A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor agrees with religious leaders who say a play being produced in Oklahoma City is offensive.
The governor’s communications director, Alex Weintz, wrote in an e-mail that “no state dollars are being used to support” production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.”
It is being produced by a community theater group, the Oklahoma City Theatre Company.
OKCTC is receiving money from the Oklahoma Arts Council for other productions this season, but funding for “Most Fabulous Story” was denied.
“Most Fabulous Story” has homosexual characters, satirizes biblical stories and includes simulated homosexual sex.
The play opens Dec. 5 and runs for 13 performances, through Dec. 22, at CitySpace, a small theater in the basement of the Civic Center Music Hall.
Dozens of pastors have signed a letter calling the play “gross pornography” and asking why it is “necessary to mock the Bible in the Christmas season.”
They asked elected officials, including Fallin, for a “detailed explanation” of where they stand with regard to the play.
So far, Oklahoma City has responded with a letter saying city officials are constitutionally prohibited from turning away productions based on their content.
Oklahoma City’s letter says the city and Civic Center are ”required by law to rent space to individuals and organizations so long as they comply with our policies and ordinances and have paid the established rental fees.”
Pastors are organizing a prayer vigil on Dec. 6 outside the Civic Center. Supporters of the play plan a counter-demonstration at the same time.