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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Martin finances play dropped by school board
Is it better to protect an audience from a controversial performance than to put it on display and let the public decide? According to Steve Martin, when it comes to something he’s written, the answer is a clear ‘no.’

The actor/comedian/author has pledged to fund the performance of his play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, put on by the students of La Grande High School in Oregon that their school board has refused to finance. The off-campus production was halted when the community petitioned to kill the project.

Martin read about the incident online and decided to fund the students’ project out of his own pocket to protect the reputation of his work. However, Martin did express understanding toward the parents’ position, granting that there could be some discomfort in watching their 16 and 17 year olds deliver a performance with some degree of adult content (such as characters drinking alcohol).

Nonetheless, Martin stood firm in his position that the audiences ought to decide the fate of the performance and not the school board. As the old adage puts it, “the show must go on” and thanks to Martin, it will.

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