Funny how life imitates art, isn’t it?
Just as Snowlion Rep was prepping for the New England premiere of the social satire “Moral & Political Lessons on ‘Wyoming’ ” by New York playwright Vincent Sessa, the school board in Maiden, North Carolina, canceled a performance of “Almost, Maine” by Maine playwright John Cariani.
They said a scene in Cariani’s play where two men discover their love for each other was too suggestive.
“Wyoming” is about censorship, the quashing of free expression and the uplifting nature of the arts. It is set at a time when theater itself faces the judgment of a conservative society.
It opens Friday and runs through Nov. 23 at the Portland Stage Studio Theater.
Cariani’s play provides a real-time example of the drama on stage, Snowlion’s producing director Margit Ahlin said.
“That’s our play right there,” she said, citing headlines from North Carolina.
“Wyoming” has been banned because it has a homosexual relationship in it. A committee gathers to celebrate the death of theater and its depravity and immorality.
It has a cast of seven: Laura Graham, Jaimie P. Schwartz, Mark Rubin, Bob Pettee, Ellen Elizabeth White, Samuel Carlson and Andre T. Demers.
Snowlion co-founder Al D’Andrea directs.
The playwright will attend the final performance on Nov. 23, and address the audience after the show.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22; 2 p.m. Nov. 23
WHERE: Portland Stage Studio Theater, 25A Forest Ave.
TICKETS & INFO: $17, 207-518-9305, snowlionrep.org