Neil LaBute’s play about Muhammad was deemed a “clear offense to Muslims” by the director of a downtown performance venue associated with the Catholic church, who canceled an anti-censorship event in which the play was to appear.
Mr. LaBute’s one-person play, which was written for the event, is about an actor asked to perform in an offensive satire. A description posted online reads: “The prophet ‘Mohammed’ stands on a barren stage, recalling the first time he made love to a white woman. Is this reality or a theatrical convention? Where do the lines between ‘satire’ and ‘censorship’ intersect or is nothing sacred when it comes to the theater?”
The venue director said “malign[ing] any faith group … clearly falls outside of our mission to highlight the good, the true, and the beautiful.”