It’s a battle of the performing arts! On one side is the writer of “The Bus,” a play about two boys who pursue a forbidden relationship by meeting late at night in a church bus. On the other side: The Westboro Baptist Church, a troupe of folk performance artists.
James Lantz’s play gets its Off-Broadway launch in October, but they’ve got even bigger aspirations: Topeka! Lantz is spearheading a Kickstarter campaign to bring the show to the home of the Westboro Baptist Church. They’ll use the ensuing brou-ha-ha as an opportunity to stand against some truly awful people, just as Lisa Lampinelli did recently.
Now, obviously, these two groups are steadfastly opposed to each other. But they share a common goal: publicity. And to that end, the WBC has actually offered to help bring the play to Kansas.
“We have read of your plans,” they wrote in an email to Lantz. “We look forward to seeing the fruits of your labor. Let us know if we can help here in Topeka.” Well, you can start by chipping in on Kickstarter! Then get to work painting some flats.
Meanwhile, there’s another performance with aspirations to travel: Queering the Pitch is a project of gay cellist Justin Dougherty in which he’ll travel the country, performing music composed by LGBTs.