Georgia Mayor Shuts Down As Too Risqué
BY Jeremy Kinser
September 17 2011 7:20 AM ET
In a case of life imitating art (or at least a Glee storyline from last year), political officials in Georgia have shut down a community theater's production of The Rocky Horror Show after deeming it "too risqué," reports Entertainment Weekly.
A production of the 1973 satirical musical, a sexualized send-up of sci-fi and horror movies that was turned into a still-adored cult film in 1975, was slated to open October 27 at the city-owned Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. After viewing a video clip from rehearsal, Wayne Garner, the mayor of Carrollton, Ga. called the show too risqué, overruled the center's board, and canceled it. “I found it very offensive, not in keeping with the community of Carrolton, if you will,” Garner told Atlanta’s NBC-11 news. "I know this community well and if that play was allowed to proceed, we'd be run out of town." The director and cast of the production plan to find private sponsors and produce the play on a different stage in the city.
A Facebook page has been created to show support for the Carrollton production of The Rocky Horror Show. View it here.
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