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In shocking move, Los Angeles Times rejects advertising for Ray Richmond’s TRANSITION play

Censorship in the Trump era? The TRANSITION ad rejected by the LA TImes
Censorship in the Trump era? The TRANSITION ad rejected by the LA TImes
Amid rave reviews, Trump-Obama play’s run extended through April 16 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood 2017-03-22 02:17:07
LOS ANGELES (March 21, 2017) - The Los Angeles Times has rejected advertisements for Ray Richmond's politically-charged play TRANSITION, about the first Oval Office meeting between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

The Times emailed Richmond's team today that the proposed ad "does not meet the content requirements for the Los Angeles Times." According to a member of the TRANSITION production staff, "They had issues with an ad containing public figures."

“I’m really more than a little shocked,” playwright Richmond said this afternoon, “but even more confused. If we can no longer depict the likenesses of famous figures, what will become of political cartoonists? Who will The New Yorker put on its cover? From everything I know about the legalities of this kind of stuff, our ad falls under fair use as well as satire. It seems more like a political decision on the part of the Times, and a petty and pointless one at that.

“It isn’t like we show Obama and Trump swearing or flipping each other off. One is tweeting and one looks perplexed. I guess in the country we now live in, that qualifies as controversial.”

The Times' surprise rejection comes a day after The Hollywood Reporter published a highly-complimentary article about the theatrical sensation, and reported that Richmond had sent letters to both Presidents Trump and Obama, offering them two complimentary tickets each to a performance. Richmond also asked that President Trump tweet about the play.

"I just want a reaction, positive or negative,” Richmond told THR. “President Trump, if you’re reading this, please tweet about this. Call me the ultimate loser.”

TRANSITION stars Joshua Wolf Coleman as President Barack Obama and Harry S. Murphy as Donald Trump, and is directed by Lee Costello.

The 90-minute production, written by the veteran Hollywood journalist, author and critic, is imagined, dramatic recreation of the historic sit-down on November 10, 2016 (two days after Trump's shocking victory in the Presidential election). It is the first theatrical effort directly inspired by the Trump Era.

Critic Paul Myrvold praised the show as "well paced and briskly directed," with "two splendid performers" and "relentless satire.” Eric A. Gordon in People's World called the play “hilarious. You'll have a grand time laughing!" And Dale Reynolds of Edge Media Network wrote, "The script is as delightful as it is daft. You must catch it before our current government forces such criticism to close, making us lose touch with our historic rights."

TRANSITION's run has been extended through April 16 at the Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood (Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 3 pm). The Sunday, March 26 matinee is a benefit for the ACLU.

Tickets are available at .

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