There’s been a lot of misinformation about what happened at my alma mater, Villanova, this week. It seems that a gay performance artist was contracted to appear at the university to put on a workshop about ‘life’ or his particular view of it. Which, of course, is what drama is all about.
But even the Augustinians, who are known for their appreciation of scholarship and their respect for the marketplace of ideas, have a limit. This fellow, Tim Miller, has a habit of doing risqué things on stage, like simulating sex (which is also dangerous if the floorboards on your stage are a bit old…)
He says it’s part of the show, but that he wouldn’t have done the “Wildcat Thing” during his performance at the school.
When university president Father Peter Donohoe got wind of the imminent performance from some justifiably irate students at the Newman Center (and affiliated blogs) he made the difficult but entirely defensible decision to cancel the show.