More Evidence of the Growing Irrelevancy of Actors’ Equity Association

So we get press releases all the time here at the Lemon, right? Well today one of the PR people contacted us with this addendum to a press release they had already sent:

“Hi! Thank you so much for posting info for our production of _________. I was unaware that we have a few Actors Equity members in our cast, & was wondering if it would be possible to replace the cast info with the following…”

In order to protect the almost-innocent, I’ve left out the name of the production as well as the names of the Equity actors who were sans asterisk.

But I think you get the idea.

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  1. But…. doing the whole asterisk thing is actually not required in press releases.

    The applicable section states:

    “All advertising, excluding paid news ads, containing cast names shall also include the asterisk denoting Equity membership along with the definition as described above.”

    Although press releases are clearly promotional in nature, they are not generally considered “advertising.”

    Read and understand the code, people!

  2. Oh no, we got your point :)

    Just noting that lack of attention in one area often goes hand in hand with lack of attention in others.

  3. Erin says:

    I just stumbled across your blog after doing a google search for “quitting AEA”. I’m not a member but my husband is and is considering dropping it. Since he joined two years ago he has gotten no work and nothing but hassle. We live in NYC and the AEA audition process has become a mess. They’ve laid off most of the staff that used to run the auditions, besides the fact that most shows only have AEA calls because they are required to and have already cast their show via casting directors or agents. Not to mention the hell they put non-equity actors through. I feel like a lot of their policies are outdated and many are only brought up when AEA wants to throw their weight around. They shut down a production of my friend’s because AEA claimed the theater, which has hosted other AEA shows, did not have a payphone available for the actors.
    I can honestly say that the bureaucracy of AEA has diminished my love for theater. I’ll stick to SAG/Aftra where they’ll actually give me the time of day.