New contract agreement for Off Broadway negotiated with Actors Equity. Note what I call the "Q Clause":
Members of the Off-Broadway League may now produce shows in the Broadway Box in Off-Broadway-sized houses of 499 or less without paying a salary premium. This would not apply to any productions that have been on Broadway within six months of the Off Broadway opening.As in, Avenue Q, which swiftly reopened Off Broadway after shutting down their main stem run. AEA seems to be protecting its actors in similar situations by minimizing their pay cuts. And given that 39 Steps will follow the same path and re-open next door to Q at the New World Stages later this month...it looks like AEA is assuming we may not have seen the last of this phenomenon yet.
Another informative tidbit from Off B'way land:
On a weekly average, there were 13 Off-Broadway companies during the 2008-2009 and the average weekly salary was $647.In case you're wondering, $647 a week times 52 weeks a year equals...drum roll...$33,644!
And you're lucky you work half that many weeks in a year Off Broadway.