The Supreme Court shouldn’t stop a tour of “Burr’s House of Pain” in New Orleans, the president of the National Association of Theatre Owners said Monday.
The tour, featuring a new play by Richard Pryor and a new film by the late John Waters, was supposed to be released last week but was delayed until next month.
“It’s a very bad idea to try to force people to go to the theater,” said Tonya R. Durenberger, the former chair of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.
“The public should be able to decide if they want to go, and the theater should be a place for them to come.”
The theater is located in the city’s historic district.
Pryor’s “House of Pain,” about a Louisiana lawyer who becomes a drug dealer after losing his wife, opens Thursday.
The theater’s director, Julie Meeker, said Pryor’s play “is not going to be a political movie.
It’s not going be a play about black men.
He is not the hero of the film,” she said. “
He is not a hero.
He is not the hero of the film,” she said.
She said she was unaware of any complaints from the theater’s board of directors.
Meeker and Durenberg said they would be willing to host Pryor at the theater if the theater was willing to waive ticket prices and accept the invitation.
“If they can accept it, that’s great,” Meeker said.
“I think we are going to do a great job.”
Meeker acknowledged the controversy surrounding the tour, saying, “We are doing this to make a statement.
We are not doing this for political gain.
We want to make it a celebration of the American spirit.”
Pryor, who died in 2009, created an iconic image as a hard-drinking, high-energy New Orleans lawyer in the 1960s.
The “House” play has been a top-10 Broadway hit since 2004, and a second “House,” by Pryor’s son, Ben, is set to open in July.
In the film, the late Pryor, known as “Big Daddy,” plays a heroin addict.
It has earned more than $40 million at the box office and has been nominated for nine Tony Awards.
But the play has also been criticized by critics, with some critics calling the characters’ personalities and sexuality inappropriate.
The play’s director says Pryor was not a racist and is a man of integrity.
Pryor, a Democrat, had a long political career, from the 1960’s through his 1992 run for president.
In 1995, he became the first African-American senator to run for the Senate.
In 2016, he ran against Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election.
“Mr. Pryor is not racist.
He’s a great person,” Meek said.
The new play is titled “Bitter Flowers,” and it is the second Pryor-directed film, after his 1997 film “The Death of a Salesman.”
“Burrs House of Pleasure” was written by Pryor and directed by Meeker.
Pryor was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the film.
Meek also won an Emmy Award for her work on “The Cosby Show.”
Pryor was born in St. Louis in 1943 and attended the University of Missouri.
He later earned a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Pryor died in 2004, at age 77.