With no end in sight for the stagehands strike -- let alone any potential for Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) sitting down at the negotiating table with The League of American Theatres and Producers -- the rhetoric is turning downright chilling.
According to New York Post's Michael Riedel, one unnamed producer has gone so far as to say this about the striking stagehands:
Right now, there's euphoria out there....They've defied us, and they're united with the musicians and the actors. But let's see how they feel when there's blood on the street.
No wonder Riedel now expresses doubt that this strike will be resolved in time for the busy Thanksgiving holiday.
While producers are making attacks via the news media, Local One President James Claffey, Jr. calmly pledges not to go "tit for tat" in this news conference from a couple days ago:
As I've previously noted, we the members of the audience have paid into the $20 million+ fund The League has amassed to guard themselves against a potential strike.
Yet while they're taking care of themselves, they can't even put pressure on their dubious partner Ticketmaster to refund the $3.10 "processing fees" they've charged us for the privilege of doing business with them when they can't even deliver the goods we've paid for?
What an outrage. And it's only compounded by the vile language spewing from those who have nothing to lose.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).