Little Shop of Horrors closed (but not for renovation)
July 1, 2011 8:19 AM Subscribe
"On Saturday June 18, 2011, representatives from the licensing agency came to watch our production. I met them before the show and explained the reasons behind my actions and that I understood the consequences. The cast was also prepared. We could have restored the production to the original script, we could have canceled the show and left them to wonder, we could have faked a medical emergency or technical failure – believe me, all of these scenarios crossed my mind. In the end, we chose to be honest and share the production we had created."
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Artistic director Nick A. Olivero writes an open letter to the theatre and arts community discussing the recent forced closure of his show, Little Shop of Horrors
, at San Fransisco's Boxcar Theatre Company
.“We were like bank robbers who kept robbing banks,”
he said (in an interview with The Bay Citizen's Culture Feed Blog).
Many members of the theatre community were surprised by Olivero's statement and his frank, mostly unapologetic tone. It's prompted discussions on theatrical copyright on Twitter
, Facebook, and various theatrical blogs. Composer Jason Robert Brown weighs in on the American Theatre Wing article
and refers back to his previous blog entry on copyright issues (previously on Metafilter