With three shows left and tickets sold, but worried for the people involved with the show, Pike and Meaker made a bold decision. Instead of cancelling the remaining performances, they made some changes. The Friday night performance began with the only male voice in the show—they played the voicemail left by Bruce Lazurus of Samuel French, which received cheers from the sold out audience. For the rest of the show any time a line from Bad Jews came up, someone from offstage would yell “Redacted!” —and the show went on.
The short run has now ended but the team have received two more cease and desist letters, including one for their use of The Whipping Man, which actually has no female parts, and the script is simply flipped through on stage.
While That’swhatshesaid is about women in theatre, this production is now about fair use and copyright infringement. Does what happened overshadow the original intent or does it highlight the point exactly? Would these actions have been taken against the show if it weren’t for the subject matter?
Do you think That’swhatshesaid was out of bounds? Is this a project that needs to be seen, despite the potential for legal ramification? How do you think the licensing company should have responded?
More on the story….
Blabbermouth Podcast interview with director HATLO.
Erin Pike’s thoughts on making That’swhatshesaid, before the controversy started.
Watch That’swhatshesaid: Redacted mini doc
Rich Smith’s follow up article – Erin Pike and That’swhatshesaid Went on Despite Cease and Desist Order, Legal Ramifications Remain Uncertain