Life Imitating Art: Equity Boycotts Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run

News   Life Imitating Art: Equity Boycotts Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run
In Tyler Perry's comedic play Madea on the Run, the notorious Mabel is on the run from the authorities. Members of Equity wishing to work on the show at the Beacon Theatre this fall may also find themselves in hot water after being advised not to work on the production or face disciplinary action, reports Deadline.

According to Deadline, Equity, the labor union that represents more than 50,000 actors and stage managers, has put the production on the "Do Not Work" list because producers haven't signed its contract. This has also led SAG-AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild, which has a reciprocal agreement with Equity, similarly to advise members not to work on the show.

Madea on the Run is set to kick off a 10-week national run at the Beacon Theatre on Sept. 3, running through Sept. 6. Director, actor and producer Perry stars in the production (in drag as Madea), which also features new music written by him.

The play follows brash matriarch Mabel Simons, infamously known as Madea, who is on the run from the law. She uses her long-time friend Bam, who is recovering from hip surgery, as a hide-out from the police.

The cast also features Cassi Davis, Tony Hightower, Maurice Lauchner, Rhonda Davis, David Stewart, Jr., Latoya London, Claudette Ortiz, Judith Franklin and Dorsey Levens. For more information visit TylerPerry. has reached out to both Actors Equity and the show's producers, but has received no comment.

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