It turns out, the show doesn't always go on.
John Lacy, who was playing Big Daddy in Repertory East Playhouse’s production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in Santa Clara, California, jumped off the stage and put his hands on a man who was shouting out homophobic slurs during the performance of Tennessee Williams’ play.
Right after the performance, the actor was immediately fired and his co-star Anton Tony, who was playing the role of Brick, quit following the announcement of Lacy getting fired.
Tony took to Facebook right away to speak about the incident writing, “I support my cast mate--- no John Lacy means no Anton Troy. I will not support homophobia or an establishment that doesn't support its talent. Hate in any form is not something I choose to subscribe to. John is a seasoned professional and an honorable man. It should never escalate to a point where the talent has to handle an unruly drunk in the audience themselves regardless of the outcome.”
While many fans have shown support for both actors, co-stars Missy Kay and Emily E. Low questioned their decision. Kay also took to Facebook to express her feelings about the issue. “I, unlike most of you, am NOT proud to be an actor today. By you jumping off the stage and putting your hands on this guy put the whole theater in jeopardy, cast and audience, and to me that is unforgivable. What if this guy had a weapon? Did that cross your mind?”
Low responded to Kay’s post writing, “"Sometimes you're gonna have those people in the crowd who don't understand that his is a high piece of art, or people who come into the show and don't even realize that it's a story about a person who's struggling with being gay. I disagreed with things being dealt with violently, that's all that it is.”
Both posts have since been deleted.
While producers scrambled to replace the two vacant roles, they were unable to find replacements in time and the production was cancelled. There is currently an online campaign to try to get the production running again with the original cast.
Repertory East Playhouse is currently celebrating it’s 10th anniversary and has announced that their next production, “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” is currently in pre-production and will run as planned. The show opens on July 11th.
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