Members of the theatre community joined members of the Writers Guild of America, East August 16 for a Playwrights Picket in support of the ongoing strike and the many playwrights who are WGA members.
The WGA collaborated on the picket—held in front of the Netflix/Warner Brothers offices at 888 Broadway—with the Dramatists Guild.
"Many of our members at the Dramatists Guild are also members of the WGA. The crossover between writing for film, writing for television, and writing for the stage is massive. We all write. We all want to be fairly compensated for the work that we do... The Dramatists Guild and WGA are different sides of the same coin fighting a similar struggle," says playwright Kristoffer Diaz.
"A lot of people don't know that writers, first of all, go from the blank page to creating the content that you love to watch, but we don't really get paid a lot to do that. We really make our living after the product is out there, and there are residuals and royalties. And so, it's so important that we fight to get our fair share. That's all we're asking for," adds actor and writer Christine Toy Johnson.
"I'm very proud to be a member of both organizations [DG and WGA], which are, of course, very different things, but ultimately working for the same cause, which is acknowledging and celebrating and supporting and propagating and increasing the value of the act of writing. Writing is a profession. Writing is a skill. It is a thing that requires training, experience. It is not a thing that a robot can do," says playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
The Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA are both now on strike.
View photos from the Playwrights Picket in the gallery below.