Troubled Times

Samantha Long

 

My school cancelled the performance of "The Laramie Project" on production week.

 

The local bible church blackmailed us.

 

The pastor's daughter was one of the leads.

 

My school cancelled the performance of "The Laramie Project" on production week.

 

The church had formed a thinly veiled, parent's committee.

 

They called themselves RAFTT—Real Answers for Troubled Times.

 

My school cancelled the performance of "The Laramie Project" on production week.

 

It is a common high school practice to omit curse words from scripts so shows remain "family-friendly."

 

The publisher's consent is technically needed, but only—and loosely—technically.

My school cancelled the performance.

 

They told us they would not contact the publisher if we put an ad in the program.

 

The ad was to help gay people get straight.

 

My school cancelled the performance.

 

We never had ads in our programs.

 

The programs were printed off on copy paper in the band room with typos.

 

They cancelled it.

 

The publisher would not grant permission.

 

The principal would not grant the cursing.

 

But my school did not run that ad.

 

Would you call it a hollow victory?

 

Or would you call it a cheap defeat?

 

My school sticks to slapstick now.

Euphemism Campus Box 5555 Illinois State University Normal, IL 61790