Sunday, March 29, 2009

Waldman sinks to new low

Gary's latest: he's commented on the Herald story about developer Tony Goldman helping the actors - who Waldman left stranded - get home.
GARYWALDMAN wrote on 03/28/2009 01:24:50 PM:
Mr. Goldman, you sound like a lovely, caring person. I am so sorry you were scammed. I know that it is a mistake to post this comment. It will only fuel the fire and put me under further attack, but it doesn't matter anymore. You deserve to know. Any of the email links at www.WiltonManorsTheater.com will be forwarded to me if you wish to respond.
"Fuel the fire?" He flies these people in, fails to pay them, fails to fly them home, then told the actors that since they were telling people about these failures he was no longer obligated to pay them or fly them home, and he's accusing the ACTORS were scamming?

12 comments:

  1. ...and your last paragraph comes from where, Chris? Do you really know that this is what happened? You cannot possibly. Your chain of events and supposed "truths" are completely one sided.

    WHO READS THIS GUY'S CRAP? Go to Publix and read the "Weekly World News." The stories are just as silly, but at least they're about people you know!

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  2. Where did the last paragraph come from? Let me see:
    1. you did fly them down here
    2. you did fail to pay them
    3. you didn't fly them home
    4. 4 of the actors reported that you told them that because they complained, you didn't have to honor the contract
    5. I have cast members from two former productions who say you told them similar things
    6. The tone they describe matches exactly the tone of the comments you've left here and on the Herald website.

    I "can't possible know?" That's freshman college sophistry that doesn't wash in Philosophy 101, let alone the real world.

    Gary, the information age is here, and you will no longer be able to rely on simply geographic isolation to hide your actions anymore.

    But I'll tell you what: if you want to send me copies of payroll stubs and the cashed checks from the bank, I will gladly verify that they are the real deal, and publish them with an apology to you. How's that?

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  3. Four actors told you that because they complained I said I didn't have to honor their contracts.

    ...the other dozen or so people told you WHAT exactly? Or did I just single out four. Well you can ask them if you buy tickets to the make-up show we would all really like to do to recoup the damages that your "four" friends have caused us all.

    ... I told them what exactly? I haven't had a single conversation with any of them since last Monday, before there were any issues whatsoever.

    ...What exactly is the "tone" you mention? Can you describe it? I would love to know. Pissed off perhaps? That would be more than warranted, although most who know me (that would not include you), even those who dislike me, think I'm way too non-confrontational and "nice" to people who deserve a swift kick in the butt!

    ...What is the 'geographic isolation' that I have been 'hiding' in? I live in rented house in Fort Lauderdale less than a mile from my office in the theater I am in every day. My email address and cell phone number have been the same for over nine years.

    ...this is the "information age"... well, yes. it is. Anyone can now lie through their teeth under a pseudonym. Actually it would be much more fitting to call it the "mis-information age." Ask any doctor who will gladly tell you that one of the worst problems with the health care system now (aside, of course from how badly it sucks) is that people read things on the internet that have no basis in fact and they often self-medicate or seek the wrong treatment because of something written by a quack claiming to be a physician.

    - What pay stubs would you like to see? Not that it matters because my books are none of your damned business and you can print whatever you want because I don't care! How dare you!

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  4. Was that the "tone" you were referring to? I would LOVE to hear your own if people were talking about you like this.

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  5. Four actors told you that because they complained I said I didn't have to honor their contracts.

    Yes.

    the other dozen or so people told you WHAT exactly?

    You owe them money for work they did for you, and that you have never paid them, that you have told them it's not your fault that you couldn't/can't pay them, that they were lucky you ever paid them anything because A. they were unprofessional or B. their work sucked.

    These complaints go back years, Gary. You accused me of being "very unpopular" a little while ago. Well, I'm the Belle of the Ball next to you, Gary.

    I told them what exactly?

    Maybe you'd better ask your business partner. I use "you" because you're the one speaking for your company in the comments. When I say "you," I'm referring to the producers of the show: "26th Street Theatre" or "Wilton Manors Theatre", whichever you're going by this week.

    this is the "information age"... well, yes. it is. Anyone can now lie through their teeth under a pseudonym.

    Yes, I've read the comments under your YouTube videos.

    - What pay stubs would you like to see? Not that it matters because my books are none of your damned business and you can print whatever you want because I don't care! How dare you!

    You're the one saying that this wasn't about money, Gary. I've offered you a chance to prove it. "How dare I" give you that chance. Yeesh.

    This is the "tone" I'm referring to.

    BTW, I know some people who regard you as a friend. Not one of them has described you as "non-confrontational." I have gently suggested that they advise you to quit making comments in the heat of the moment: you really make yourself look awful. Even I feel bad for how awful you've made yourself look in the papers the last few days.

    But just for a minute, let's assume that your two central assertions are true: that your entire cast had no talent whatsoever, and that they mutinied on you when you (or Jamison) chewed them out.

    First, this means that you've completely lost your ability to judge talent and ability. If this is the case, it speaks to your qualities as a director, and undermines the rest of your argument: if you misjudged their talents that badly in the first place, how can we trust your later assessments?

    Second, it means that your and/or Jamison have absolutely no management skill. I've seen people walk from shows, but everybody at once? To alienate everybody at once requires poor people skills an order of magnitude beyond outrageous.

    No matter how you break this down, Gary, you and Jamison screwed the pooch in a big way. The cast may have contributed, but it's your party, not theirs. You assembled them, and you flew them down. Everything that happened from then on becomes your responsibility. At least, that's how us professionals regard it.

