Sunday, January 18, 2009

Piven hit with grievance for leaving Broadway: NYT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The producers of the Broadway play "Speed the Plow" filed a grievance with Actors' Equity against actor Jeremy Piven, who left the Broadway show in the middle of its run, citing health concerns due to mercury poisoning, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Jeffrey Richards, one of the lead producers of the David Mamet play, said in a statement that a grievance had been filed with the union over Piven's departure last month and that a date for proceedings by the union was still to be determined.

Citing a person who had been briefed on the producers' concerns, the Times reported they wanted an independent evaluation by Equity of the medical evidence and of Piven's alleged history of trying to leave the show early.

It was unclear whether financial compensation was being sought, and Richards was not available for comment.

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