Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Show Must Go On

And so must this blog:

"Catholic group pushes for cancellation of Virgin Mary drama" by Don Aucoin Globe Staff  January 21, 2016

Denouncing a one-woman play about the mother of Jesus as blasphemous, a Pennsylvania-based Catholic organization has launched an online petition calling for the cancellation of “The Testament of Mary,’’ scheduled for Watertown’s New Repertory Theatre this month.

“It is simply outrageous and shocking beyond belief that the Holy Mother of God is subject again to the intolerable blasphemies of the play ‘The Testament of Mary,’ ’’ declares a message on the website of America Needs Fatima. 

Isn't Fatima the daughter of Muhammad?

According to the website, more than 30,000 people have signed the petition, which contends that Mary is “deeply insulted’’ in the play, adding: “Every Catholic and God-fearing American is disturbed by such blatant insensitivity to God and His Holy Mother.’’

I'm not taking any, but I don't know what it is yet.

Jim Petosa, artistic director at New Repertory Theatre, said Thursday that the production will go ahead as scheduled and told the Globe by e-mail: “I believe in freedom of speech, but that includes my freedom to imagine and write, and the freedom of a theatre to put on a play which I wrote in all seriousness.

You watch that!

“I have no interest whatsoever in mockery or blasphemy,’’ Toibin added. “I have attempted to create a work of art based on a figure who, for many reasons, haunts my dreams.”

I have no interest in the play, but....

A representative of America Needs Fatima said the organization’s director, Robert Ritchie, was too busy preparing for Friday’s antiabortion March for Life in Washington, D.C., to be interviewed Thursday.

Then he got snowed under. Hmmm.

In “The Testament of Mary,’’ the title character looks back in love and anguish on the life of Jesus, including the events that led up to his crucifixion. It is a complex portrait of a very human Mary, but several sections have raised hackles among devout believers....

That was when the curtain fell.


Thankfully, no Iranians will be attending.

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