‘Sea Serpent’ owner sues to stop use of a similar Cecil

The owner of the “Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent” copyright has sued the producers and director of a play at the Blank Theater in L.A. that uses a Cecil-like character.

Theota Ann Clampett, in a complaint filed in U. S. District Court in Los Angeles, said that the play, “A Snake in the Vein,” has three characters, one of which is a green hand puppet that, despite an attempt at disguise, was referred to by a reviewer as “Cecil the Seasick Serpent.”

The play, the suit said, contains “numerous references, implicit and explicit , regarding homosexuality, intravenous drug use, heroin addiction, violence, and … graphic dialogue.” Cecil, however, was intended as a “family-oriented” character, the suit said.

The suit seeks an injunction against use of a snake, serpent or green puppet or a character named Cecil in the play and at least $ 100,000 in damages.

Defendants include the estate of author Allan Bowne, Blank Theater Company, director Lysa Hayland, producers Dale Reynolds and Daniel Henning, Blank theater board member Christopher Coulet, actor Lee Kissman, the William Morris Agency Inc. and agent Peter Franklin.

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