Artist: Kushner, Tony.
Confronting Bodies: RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISTS
Date of Action: ABOUT 1995
Specific Location: CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA and other places world wide.
Description of Artwork: This play depicts scenes from American life and has several gay charecters in it--one of whom is also a black nurse. It is about HIV.
Description of Incident: The New York based touring company doing this PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY was engaged by a Charlotte theatre group to perform this play. The touring company arrived and was ready to performe the play which had previously been advertized in an area covering three states. Religious fundamentalists protested this and got Senator Jesse Helms involved to pressure the Auditorium to cancel the play . Some of the protesters were members of the American Family Association, Bob Jones University and One Million Moms (and Dads) which is part of the American Family Association.
Results of Incident: The play was canceled and has never been performed in Western North Carolina or South Carolina since and many theatrical producers will not take on this project in the Carolinas because of the problems which occured in Charlotte when asked by this reporter.
Source: The Chalotte Observer Newspaper; Chalotte, N.C.
The Greenville News
The Associated Press
Submitted By: William Rowland