On January 13th, the Lake City Playhouse’s production of the rock musical Rent in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will be met with picketing protestors who say the show promotes vulgarity, celebrates promiscuity and sets a bad example because some of the characters are gay and have AIDS and HIV. Oh, is that all?
A local letter to the local newspaper from local resident Arcadia Nicklay set off a letter writing campaign to the Lake City Playhouse’s creative director both in support and opposition to the play. Detractors plan to protest the play’s opening. You can express your support here.
Geez, from the sound of it, you’d think the haters had learned all about Rent from Team America‘s send-up of the Broadway show, where the characters joyously dance and sing about AIDS. But as anyone who has actually watched Rent knows, AIDS sets an ominous, hardly celebratory backdrop to the show’s rebellious, hopeful tone.
Presumably, there has been no outcry against the other shows in the theater’s 2011-2012 season, like A Streetcar Named Desire which features spouse abuse, alcoholism, gambling, prostitution and rape.
Gotta choose your vices carefully, we guess.