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Sheen Center Cancels Event Featuring Neil LaBute Play About 'Mohammed'
by Jennifer Schuessler
A downtown Manhattan performance center has canceled an event featuring a new play by Neil LaBute with a title making reference to "Mohammed," on the grounds that the play is offensive to Muslims.
The event, called "Playwrights for a Cause" and featuring four new short plays about censorship in the arts, was set to take place on June 14 at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in Greenwich Village, as the opening of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity, a monthlong arts festival at various locations.
On Tuesday, the Sheen Center canceled the contract for the event, which was organized as a benefit for the National Coalition Against Censorship.
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