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(Charter School) PVPA presents provocative comedy, ‘The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told’
Daily Hampshire Gazette ^ | 3/14/2013 | MADELINE ROSENE

Posted on 03/22/2013 6:40:04 PM PDT by markomalley

What if Adam hadn’t been joined in the Garden of Eden by Eve? What if, instead, his soulmate was named Steve? And what if they were joined in paradise, not by Cain and Abel, but by Jane and Mabel?

That’s the premise behind the play “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a gay-positive comedy by Paul Rudnick that dissects and analyzes history, relationships and gay politics. Along the way, Rudnick also skewers a few stereotypes, while exploring deep questions of family and faith.

The play, which will be presented by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School this weekend at the Academy of Music in Northampton, has stirred controversy because of its alternative view of the biblical Book of Genesis. Scott Goldman, head of PVPA, received emailed petitions and phone calls protesting the school’s planned performance.

Productions in other parts of the country have been picketed by conservative religious groups who object to the play’s treatment of religion and view of homosexuality.

“It’s pretty provocative,” said the play’s director, Chris Rohman. “Some people may consider it blasphemous, and its version of biblical narratives is certainly non-traditional.”

Long history

“The Most Fabulous Story” covers a 2,000-year time-span, breaks a number of theatrical conventions and, in PVPA’s production, makes inventive use of the Academy of Music’s stage and auditorium. Supporting characters include a drag-queen Pharaoh, a disabled lesbian cable-TV rabbi and the production’s Stage Manager who, as usual in the theater, plays God.

Act One recounts the major episodes of the Old Testament: There’s the Garden of Eden, the ark, a visit with a highly rambunctious Pharaoh.

“This garden is fabulous!,” Adam declares as he gets his first look at the Garden of Eden. He rushes about, in awe of the trees, the lakes, the blue skies.

But, as delighted as he is with his surroundings, Adam is perplexed: “Where am I?,” he asks no one in particular. “Who am I?,” he wonders. And for that matter, “Who am I talking to?” And, by the way, he asks, “Am I gay?” “Yes,” he decides, “and I am alone.”

But, not for long. Soon, he is joined by Steve.

It’s also during the first act that Jane and Mabel, a lesbian couple, are introduced to Adam and Steve, and, in turn, introduce the men to God’s presence and love.

“God is the creator of cosmos and the source of all spiritual and moral nourishment,” Mabel tells her new friends.

Together, the two couples decide to start civilization, but procreation proves to be a challenge.

Act Two fast-forwards to modern-day New York City: Steve is HIV positive. It’s Christmas Eve, and Jane is nine months pregnant. The two women invite Adam and Steve to join them at their wedding ceremony, which is interrupted when Jane gives birth. Steve tells Adam that he’ll probably not survive much longer. Bound by their long life together, and the miracle of birth they’ve just witnessed, the two men comfort each other, even though they know their remaining time together will be short.

Laughing in the dark

“The Most Fabulous Story” debuted in The Berkshires in 1998 and had a run in New York City. In a New York Times review, Ben Brantley called the play “both a testament to the virtues of laughing in the dark and a celebration of the kind of theater that allows people to do so.”

Rohman, a theater consultant and adjunct faculty member at PVPA, says it’s an important play to produce.

“I consider it very positive and affirming ... not just because it’s gay-affirming but because it wrestles, seriously as well as humorously and satirically, with deep issues of faith, family and belonging.” After all, he adds, the central characters’ journeys are defined by their search for the meaning of faith and the presence of God.

“Notwithstanding the comedic spin,” he said, “it’s really quite a sympathetic view of religion.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

Sigh...

Has anybody seen where the USA went? Apparently she has gone away and left some bizarre doppelganger behind in her place.

1 posted on 03/22/2013 6:40:04 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Kids shown = pathetic

“its version of biblical narratives is certainly non-traditional.”

What the hell kind of Newspeak is this?! It’s not ‘non-traditional’. It’s FALSE!
This is like writing a textbook on history, with Hitler winning WWII, and then saying its perspective was ‘non-traditional’

This makes ZERO factual sense. ZERO biological sense. ZERO Biblican sense. And ZERO common sense.
At least the HIV part is accurate.
I hope nobody cried after being rejected from this joke of a school. Choose your charter school carefully. Some are just as crazy as public schools.


2 posted on 03/22/2013 6:48:49 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: markomalley

Let’s see them dare lampoon mooo-hamed and his islamic goat-followers next. What, that might hurt the muslim’s feelings?


3 posted on 03/22/2013 6:51:20 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: markomalley
"After all", he adds, "the central characters’ journeys are defined by their search for the meaning of faith and the presence of God."

Need I say he missed by a country mile?

4 posted on 03/22/2013 6:53:33 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: markomalley

Barefoot. Nice touch. Keeps this audience from puking on their shoes.


5 posted on 03/22/2013 6:55:16 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: markomalley

The left just can’t get enough of the mocking Christians deal...it’s really lame. We always hear how these “artists” are taking a courageous stand. If their so courageous and edgy why not mock the koran????


6 posted on 03/22/2013 6:57:07 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: markomalley

I’m beginning to think that the Elizabethan Puritans were on to something when they condemned the theater as the Devil’s workshop.


7 posted on 03/22/2013 6:57:35 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Viennacon
Some are just as crazy as public schools.

It is a Public School - Public Charter School.
Taxpayer funded - around $4 Million per year

8 posted on 03/22/2013 7:04:06 PM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: markomalley

When everything you identify as you runs counter to the design of life itself, then anything, no matter how ridiculous or unreal, is acceptable. And being acceptable isn’t enough psychologically ... it must be “celebrated” and “fabulous” to compensate for the dissonance and unreality.


