by Jimmy Boegle
This letter was recently sent to Gov. Brewer by the the League of Resident Theatres, which refers to itself as "the largest professional theatre association of its kind in the United States, with 76 member Theatres located in every major market in the U.S., including 29 states and the District of Columbia. LORT Theatres collectively issue more Equity contracts to actors than Broadway and commercial tours combined."
Dear Governor Jan Brewer,
The League of Resident Theatres held its semi-annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson from May 5 — 7, 2010. Representing over 50 of the country’s most respected professional theatres, the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) has enjoyed holding its Meeting in Tucson three times over the last ten years.
In light of the recent passing of SB1070, the LORT membership convened to discuss a response to the abhorrent bill that you recently signed into law. It was agreed that ideally the correct response would have been to cancel the Meeting, withholding any dollars spent in the State of Arizona. Unfortunately, the timing of your signing this bill into law coincided with the Meeting and a cancellation would have left one of our member theatres, Arizona Theatre Company, wholly liable for the contract they had signed with the Tucson resort. LORT felt it unfair to burden your State Theatre with this financial obligation.
As a group, however, we felt a response to this Anti-Immigration Law was necessary.
We condemn this law. We have taken and will be taking the following actions:
Individual members who were staying over the weekend to enjoy Tucson and the surrounding area were encouraged to cancel their plans and return home or plan a getaway in a neighboring state;
Individual members attending the Meeting were encouraged to spend as few ancillary dollars as possible on any leisure activities, including golf, spa treatments, meals out and the other leisure activities Arizona is known for;
The LORT Meeting will not take place in Arizona again as long as this law is in place.