I just looked this up and it turned out it was about a production of “cat on a hot tin roof”, a play which famously features a closeted gay lead character. a member of the audience was catcalling female actresses and shouting homophobic abuse when actor john lacy, who played the character big daddy, paused his performance and called him out. the heckler replied “what are you going to do about it?” to which lacy responded by leaping down into the audience and knocking him to the ground.
Beat his ass big daddy
When John and Theodore Copsey
helped build California’s Lower Lake Stone Jail in 1876, they didn’t expect they’d become the first people to ever be jailed there- but that’s exactly what happened after they celebrated their finished project a little too much at the local saloon. After remembering they’d forgotten to secure the roof, they also became the first people to ever escape from it. Source