9 posted on 03/22/2013 7:05:21 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: markomalley

If Eve had been a Steve, none of us would be here. This should be in the dictionary next to the word, “sophomoric.”


10 posted on 03/22/2013 7:09:23 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: markomalley

So if it was Adam and Steve were Cain and Abell butt born and conceived in Steves rectum? Must have been a real Crappy birth.

What kind of stupid shyt is this and what kind of idiot would write it play in it , and watch it?


11 posted on 03/22/2013 7:13:08 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: libertarian27

Whoops. No surprises then.


12 posted on 03/22/2013 7:20:19 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: libertarian27

I mean, they’re usually more independent in their actions, but they obviously do the same crap.


13 posted on 03/22/2013 7:21:50 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: markomalley

These people are not mocking the bible they are fulfilling it..
These actions are foretold to to be present... and even much worse than that..

As it gets worse and worse.. rejoicing should be evident by some..
AT some point all heaven is going to break lose.. for some..
Extreme “social justice” for others..

That is... IF... you love the bibles rendition of things..
IF Not... what happens.... HAPPENS.. (same deal)..


14 posted on 03/22/2013 7:27:50 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: markomalley
Put a fork in this nation.

It's done.

15 posted on 03/22/2013 7:41:50 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: markomalley

>> Act Two fast-forwards to modern-day New York City: Steve is HIV positive.

Rent. And it sucked.


16 posted on 03/22/2013 7:52:39 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: markomalley

The homosexuals cannot face God. They have no choice other than to twist reality to justify their behaviour. God shall not be mocked.


17 posted on 03/22/2013 8:21:19 PM PDT by PJammers (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: markomalley

>> What if Adam hadn’t been joined in the Garden of Eden by Eve? What if, instead, his soulmate was named Steve? <<

Uh... there would be no human race? Duh?!


18 posted on 03/22/2013 8:39:46 PM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: Venturer

“Must have been a real Crappy birth.”

Today these offspring inhabit the White Hut...


19 posted on 03/22/2013 8:50:34 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: markomalley
Together, the two couples decide to start civilization, but procreation proves to be a challenge.

Ya think -LOL!!!!

Even today it presents the same challenge for the delusional perverts.

Nature does have a sense of humor -the homosexual comedians are really being laughed at here NOT laughed with...

20 posted on 03/22/2013 9:42:12 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: markomalley

I suppose that if we transported these people to a different time and place they’d be merrily dressing up in blackface and singing “Mammy” and praises of fried chicken and watermelon.


21 posted on 03/22/2013 9:54:51 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: markomalley

The “public school” is the Bus Ministry of the State Church of Humanism.

The “public school”, including the “charter school”, is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is collectivist.

It is hypocritical to submit your children to an authority with whom you fundamentally disagree. Children do not trust hypocrites, so this will undermine your own authority, let alone influence, with your children.

Any child that comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and common sense intact does so in spite of the government school indoctrination, not because of it.

To understand the content and compass of modern education, see ...
http://www.scribd.com/doc/54400125/Change-Agents-in-the-Schools-Barbara-Morris-1979

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

Nobody loves your children more than you do.

Nobody can teach your children better than you can.

Nobody knows your children better than you do.

Your children would love nothing better than to be taught by you, if you start doing so before they are corrupted by the government school collective.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.

DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!

Especially not with your own children.

And DO NOT TAKE GOVERNMENT “EDUCATION” MONEY!

He that pays the piper calls the tune, and that’s especially true for any government entitlement program.


22 posted on 03/23/2013 8:50:59 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: markomalley
This is the wrong sort of history to repeat, especially for those like us who began with a Covenant's Seal of Approval.

We've had our struggles living up to our end of the deal, we are what we are, and we spilled a lot of blood getting back to that deal. On the other hand, we also were chosen to save the world from evil, to save God's chosen from that evil and to restore Israel. That counts for something.

Unfortunately, since then, we've been infected with some of that evil we failed to exterminate, some of that original apple, perhaps, that has caused us to forget and we just went with it.

We broke a seal (and the deal, imho) when we legalized sacrificing our most innocent on the alter of convenience to the god of...well, isn't it sorta obvious which god?

Anyway, back to what I was saying about repeating history and this not being the history we want to repeat...I've been re-reading the chapters on how this road ends and this is a bad place to be.

Freedom of speech is one thing, reaction to what is expressed is another. We need to save each other, but is a comedy like this the way to do it? I haven't seen it, so I don't know, but...

Luke: "I have a very bad feeling about this."
Obi-Wan: "Turn The ship around."
Han: "Yeah, I think your right. Full reverse! Chewie, lock in the auxiliary power."
Chewbacca: "(Grrs)"
Han: "Chewie, lock in the auxiliary power."
Chewbacca: "(Grrs)"
Luke: "Why are we still moving towards it?"
Chewbacca: "(Grrs)" Han: "We're caught in a tractor beam! It's pulling us in!"
Luke: "But there's gotta be something you can do!"

23 posted on 03/23/2013 11:43:32 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: spodefly
And being acceptable isn’t enough psychologically ... it must be “celebrated” and “fabulous” to compensate for the dissonance and unreality.

Too sadly true.

24 posted on 03/23/2013 5:27:20 PM PDT by SuziQ
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25 posted on 03/23/2013 5:30:02 PM PDT by narses
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