Thursday, October 1, 2020

NEWS

New Equity health plan will require more work weeks for coverage

Actors' Equity members will need to work more weeks to qualify for health insurance coverage in 2021.  In a new plan unveiled Thursday by the Equity-League Health Fund, members will need to work 16 weeks...

‘Like Water for Chocolate’ to be adapted into a stage musical

Producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittleman are developing a stage musical adaptation of "Like Water for Chocolate."  The musical adaptation of "Like Water for Chocolate," which began as a novel and was later adapted into...

Broadway leaders applaud inclusion of Save Our Stages in revised Heroes Act

The Save Our Stages Act has made it into the latest version of the House Democrats' Heroes Act.  The provision would provide $10 billion in grants to live venue operators, producers, promoters and talent representatives...

Olivier Awards set date for digital ceremony

The Olivier Awards are moving forward with a digital ceremony on Oct. 25 after postponing their April awards show.  The ceremony will be broadcast on television station ITV, as well as Magic Radio, and feature...

Actors’ Equity backs new Senate COBRA subsidy bill

Actors' Equity praised the introduction of a new bill that would offer 100% COBRA health insurance subsidies to workers who have lost coverage during the pandemic. The Worker Health Coverage Protection Act, introduced Thursday by...

The Actors Fund adds Debbie Allen and more to board of trustees

The Actors Fund has elected actor, director and choreographer Debbie Allen, publisher Nancy S. MacMillan, producer Elizabeth Reiko Kubota Whitney and Netflix executive Allison Wright to its board of trustees. The board of the Actors...

Javier Muñoz, Billy Porter, Brian Moreland and more join Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has added six new industry members to its board of trustees. Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer, producer Brian Moreland, actors Kimberly Marable, Javier Muñoz and Billy Porter and director Schele Williams...

Metropolitan Opera closed until fall 2021 due to coronavirus concerns

The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday that it will be closed until fall 2021 due to the continuing threat of COVID-19.  The Met had previously hoped to restart its season on Dec. 31, 2020, but now...

Why ‘Six’ plans to reopen in London this fall

As he looks to reopen "Six" in London this November, producer Kenny Wax has the advantage of having a small cast, an 80-minute show and relatively low running costs.  Still, working amid rising coronavirus infections...

Actors’ Equity endorses Joe Biden for president

In a rare endorsement, Actors' Equity said it is backing Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. This is the second endorsement Actors' Equity has made since 1913, following the union's support of former Secretary...