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Stagehands Strike Does Not Affect People's Light

A Philadelphia-area chapter of a theater workers union has been on strike for more than a week, but it won't impact performances at People's Light and Theatre Company.

A stagehands strike that has disrupted theater operations in Philadelphia does not affect People's Light and Theatre Company (PLTC), a spokesman at the Malvern-based theater confirmed.

The Winter's Tale, a play by William Shakespeare, is set to begin its run at PLTC on Jan. 31.

None of the employees at PLTC are members of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local No. 8, which went on strike last week. 

The Philadelphia Theater Company (PTC) has not been so fortunate. Aside from contending with an inflatable rat erected outside their location, the producers have tried to keep their current play, The Mountaintop, on schedule despite the loss of stagehands:

[Producing artistic director Sara] Garonzik explained that one actress will be offstage, reading aloud some stage directions in place of certain key effects and sound cues. For instance, if there was to be the sound of thunder in the theater, the actress will simply say “thunder” from the wings.

The union, which claims to be the largest union representing workers in the entertainment industry, planned to announce a significant development in the ongoing dispute Friday night at 7 p.m. As of 10 p.m., the group had not revealed the announcement on its Facebook or Twitter accounts.

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