(This article has been corrected) This week The Tarragon Theatre decided
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I can't tell you how disappointed I am to hear that you've cancelled Michael's play for fear of upsetting our PM in some way.
That such depictions of public figures are allowed by law in many forms suggests it is fear, not any actual threat, that has prompted your action. This is very disappointing, not only to me, but to a great many people who work in the theatre specifically to address social injustice and comment on the sometimes corrupt nature of our government and society. That you would interfere with this fair commentary is not only disappointing, but also makes it very clear that you support the many creepy things our government is doing right now.
This is not a minor incident. The Tarragon is an established and respected enough institution that this action will give other, similarly frightened Artistic Directors an excuse to behave in the same fashion. It also tells the government they don't have to censor the theatre when those who run it are quite willing to do so themselves.
Until you have offered a reasonable explanation for your actions or rescheduled the play I have no choice but to withhold any future support for the Tarragon, both as an artist and a ticket buyer.
This action, sadly, will be what you are most remembered for unless you find a way to rectify it.
Brad Fraser email@example.com
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The Charlebois Post has invited Mr. Rose to respond.