Saturday, March 27, 2010

Arts Reporting: Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Intimidates Tarleton U. into Cancelling Play

UPDATE: Touring production of Corpus Christi will present in Dallas, June 4-6, for Corpus Christi weekend, from KERA Art&Seek Blog, via Jeanne Claire van Ryzin of the Austin Statesman, April 19

UPDATE: Report by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz in Austin Statesman blog, March 27, and lots of comments by readers

Richard Whittaker reports in an Austin Chronicle blog that Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst used a press conference to intimidate Tarleton State University in Stephenville into cancelling a scheduled invitation-only performance of Terence McNally's
Corpus Christi:

Dewhurst the Critic

by Richard Whittaker, March 27

How is Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst like a radical Muslim leader? Because he's decided to get all condemnatory about the play Corpus Christi, thus drawing unwelcome and extraordinary attention to a student production and causing four plays to be canceled over safety concerns.

The play by Texas-raised and Tony-nominated playwright
Terrence McNally, about a gay Christ-like figure called Joshua, was to be part of a performance of one-act plays performed by students at Tarleton State University today, March 27. It is not a minor work (Time's Richard Zoglin called it "witty but not patronizing, as sober and cleansing as a dip in baptismal water") nor is it new (it was first performed in 1998.) Dewhurst, for no readily apparent reason (hey, isn't it an election year?) decided to weigh in on a student performance through a full-blown press release on Friday afternoon.

Read more at Austin Chronicle blogs. . . .

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