[Cowardly school Superintendent Enderle] called "The Crucible" "a fine play," but said he dropped it to keep the school from being "mired in controversy" all spring.
"FHS principal Terri Arms said DeVore clears all plays and musicals with building administrators before production. Both 'Grease' and 'The Crucible' were approved. 'The Crucible' is also required reading for FHS students in a junior-level English class....
'The Crucible' contains no profanity, kissing, smoking or drinking. At issue in the Arthur Miller play - inspired by the Salem witch trials of 1692 - is an extra-marital affair between two of the play's characters.
Defenders of 'The Crucible' said the affair, which is not acted out on stage, plays an insignifigant role in the work. Enderle, however, felt the time was not right for potential controversy."
In this our amorous play you may join
And yet not spend your precious virgin coin;
A hundred variations has the sport
Of love, we'll demonstrate a diff'rent sort.
I'll take in hand Demetrius' proud tool,
Still wet from bathing in my secret pool,
And guide it to another pair of lips
And from his fountain take lascivious sips.
Is there to your debauchery no end?
How could I thus I cannot comprehend.
And wherefore should Lysander's sex be so
Much less delicious than my own?
Not know, I must confess.
Ms. DeVore believes it was canceled because it portrays the Salem witch trials, "a time in history that makes Christians look bad."
"In a Bible Belt community," she added, "it makes people nervous."
Jarryd Lapp, a junior who was a light technician on "Grease," said he was disappointed that "The Crucible" was canceled. But he had a theory. "The show itself is graphic," he said. "People get hung; there's death in it. It's not appropriate."
Take sex away from people. Make it forbidden, evil, limit it to ritualistic breeding. Force it to back up into suppressed sadism. Then hand the people a scapegoat to hate. Let them kill a scapegoat occasionally for cathartic, release. The mechanism is ages old. Tyrants used it centuries before the word "psychology" was ever invented. It works, too.
"Dijon mustard," Louderman says as the woman drives away. "I don't know what Dijon mustard is. Don't care to find out, either.
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