"With the continuing war on terrorism, borders have tightened," stated A.C.T. producing director James Haire in a release statement. "We have done many of these free-flow type of exchanges before and have never run into any trouble. There is certainly nothing in Johnson's background to have raised any red flags. With the new Department of Homeland Security all the policies of the past have been put into question."
The actor will be replaced by Stephen Caffrey. "We were so disappointed to learn that Geordie was not going to be able to join us," stated A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff. "We feel so fortunate that Stephen's schedule was open and that he was able to join us."
Johnson would have taken part in a co-operative exchange program for actors between the Canadian and U.S. branches of Actors' Equity Association. Though both sides agreed to the exchange and all paperwork was completed, the DCIS denied the P-2 type of visa.
Caffrey had appeared on the A.C.T. stage in Singers Boy as well as in I Hate Hamlet (Chicago's Royal George Theater), The Scarlet Letter (Classic Stage Company), Bargains (The Old Globe Theatre) and The Miser (Hartford Stage Company).