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Poll: ‘Rent’ Protesters Bigoted

  • Weekend Poll: 111 of 173 respondents (64.16%) believe that individuals protesting Lake City Playhouse production of “Rent” are bigoted against gay and transexual characters depicted in the play. 55 of 173 respondents (31.79%) said demonstrators are offering legitimate disagreement with the nature of the performance. 7 (4.05%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Which approach is best to take in dealing w/the small racist protests in Coeur d'Alene, led by KKK leader Shaun Winkler?

Lake City Protesters Pray Against ‘Rent’

Also: “Rent” opens at Lake City Playhouse without incident/Bill Buley, CdA Press

Friday was opening night for the small stage version of “Rent” in Coeur d’Alene. The content of the play is a hot issue because some characters are gay and have aids. A group met at Saint Joan of Arc to pray the rosary. Protestors say the prayers are for reparations that have been committed by the musical.  A spokesperson for the group told KREM 2’s Cole heath the prayers are to counteract the blasphemous or sinful situations portrayed in the show/KREM. More here.

Question: Which do you consider more effective when you disagree strongly with something — prayer or protest?

Press: Open Curtain On Controversy

Item: Tickets gone for Lake City Playhouse production of “Rent” for opening weekend/Bill Buley, Press

Opinion: Bless the protesters and pass the popcorn. Tonight's opening of “Rent” at Lake City Playhouse will feature a cast of passionate characters. Most of them will be on stage, but a few will be standing outside, perhaps with signs condemning the play, the performers and maybe the audience, too. This is America, thank goodness. In this land of the free and home of the brave — those brave enough to perform a controversial, critically acclaimed work of art and those brave enough to make a symbolic statement in a small sea of theater-goers who likely disagree with them - there's plenty of room for dissenting opinions, so long as everybody obeys the law. Just as it is the right of Playhouse decision-makers to put on this sold-out production, so, too, is it the right of critics to say it does not meet their moral standards. The gray area is this: When is protest a legitimate disagreement, and when does it constitute outright bigotry?/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you consider the protest against the Lake City Playhouse production of rent to be legitimate disagreement or outright bigotry?

“Rent” Benefit Tonight, Opens Friday

Benefit Tonight, Opens Friday: A benefit performance of “Rent” will be held tonight to support INBA Outreach scholarships and the North Idaho AIDS coalition. Purchase $25 tickets at www.inbaoutreach.org/rent. Regular performances begin Friday and run through Jan. 29. For tickets you can visit  lakecityplayhouse.org.

Flashback (from KXLY story on Dec. 14): Next month “Rent” is opening at the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene, but some people think the plug should be pulled because of what they call immoral behavior in the musical.Rent has won a Pulitzer, a Tony and was made into a popular motion picture. According to Lake City Playhouse artistic director George Green, Rent is about “artists trying to make it in the world through their struggles, through their addictions, through their pain, through their sickness and overcome.”The musical takes place under the shadow of HIV/AIDS, and there are several characters that are homosexual, and not everyone in the community is OK with the play being performed in Coeur d'Alene/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here.

Question: Do you plan to see the Lake City Playhouse production of “Rent”?

JeanieS: Very Disappointed In CdA

JeanieSpokane (re: “Some trying to pull plug on “Rent”): This reaction by people in the community really bothers me on so many levels. I have always thought of Coeur d’Alene as a beautiful and eclectic area, with a high-quality style of entertainment, from fine dining, to bohemian eateries, and the excellent quality of plays and musicals. It has such diverse, first-rate offerings that defy the small lakeside village atmosphere. Coeur d’Alene survived the taint of bigotry from the white supremists that were a blight to humanity. Now, a play is going to do them in? The people of Coeur d’Alene gave proof that there was compassion, understanding, and integrity in their community. People come to Coeur d’Alene from all over the world. I would think that the high standard CDA has set in the entertainment field would embrace all the topics that Rent covers – be it a person’s lifestyle choice, or the struggles with addiction of any kind. Are you people in CDA better than the rest of us and above having any transgressions or bad behavior? I am very disappointed in you.

Question: Is Coeur d'Alene compassionate & understanding or intolerant?

Some Trying To Pull Plug On “Rent”

Next month “Rent” is opening at the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene, but some people think the plug should be pulled because of what they call immoral behavior in the musical.Rent has won a Pulitzer, a Tony and was made into a popular motion picture. According to Lake City Playhouse artistic director George Green, Rent is about “artists trying to make it in the world through their struggles, through their addictions, through their pain, through their sickness and overcome.”The musical takes place under the shadow of HIV/AIDS, and there are several characters that are homosexual, and not everyone in the community is OK with the play being performed in Coeur d'Alene/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here.

Question: Does this controversy guarantee sellouts for Lake City Playhouse production of “Rent”?

Vestal: ‘Rent’ Must Go On, Not Critics

I wish it didn’t need to be said, but here goes: “Rent” is not “about” fornication. It’s not “about” homosexuality. It’s about human beings and their trials. It tries to do what good art does: create empathy, draw viewers out of themselves, provoke emotional and intellectual reaction. It’s the constructive, valuable opposite of running around giving everyone a self-righteous thumbs-up or thumbs-down. But even if it wasn’t, one of the great things about America, of course, is we can go to hell if we want to. Whenever people start gas-bagging starchily about “fornication” – a word that’s only useful for hurling at others – you can be sure they’ve forgotten that. Besides the small-minded bigotry of it, opposition to “Rent” seems to grow from a serious cultural disconnect/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (Wikipedia photo)

Question: Do you plan to see Lake City Playhouse production of “Rent”?

Idina Menzel Coming To Spokane

Idina Menzel – well known to “Glee” viewers and Broadway aficionados – will join the Spokane Symphony for a concert at the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox on May 15, 7:30 p.m. Menzel made her name in 1996 originating the role of Maureen in “Rent.” Then she originated the role of Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway in 2003 and in London in 2006. Her career has been on a roll in the last year because of her recurring appearances on the hit show, “Glee,” as Shelby Corcoran/Jim Kershner, Spotlight. More here. (AP file photo of Kristin Chenoweth, left, Idina Mezel, and cast of “Wicked”)

Question: Which Idina Menzel performance do you like best — as Elphaba in “Wicked,” Maureen in “Rent,” or her recurring role as Shelby Corcoran in “Glee”?

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