No end to theater stagehands strike

Talks between the Philadelphia Theatre Co. and union officials ended Sunday after "seven fruitless hours," according to the union, without reaching a new labor agreement covering 27 stagehands. The strike, which began Friday, goes on.

"Management continues its demand to have unrestricted rights to use an alternative, nonunion, lower- paid workforce to perform the scope of work won by the stagehands at the September NLRB election," said a union official in a statement.

A picket line in front of PTC's Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard Sts. met patrons Sunday afternoon as they arrived for a production of The Mountaintop.

"Today's matinee of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall was performed for a near sold-out and appreciative audience," said a statement from the theater. "PTC will continue its focus on presenting this powerful play despite the stagehands' strike. We will also continue our efforts to negotiate a reasonable contract that is fair to all parties."