P451 Teletext 451 Oct16 21:00:12  SPECIAL   REPORT  ——————————————  ————————————  OUTRAGE OVER "GAY CHRIST" PLAY Two thousand people demonstrated this week against Corpus Christi - a New York play which depicts Christ as a homosexual. Four hundred also demonstrated outside the Manhattan Theatre Club proclaiming playwright Terrence McNally's First Amendment rights. Death threats have been received by McNally and playgoers must pass through a metal detector. ——————————————————————————————————1/4—— by Victor Olliver FULL GUIDE TO NATIONAL EVENTS p441 Review West End A-G H-N O-Z
P451 Teletext 459 Oct16 21:00:11  SPECIAL   REPORT  ——————————————  ————————————  OUTRAGE OVER "GAY CHRIST" PLAY The Manhattan Theatre Club (on New York's West 55th St) has had to hire a private security firm to deal with thousands of religious demonstrators. Corpus Christi depicts a "Jesus-like" messiah called Joshua surrounded by gay apostles. Muslims, too, object to the play because they see Christ as one of 25 messengers or prophets of God. Maia Wojciechowsky, 71, was arrested after screaming at playgoers and trying to block the doors of the theatre. ——————————————————————————————————2/4—— Filumena review by Sheridan Morley 452 FULL GUIDE TO NATIONAL EVENTS p441 Review West End A-G H-N O-Z
P451 Teletext 459 Oct16 21:01:00  SPECIAL   REPORT  ——————————————  ————————————  OUTRAGE OVER "GAY CHRIST" PLAY Threats have been made to burn the Manhattan Theatre Club to the ground for staging "gay Jesus" play Corpus Christi. The controversy is about blasphemy versus free speech. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League For Religious And Civil Rights, which is opposed to the play, says: "These people want to spit on us. We are not going to be nice little altar boys and girls any more." ——————————————————————————————————3/4—— Filumena review by Sheridan Morley 452 FULL GUIDE TO NATIONAL EVENTS p441 Review West End A-G H-N O-Z
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