    You want to turn this around?
    1. Accept that all your failed ventures have one common element, and it isn't bad luck or the people you've employed. It's YOU.
    2. Stop trying to assign blame to your critics, even if they actually share some of it.
    3. Counter accusations with documentation, not hyperbole.

    Jamison told me the other night that he hated blogs because "they are one-sided." He is wrong: you have the opportunity to present your side, in your own words, without any editing at all. I don't have to allow comments, and I can delete them at my whim. But I do allow them, and I very rarely delete them. You have the chance to prove your case; so why aren't you doing that?

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  6. "Really" what? I've missed something.

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  7. 'Really' as in 'This idiot is REALLY continuing to try to defend these horrible actions?' I'm going to go on Amazon and order him a fresh new can of 'shut the fuck up'.

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  8. Words can not describe how much of an idiot he is. (gary) when he was trying to make everyone in the cast house work for free he called and said he had the local actors in the show on board..when we called them ourselves to verify this they said HELL NO WE DIDN'T SAY THAT..Gary makes up all this lies I honestly think he has mental issues and should be checked out. seriously I read somewhere that apparently a cast member emailed him to thank him..um we're a pretty close cast and everyone in the cast is pretty upset and angry extremely angry. Some of the cast members lost extra money because family members had purchased tickets to fly down and see them, some had families to feed children to feed and are now out a week's pay....oh and by the way Chris..Gary fired an actress form NYC after the first week because she wasn't "giving enough" everyone agreed on that..and then fired two local actresses who were ensemble..funny how he had no problems firing them but the rest of us being praised left and right were not horrible or insulted until after they couldn't pay us!

    Barely any set
    No band
    no Costumes
    No amps or speakers in the theatre in working condition
    dressing room/rehearsal room full of garbage
    the entire stage was covered in old green paint that needed to be painted over.
    the 2nd act not even blocked (because we were suppose to have 8 hour rehearsals and Gary would leave after 4 at the most 6) AND THE ENTIRE CAST WOULD STAY AND WORK ALONE!

    all this..and it was all our fault get real!
    You are a pathetic man.

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  9. "I told them what exactly? I haven't had a single conversation with any of them since last Monday, before there were any issues whatsoever." -WELL EVERYTIME WE CALLED YOU YOU WOULDN'T PICK UP THE PHONE. THE ONLY PERSON WHO WE WERE ABLE TO SPEAK TO ON THE PHONE WAS JAMISON WHO KNEW ONLY HOW TO YELL MORE THEN SPEAK REALLY. YOU SENT OUT EMAIL AFTER EMAIL INSULTING THE CAST AND PICKING ON PEOPLE AT 8AM WED AND THURSDAY MORNINGS WITHOUT FAIL IN OUR INBOXES WOULD BE 3 OR 4 EMAILS FROM YOU. WHICH THE CHRISTINE DOLEN AT THE HERALD READ ALL OF THEM !!

    "I'm way too non-confrontational and "nice" to people who deserve a swift kick in the butt!"
    YOU'RE NOT NON-CONFRONTIONAL YOU'RE A COWARD WHEN WE WERE SENT HOME BY JAMISON ON TUESDAY YOU COULDN'T EVEN BE THERE YOURSELF AS A DIRECTOR TO EVEN EXPLAIN TO US WHAT THE SITUATION WAS..JAMISON SAID HE DIDN'T WANT YOU THERE HE SENT YOU HOME BECAUSE YOU WERE UPSET AND THEN 2 SECONDS LATER SAYS THAT YOU WENT HOME ON YOUR OWN..THEN SAYS I DIDN'T WANT MY HUSBAND HERE..HE WAS FULL OF IT AND WE COULD ALL TELL AND WHEN WE ALL AS A CAST CAME TOGETHER AT THE THEATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND WAITED 3 HOURS AND YOU BOTH REFUSED REFUSED TO COME AND SPEAK TO US IN PERSON!

    - "What pay stubs would you like to see? Not that it matters because my books are none of your damned business and you can print whatever you want because I don't care! How dare you!"
    -THERE ARE NO PAY STUBS ONLY PERSONAL CHECKS FROM THE GREAT FLORIDA BANK YOU DIDN'T EVEN HAVE PAYSTUBS..ONLY PERSONAL CHECKS FROM THE STAGE MANAGER..!!

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  10. OK. I'M DONE. There isn't a soul who has not told me to stop responding to this garbage; that I am fueling the fire; etc.. So, I will finally, after a lifetime of believing to stand up for myself (sorry Mom & Dad, I can't do this anymore). Stop. I just encourage everyone interested to read through these postings from the beginning and look for my supposed lies (in my comments, not others)... Look for where I ever accused anyone in the cast of not having any talent (quite the opposite--the singing voices in this cast were the best I ever worked with, by far), as opposed to not doing their job. So, before I begin my morning make-up routine through my "bifocals" (does anyone not see the comedy in some of these comments?), I will still gladly answer private emails sent to gary@26StreetTheater.com.. Not all of them, mind you. If you have nothing aside from hate to spew, I just don't have the time or the stomach). But ask me your questions. Through email I can send you proof of my statements. This process is just a gang-up on Gary game.

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  11. Cast member from Biloxi, Gary Waldman and Jamison Troutman are nothing but scum. I'm saddened by the situation with "The Life", but if it makes it so that these two scum bags can never mount a production again, then some good will have come of it.

    You two deserve to rot in jail.

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