In regards to Anton’s resignation from Cat On A Hot Tin Roof following costar John Lacy’s firing and with the recent explosion of press about this matter we have posted a list of the more prominent articles below. We appreciate your continued love and support of Anton.
Via The Wrap Hollywood:
Cast complains that producers should have handled unruly patron
An actor in a Santa Clarita, Calif. production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was fired Saturday after physically removing a heckler in the audience who lobbed anti-gay slurs at the cast for nearly half of the show.
John Lacy, who played Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’ classic play that tackles homophobia among other themes, was fired after jumping off stage and physically confronting an audience member who repeatedly made noise and yelled “fag” during emotionally tense scenes, according to audience members’ accounts of the incident on Facebook.
The show apparently continued following the confrontation and concluded to a standing ovation. Lacy was apparently not let go until after the performance.
Lead actor Anton Troy resigned in solidarity with Lacy, writing on the social networking site that the show’s producers should have handled the unruly patron, who had apparently been drinking before the show and returned to the audience after consuming more alcohol during intermission.
“I will not support homophobia or an establishment that doesn’t support its talent,” Troy wrote. “Hate in any form is not something I choose to subscribe to. John is a seasoned professional and an honorable man. It should never escalate to a point where the talent has to handle an unruly drunk in the audience themselves regardless of the outcome. Producers dropped the ball, the fish stinks from the head on down.”
Troy resigned to show support for his castmate.
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