Censorship in the Arkansas River Valley

I’m a little slow at posting this one, but I wanted to point out a recent article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, about the cancelation, reinstatement, and delay of a production of the musical Assassins  at Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas. 

 The administration claimed that they were concerned about the sounds of gunfire from prop guns in this post-Virginia Tech/NIU world.   Word hit the press and Arkansas Tech’s President Robert Brown found himself scorned by the art community, including Stephen Sondheim, the composer. 

Assassins is definitely an off-beat perspective on American History and raised some hackles back during its 1991 first run.   Still, it seems like an overreaction to a 17 year old production that could be solved with a little good PR prior to the show.  The rumor mill suggests this isn’t the first time the Administration and Tech’s Theatre department have clashed. 


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