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Can Injured Actors Be Fired?

26 June 2013 11:03 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

“I was not allowed back,” actor Melissa Errico wrote on her personal blog in May. In her post, she described her shock on hearing that Classic Stage Company terminated her contract for its production of “Passion” after her prolonged absence from the show due to vocal illness. While Errico never believed her job was in jeopardy, it turns out that the producers at Csc were well within their rights to release Errico in her uncertain condition. Why didn’t a Broadway veteran know what was in her standard Equity contract? Errico declined to comment to Backstage. Among the myriad contracts under which Equity members work—available on Actors’ Equity’s website—the most common are Production (Broadway), Off-Broadway, and Lort (League of Resident Theatres). Each of these contracts includes a specific clause addressing illness and injury. According to Tom Carpenter, Eastern regional director general counsel for Actors’ Equity, “Hypothetically, for »

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Tom Hanks, Bette Midler and Steve Martin among 2013 Drama Desk Nominations

29 April 2013 1:09 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

The Drama Desk Awards — commonly known as the theater world’s Golden Globes, though nominees are represented across all NYC productions in a season — are the last precursor to the Tony Awards (check tomorrow morning for a full list of those). And judging by the list below, it’s going to be quite a competitive year, with some pretty heavy-hitters mixed in with longshots, not to mention some major snubs (Alan Cumming, Cyndi Lauper, Fiona Shaw, Chaplin’s Rob McClure to name a few). The winners will be announced at NYC’s Town Hall on May 19.  Below is »

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