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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Mess With Jesus

Don't Mess With Jesus

Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi, a play that envisions Jesus as a gay man in 1950s Texas, has created just as much drama offstage as on since its 1998 premiere. The original Manhattan Theatre Club production generated so much outcry —…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Catholic <i>Corpus Christi</i> Protesters Beware: Any Publicity Is Good Publicity

Catholic Corpus Christi Protesters Beware: Any Publicity Is Good Publicity

Back in 1985, Jean-Luc Godard released a movie called Hail Mary that made Catholics breathe fire. (Paradoxical metaphor noted.) It was a modern-day retelling of the immaculate conception where a woman named Marie gets pregnant even though she is a…
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News, The Snitch Women Brawl During Catholic Mass

Women Brawl During Catholic Mass

The phrase "can I get a witness?" took on a somewhat different meaning at a San Francisco church this weekend, when two women engaged in bit of a holy war -- and the police were summoned. The incident took place…
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Calendar, Night&Day Crossing Cultures

Crossing Cultures

She may have spent four years gallivanting through Russia, China, and Cuba fueled by little more than a sense of adventure, a devil-may-care attitude, and a few divine interventions (or well-timed bottles of vodka) to keep her out of trouble…
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Calendar, Night&Day Holy Christi

Holy Christi

In 1998, Terrence McNally's play about the life of Jesus, Corpus Christi, opened in New York to protests, bomb threats, and general right-wing horror-show outrage, then went on to stir up the same stuff around the world, even earning McNally…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Oh, Christi

In the late 1990s, Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi opened in New York City. Because it is a play in which Jesus is portrayed as a gay man (and crucified for it), Catholic groups threatened to bomb the theater. This was…
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Culture, Stagecap

Corpus Christi

Obviously, all the outraged folks screaming sacrilege over The Da Vinci Code haven't seen Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi. When it was produced on Broadway in 1998, there were threats to burn down the theater, kill its staff, and exterminate…
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Culture, Stage

Corpus Christi

Terrence McNally's 1998 play is like those paintings that portray Jesus as African or Latin -- an attempt to expand the meaning of "created in his image" -- but where those attempts broaden, Corpus Christi shrinks and excludes. Despite McNally's…
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