Extension due as Broadway deadline passes

Contract expired Sunday

NEW YORK -- The uncertain labor situation facing actors is not confined to television and film. Actors' Equity Assn. and the group representing theater owners and producers might have to go into overtime to get a new Production Agreement, which looked Sunday as if it would expire without a tentative agreement being reached.

The contract, which covers Broadway shows and national tours, expired at midnight.

However, Equity and the Broadway League have been mum since talks began in mid-April, which generally is an indication that the principals will reach a deal without a work stoppage even if talks continue past the expiration date. (Most terms will remain in effect even if a deal is not reached.)

"Both sides are working hard to reach an agreement," a spokeswoman for the Broadway League said. A spokeswoman for Equity could not immediately be reached for comment.

If there is any solace to be found in this season of labor unrest, it is this: The absence of news generally means the two sides want to get a deal done.
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