'Jagged Little Pill' star announces exit from show: 'Broadway should be a safe space'
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A "Jagged Little Pill" actor announced on Sunday that his Tony Awards performance would be his last as a cast member of the Broadway show.

Antonio Cipriano is among the latest cast members to address the controversy surrounding the show, the producers of which have been accused of harmful treatment of trans and non-binary cast members, among other claims.

Cipriano, who plays Phoenix in the show based on the music of Alanis Morissette, cited the alleged "harm" as his reason for exiting the production.


"After four years of being with Jagged Little Pill, the Tony's tonight will be my final performance with the show," he said in a statement he shared on Twitter. "I have to acknowledge the harm that many trans + non-binary, and all marginalized folks, on-stage cast members and off have endured through the years."

"Broadway should be a safe space for everyone to create and experience art. All artists deserve to exist fully and authentically," Cipriano continued. 

"Representation, mental and physical health are extremely important. I'm hopeful for a more equitable future where the right changes and protection are put into action," he added. 

Show star Lauren Patten also acknowledged the allegations against the production's management in her Tony's acceptance speech after winning "Best Actress in a Musical." 

"It is also a strange time for awards," she said. "We are in the middle of a reckoning in our industry. And first and foremost I want to thank my trans and nonbinary friends and colleagues who have engaged with me in difficult conversations that have joined me in dialogue about my character Jo."

She continued, "I believe that the future for the change we need to see on Broadway comes from these kinds of conversations that are full of honesty and empathy and respect for our shared humanity."

Many social media users called on Patten to not accept the award and also exit the cast.

The cast members' statements come after the Actors’ Equity Association on Sunday announced it would be independently investigating the production over the claims, notes Yahoo News.