It seems that the “no jab, no job” slogan is reaching deeper and deeper into the U.S. This time, it was the turn of the prestigious actress and singer Laura Osnes, who, despite having a distinguished career on Broadway, was fired from her show in Hamptons, New York, after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 known as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
The 35-year-old actress, who is a self-described conservative and Christian, was scheduled for a one-night production of Crazy For You at the Guild Hall Theater in East Hampton, which will take place on Aug. 29, according to Breitbart.
However, it later came to light that the theater’s policy is for all staff and performers to show proof of vaccination or submit a negative coronavirus test, Page Six reported.
Insiders told The Post’s Michael Riedel that her co-star, Tony Yazbeck, pressed her on the issue because he said he “has two little kids at home.” Osnes told him that she had not been vaccinated and confessed that she doesn’t trust vaccinations.
Shortly thereafter, sources close to the production said Osnes left the play and was replaced by actress Sierra Boggess, who played Ariel in the Broadway adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Osnes rose to fame in 2008 when she won the talent search for the show “Grease: You’re the One That I Want!”. Since then, she has starred in hit Broadway shows including South Pacific, Anything Goes and Cinderella.
The actress is a devout Christian and told Siren magazine in 2014 that she often struggles to reconcile her faith with her profession.
“It’s definitely a challenge being a Christian in this industry,” she said. “My mom always says I’m like a lamb amidst lions in NYC, but I believe I’ve been called to do it. God has equipped me with the tools I need to not only survive, but be successful and effective for Him.”
Speaking in another 2018 interview, Osnes said her Christian faith remains an important part of her life and helps keep her joyful.
“I’ve had some challenges in my life that I feel like I’ve been able to come out of stronger. . . . I think a lot of that is due to my faith and the strength and the joy and the peace and the wisdom that I think only God can bring,” she said.
Josh Gladstone, artistic director of Guild Hall Theatre, told Page Six: “We have a requirement now along the lines of what Actors’ Equity is requiring, and what Broadway is requiring, for performances. So yes—we’re very excited with the cast that we have, and we’re delighted Susan has put together a beautiful evening. We’re sorry not to have Laura on this, [and] we will look forward to working with Laura again. We are concerned about maintaining the safety of our staff and our audiences.”
Under rules set by the Broadway League, audiences, performers and staff will be required to show proof of vaccination when Manhattan reopens its theaters in the fall.
In addition, audiences will be required to wear masks while in the theaters, except when eating and drinking in designated areas. The directive covers all 41 Broadway theaters and will remain in effect at least through October and could be extended depending on public health guidelines, the Broadway league said in its press release, according to a New York Post report.
The move comes as city public health officials ramp up their vaccination efforts, including imposing a vaccination mandate or test on city employees, as they try to prevent an outbreak of the delta variant of the CCP virus.
However these measures are not well accepted by many people who believe that vaccination should be a personal choice, not something forced.
Several protests broke out this week in the U.S. over school facemask mandates and mandatory experimental vaccine for state employees.