The Fairy Princess wants to remind you, the Theater Going Professional of a few important things coming up on the calendar – so this will be as brief as her tolerance is for those voting for a 3rd Party Candidate or the Orange Hate Pumpkin.
See that roundhouse kick?
If you are voting third party, that’s to you from me, Pinky Lee.
So first – PANEL DISCUSSION TONIGHT on THE MIKADO
This one is sponsored by NYGASP – as in New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players in New York City, probably the oldest and most established G&S company within these United States.
On the panel – Dr. Jonathan Jenkins Ishikawa – Professor of Espistemology at University of British Columbia who is also a G&S performer and expert, Kelvin Moon Loh- the Assistant Director for their new version of Mikado and an experienced Broadway performer himself (King & I, Side Show), Scott Watanabe, Actor (Allegiance, Broadway Bounty Hunter), Associate Director and Director of this new version of The Mikado, David Auxier, as well as the Producer/Exec Dir of NYGASP, David Warren.
Moderated by the esteemed Robert Lee, Professor of Graduate Musical Theater Writing at NYU’s TISCH School of the Arts.
Should be fun.
Here are the details:
November 3, 2016 –
The Kaye Playhouse (68th Street between Park & Lexington Ave)
THE SECOND PLACE AT WHICH YOUR AEA PRESENCE IS REQUIRED is actually November 7th at 2pm.
AEA needs their members to be present to VOTE (all about the Voting, Kids – think of it as a POTUS warm-up) so that AEA members can continued to be PAID and not be forced to self-sabotage.
Yes, this is about people who are Union Members, who wish to remain people who can afford the gas and coffee and rent and everything else as well as being a working actor, showing up to vote on whether or not to have the other side’s POV shoved down their gullets every time they get a AEA communication.
This sounds crazypants, no?
Yeah, it totally does – however there is a movement going on by those who are in the “Please let 99 Seat Theater Contracts go right on not paying their actors minimum wage because it’s LA and everyone really just does theater because it is either fun or because they make simply scads of money doing television and they don’t care about the money’ contract.
They want to change the Union By-Laws so that they – they who are sucking up much needed AEA Funds in lawyer fees to defend us all – they want to change the Union By-Laws so that any propaganda they send out has to be included in all AEA communications with members.
So they do not have to pay for the support of their own argument.
Again, they are trying to force our Union – that we all fought to get in to, that we all pay dues to – to include their anti-Union rhetoric in all communications.
They want us to do their work for them. At our cost. At the Union’s cost – written, telephone, or electric communications must include their views if this By-Law gets changed.
That is not what a Union does. Hate to break it to you Pro-99 Folks, but Unions represent ALL the peoples in it – not a crazy faction that is actively campaigning to not be paid.
You know what suffers when Union Members do not get paid?
Everything. Pension plans, Health plans, services, Administration.
All of it suffers – and there is NO WAY that The Fairy Princess would EVER – and she means EVER advise or condone Actors and Stage Managers to actively sink their own ships and fight for the right to be bamboozled and hoodwinked by some charlatan “Producers/Actors’ in Los Angeles who want nothing more than to reinforce the notion that everyone else should make money except the Actors because our talent on stage does not deserve compensation – but of course THEY all still get paid. Just not the Actors.
All you need to do to attend is go to the Actors Equity webpage and sign up in advance OR JUST SHOW UP BEARING YOUR AEA CARD.
It’s going to take 2 hours of your day. Cuz meeting, then voting.
You think “#FAIRWAGEONSTAGE” is a good premise?
What about #FAIRWAGEEVERYSTAGE – that’s right – on ALL Stages our members deserve to be paid – every single one.
So do not let them hijack your imput – you go and stand on line and vote against changing the By-Laws to support an Anti-Union agenda.
NOVEMBER 7, 2PM
If you are attending the meeting in New York City, note that the location has changed. Please come to:
New York Hilton Midtown
The Sutton Room, 2nd floor
1335 Avenue of the Americas (53rd Street)
New York, NY 10019
C’mon Folks – this stuff is important.
That is why details matter. Not just the big vote – ALL votes.
Also – NATIONAL ELECTION FOR ALL US CITIZENS ON NOVEMBER 8TH!!!
Do not throw away your shot!