Co-author owes company damages
Entertainment Events, a producer of Off Broadway-scale touring productions, has won an arbitration battle with one of the co-creators of “Late Nite Catechism.”Longstanding dispute was over a 1995 licensing agreement between EEI and “Catechism” co-authors Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, with EEI licensing the show for productions around the world and Quade retaining rights to produce the play only within 50 miles of Chicago. Abriter found that Quade had breached the contract more than once with stagings outside the Chi area, as well as with Quade-penned sequels produced outside the Windy City. Arbitration, conducted by American Arbitration Assn., ruled that Quade owes EEI close to $850,000 in damages. Arbitor also ruled that EEI has rights outside Chi to produce Donovan-penned sequels to “Catechism,” of which there are three.