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Texas: Threats Upend "Gay Jesus" Play

After receiving threats from the local Christian community, a college performance of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi has been moved to 8:00. In the morning.
Security concerns prompted Tarleton State University to change the start time and limit the audience of a play in which Jesus is portrayed as gay. The production called "Corpus Christi" was to be performed, at the school in Stephenville, at 4 p.m. Saturday. A news release provided Thursday to The Associated Press says the student-produced play will now start at 8 a.m. Saturday. A private audience of invited guests and relatives of the cast will be the only people allowed to watch the play, the school said. Critics say the Terrence McNally play, which premiered in 1998 in New York, is blasphemous. The TSU statement says the school "has a responsibility to provide a safe and secure educational environmental for students, faculty, staff and visitors." Stephenville is about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
NOTE: The above photo is from a 2008 NYC revival of the play.

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