Monday, 21 July 2014

Thugs try to terrorize Fringe actress

Vandalized Fringe Festival poster for Lies of a
Promiscuous Woman

Image Source: Courtesy of actress
Theresa Thompson to CBC,  obtained
off of CBC website.
It's that time of year in Winnipeg: Fringe Festival time!

 Various venues across the city are holding the weird, quirky and off beat plays that make the Festival. Everything from The Big Fat Drag Queen to Boomer Love is on display.

 Sadly, one Fringe play has rubbed some (thuggish) folks the wrong way: Lies of a Promiscuous Woman.

Lies of a Promiscuous Woman is a play written by Audrey Lesosky. It offers a unique take and story surrounding the Biblical character of Mary, namely what if she took some liberty with the facts and hence the story in the New Testament ain't quite right.

Seems like perfectly reasonable direction to take a theatrical script in, eh? One would think especially so for a Festival that's based on unconventional and off-beat storytelling.

Sadly, it looks like there's some unreasonable folks in Winnipeg.

Some fellows, in fact, are very mad about this performance. So mad that they've decided to take it out on the staring actress, perhaps hoping through fear and intimidation to silence the play. A classic attempt, it seems, to choke free expression with thuggery.
Vandal etch a slur into the car of the
lead actress for Lies of a Promiscuous

Image Source: Courtesy of actress
Theresa Thompson to CBC,  obtained
off of CBC website.

Folks have yelled at lead actress Thersea Thompson on the street with slurs like "slut" and "blasphemer". Those words have been written on posters for the play. There's two men who demanded the play be shut down and, when their ridiculous request was rightly rejected, reportedly promised to take matters into their own hands.

Worse still, someone decided that vandalizing Thompson's car was a bright idea. "Slut" was etched
into her car with permanent market.

These extremists are trying to terrorize the actress and, perhaps, theatrical staff into submission and silence. These thuggish actions appear directed at stopping Thompson and the Fringe Festival from exercising what the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms notes is the Fundamental Freedom of Expression.

The lead actress, out of need for safety following the thuggish backlash to her performances, now walks with a fellow performer to and from plays. She also planed on filing a police report as of this morning, which she's likely done by now.

We, the people of Winnipeg, need to send a clear message that we won't tolerate extremist thugs who attempt to stifle free expression. We're a city full of decent, reasonable and sane people.

This year, for the first time in a while, I'll probably actually attend the Fringe Festival. My cheap-assery has to come second to showing support to performance facing backlash from thugs. 

You, too, can show your support. Click here to see the showtimes for Lies of a Promiscuous Woman and here for details on buying tickets.

1 comment:

  1. I must appreciate your post which is helping us in such a great manner.