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Controversy over 'Rumors' on stage
On Feb. 18, the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary sponsored the opening-night performance of the Neil Simon play, Rumors, produced by Centerstage Theatre. This was represented to us (and consequently, by us to the community) as a play ideal for family viewing. However, during the performance, there was repeated use of inappropriate language, and many of our members and guests were deeply offended. Although the performance was entertaining and the play was enjoyable, the language was not in keeping with the type of events that the hospital or the auxiliary is known to support.
The mission of the auxiliary is to provide wholesome fund-raising events for the purpose of (1) generating income for programs that support patient care, and (2) enhancing community awareness of St. Francis Hospital. We sincerely apologize to all who attended our event on Feb. 18, and we hope that everyone will continue to support future auxiliary events.
President, St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary