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LETTER: Dropping Mitchell Area Community Theatre membership

To the Editor: My wife and I have supported the Mitchell ACT since 2004 when we moved to Mitchell. After attending "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on May 3, we will not be renewing our membership. We have always tried to support civi...

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To the Editor:
My wife and I have supported the Mitchell ACT since 2004 when we moved to Mitchell. After attending "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on May 3, we will not be renewing our membership. We have always tried to support civic events, and having the Pepsi-Cola Theatre and such an abundance of great talented actors in our area has been a great asset to the Mitchell community.

However, I have never been as offended as I was after attending this last play. The vulgar profanity was enough in itself to offend me, but a scene depicting Jesus on the cross offended me even more. Needless to say, I am not offended by what Jesus did on the cross, but how it was depicted by this play. It showed Jesus with outstretched arms as if nailed to the cross, and the actor (or actress) asked Jesus what he was doing. The response from Jesus was something to the effect of "Just hanging around." To make light of and a mockery of Jesus on the cross is totally inappropriate. To try to make it humorous is totally unconscionable.

If one play offended me I could possibly overlook it. However, an earlier play was also very offensive when every other word was the "f" word in the production of "God of Carnage," That play had absolutely no redeeming value. My wife and I have attended numerous plays in other communities and I don't recall ever finding one offensive.

Shame on you, Mitchell Area ACT. Mitchell deserves much better.

Charles Wolff

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