Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hair Cancels Performance to Join National Equality March

The 60s spirit lives on, thank God. Not only is the cast of Hair transporting us eight times a week to that special time of striving for peace and justice, they are taking action in a major way offstage by canceling a lucrative weekend performance to journey to Washington, D.C. to make their voices heard.

The producers of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Hair have canceled the show's Oct. 11 performance so the entire cast can join the National Equality March in Washington. Those are very special producers!

"The Public Theater has always aspired to make theatre that matters, that speaks to the great social issues of our time,” Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater and producer of Hair, said in a statement. “Hair has never been just a show; its message of change and hope and inclusion is one we try to live, not just preach. This is the moment when we need to recognize the right of all citizens, gay and straight, to have their love and their unions acknowledged by the state. We are proud to join with Cleve Jones and the National Equality March in support of gay marriage. Peace now! Equality now! Justice forever!"

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