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Sydney Theatre Co. says they will not profit from “Tot Mom” and neither will Steven Soderbergh

November 2, 2009

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!!!)

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. GlindaNorth permalink
    November 2, 2009 9:11 pm

    Instead of a theatrical production entitled “Tot Mom”; I’d much prefer to hear about a production in Sydney entitled something like “Bride, Murdered Underwater, Day 11 of Australian Honeymoon”.

    I would like to hear how the Australian Courts handled the media, investigation into a new bride’s death, the prosecution of her new husband and the subsequent fallout; following an initial verdict in the case.

    Perhaps Australia should focus on media sensations in their own country?

  2. mikka permalink
    November 2, 2009 9:18 pm

    itsamysterytome, she write your back,good job! 😉
    but still this people make money from caylees dead!

    and glinda i agree with you too!

  3. mikka permalink
    November 2, 2009 9:22 pm

    isamysterytome,this people are kidding,our focus is on casey anthony the murder!!! its sounds all fishy what this people write and the
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,is this the group where the anthonys are??? 😡

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 2, 2009 9:39 pm

    Glinda–Good point! I agree with you.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 2, 2009 9:42 pm


    Here’s the link for the National Center For Missing And Exploited Kids. They’ve been around since 1984.

    I don’t believe the Anthonys are connected to this organization. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  6. GlindaNorth permalink
    November 2, 2009 9:44 pm

    Mystery, I believe you are correct. If my memory serves me right; the Anthony’s start their own foundation(s), with the exception of joining the questionable Kid Finders group. Please correct me if I am mistaken!!!!!

  7. mikka permalink
    November 2, 2009 9:56 pm

    isamystery,thanks ,you are right! 😉

  8. mikka permalink
    November 2, 2009 9:56 pm

    glinda,yes ,you are right too! 🙂

  9. mikka permalink
    November 2, 2009 10:12 pm

    tomorrow comes diana fanning book out,
    thats what she write

    Quite honestly, though, if I were Casey Anthony’s attorney, I’d be look for the best plea bargain I could negotiate. Casey’s actions and words in June and July 2008 combined with the forensic evidence gathered by law enforcement paint a strong portrait of guilt. It seems to me that an attorney would have to have an enormous ego to believe he could overcome the strength of the prosecution’s case, based on what has been released thus far. I expect that the state has even more damaging information that has not yet been revealed to the public.

  10. Molly permalink
    November 2, 2009 10:47 pm

    You go mystery!! Great of you to write them & I’m so glad that they responded to you! I also love their answer. No profits for anybody. The A’s are not associated with the NCMEK. They are a nationally recognized & respected org. I think they are also the org that refused association with that dollmaker guy!

  11. Stephanie permalink
    November 3, 2009 5:00 am

    Good Morning Mystery and Everyone
    Thank you for writing them Mystery…When I first heard about it…I was glad they were getting their information from documents and interviews and not the Anthonys. I feel even better now with that confirmed…Thank you again.

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 3, 2009 7:26 am


    Yes, Diane’s book will be my bedtime reading for a few days.

    Remember, Richard Hornsby said, even though he thinks there isn’t enough circumstantial evidence to get her the death penalty, (that was, I believe, before the last document dumps), there was more than enough to convict her on all the other charges which would make her an old woman if and when she ever sees the light of day again. So, either way, she’s doomed.

    If I were the prosecution, there would be no negotiations on the table of any kind–unless Casey was willing to admit to what she did.

  13. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 3, 2009 7:27 am


    I think you’re right and I had forgotten that. They didn’t want any part of his scheme. You are also right that they are a well-respected and well-established organization.

    I also believe no one is profiting from this play. There was no double-speak in what they wrote.

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 3, 2009 7:31 am

    Hi Stephanie–

    Yes, you and me both. I just wanted to know for sure where the money was going, and I think they answered that in a very straight-forward way. I was especially glad to hear what Soderbergh’s motives were, and that he chose wisely when he picked the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as the organization that will receive any profit from this play. He did his research. I’m sure Kidfinders and the Caylee Anthony Foundation could have easily been picked as the beneficiaries if he hadn’t.

  15. mikka permalink
    November 3, 2009 9:04 am

    Fanning concludes that Casey Anthony is “an individual whose self-absorption and insensitivity to others is a destructive force.”

    ***Thanks to Jo, a reader, for the tip about photos — in the Globe — of George and Cindy Anthony on that Caribbean cruise. The revelation: The grandparents are sporting tattoos in honor of Caylee.

    Cindy’s tattoo, on her abdomen, has Caylee’s name and a butterfly.

    George’s tattoo, on his left pec, features a girl, sunbeams and the words “My Sunshine.” The Globe also notes that George “was also seen for the first time wearing a pair of diamond stud earrings

  16. mikka permalink
    November 3, 2009 9:15 am

    here the photos from teh cruise,i see the earring

  17. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 3, 2009 9:31 am

    mikka–great minds think alike–I just posted on this.

  18. Stephanie permalink
    November 3, 2009 1:41 pm

    Mystery…I agree and the fact is no matter how much we like it, there will be movies and books made after this case like many others. Soderbergh will be the only one out of the movies/plays/book deals that will donate the money to a non profit organization. I am not saying everyone has to do this, but I would like to see all that will make a movie or book…go to the documents and media interviews. There is no reason to pay the Anthony’s any more blood money then the media already has. It is all in the documents and down the road in the trial transcripts.

  19. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 6, 2009 7:17 am


    Yes, you have to give Mr. Soderbergh credit for donating any money he might make.
    I received an interesting comment on the original post about this play last night. Although he/she didn’t really identify themselves, the commenter appears to have more than a passing knowledge about the play and those involved.

    Here’s the link–It’s located at the end of the comments.

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