Theater Jones reports that there are now three different productions of Terrence McNally’s ‘gay Jesus’ drama Corpus Christi coming to North Texas. The original student production was shut down at Tarleton State University and started the current furor. It was also turned down, eventually, by Ft. Worth’s Rose Marine Theatre, but is still trying to find a home. Then there’s Q Live’s production which is also looking for a place to set up. And finally, there’s a touring California production hoping to stop by Dallas in June.
Amid all this, Bloomberg interviews the Corpus Christi-born McNally about growing up in Texas and discovering opera, about Corpus Christi and homophobia and about his new marriage to his partner Tom Kirdahy (shades of the two disciples who are married in Corpus Christi).
Lundborg: Corpus Christi depicts Jesus and his disciples as gay, so did you write it as a provocation?
McNally: I wrote it as an act of reverence and a meditation on the life of Christ and his message. I’ve never felt more misunderstood or ambushed in my life than by the response it got.
But it’s important to say that the attacks on the play were started by people who’d never seen or read it, based on rumors that weren’t true. It just goes to show how much homophobia there still is in our society: How dare a gay man or woman think that Christ’s divinity exists in him or her?
Millions of people have been told, “You don’t belong at this table, you can’t talk about spirituality, you’re a sinner.” That makes me angry.