Security will be increased at Tarleton State University when a play in which Jesus is portrayed as gay will be presented on Saturday.
The production called "Corpus Christi" is being directed by student John Jordan Otte, who says he wants to offer a play that portrays tolerance and unconditional love.
Critics say the play is blasphemous.
School police Chief Justin Williams says university officers will be assisted with security by police in Stephenville, a city of 17,000 located 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio has said the play will be allowed because the school is committed to protecting and preserving freedom of thought, speech and expression.
The Terrence McNally play premiered in New York in 1998.
Published at 9:25 AM CDT on Mar 23, 2010
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