Arthur Miller, Shakespeare : Pure Tawdry Filth

I’m a parent of a high-school drama student; I’ve often had problems about the content of some of the plays put on — but this is just too much.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A central Missouri high school drama teacher whose spring play was cancelled after complaints about tawdry content in one of her previous productions will resign rather than face a possible firing.

Tawdry content? Like what?

DeVore’s students were to perform Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” a drama set during the 17th Century Salem witch trials.

Oh, yeah, that’s a filth-ridden triple-X production. Uh huh. It’s boring, it’s droll, it’s supposed to be politically significant but it mostly just induces coma — tawdry? You’ve got to be kidding me.

But after a handful of Callaway Christian Church members complained about scenes in the fall musical “Grease” that showed teens smoking, drinking and kissing, Superintendent Mark Enderle told DeVore to find a more family-friendly substitute.

Oh, I get it now. After all, teenagers don’t smoke, or drink, or kiss, do they? Oy vay. Well, pehaps she could pick something less tawdry than the Crucible? Perhaps something by The Bard?

DeVore chose Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a classic romantic comedy with its own dicey subject matter, including suicide, rape and losing one’s virginity.

DeVore, 31, a six-year veteran teacher, said administrators told her that her annual contract might not be renewed.

“Maybe I need to find a school that’s a better match,” she said.

Maybe she needs to find a state that doesn’t have it’s head so far up it’s ass that putting on a Shakespearian classic doesn’t send the local Imams into apoplecty?

Publicity over the drama debate, including a front-page story in The New York Times, has cast an unflattering light on Fulton as an intolerant small town, several of DeVore’s colleagues said.

“We have become a laughingstock,” teacher Paula Fessler told The Fulton Sun.

You think?

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