Former "Brady Bunch" star Barry Williams, a member of Actors Equity since 1974, will soon face a disciplinary hearing over his taking the lead role in the Troika Productions tour of The Sound of Music which begins touring Oct. 27 in Fort Myers, FL.
In a dispute that appears to leave a paper trail as far back as last summer, Equity has taken issue with Williams over his accepting the lead role in the non-union production. Williams would be playing Captain Von Trapp.
Equity executive director Alan Eisenberg said that "informal conversations" had taken place with the Troika production company , which pays $250 (rehearsals) and $400 (performances) weekly. By comparison, union scale for the same work is $1,180 weekly plus a substantial diem for road work as well as health benefits and pension.
Citing unity with SAG and AFTRA, which are now in the midst of a prolonged commercial strike, Eisenberg called Williams' conduct "especially heinous at a time when thousands of actors are striking for better wages and working conditions." Equity has asked SAG and AFTRA to begin their own disciplinary actions against Williams.
Williams' attorney, Joseph Mello was contacted by Playbill On-Line but said he had "no comment." -- By Murdoch McBride