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What's in the Woods?

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 12, 2021

Dear Editor,
    I don't know if anyone is planning on reviewing the season opener at Zach theatre but just a heads up about the 2nd act it's triggering.
    I think the idea is that the giant is 2020 (or caused 2020... it's v unclear) but how it was done was so disrespectful and tone deaf. For instance they have a visual of a woman on a ventilator as the Prince sings about finding a maiden in a glass coffin protected by a dwarf (Fauci) then Rapunzel (a Black woman) is watching tv during all of the scene ends with BLM protest footage and a picture of George Floyd and runs off crying hysterically in an almost comical way.
    And I could forgive all of this if their message was in anyway clear.
    These things were just used like a prop.
    I don't think they are trying to be disrespectful but they definitely have no awareness of how messed up it is to use trauma we are all living through right now as a piece of set.
    It's gross.
    Oh and if you don't know the show, Jack and his mother are blamed for the Giant, and they casted two Asian actors.
    So just a heads up for your reviewer!
DESIREE D Humphries

APA? No Way!

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 11, 2021

Dear Editor,
    Regarding the Chronicle’s recent piece about Austin Pets Alive’s last-ditch PR stunt to avoid behaving like an adult in its “partnership” with the city of Austin ["Austin's 10-Year No-Kill Deal With Austin Pets Alive! May Be Dead," News, Oct. 12] and instead running to Council members for help: With “partners” like APA, who needs enemies? APA has been in violation of numerous provisions of its license agreement with the city (which gives APA free use of Town Lake Animal Center) for years. APA has crowded more animals into TLAC than the agreement allows, operates the shelter with little regard for national standards, has routinely drugged animals to keep them from going kennel crazy, and has made little to no effort to raise the capital needed for a safe, humane shelter. As a long-time volunteer at APA, I tried to bring attention to these issues both at APA and then to City Council, with zero results. It’s not easy when APA has convinced everyone – through its prodigious PR efforts – that it can do no wrong. It’s also hard when APA has stacked the Animal Advisory Commission – which, by state law, is supposed to help regulate *all* shelters, public and private, in Travis County – with members that do APA’s bidding. The city of Austin does not need a “partner” like APA. A far better use of the land at TLAC would be as a city-operated satellite adoption center. Austin is much too large to have only one shelter location. APA is no longer the partner Austin needs. The city should terminate its license agreement with APA.
Leslie Padilla
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