Geva play about Ronald Reagan, starring Robert Forster, is canceled

03:26 PM, Apr 03, 2013

A file photo of Robert Forster arriving at a premiere last month. (AP)/

Written By Sheila Rayam Entertainment and Style Editor

The Lifeguard: Ronald Reagan and his Story’ by David Rambo, scheduled to star Academy Award-nominee and Rochester native Robert Forster, has been cancelled, Geva announced on Wednesday.

According to a press release from Geva, the playwright and actor had different visions for the production originally scheduled to run on the Fielding Nextstage June 13-30.

Once Geva Theatre Center had secured the rights from the playwright’s agent to produce this new play in June, artistic collaboration among playwright, actor and director began in earnest,” Mark Cuddy, Geva’s artistic director, said in a statement.

It shortly became apparent, however, that actor and playwright each had a vision for the production that was not compatible with the other. In light of this basic difference, after consultation with me, the playwright made the difficult decision to rescind the rights from Geva rather than risk a compromised vision that neither actor, writer, nor director fully endorsed.”

Geva Theatre Center’s summer season is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.