Free speech group urges college to reverse play cancellation
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.