal.

The language of the LOS ANGELES MEMBERSHIP COMPANY RULE changed significantly.

The language of the LOS ANGELES 99-SEAT THEATRE AGREEMENT is very close to the version that was in the initial proposal. The one change in the version that Council passed today is that it specifies 2-hour blocks instead of 3-hour blocks.


noun_74172_ccIf you are an existing membership company in Los Angeles, this is an amazing opportunity. How could AEA give you a bigger gift than this? Accept it — and flourish!

  • You can continue doing business as usual with your current membership — and with actors who are members of other membership companies
  • Those ranks are swelling like never before
  • The energy, determination and focus in your company have never been higher
  • You have been guaranteed an advantage over some of the more prominent current competitors, and all future competitors. Let me repeat, you have been guaranteed an advantage over all future competitors
  • Donors have heard the news, and many are now more likely to donate
  • There is too much supply in your marketplace, and this real change will probably bring about a market correction, allowing you to stand out — and reap the financial reward for standing out
  • Many existing limits, obligations and restrictions just went bye-bye
  • The potential profitability of a hit just went way up
  • The next few years will be — by far — the best opportunity membership companies have ever been given to work, thrive and flourish

And one recipe to survive is simple. If you simply sock away the tens of thousands of dollars that you have just been given, and use it as necessary, and not begrudgingly, on new contracts that will be required from time to time, your future is ensured well beyond the next few years. I really do believe that is the accurate way to look at it: you have just been given tens of thousands of dollars.1 And on top of all this, you will have the satisfaction of employing actors, and you will have been part of real change.

Additionally, if you don’t like the new world and its amazing gifts, you just have to disband for 12 short months and then get together again as a loose affiliation of friends.

Or, if the “Plan A” and “Plan B” ideas that I mention above don’t work for you, find another way. You’re correct in observing that you won’t be able to operate in your current manner in perpetuity, but remember that you are creative and resourceful individuals who will find another way, and you’ll turn this opportunity into a business plan where you can pay the required wage.

This large, amazing, unique gift has been laid at your feet. Welcome it. Practice acceptance.2 Accept this change (the sooner the better), and get to work. The very critical Phase One is happening right now, and it goes until April 1.

And guess what? There’s another little gift, even if we don’t like talking about this one. You see, if you do screw it up, or if you do your very best and you still don’t survive for reasons beyond your control, you have a scapegoat. Everyone will agree you were great, and that it was all Equity’s fault.



Some Twitter Highlights

Wherein people say nice things about my acting (or my limericks).

Make Our Garden Grow

Let dreamers dream
  what worlds they please
Those Edens can’t be found
The sweetest flowers
  the fairest trees
Are grown in solid ground

We’re neither pure
  nor wise nor good
We’ll do the best we know
We’ll build our house
  and chop our wood
And make our garden grow

I’ve found this Candide lyric over the years to be very moving. Just watched this version on YouTube. It gave me goosebumps. So lovely.