Magazine article American Theatre

News in Brief

Magazine article American Theatre

News in Brief

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NATIONWIDE: What if a woman actually won the presidency? While that didn't happen in real life, that's what Lauren Gunderson posits in her play The Taming. This month, she invites artists across America to reimagine the possibility by providing producers and theatres around the country a free license to do a staged reading of The Taming on Jan. 20, the day of the presidential inauguration. Inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Gunderson's play is about a beauty queen named Katherine, who traps a liberal activist and a Republican senator in a hotel room to help her rewrite the U.S. Constitution. To read the play and request rights, visit: playscripts.com/blog/2016/11/stage-a-reading-of-lauren-gundersons-the-taming-on-inauguration-day-for-free.

NEW YORK CITY: In November, after six months of negotiations, Actors' Equity Association and the Off-Broadway League reached what the two organizations called a "historic" new Off-Broadway contract for actors and stage managers. At press time, the new wage numbers had not been released, but sources say that the wage increases will range from 32 to 81 percent over five years. As part of the negotiations, a number of actors launched a social media campaign called #FairWageOnstage to raise awareness on low Off-Broadway wages; a majority of actors working Off-Broadway have been paid $593 per week.

NEW ORLEANS: Southern Repertory Theatre has established a two-year residency at Loyola University New Orleans. …

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