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Riots, drugs and economic turmoil charactering our society in the mid- and late-Sixties is reflected in the theatre

Photo caption: From the first moon landing on, IATSE members have been an instrumental part of America’s exploration of space. In this photo, an IA technician films a shuttle launch.

Ticket prices soared with inflation.  Unemployment followed, and the middle class, which had for so long set the tone for what was presented on stage, stopped going to the theatre.

Jobs were lost.  Producers cut costs everywhere, not just in labor but in production values as well.  Sets were no longer lavish and extravagant.  Instead, scenery, sets, and wardrobes became spare and meager.  IA members were faring far better in television, which was becoming increasingly sophisticated, and in the movies.

As with other social trends, the malaise afflicting American and Canadian society was painfully reflected in the theatre.  The situation was not helped by the fact that new talent, as soon as it succeeded on Broadway, would depart for the movies and television, where they could make much more money.