Sydney Theatre Co. says they will not profit from “Tot Mom” and neither will Steven Soderbergh
Yesterday I emailed the Sydney Theatre Co. and asked them who exactly was profiting from the film “Tot Mom” and what was the purpose of producing this play at this time. I received the following response, printed in full, below:
Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding Tot Mom.
The script of Tot Mom has been drawn from material surrounding the case and deals principally with the intense media and public scrutiny surrounding this tragic event rather than focusing on the murder of Caylee Anthony.
The play does not in any way seek to sensationalise or profit from the murder of a child. On the contrary it seeks to hold up a mirror to our society that will raise ethical questions about the way in which such a case is dealt with in the public domain. We are interested to examine the process by which the case has become a story of national interest in the USA and the question of how justice operates in an environment where such a case has become a media phenomenon.
Sydney Theatre Company is a not for profit arts organisation and this production will not make a profit; we do not stand to make any financial gain from the presentation of Tot Mom. Steven Soderbergh will not be profiting from this project either. He is donating his fee to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Our interest in presenting the work has nothing to do with making money.
The play is essentially documentary in nature and is composed virtually exclusively of verbatim material using excerpts from transcripts of television shows, court documents and police reports.
This production is a one-off and will be only be seen in its Sydney season.
Sydney Theatre Company
So, there it is in black and white. No profits going to the theater and any moneys made by Soderbergh will be passed to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. And, most importantly to me, the Anthony family will not be making any money from this venture.
If you’d like to know what Jose Baez and the Anthonys think about “Tot Mom”, watch the video below. (Thanks, Mikka!!!)Vodpod videos no longer available.