Name: South Carolina production offends southern palate.

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Authur Miller's: _Creation of the World and Other Business_ . Presented by: Citizens of the Universe and directed by : Dan A.R. Kelly.

Confronting Bodies: President of Greenville Technical College (Greenville, SC)and two members of the attending audience of opening night.

Date of Action: Feburary 11th, 2003- May 7th, 2003

Specific Location: The Information Center Greenville Tech Barton Campus (J. Verne Smith Library/ Technical Resource Building) P.O. Box 5616 506 South Pleasantburg Drive Greenville, SC 29607

Description of Artwork: _Creation of the World and Other Business_ is a dramatic comedy based on a non-traditional interpretation of the Book of Genesis. The cast in this particular production included a woman in the role of God and black men in the roles of Adam and Abel.

Description of Incident: The play, directed by Dan A.R. Kelly, opened on May 7. The next day, after a complaint about its content, _The Creation of the World and Other Business_ was cancelled. The official reason was that the incomplete paperwork presented had violated scheduling policies. Furthur study of the situation by the National Coalition Against Censorship found no major error with the submitted paperwork, terms of agreement, or other 'problems' named by the President of Greenville Technical College (Greenville, SC). NCAC urged the colledge to allow the performance to move forward.

Results of Incident: Performance was not allowed to move forward and is currently looking for another space in which to perform. Legal action is still possible.

Source: Metrobeat (Mid- May editions. Greenville, SC)

Submitted By: James R. Cartee, Chair Director of COTU

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