SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — The head of a Western Massachusetts charter school says a student production of a play that retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters will go on as planned despite objections from some who say it’s offensive to Christians.
Scott Goldman of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School said in a letter to parents Wednesday that the school has received email petitions and phone calls describing Paul Rudnick’s 1998 comedy “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” as “blasphemous and hateful.”
The South Hadley school has been urged to cancel the shows scheduled for later this month. Some say they will organize protests. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Goldman wrote that the play is consistent with the school’s philosophy and appropriate for a high school audience.
The play is scheduled for three dates in mid-March, and said to be entirely depicted by a cast of ten.