Since the play had already been approved by the theater board and production was underway, and since it couldn't possibly be considered "obscene" in accordance with the legal definition, it is absolutely a First Amendment issue that the mayor shut it down based on his negative view of the content. That's censorship, plain and simple. His "appropriate venue" talk is pure smokescreen, especially since the same theater has run gory versions of Dracula and Sweeney Todd, plus the somewhat rapey A Streetcar Named Desire. Obviously, sweet transvestites are being held to a double standard.
I haven't seen the contract between the city and the theater group, but I'd bet it constitutes an illegal breach of contract as well. Aside from the legal side of it, he's just grossly misjudged the community. From what I can tell, most people either want to see the play or don't care one way or the other. Carrollton really is not the kind of town that he insists it is.
Anyway, you should throw a couple of bucks toward the kickstarter page if you're down for the cause.
Thanks for continuing to draw attention to the struggle to put on Rocky Horror here in Carrollton. However, your description here misrepresents the situation: it's just the mayor who exerted his authority to have the play cancelled. A lot of people in Carrollton were very excited about the play, and the backlash against his decision has been huge. A facebook page in support of the play has over 2500 members now, over 100 Carrolltonians have committed to attending an upcoming picket, and a major fundraising effort is already underway to get the play put on at a different location. We'd love it if Creative Loafing continued to follow this story, which is still developing every day.
I haven't been in Carrollton long enough to have voted in the last election, but I guarantee Garner didn't run on a platform of promising to keep R-rated plays out of the theater. I don't know much else about him as a mayor, but this is really just him acting on his own whim. It's not at all representative of the Carrollton I've seen since I've been here; from what I could tell, most people were very excited about the play. Lot of us are embarrassed by how his actions are making the whole city look.
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