US: North Carolina school cancels play over gay romance

Nick Duffy October 19, 2014
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A high school in North Carolina has banned an upcoming play – because it contained a scene involving a same-sex couple.

Maiden High School in Maiden, North Carolina, had been due to put on a production of ‘Almost, Maine’, a romantic comedy by John Cariani.

However, the play – which was previously named the most produced play in North American high schools – was deemed inappropriate because it features a gay couple in one scene.

The rights to the play had already been bought by the time it was cancelled, but principal Rob Bliss said the play involved “sexually-explicit overtones and multiple sexual innuendos that are not aligned with our mission and educational objectives”.

He added: “I have an obligation to ensure that all material, including drama performances is appropriate and educationally sound for students of all ages.”


The playwright John Cariani told WSOC: “I believe the play is about love, not sexual love. The scene with the two young men has no reference to sex at all.

“I just think there is a solution other than cancelling the production. I’ve reached out to the teacher who applied for rights to the play, but I haven’t heard back.

“I don’t think the students should have to suffer. They had already purchased the play and started rehearsing for it.”

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