Smoking on StageBy Laura & Mike Clark • Oct 12th, 2006 • Category: Backstage, The Time of Your Life
The Denver Post is reporting on a new indoor statewide smoking ban taking effect shortly that will bad indoor smoking, including on stage in live theatre. Thespians tackling smoking ban. Fascinating. The Time of Your Life takes place in a bar in 1939, so of course there is smoking going on. The script calls for a celebratory cigar smoking scene near the end of the show, and one of the streetwalkers smokes cigarettes on stage. While I’m not a fan of cigarette smoke (and was a bit concerned because I was one of those scripted to be smoking one of those cigars), the smoking we’re doing makes perfect sense for the characters and the action. One character actually defines herself and her limits through the cigar smoking. It seems obvious to me that an exception for smoking by performers in live theatre should be made. The theatre should also let their audience know that there will be smoking done on stage.
Does anyone know if there are restrictions on on-stage smoking in Virginia, Maryland or DC?
Update: October 30, 2006: Tobacco can’t play into works on stage, Denver Post.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.