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Two views on the Actors' Equity wage hike for L.A.'s small theaters
Two views on the Actors' Equity wage hike for L.A.'s small theaters

For decades, the Los Angeles small-theater scene has operated under a single set of wage rules based on the willingness of professional, unionized actors to perform for token fees. Now this world is about to break in two. Leaders of the national stage actors' union, Actors' Equity, on Tuesday adopted a $9-an-hour minimum wage for L.A. members; on Wednesday, they downplayed the effects of the change. Union members can still perform for little or nothing in shows they organize themselves or in shows that take place under the umbrella of a "membership company" formed by actors, Actors' Equity leaders said. But mainstays of the local small-theater scene, including...

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