The University of Central Florida has scrapped preparations for a February student theater production of the play The Day Before Yesterday now that playwright Israel Horovitz has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.

UCF officials announced Wednesday that The Day Before Yesterday is being replaced in the theater schedule this winter with Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl, now set to run Feb. 22-March 4.

According to a New York Times story published last week, Horovitz is the subject of sexual misconduct allegations from nine different women, that range from unwanted forceful kissing to rape.

“As an educational institution, it is our job to instruct students how to produce and participate in theatre. However, it is also our duty to teach them to do so with integrity and respect. Upon evaluation of the situation, we have decided to replace the performance with Boy Gets Girl,” Julia Listengarten, artistic director for Theatre UCF, stated in a news release issue by UCF.

“Boy Gets Girl is about a successful woman who has a blind date that turns horribly wrong,” Listengarten added. “It addresses the impact of sexual harassment, not just the events that happen at the moment, but how the implications are lasting.”

UCF also is planning a forum to discuss this programming change and the #metoo movement as it pertains to the entertainment industry. The date and location of this discussion will be announced in January.

Tickets previously purchased for The Day Before Yesterday will be automatically reissued for the same performance and seat at Boy Gets Girl. Patrons wishing to cancel their tickets should contact the UCF box office.

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