The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1313 Wednesday, 10 August 2005
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005
ACLU Urges City of Lansing to Reconsider Censorship of Shakespeare in
August 9, 2005
LANSING, MI - In a letter sent today to the City of Lansing, the
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Lansing branch of the
ACLU advised city officials to reconsider their decision to censor a
Shakespeare in the Park production of "Titus Andronicus."
"Parks are public forums where the constitutional protection of
expression is strongest - even when the expression is controversial or
offensive," said Michael J. Steinberg, ACLU of Michigan Legal Director.
"We are alarmed that a city would consider censoring a play by one of
the greatest playwrights of all time."
Todd Heywood, a Lansing resident, and his theater company, Sunsets with
Shakespeare, requested permission to perform a modern adaptation of
Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" at a Lansing city park. Their request
was denied by the Department of Parks and Recreation; officials said
that the stage blood might be offensive to the audience.
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