I was appalled at the uncalled for, senseless, shocking and utterly inappropriate menacing display of a very real-appearing large black pistol by an actor during his performance of a poem at the April 1 SOMOS event in the Taos Arts Center. This actor ran about the audience waving his firearm in audience members’ faces. There was no warning given.
Even in the context of April Fools Day, this was outrageous, insensitive and unacceptable. It should never be repeated at any public performance, in jest, or otherwise.
I myself have lost a most dear family member to hostile gunfire, and I myself have also in years past been personally menaced by gun-wielding criminals. I see this as no joke.
I also have long experience hosting and performing in poetry and theater events. I am a dues-paying SOMOS member as well as the curator and host of a Poetry and Prose performance series in Angel Fire.
This seems like stating the obvious, but it needs to be said, nonetheless.
Guns, even fake, “toy”, starter or unloaded guns, and poetry performances do not mix. Any discussion on this? For the record, there are to be no guns displayed, even in jest, at any literary events which I curate and sponsor. Period.
– Bill Nevins, Angel Fire