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Chris Berube1523 north la brea, los angeles, California USA
Chris Berube Owner of 'The Tre Stage' and 'The next stage' theater Being completely shady and not paying an actor for their work in his theaters play. Hollywood California
I went to 'The tre stage' to audition for a play called "Reservoir Bitches'..a female version of Reservoir Dogs. The auditions were held by Chris Berube, the owner, and Sydne, the director. I got a call a week later that I got the part. Rehearsals were every weekday for a month until the play started and then it ran every thursday night for 8 weeks. We were told for every person that came to see us and paid the $20 dollar ticket price, we get $5 dollars of that.
Our director Sydne, would ask everyone at the door who they were there to see, and she would keep track. She told us to keep track too. Which of course I did. My number was 19. Which means $95.
After the show was all done, we all heard that Sydne left the theater. Two different stories though. She was fired and she quit. Which I didn't want to be a part of. Chris contacted me to help out with the newest cast of the show and fill in, but I wasn't able to.
I contacted him via Facebook message about setting up a time to come in and get my check. To which he replied 'come to the theater and we'll talk about it'..my first red flag. I asked him what was a good time to come and he never replied.
One of the other girls in the group went to pick up her check and he gave her the run around. Saying when Sydne left she stole all the money (which nobody believes.) He would have to pay out of his own pocket. The theater is going under..blah blah blah. But she sat outside the theater until he finally caved and cut her a check.
She let me know this, so I went to the theater to get my check, expecting the same. He was in rehearsals though, so I left and was told by the new director to come back tomorrow at 1. Which I did and he wasn't there. I then contacted him again by Facebook messaging him, and he gave me the same line. Sydne stole everything. He would give me half the money but i'd have to get the other half from her. After I wasn't budging he turned to the excuse of everyone keeps coming in asking for their money and he keeps giving it..even people that weren't in the show. And how people were taking advantage of him.
He said he paid the other girl because she helped him out with that new cast by filling in, so he got a chance to know and trust her...and he doesn't know me. It's just absolutely ridiculous! here's the Facebook thread.
Hi Greta. It's Chris Berube. I have a MAJOR dilemma on my hands. If you had not heard , I had to let Sydnee go from the TreStage. I don’t wish to sling any mud here, (there’s no point), but my concern has been that a few cast members have been contacted and have been convinced to drop out of the production of Reservoir Bitches. I feel this is really unfair to the ladies that are trying to maintain a professional attitude after putting a lot of their time and effort into this production. If you could find it in your heart (and time) to come help out and keep the show alive for one more performance, I can sort out all the deadwood and bring in replacements for the end of the run. I know for sure I will need a MSBROWN , MS BLUE and EVIE for tomorrow night. I don’t like to have to resort to begging, but if there is any way you can help keep the show going, it would mean so very much to myself , the productions, and the rest of the gals who deserve a full run. Thanks
crap, I just realized the show is tonight and not on Thursday when we did it. I def can't get out of work tonight. I'm so sorry. But I sent a text out to some of the other girls if they could help. I Really hope it all comes together for you guys. It's a great show at a great theater.
i was just wondering how i'd go about getting my check from the show? I had 19 people come. I never heard back from sydne, so figured i'd try you Thanks!
Hi Chris, I've stopped by the theater a few times now to get my check and you haven't been there. Which is fine of course, not your fault yesterday i came but you were in rehearsals and i obviously wouldn't bother you. The nice blonde lady told me to come back today at 1, but you weren't there. Can we please set a time for me to come pick it up? Or if it's easier you can just mail it? As I said in the first message, I brought 19 people to the show. If mailing is easiest for you, my address is ___ , los angeles 90038. I'm just in a rut with money right now, and need every bit I've earned. Thanks so much! -greta
The problem I have is that when Sydnee left, she took all documents and box office money with her. I absolutely have no documentation or money to pay you with. The fairest thing to do is pay you half out of my pocket and have Sydnee send you the half she owes you. I will be here from 1:00 - 10:00 on Monday. We can figure everything out then. Next time. Don't leave. I will get to you.
