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July 22, 2019

"Bloody Murder" For Fun, Not Reality

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 am

A concerned citizen of Livermore recently shared his concern that the Asbury Players Community Theater production of Ed Sala’s comedy “Bloody Murder” (March 23-31) was in bad taste, made light of violence and might even be criminal. Please let me assure you that we don’t condone violence at all. In fact, I believe I can safely say that not one member of the cast or crew has ever killed anyone or would ever truly want to. Not only that, the entire point of the playwright’s work is to show the folly of using violence as a solution to anything.

Regarding displaying a noose, please rest assured that the California Penal Code forbids it only when used for the purpose of terrorizing someone, and while I agree that our actor looks extremely menacing in that photo, he is not even remotely terrifying in person. As for the claim of bad taste, well, that is always subject to personal opinion.

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