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Barbara Bellows-TerraNova 
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Re: “Curtains for Utah Repertory Theater Co.

With only one lengthy comment so far, that comment carries more weight than it should. Ryon is no saint -- he readily admits that. But the reading audience should be aware that on the "Utah Rep Boycott Reasons Facebook page, this is the only major set of negative statements about Ryon I saw, amidst HUNDREDS of statements naming serious, dangerous, abusive, and illegal activities initiated or caused by Utah Rep's Johnny Hebda, JC Carter, their cruel choreographer, and others in positions of leadership who saw what was happening and did nothing.

What made me shudder was reading the simple words of one actress, a wonderful experienced actress who has, over the last decade, played some of the best roles in theatre -- magnificently. She spoke of a Utah Rep show that she was in, which I'd seen multiple times because of the great cast (with an obvious exception), saying it had been "a nightmare for me." That is not what theatre is ever supposed to be!

The 2nd biggest problem (after the dangerous, soul-wrenching abuse) is that age-old saying: "Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down." Most people would assume that refers to life in general. But no. The statement came from Wilson Mizner (whose occupation in Wikipedia is listed as "writer, entrepreneur, con man"), and it specifically applies to people in theatre and film. And this concept has always gotten in the way of speaking up.

I suggest readers look for the fuller story coming out.

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Posted by Barbara Bellows-TerraNova on 12/03/2019 at 10:36 PM

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