Free speech group urges col­lege to re­verse play can­cel­la­tion

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

BOS­TON — Free-speech ad­vo­cates are urg­ing Bran­deis Univer­sity to re­con­sider its can­cel­la­tion of stage play about the late co­me­dian Lenny Bruce. The Bos­ton-area school says it will no longer stage a pre­miere of the play “Buyer Be­ware’’ after some stu­dents and alumni al­leged that the play con­tains racist lan­guage and themes.

But the non-profit group Foun­da­tion for In­di­vid­ual Rights in Ed­u­ca­tion says the de­ci­sion should be re­versed and wants an ex­pla­na­tion from the school.

An open letter from the Philadel­phia-based group says Bran­deis should de­fend the free-speech prin­ci­ples that Bruce fought for. It was also signed by Bruce’s daugh­ter, Kitty.

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