Unless it's Damn Yankees or Take Me Out, baseball metaphors are rarely in vogue on Broadway. But that doesn't faze Bruce Cohen of Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), who likens the current state of negotiations with The League of American Theatres and Producers to:
...the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World SeriesIn other words, we should soon have an outcome to the 18-day old Broadway stagehands strike that continues to grip all but eight Rialto shows. Although talks broke down...again...earlier this morning, The League has issued the following statement:
The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One talked through the night and were unable to reach an agreement. Talks will resume tomorrow (Wednesday, November 28) at 10 a.m. Performances are canceled through Wednesday's matinees.Does the fact that Wednesday evening's performances have not yet been cancelled signal the possibility that a settlement may be reached sometime tomorrow?
Meanwhile, Local One has issued its own statement:
Please be advised that negotiations with The League of American Theatres and Producers broke off early this morning, Tuesday November 27th at 7:30 a.m. We have made progress and believe that we are closer to making a deal. Talks will resume tomorrow morning, Wednesday November 28th at 10:00 a.m.That certainly has me hoping that we are indeed beyond the 7th inning stretch. Now if only the two sides play ball fair and square, maybe we'll see the lights of the Great White Way turned back on sooner than later.
Please consult the Local One Hotline at 646-459-1916 or the Local One Web site for any additional updates.
The Local One Negotiating Committee remains committed to achieving a fair and equitable contract.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
In the meantime, since this is the time of year when castmembers of Broadway shows typically make their appeal to audiences on behalf of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, I hope you'll join with me in donating directly to the organization by clicking here. It's estimated that every week the strike goes on, BC/EFA loses approximately $350,000 in donations it would normally have received by direct appeals from the stage:
At an average loss of over $350,000 per week, BC/EFA will not be able to award the usual annual grants to six programs at The Actors' Fund - including The AIDS INITIATIVE; The Phyllis Newman WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE, The Al Hirschfeld FREE HEALTH CLINIC and more, which include the food pantries, meal delivery programs, housing initiative and health clinics of over 400 AIDS and family service providers across the country.BC/EFA Executive Director Tom Viola joins those of us in the audience hoping that both sides resolve the strike soon.
Finally, ticketholders to Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! can rest easy that their show will go on. According to Campbell Robertson of The New York Times:
Officials from the Jujamcyn theater chain, the owners of the St. James, appealed the decision and had initially sought to stay the injunction. But on Sunday, they told the producers of The Grinch that they would not seek a stay, and that the show could remain open for its entire scheduled run through the holidays.To round out the baseball metaphors, score another one for the audience.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).