Friday, July 31, 2015

Philadelphia Theatre Co. stagehands go on strike

Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Friday night preview performance of The Mountaintop was canceled after local 8 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees called a stagehand strike.

Philadelphia Theatre Co. stagehands go on strike

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Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Friday night preview performance of The Mountaintop was canceled after local 8 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees called a stagehand strike.

Work rules and economic issues were in dispute for 27 newly organized union members handling scenery, lights, sound and props at the theater, according to local 8 business agent Michael Barnes.

But a noon meeting produced significant progress, he said.

Each side’s position on “economics has narrowed to the point where it’s close to resolution,” he said.

Theater management is expected to respond late Friday afternoon, which could end the strike, Barnes said.

Sara Garonzik, producing artistic director for the theater at Broad and Lombard Sts., confirmed that lawyers from both sides met Friday, and that it appeared progress was being made.

“Our position is, we are really working hard toward a resolution and we want to end this as soon as possible,” she said.

Regardless of the strike, the theater plans its first preview performances of The Mountaintop for Saturday and Sunday, with the rest of the run through Feb. 17 slated to go on as planned.

Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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