Show Business: You Can Take This Grant and . . .

When Paul Zimmer, director of the University of Iowa Press, got notification of his annual grant of support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the new language restricting allowable content sent him on a long, brooding walk. When Los Angeles choreographer Bella Lewitzky received her notice, she just crossed out the offending restrictions against obscenity before signing, a response the NEA would not allow. Media-minded impresario Joseph Papp of New York City's Public Theater wrote an op-ed open letter for the New York Times. The business-minded board of the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, the largest U.S. regional theater, held a private...

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