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Canceled ‘Cat’ gets second life in Culver City

Posted: June 9, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2014 7:30 p.m.

The cast of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" takes a bow following its one-time-only Culver City production on Saturday night. Courtesy photo

A local production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was given new life in Culver City after the play was canceled last week at the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall.

The show was shut down after a confrontation between an actor and a member of the audience during the May 31 performance.

During that performance, actor John Lacy confronted an audience member who had heckled and yelled gay slurs at Lacy and fellow actor Anton Troy.

According to Troy, Ovington Michael Owston, executive director of The Rep, fired Lacy as a result. Other actors pulled out of the production as a show of solidarity with Lacy, and the rest of the performances were canceled.

The controversy went viral and drew the attention of Brian Finney of the Los Angeles-based theater company The Actor’s Gang.

“I was pretty down that the show got canceled because my mom was flying in to see the show and so were the moms of four other cast members,” Lacy said on Monday.

“When Brian saw that the show was canceled, he and (actor) Tim Robbins were gracious enough to offer the stage and four of their actors to us so we could do the show for one night for our moms.”

The show ran Saturday night only, and all proceeds were donated to the NOH8 Campaign, a non-profit group that promotes gay marriage rights.




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