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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.




Voiceofreasontoo: Posted: June 9, 2014 8:53 p.m.

So they really wanted to do a performance for their mommies? That's the real underlying statement behind all this viral drama for the past 10 days? The whole thing sounded fishy from the start. This is icing on the cake. No place for any name calling, etc, etc, but certainly no reason to mark such a stink and drag good people through the mud just to perform for your mommies. Grow up actors. Shame on them. I will now support The REP unequivocally because the story changed so many times. Y these so called actors and their buddy Tim Sullivan and now this.

lars1: Posted: June 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

There is no chance in hell that I will ever go again to the REP. The total lack of security in the place is a crime. Having a drunk hassle the cast,
and the executive director Ovington Michael Owston do nothing is a shame.

The downtown newhall area seems to cater to "drinking affairs", without adequate security.

missyJk: Posted: June 10, 2014 10:46 p.m.

and what is wrong with them wanting to do a performance for their mommies? I think that's commendable...try going to the Pantages or the Opera and start yelling in the audience slurs and see what happens to you..the heckler in the audience should have been removed ASAP

Unreal: Posted: June 10, 2014 7:13 a.m.

Sticks and stones? Grow up everybody. Put your big boy pants on.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 10, 2014 5:01 p.m.

News Flash: The actors are not allowed to jump off the stage and get into a physical altercation with a patron, whether they are drunk or not. Lots of liability issues at stake here. But fear not.... the fired actors say they are taking it to Broadway..... HA HA HA!!!

TheUrbanLegend: Posted: June 11, 2014 8:53 a.m.

lars1: what the real crime is the actor and his buddy assaulting the audience member. The Executive Director did exactly what he should have done.

What adequate security would you recommend for a small theatre? Have you attended small theatres in LA? They don't have security either.

stevehw: Posted: June 11, 2014 9:10 a.m.

"what the real crime is the actor and his buddy assaulting the audience member."

What if the actor had been black, and the idiot started yelling out "n**ger*, etc.? Think it might cause a few people to get upset enough to physically toss him from the theater?

There's a concept called "fighting words" in the law, you know...

Unreal: Posted: June 11, 2014 10:48 a.m.

I think that someone should be managing the show or directing it. That person should have been paying attention and heard the commotion in the audience.

The lights should be brought up and the curtain closed with an announcement that they apologize for the break but will resume shortly.
Then the ushers or whoever they have should ask the person to leave and if necessary call the police.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 11, 2014 11:29 a.m.

Unreal: Exactly.

TheUrbanLegend: Posted: June 11, 2014 1:03 p.m.

The REP staff would have done that, had they heard anyone. No one made any complaints, not cast nor audience, to the REP staff. They do listen for these kinds of outbursts and act on them accordingly.

Again, while I don't condone any hate speech, I also can't support physical confrontation either. Two wrongs do not make a right, no matter what the situation is.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 11, 2014 1:11 p.m.

These two "actors" are milking this story like a dairy cow.

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