This Week’s Roundup: The AEA/Pro-99 War of Words Continues; Cabrillo Music Theater the Latest Casualty for Southern California Theater
“The fallout following AEA President Kate Shindle’s comments on two podcasts continues this week. The specific purpose of these interviews was not, it seems, specifically to discuss the Pro-99 movement – but the topic came up, and Shindle ended up trying to justify Equity’s attempts to shut down equity-waiver.” — by PAUL BIRCHALL
Notes from Arden
Playwright-director-producer Diana Gibson died July 17 of complications from pneumonia. She cemented her legacy in local theater during the 1980s and 1990s by producing 10 comedies by Justin Tanner at Hollywood’s now defunct Cast Theatre on El Centro, where she worked as associate artistic director and then artistic director (after her associate Ted Schmitt died in 1990). Justin recalls those tempestuous years. This week’s Notes also includes recollections of Diana by Deborah Lawlor, associate artistic director of the Fountain Theatre, where Diana worked as subscriptions manager until she died.
Got It Covered
Dakin Matthews, an Equity actor of indisputable professional renown and whose career spans both Equity productions like The Audience on Broadway and 99-seat shows with The Antaeus Company, is perhaps the first union member to step up and take a pin to the bloated shallowness of the “ask if it’s Equity” campaign. In a letter posted to the Pro99 Facebook page, and already widely circulated through the net, Matthews interprets the “Ask if it’s Equity” campaign as the cynical catch-up PR operation it is.
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