Atlanta play featuring LGBT version of Bible causes outrage
An Atlanta-based theatre company has been hit with a barrage of criticism for staging a play that re-imagines biblical figures as queer.
Out Front, a theatre company in Atlanta, Georgia has been criticised by fundamentalist Christians because they are going to stage a play imagining biblical figures as gay.
The production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” doesn’t even officially open until April 27, but has already deemed “blasphemous” by the Chrristian group ‘America Needs Fatima’. The conservative Catholic group, which is based in Pennsylvania, launched an online petition asking Out Front Theatre’s Artistic Director Paul Conroy to cancel the production, The New York Times reported Monday.
But the play isn’t new (it premiered in 1998) and the Out Front production has been scheduled for months. The comedy dates back to 1998 and follows Adam and Steve, a gay couple who navigate the centuries with Jane and Mabel, who are lesbians. Along the way, they encounter Noah’s ark, the first Christmas and other well-known Bible stories before traveling to present day New York.
America Needs Fatima members, seems particularly enraged because the Virgin Mary is portrayed as a lesbian.
The NY Times reports that the petition, which had over 42,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon, reads. “The Holy Mother of God is most pure and holy. To refer to her as a lesbian, or even to insinuate it, is an unspeakable blasphemy, which I reject with all my soul. I fear God’s wrath will fall upon us if reparation is not made.” The group then threatens to oppose the play “loudly, peacefully, and legally in as large a protest as we can help make possible” if Conroy chooses to stage the play.
“I think everyone has their individual beliefs and they are entitled to that,” Conroy told Georgia radio station WABE. “If that’s what they believe, they don’t have to come and see our production, but to disrupt a production is where I don’t think it’s okay.”