Parabasis: Hard Times Even Harder For Local Actors:
This Seatlle Times story is getting a lot of theatrosphere play. Basically, the issue is that as budgets decrease, the larger LORT houses are shrinking the cast sizes of their shows, and the lower the cast size, the fewer opportunities for actors. This gets compounded by the use of out of town talent.. the few roles that are available are generally cast out of town or, in the case of touring one-and-two-hander shows like Wishful Drinking or The 39 Steps, already have casts.
I imagine that- given that it's still not clear (as far as I know) that Kate Whorisky is even moving to the city where she'll run the second largest theater in town- that the worries are fairly well founded.