Comments on: Was Boston Children’s Theatre Censored for Pushing Boundaries? http://www.artsintegrity.org/was-boston-childrens-theatre-censored-for-pushing-boundaries/ in partnership with the New School Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:59:45 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 By: Henry Alderman http://www.artsintegrity.org/was-boston-childrens-theatre-censored-for-pushing-boundaries/#comment-114 Wed, 10 May 2017 05:08:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=849#comment-114 I’m sorry, but this IS a children’s theater, right? Is it children’s theater to refuse admittance to those under fourteen? Does that not negate the purpose of CHILDREN’S theater? This, to me, sounds like a “director” out of control and with an ego the size of Pittsburgh. Organic or not – what is the purpose of showing genitalia in an organization that is a CHILDREN’S theater. It’s not called “Young Adults” theater. Sorry, this reeks – this idiot director then brags that he’s the first director to feature nudity in a children’s theater. Nothin’ to brag out, nincompoop. This has nothing to do with censorship, it has to do with common sense. Apparently there are younger than eighteen teens in this – sorry, this is wrong and the guy should be fired. No one would say boo if this “director” did it in a regular production with adult actors. The boo becomes when you are a self-proclaimed CHILDREN’S theater having an adult male onstage nude in front of a teen cast. I think the board would have every right to toss this guy out on his behind – I would.

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By: Michael Underhill http://www.artsintegrity.org/was-boston-childrens-theatre-censored-for-pushing-boundaries/#comment-113 Tue, 09 May 2017 23:03:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=849#comment-113 Howard, thank you for bringing up the Mission and Vision Statement of the company. A Board is responsible to upholding the legitimacy if the organozation according to those guiding principles. Much of the backlash towards the board has been praising the Artistic Director’s ability to continue to push the boundaries of what defines ‘Children’s Theater’. This trait however, is not found anywhere within the Mission, Vision or Values. There is reference to innovation in programming, but that is not specific to content of productions. More telling, perhaps, is the stated Value of ‘Professionalism and Excellence’. If this trait was adhered to more keenly, this would not have become a (now) national pr nightmare for the organization.

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