Sunday, March 01, 2009

Banning Picasso at the Lapin Agile, part 3

The lock out of Picasso at the Lapin Agile continues. We are continuing our search for a performance venue. After being turned down by the president of Eastern Oregon University and then by the Armory, we've begun contacting private entities. It's interesting to hear familiar voices make the transition from the friendly, genial greeting of the neighbor to the circumspect and even wary tone of the stranger. One guy heading up a fledgling arts group here in town said to me, "Look we can afford any controversy with our donors." His issue is exactly the same as the university president. Him I can sympathize with, his group is small, struggling to get a toehold, but to hear the university president echo the same kind of nervousness is frankly chilling.
The cast is scheduled to rehearse at an off-campus site tomorrow. I wish I could give them some hard and fast performance news. They're going to have rehearse without knowing those things for a little while longer, and then be ready when the time comes.


Blogger adam jk gallardo said...

Kevin, I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear this. I really thought that the university would work out for you.

I know that I'm far away, but if there's anything I can do to help, please let me know.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about performances at Max Square. It could be open to any and all the public. Or in front of City Hall as was done for the Celebrate La Grande festival last year. April can be the cruelest month, but it could also be rather pleasant.

If, as was mentioned at the school board meeting, only 30% of the cost of producing a play comes from ticket sales, if the performance was free, there wouldn't be too much loss of income.

Best of luck.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Banning comments on Banning Picasso? Just proves again you are a man of both valor AND discretion, Kevin. Won't make any more comments on the subject, but keep us in touch re: when and if the production goes forward. The Union Hotel might be a venue. Let us all know when/if donations are being accepted and to what entity. God speed with your battle this week. This story shall the good man teach his son...All things are ready, if our minds are so.


7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad, thank you for always fighting the good fight of educating, even when you're up against ignorant fear (and I meant 'ignorant' in the most literal sense of the word). I'm sorry that T & C have been exposed to fear-inspired lashing out (i.e. the answering machine incident) by the very same people who are so afraid to have their own children "exposed" to new thoughts and ideas. Ironic, but surely lost on the caller and his or her ilk. I'm also sorry that an institution of higher learning (EOU) would be so lame (especially in the most educated town in E. Oregon) as to cave to this particular brand of pressure.
Thanks again, for always trying to educate. You really do make a difference! Love always, and with pride at being your daughter- Erin

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't count out EOU yet. This censorship has enraged faculty and students alike. Protests to follow shortly...

12:06 PM  

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