CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- A group of about 80 Catholics gathered at Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte Thursday night to protest an off-Broadway show.
"The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" opened February 2, and runs through February 18. The play was written by Paul Rodnick and is being staged by the Queen City Theatre Company. It begins with two homosexual couples and tells the story of creation.
One of the main characters is named Mabel, a lesbian who asks God for a child. The protesters say the play mocks the Virgin Mary, whom Catholics hold in the highest regard.
"It portrays the characters in the Bible as they are not," said Charlotte Diocese spokesperson David Hains. "There is a lot of sex including bestiality. There is a lot of blasphemy in this play. A lot of these people are here to say, 'This is wrong. This is morally not right.'"
The company that is putting on this play released this statement on their website:
"Queen City Theatre Company will not engage in any further controversy regarding this production of [this] play, and will neither comment on the author's point of view or released statements."
The protesters say they'll continue to pray at homes or at area chapels until the play's run in Charlotte is over.