Last week, Stage West was made aware that allegations had been made against Lee Trull for unprofessional and inappropriate conduct. The details of those allegations were not made available. Mr. Trull was slated to direct A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City by Halley Feiffer. Learning of his release from the Dallas Theatre Center, Stage West’s management made the decision to move forward with releasing Mr. Trull from the project. Today, after reading the TheaterJones article in which the allegations were spelled out in detail, we are all shaken and stunned. He has collaborated with Stage West off and on for nearly 20 years. There has never been a complaint about him during his time in our house. We regard the newly published allegations very seriously and intend to sever our ties. We will announce his replacement in the coming weeks.
The theatre is a place where trust is of the utmost importance. Mr. Trull has gravely broken the trust necessary to create art in a safe and nurturing environment. We commend the women who have come forward to share their stories and hope they find healing and closure through this process. As for Mr. Trull, there is no place for such behavior in the theatre community or in society in general.
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