The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Mass., is planning to perform a parody play of the Bible, with Adam and Eve being played by gay characters 'Adam and Steve' (video below).
According to WWLP-TV, the school has been flooded with emails and phone calls calling the adaptation of the Genesis story “blasphemous and hateful.” Some people have threatened to organize protests in local churches.
“While we have no control whether organizations from other states decide to protest the show, it is clear to me that many of the most recent emails are attempts to coerce PVPA into canceling the play,” Head of School Scott Goldman said in a statement last week. “Allowing this to happen would very much go against the grain of our unique, artistic and intellectually rigorous PVPA community and the larger Pioneer Valley Community.”
The PVPA website calls the play 'The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told' and describes it as a “cheeky, raucously funny, surprisingly tender and ultimately wise as it dissects history, relationships, gay politics and the mystery of faith.”
“It’s not a play that bashes religion, but it does make fun of some religious attitudes,” director Chris Rohman claimed. “Although it’s full of jokes, some of them at the expense of religious fundamentalism, the play is, at its heart, a thoughtful investigation of the meaning of faith and family.”
Source: WWLP-TV and PVPA Website