Director claims play cancelled due to racism


‘Pimpin’ in the Pulpit’ was not going to be played in Waskom. 

“Purely, the simple fact that we’re in the south,” said Waskom ISD Superintendent Jimmy Cox. “This is a heavy region of the bible belt. For that reason, the nature of the play, the title of the play.”

Vickie Roberson, the show’s director, says she wasn’t give enough notice that Waskom ISD canceled her play the day before the showing. Cox says, it wouldn’t have even been agreed to be on the school’s property if he knew as she inquired about it. 

“Had I been involved about 20 or 30 days before the play, it would have ended right there,” Cox said.

But, that was not good enough for Roberson. 

You might step on a few toes, but it is what it is,” Roberson said. “It does have a very positive message. In this day and time, I wouldn’t have thought it but I thought they were giving me the signals all along. But, I see now. I think race was a big issue.” 

Cox emphatically denied any racism claims. 

“Never in any of those discussions or comments, was anything talked about, mentioned about race,” Cox said. “I think it was entirely a miscommunication.” 

You can still catch the play November 10th at the Vickie Roberson Theatre at 7 p.m.

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