is a passion play
by Terrence McNally
dramatizing the story of
and the Apostles
. It depicts Jesus and the Apostles as
gay men living in modern-day Texas.
utilises modern devices like television
with anachronisms like Roman
occupation. In this version, Judas
betrays Jesus because of sexual
also showed Jesus'
administration of gay marriage
between two apostles
. Director Leigh Rowney
accepted that it would generate discussion on Christianity and
stating: "I wanted this play in the hands of a
Christian person like myself to give it dignity but still open it
up to answering questions about Christianity as a faith
It received critical acclaim for its exploration of gay themes in
. It was also condemned by
, a Roman Catholic
watchdog group, for what they
viewed as blasphemy
, while other Christians continue to
mount the production in their churches.
Playwright Terrence McNally, a gay
death threats when it was played in the U.S. It was directed in
City by Joe Mantello,
opening on the 13 October 1998.
It received its
British premiere in 2000, produced by Theatre 28 and directed by
. This production
received a fatwa
. When it was produced
as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi
Gras, Anglican bishop Robert Forsyth considered the play to be
offensive and historically incorrect.
- "'Family' Gathers at the Theater Hall of Fame", Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette, January 25, 1996, pp C-1.
- Censorship in the Age of Anything Goes; For
Artistic Freedom, It's Not the Worst of Times James Sterngold,
New York Times, September 20, 1998.
- `Jesus is gay' play at Fringe, Charis Owen, The
Independent, July 17, 1999.
- "Lawmakers Threaten FAU Over Gay Christ Play", Stephen Kiehl,
Palm Beach Post, March 30, 2001, pp 1A.
- "Theater Club Changes Stance: Play To Go On despite Threats",
Peter Applebome, The New York Times, May 30, 1998, pp.
- Play portraying Jesus as gay man set to hit
California church stage November 15, 2009.
- Afp.google.com, Row erupts in Australia over 'gay'
Jesus play: report
- Eyre and Wright (2000, 396).
- Gay Jesus play blasted by bishop
- Eyre, Richard and Nicholas Wright.
2000. Changing Stages: A View of British Theatre in the
Twentieth Century. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 0747547890.
- McNally, Terrence. 1999.
Corpus Christi. New York: Grove. ISBN 0802136354.