Dominique Morisseau has pulled the Los Angeles premiere on her Paradise blue at Geffen Playhouse, and claimed that a series of assaults on black women took place behind the scenes. In a Facebook post, said the Tony-nominated playwright, “injuries were allowed to stiffen. Cultivate. And go unchecked. I heard about it as I was not involved in the process. Then I investigated it personally. And in the end he refused to stand for. that.”
In a subsequent announcement, Geffen confirmed the cancellation and acknowledged that the company did not live up to its best practice of keeping all workers safe. “An incident between members of the production was brought to our attention and we did not react decisively in relation to it.”
Specific details about the incidents were not released by either party.
Geffen had previously worked with Morisseau, including for the LA premiere in 2018 on her play Skeleton Crew. “I thought of this place as one of my first west coast homes for theater. I do not have many,” the playwright wrote. “And any theater that has ever worked directly with me knows that I am generous. Beyond generous. I help with their programming. I go beyond that. I do myself in the service of work and in the service of the theater as a whole, because I believe in it as the way to illuminate a new future.But I do not take business-as-usual into that future.I do not accept the normalization of abuse anyone into the future of this field. “
While the West Coast premiere was interrupted, Morisseaus Skeleton Crew will continue as planned on Broadway. Previews for the Manhattan Theater Club production begin Dec. 21 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater.