"Many of the same names are saying the same thing that we heard from them back in the late '80s, when Equity said you have to pay the actors a $5 stipend," Mary McColl, Actors' Equity Association's executive director, told Backstage.
said that a "silent majority" support the union's proposal to create a new 99-seat plan, which will be voted on by L.A. County members starting in March; they're just "afraid" to openly support it.
recently held a town hall meeting at its North Hollywood offices but only some 300 members attended.
Still, others have expressed their support for the proposal through emails, calls, and social media, said McColl
"It's difficult for them to get up and speak in front of people who may employ them if they feel they might not get employed if they speak the alternate view from what the producers feel," she
After brushing aside concern of a legal challenge, McColl
said the union is prepared to accept that some small theaters will shutter and that nonunion talent will fill certain roles.
"This is the beginning of a long-term organizing plan," she
said, "so that five years from now, the intimate theater community will look different than it looks now."
envisions L.A.'s theater community beginning to resemble that of Minneapolis or Chicago.