Brit legit plays hide and Sikh

Scribe flees the scene

The British legit biz is mulling the implications of riots that forced a theater to shutter a Sikh play and drove its playwright into hiding.

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti is continuing to receive death threats even though the Birmingham Repertory Theater last week ditched “Behzti” (Dishonor), following protests over its depiction of rape and murder in a Sikh temple. She has turned down offers from other theaters to stage the play.

Hundreds of Sikh protesters clashed with police outside the theater Dec. 18, charging that the play was blasphemous and offensive.

Many have labeled the decision by the theater’s exec director, Stuart Rogers to pull the play as censorship.

Others have drawn parallels to last month’s murder of maverick Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who outraged Muslims with a film accusing Islam of promoting violence against women.

Actor Corin Redgrave, a member of Blighty’s left-wing acting dynasty, worries the “Behzti” backlash will make raising funds for productions more difficult.

“With a subsidized theater, there is always a risk of the board and funders saying ‘(We) don’t want to offend this or that community or this or that interest,’ ” he told Reuters.

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