yea I heard from __ about that. Who was paid in full. Sydne denies it. But I don't want to get in the middle of that at all. I really don't want to come off as a b***h, but I would like the full amount. I went to a lot of trouble getting those people there and the gas of driving every day for rehearsals. It was just the agreement we had. the whole Sydne thing is crazy but doesn't change the fact of what I'm owed. $95 from the $380 i brought in for the theater. Again, I don't mean to sound like an a*s. I respect you so much! I'll see you Monday. Thanks for replying : )
Please understand that I am not trying to be a d**k. I don’t want confrontation and I will seek a win/win. I understand you don’t want to get in the middle of Sydnee and myself. I appreciate that. Sydnee was here and did a great deal of damage. She was supposed to keep account and make sure the actors got their fair pay. Did she keep documents with you? When she left. She took the box office. And now I have people coming in claiming they need their pay. People I don’t know. And because there is no documented proof of what they earned, I have NO idea what they are owed. I thought I would just pay it out as they came….but I paid out far more than was ever earned from the shows. We even caught someone that wasn’t even IN a show…but they knew Sydnee and they claimed they were owed money as well. I have paid out more than $1200 (far more than was made in her 3 months here) and folks continue to pour in. I keep getting punched in the gut while Sydnee’s “people” keep coming in and demanding money. I know you don’t want to get involved. I did pay __, but __ came in and worked with me. I got to know __ as she helped me out of the “hole” that Sydnee left the theater in. Now I don’t mean any disrespect here …but I really don’t know you. I haven’t worked with you. So it is harder to reach for the check book and spend more of my personal money once again. As far as the validity of Sydnee is concerned….did she keep any records of which people cam e in for you? Which ones paid $15 and which ones paid $20? Did she show you records that proved she was doing so? (see where I am here?) . As far as being a d**k and saying “tough luck” . (legally, the agreement was made by Sydnee with no written or documented affiliation to the theater). I will do my best to work out a fair and reasonable solution with you, but it’s high time I stopped just taking these punches while Sydnee sits back and gets away with theft. I will meet and talk with you. I will try and work out a deal. But please try to understand where I’m coming from.
Chris, I really wish you hadn't of said all that. Because I didn't work extra for you and you didn't get a chance to know me, I get screwed out of my money?! All those people that supposedly came in and got all the money, you just gave it to, but with me you have a problem? That is ridiculous and completely unfair. I'm sorry for everything that is going on with Sydne. I gave her my numbers. I'm not responsible for anybody else but myself. Therefore I don't know anybody elses numbers. After hearing Sydne left, I gave you my numbers. I'm sorry I was working and couldn't help when you needed people for other shows. Everybody I brought was happy to pay $20 and no one got a discount of any type. This really bums me out. Legally you're saying there's no documentation. But even worse, you're going back on your theaters word. You seemed like such a legit honest guy with that whole speech you gave at the auditions. 5 dollars for every ticket sold. But now it's only for people you deem trustworthy?! I was so excited about that play and you're really turning it into an ugly thing for me. There were reviews on yelp about people having this same problem getting payment from you. I just assumed it was someone bitter with nothing else to do. I will take advanced measures Chris if necessary. And I really don't want to. Small claims court and news stations seems a little intense for this situation..but it's the principle. And I will follow through. I put my time and effort into your theater for that shows duration. And even after have only spoken highly of it. A fair and reasonable solution is the honest one. My $95. No more, no less. I'm sorry you didn't get a chance to 'know' me to feel you can pay me without any doubts. So just let me know if I should come in Monday for my complete check. Otherwise, we can go a different avenue. Really bummed its come to this.
You are completely misreading what I wrote. I said numerous times I would try to work with you. I gave you reasons why I paid Wendy and, unfortunately, why going to small claims court would rule in my favor. You’d have a better chance going after Sydnee (she did promise you the money, she did run the door…and she did have whatever paperwork you saw…and she did screw everyone in the process). I said numerous times that I would try and work with you. If you wish to go full throttle and proceed legally, I will indeed see you through the legal process (and I assure you, you will lose). I’m trying to be fair. You want money. I welcome legal proof, (Just as you will be required to provide in court), I am not only bummed, but I am hemorrhaging money here. So you have thrown the gauntlet. . Sorry you wouldn’t work with me in this situation. All I can say is that I tried ….and that I’ll see you in court.
Chris I heard everything you were saying. Sydne stole the money. you'll pay half. you don't have documentation. You don't want to be taken advantage of. you don't know me well enough to pay me. All of us girls in the show still talk. you gave Wendy a good run around too before you cut her a check.. even with the messages you sent her tonight. She's just as confused by you as I am. I'm throwing no gauntlets. That stuff is a hassle. Im just stating that I take being gipped seriously and will take certain measures if necessary. As I'm sure you would too if this was reversed. I just want what I earned. That's all.
OK. Now __ came in we talked. I wrote her a check. I've actually communicated with quite recently. So I am finding what you have just said a bit hard to swallow. There was no run around with __. I simply find what you are saying to be untrue. I'm trying to be fair and get to the bottom of things. To work with the actors and not be taken advantage of. When you throw things like that my way, it's hard to trust you. So yeah. Now we go to court. Get __ to testify that I gave her the run around and we'll go from there.
At this point it is the principal of the matter. So we go to court. We'll lawyer up and head towards a burden of proof. Bring copies of your contracts, agreements and stories of me personally committing to your case. I'm sure through our courts, we'll come to a final and just solution. until that time it's best that we no longer communicate.
There was some crappy review on Yelp about Chris being super stingy about paying his actors. I just thought it was someone being bitter. Apparently I should have listened to it and never gotten involved with that theater. I just want my $95 dollars. Part of me wants all $380 of my ticket sales just to teach him a lesson. He can't treat new actors like this. My mom flew in from Michigan, my sister from Florida, just to see me in that play..among everyone else. It's such a load of s**t he's doing this. I put in so much time for that play. And now feel sick even thinking about that place.
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