At the start of this week, I shared my frustration with the ongoing stagehands strike along with private comments made to me from a member of a union in another industry (honest, it was not a member of the WGA!!! and the individual did grant me permission in advance to post them).
That individual took issue with some of the comments previously offered by stagehand blogger The Humble Nailbanger.
Yesterday, THN took time to thoughtfully address each of the points I carried on Steve On Broadway.
Earlier today, I sent a message to THN that I'd like to share with you:
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
You did an outstanding, thoughtful job in addressing each of the points that my real live union member addressed, so much so that I plan to link to it.
I'm far from a rich person, but I do enjoy live theatre. It's the one indulgence I afford myself, despite the ever-increasing impact on my wallet. Nothing makes me happier than to lose myself in a fine production that you and your colleagues are instrumental in putting together. I just hope that I'll be able to luxuriate in those experiences again soon.
As my self-selected moniker suggests, I can be a bit cantankerous and not afraid to challenge either side in this dispute if I think it's warranted. But I also hope that you've seen that I've strived to be fair.
I have to say that I've been learning more than I ever thought possible about the hard work you and your colleagues do. As an audience member, let me just say that from now on, whenever that curtain call comes, I'll be applauding the men and women we never see every bit as much as the actors up on the stage.
Here's wishing you and your brethren a fruitful day tomorrow!