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Homophobic Heckler Shuts Down California Production Of “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”

cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof-posterAll the fireworks were happening offstage at a recent production of the Tennessee Williams classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and an f-bomb spewing heckler was enough to end the entire production.

If you’ve ever read or seen Cat (and any good gay should), you know that the homoerotic subtext in regards to Brick and the late Skipper is so obvious we may as well take the “sub” right out of it. LA Weekly has an exclusive interview with audience member Tim Sullivan, a director and friend of Anton Troy, the actor playing Brick.

According to Sullivan, the offending audience member started off with catcalls at the actress playing Maggie, then escalated into full-on homophobia during a scene in which Brick rejects a kiss from Maggie:

The heckling had been building up, Sullivan alleged, with whistling and cat-calling aimed at the character Maggie, as if the heckler and his friend “were at a strip club.” The main heckler crossed the line during the play, Sullivan said, when, at the moment Brick is asked why he rejected a kiss from Maggie. At that point, the heckler called out something like, “Because he’s a fag,” according to the director. At that point the actor playing Big Daddy, John Lacy, went into the audience to confront the man, Sullivan said. Before the heckler’s friend could throw a punch, Sullivan and his pal (Rob Vinton, son of Bobby) jumped in and subdued both men, he said.

Silly us, we thought the only show going on right now with fisticuffs involved was Rocky on Broadway.

Lacy was then fired, and Troy later quit. The Repertory East Playhouse announced that the show was suspended through its original June 14th end date due to the lack of time to recast the roles. So, you know, drama.

The story gets even messier with allegations of the heckler being the ex-boyfriend of the lead actress, so head over to LA Weekly for the rest of the gossip and join us in trying to figure out who the hell any of these people are.