'Spider-Man' Director Julie Taymor Withdraws From New York Times Event

Press rep cites schedule conflict as reason for canceled forum on theater.

As the troubles continue for the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the play's director Julie Taymor has canceled a public speaking engagement where she would have been interviewed about the play.

Taymor  withdrew from a New York Times event on Jan. 8, according to the newspaper. She was to be interviewed by Patrick Healy, the Times reporter who covers theater.

A press representative for Taymor explained that "with the changes to the Spider-Man production schedule, Julie will be deep in rehearsals and will not be available to participate."

Ticketholders for the cancelled event are being offered a full refund.