Tyler Perry has union troubles. His stage play Madea On The Run is touring the country, but SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity are telling their members not to work on the show or face disciplinary action. In the play, Madea is in trouble with the authorities and on the run from the law. Members of Equity and SAG-AFTRA who take jobs on the show might find themselves on the run from their unions.
Equity, which has jurisdiction over stage actors, put the show on its “Do Not Work” list because the producers haven’t signed its contract. SAG-AFTRA doesn’t represent stage actors but is telling its members not to work on the show because its reciprocal agreement with Equity – known as Rule 9 – prohibits the union’s members from working on productions that appear on Equity’s “Do Not Work” list.
According to SAG-AFTRA, failing to heed its Rule 9 order shall be deemed “conduct unbecoming a member” if a member accepts employment with an employer in Equity’s jurisdiction if the employer “has refused to bargain in good faith” for an Equity contract.
The show’s producers did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment.