Saturday, March 18, 2006

Irony alert

A Missouri drama teacher has resigned after local fundamentalists complained about "tawdry content" in one of her previous plays, leading to the cancellation of the high school's spring production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible."

How appropriate is that? "The Crucible," of course, is a drama set during the Salem witch trials.

The play that started the controversy: Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." (Speaking of irony, I portrayed Oberon --- King of the Fairies --- in my high school's production of "Midsummer.")

"It became too much to not be able to speak my mind or defend my students without fear or retribution," said Fulton High School teacher Wendy DeVore, who first got in trouble after members of a local church complained about scenes in the fall musical "Grease," which showed teens drinking, smoking and --- brace yourself --- kissing!

DeVore, 31, a six-year veteran teacher, said administrators told her that her annual contract might not be renewed.

Bad news for the Show Me state: you're now in the lead for the most backwards-ass province in the nation, though history tells us the South will rise again.

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