There was no sushi, but it was still a feeding frenzy as Jeremy Piven arrived at the Actors' Equity Association offices in Manhattan Wednesday to attend a grievance hearing initiated by producers of Broadway's "Speed-the-Plow."
"Will you ever eat Yellowtail again?" one reporter demanded to know, as Piven emerged from a town car and was ushered into the front entrance of the union's West 46th Street offices.
Piven, who had begun previews in the David Mamet revival in October, abruptly left the production two months later, citing a medical diagnosis of mercury poisoning -- possibly from eating too much raw fish.
At midday, a private hearing was under way before a grievance committee composed of five actors and five producers, as stipulated in contract language set forth by producers and the actor's union. Actors' Equity was representing Piven in the process.
"Actors' Equity will not comment on any aspect of this grievance to protect all parties involved," spokeswoman Maria Somma said.
The grievance committee could resolve the case, or either party could file for arbitration.