Artistic Director Rachel Irick said the Oklahoma City Theatre Company raised $5,000 in mostly small private donations to support its production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.”
Irick said the money would go, in part, for extra security at Civic Center Music Hall.
OKCTC's play began a run of 13 performances Thursday night.
Earlier Thursday, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley issued a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed, saddened and disgusted” by the production.
The play's critics plan a prayer vigil outside the Civic Center on Friday, the play's official opening night. In response, supporters plan a counter-demonstration.
Dozens of pastors signed a letter objecting to the play, which has homosexual characters and satirizes biblical stories.
Irick said OKCTC will pay between $1,400 and $2,100 in rental fees to produce “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.”
For that, it gets a spare, gritty performance space with 88 seats in the Civic Center's basement. The company has been in the theater for four weeks of rehearsals and will have three weeks of performances.
Coakley wrote that it was his hope and prayer that the producers would come to see the play “serves merely to lower community standards and to gratuitously offend reasonable sensibilities.”
“To bear this affront patiently and prayerfully is to witness to the peace of Christ — a peace the world cannot give,” he wrote.
Uptown Players in Dallas also is producing “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” this month. The Dallas Observer reported a Catholic group planned to picket that production.
“Most Fabulous Story” runs weekends through Dec. 22 at the Civic Center.