One of a large number of emails I have received today:
I'm shaking with fury over that guy's comments about the Equity cot and taking a break every 80 minutes!
The marketing director can go to the bathroom whenever she wants. She can call her friend. Eat a sandwich. We are under the complete control of the director until the stage manager tells us we can take our break to pee. We can't just walk off the stage to get a tampon. That's why we need to be given breaks.
The cot is primarily for 12 hour tech days and two show days.
And a 34 hour a week doesn't begin to factor in how much time actors have to spend working OUTSIDE the rehearsal room to turn in a remotely decent performance.