Name: Theatre Vignettes Informing Students on Health Issues Canceled in Clovis

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  North America

SubjectExplicit Sexuality

MediumTheatre , Performance Art

Artist: Sponsors of the production were the Fresno/Madera Medical Auxiliary organization.

Confronting Bodies: Parents of students who are schooled where the theatre performances occurred.

Date of Action: 1995

Specific Location: Clovis High School, Clovis, California.

Description of Artwork: Professional acting groups perform vignettes dealing with teen pregnancy, AIDS and nutrition.

Description of Incident: A group entitled Concerned Women for America organized a protest calling for the play's cancellation on grounds that it contained vulgar language and promoted masturbation. The school board then scheduled a meeting to debate the issue of the plays propriety.

Results of Incident: Rather than fighting the protest the Fresno/Madera Medical Auxilliary withdrew the program from Clovis High School.

Source: NCAC: based on a report in "Artistic Freedom Under Attack" Vol. 3, 1995, provided by People for the American Way.

Submitted By: Peter Silverman

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