Col­lege post­pones late co­me­dian’s play

Woonsocket Call - - Region | Obituaries -

BOS­TON (AP) — Bran­deis Univer­sity says it has post­poned but not can­celed a stage play about the late co­me­dian Lenny Bruce af­ter some stu­dents and alumni al­leged the play con­tains racist lan­guage and themes.

The Bos­ton-area univer­sity said Tues­day in a let­ter to non­profit group Foun­da­tion for In­di­vid­ual Rights in Ed­u­ca­tion it has moved the play, "Buyer Be­ware," from the fall to the spring.

The Philadel­phia-based group had raised con­cerns over the play's can­cel­la­tion in an open let­ter to the univer­sity, say­ing the univer­sity should de­fend the free-speech prin­ci­ples Bruce fought for. The let­ter was signed by Bruce's daugh­ter.

Bruce was known for pro­fan­ity-laced rou­tines that sparked sev­eral ar­rests for ob­scen­ity in the 1960s. An ar­chive of his work is housed at Bran­deis.

The univer­sity says it main­tains its com­mit­ment to "free­dom of ex­pres­sion."

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