News release from Rising Action Theatre:
Westboro Baptist Church under the direction of self proclaimed "fag hater" Reverend Fred Phelps has scheduled a picket of the Rising Action Theatre located in Oakland Park, Florida on Friday Jan 16 from 7:15 to 8 pm according to the church's website (www.westborobaptistchurch.com) and an anonymous phone call to the theatre's Artistic Director, David Goldyn, because of he current production of Paul Rudnick's, "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told."
Based in Topeka Kansas, the Westboro Baptist Church led by Reverend Phelps is infamous for proselytizing hatred. Phelps and his followers are perhaps best known for picketing at Matthew Shepherds funeral, ironically portrayed in the play and HBO special, "The Laramie Project". He also picketed the funeral of 33 people who died on a collapsed bridge in Minnesota saying "it collapsed because of Minnesota's tolerance of fags. This is the same Reverend Phelps who thanks God for 9/11. Fred Phelps says "AIDS Kills Fags: God Laughs." Fred Phelps hates Jews, Catholics, the Irish and especially Fags.
"The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" has been produced numerous times across the country and Off Broadway in New York. According to the forward of the play, Paul Rudnick penned the play because he was tired of hearing that God Made Adam and Eve; not Adam and Steve. The writer in him asked what if God made Adam and Steve? What if God made Jane and Mabel? What if God made Adam and Eve AND Adam and Steve? What if the stories of the bible were written from a different point of view? Isn't God for everyone? That is the theme behind "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told"-seeing the world from a different perspective and making sense of God and spirituality for all people in modern society.
Rising Action Theatre is a not for profit charitable organization "dedicated to educating the public in diversity and tolerance for all people." Recent productions include: "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks", "The Sisters' Rosensweig", "Confessions of a Mormon Boy" and "Some Men". Rising Action Theatre also recently started a Seniors' Readers Theatre that has gay, straight, black, and white seniors working proudly together.
Current Commissioner and former Oakland Park Mayor Larry Gierer will be in attendance at the performance on Jan 16. He says: 'I urge everyone in the Oakland Park -Fort Lauderdale community to buy a ticket to this show to support the arts, free speech and tolerance in the communities of Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors." Also in attendance that day will be many members of the clergy supportive of Rising Action Theatre's mission of tolerance including: Reverend Jerry Stevenson, Reverend Grant Ford and Renwick Bell III. The Oakland Park's Police department under the direction of Al Hubrig has promised protection and support for the theatre.
Reverend Phelps followers.
"You've got to be taught to hate and fear."