Monday, March 02, 2009

Banning Picasso at the Lapin Agile, part 4...a victory finally

Here's the latest. Dixie Lund, the president of EOU, reversed herself today during a meeting at EOU. In the face of a hue and cry raised by faculty and students in support of the play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, recently banned at La Grande High School, she relented and allowed the play to be performed as a club sponsored event. The club which stepped forward to sponsor the play, the EOU Democratic Party, has agreed to rent the theatre space and fundraise for the production. Performance dates are not yet set, but I'll keep you posted. Needless to say, the cast and crew are ecstatic. We just want to do the play and give the public a good show. If people come and see it, I believe that they'll wonder what all the fuss was about.
time to exhale just a little,
K

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure it had absolutely nothing to do with President Lund's decision but I e-mailed her this morning--after feeling guilty that so few of us thought to petition and lobby the board before last week's meeting and were so outranked by the "137" and the phone bankers. We forgot the power of community organizing too quickly and got blindsided!

It read: President Lund, Please consider carefully and perhaps reconsider the nature of your tacit agreement to support one set of values in the Grande Ronde Valley over another in the recent play banning incident. Fear makes cowards of us all. I hope your decision was based on more than fear and considers the rights of all involved. You are in a position to be brave and fair here and leave the University headed in a forward looking direction for the new president rather than a needlessly regressive one not worthy or representative of the school or community. Thank you...

As soon as I see her decision in print, I will e-mail my thanks to her for her decision.

From all the reviews, snippets and full acts available on You-Tube I agree that most people will wonder what all the fuss was about. Those who continue to protest and boycott the play will feel thwarted, justified in their paranoia and not likely to forget.
Therein lies the rub.

GrK

9:29 PM  

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