Gay Jesus Play Now Invitation Only

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    Security will be increased at Tarleton State University when a play in which Jesus is portrayed as gay will be presented on Saturday.

    Security concerns prompted Tarleton State University to change the start time and limit the audience of a play in which Jesus is portrayed as gay.

    The production called "Corpus Christi" was to be performed, at the school in Stephenville, at 4 p.m. Saturday.

    A news release provided Thursday to The Associated Press says the student-produced play will now start at 8 a.m. Saturday. A private audience of invited guests and relatives of the cast will be the only people allowed to watch the play, the school said.

    The TSU statement says the school "has a responsibility to provide a safe and secure educational environmental for students, faculty, staff and visitors."

    Critics say the Terrence McNally play, which premiered in 1998 in New York, is blasphemous.

    John Jordan Otte, the director, said he is a gay Christian and chose the play to help other gay youths who may be struggling with their faith.

    In a Tarleton student TV interview provided Friday to The Associated Press, Otte says he's saddened that the play is being judged before it's staged on Saturday.

    Tarleton president F. Dominic Dottavio says the production is offensive to many but as a student production is protected by his right to free speech.

    Stephenville is about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.