Update On Actor Who Objected To Same-Sex Kiss

Categories: Theater

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The other day, I wrote up the story I'd gotten about a theater actor who supposedly refused to do a comic same-sex kiss in a Texas production of the musical Pleasures and Palaces.

The Managing Director finally responded to my request for comment: "I cannot comment on this. My position at Lyric Stage is strictly administrative. I have nothing to do with the artistic aspect of our company and, frankly, was unaware of any issues about the production. Best, Valerie Galloway Chapa"

I emailed her right back, asking how I could get a response from the actor. She gave me the contact info for the theater's publicist, whom she'd already forwarded the request. So I emailed him and he wrote back, "I was not present at the rehearsal when the issue came up. I know that Bryant Martin is now in California rehearsing OKLAHOMA!. Davis Gaines is making his directorial debut with the production. Steven"

I also found a means of contact for Bryant Martin and asked for his point of view two days ago. No answer.

And certainly no denials.

But we'll see.


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10 comments
dannyvolpe
dannyvolpe

Funny for an actor who touts "milking a cow" amongst his "SPECIAL SKILLS" not to mention his TOPOL impression. Want to see if this is out of character for Mr. Martin? Why not try contacting his improv teachers Gail Dennison, Sheila Head, Michael Perlstein at AMDA?



FredsterNYC
FredsterNYC

Way to pick your battles. Theater is 60 percent social. You can get passed on parts just for being a potential pain in the ass. That is fact.

bethesda
bethesda

"His choice." So an actor can say a week before opening in Hamlet, "I'm sorry, but Hamlet killing his father is against my religion. We'll have to take that out." And you'd have to say "OK, sure." Bull!

bethesda
bethesda

Apparently it was in there, but toned down. Or maybe the actor made a fuss, but they left it in anyway. There are conflicting reports. If someone official would give a response, it could all be cleared up. Musto has certainly tried all angles to get someone to comment.

As for why it's important, it illustrates whether religion should be allowed to interfere with a script you've agreed to do.

davideopop
davideopop

Saw the last performance of this last Sunday here in Big D and as best as I can recall - they kissed!

voxpop1
voxpop1

4GIVE ME but why is this important?

bethesda
bethesda

The publicist admits that it was an issue at a rehearsal, then says "But I wasn't there." So you still have no comment on it???? They're all passing the buck to hide their embarrassment.

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

Reminds me of the "Pass It Along"/"What's the Use?" song from "Candide."

If you make a dumb, bum decision like this, at least have the balls to stand up for it.



Anon
Anon

@latenitebump Actually not. If you want to change a moment in a play still in copywright, take it up with the playwright or their estate. And read the script before taking a part and making such demands. 

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