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From the Desk of the DLDF: Cancel Culture on Campus - “The Show Must Not Go On!”

Point Park University cancelled its production of Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loweith’s Adding Machine: A Musical after students expressed concerns over racist views in the show. In a three-hour town hall to discuss the matter, students stated it was not clear enough the show was mocking the characters with racist sentiments and there was a lack of trigger warnings.

Students protesting with signs

When the Guild established the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF), part of its mission was to support and advocate for free expression in the theatre. This it did, with gusto, pushing back against cancellations at community theatres, professional theatres and schools across the country.

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Ralph Sevush, Esq.
Ralph Sevush, Esq.

is an entertainment attorney. He’s been with the Dramatists Guild of America since 1997, and their Co-Executive Director and general counsel since June 2005. He is the Treasurer for the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund.