Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Hate Doesn't Always Carry the Day

High school theater kids in Ft. Wayne, IN wanted to put on a play, Marian or the True Tale of Robin Hood. This is what the play is about:

A gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic tale, adapted for performance by teen actors for family audiences. Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise, and leads a motley group of Merry Men (few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John. As the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, who will stand for the vulnerable if not Robin? What is the cost of revealing your true self in a time of trouble?

One parent protested, claiming that the play was immoral and against her religion. The kids pointed out that the school district claims to promote tolerance and says that they are against bullying, to no avail. The cowards in school administration and on the school board caved to Christian Karen.

The kids were undeterred. They obtained permission from the company holding the rights, found adults to act as the producer and to run fundraising. They rented a 1,500 seat theater, hired security (which ultimately had nothing to do), packed the house and they put on the show.

For one night, hatred and bigotry did not prevail in Indiana.

1 comment:

  1. The whole idea of one person having veto power is just wrong.
    The administration caving over "fears" is cowardly.

    When I hear those administrators using the words
    disruptions or disruptive its the antiword for unique,
    gay, or whatever is not the middle line for normal
    and they cannot have that.

    Good to hear they did it and in a big way.



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