• Point Park Theater students refuse to perform play, say it has 'racist language'

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    PITTSBURGH - Point Park Theater students are standing up to school administrators over a musical that was supposed to be performed this upcoming weekend.

    Several of the students felt the musical, "Adding Machine," had racist language and undertones. They said they felt uncomfortable performing it.

    According to a news release sent to Channel 11, the show was chosen "because it is a provocative piece that seeks to inspire a wake-up call to its audience." The release categorized the musical as showing "how easily discrimination and hatred become woven in the fabric of society." 

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    The release said as the was cast and production began, students found the play "increasingly disturbing." 

    A discussion was convened on Thursday, November 21 where the University Artistic Director "decided there was no clear path forward and announced the cancellation of the show." 

    Students told Channel 11 they were planning a walk out if their demands were not met.


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