Rihanna defended by Slave Play playwright after she irritates Broadway patrons with tardiness and texting while attending play
Rihanna was defended by a playwright after Broadway attendees complained about the pop star’s tardiness and texting during a recent performance.
The 31-year-old Umbrella singer was seen in New York City attending the new production Slave Play, which is written by Jeremy O. Harris.
The Barbados-born beauty was around 15 minutes late to the play, and Harris came to her defense in a tweet, saying he was happy to delay the production and receive the texts she sent.
The latest: Rihanna, 31, was defended by a playwright after Broadway attendees complained about the pop star’s tardiness and texting during a recent performance
‘Two things I learned today about the Type of theatre maker I am: When my idol texts that she’s running late. I hold the curtain for her,’ he wrote alongside a picture of the pair embracing. ‘When my idol texts me during a play I’ve written, I respond.’
Harris, 30, repeatedly defended the You Da One singer in a series of tweets. One user noted how Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2015 made public his irritation after Madonna had been on her phone during a Hamilton performance.
‘I respect Lin’s position, I just don’t share it,’ Harris said. ‘I’m not interested in policing anyone’s relationship to watching a play ESPECIALLY someone who isn’t a part of the regular theatregoing crowd.
‘Moreover, as ppl on this site know I’m famously ambivalent [about] phone use in theatre.’
Pals: The Only Girl artist embraced playwright Jeremy O. Harris at the production
Defense: Harris said that he did not regret holding the show for the Umbrella artist
Harris again reinforced his ambivalence toward phone usage, regardless of who was working the phone.
‘FYI: miss me w tweets chastising anyone in my audience for using a phone to send a text,’ he said. ‘I’ve seen too many “general audience members” do it over the last decade to care about it.
‘I’m more interested in theatre evolving and maybe phones are part of that evolution? Who knows.’
Harris also made no apologies for delaying the start of the show for the Diamonds songstress, noting how she had been a muse for him creatively.
‘To dead this weird discourse that has popped up,’ he said. ‘The patron saint of the play I wrote is literally a pop star, fashion icon, and Demi-goddess named Rihanna. Her words are all over it. She’s a 9th character in the play. When Dionysus is coming you hold the curtain.’