Greece: Passion play cancelled after violent protests

30 October 2012

The American passion play ‘Corpus Christi’ was planned to be staged in Athens, Greece, in October 2012. However, the premiere was cancelled after right-wing organisations, including the Greek Nationalist parliamentary party Golden Dawn, violently protested against the play.


Playwright Terrence McNally wrote the play in 1997, and he received death threats when it was played in the US. Its production in New York City was canceled, then reinstated, and finally opening on 13 October 1998.

In March 2010, a student performance of the play was canceled at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. The university had received many complaints about the play’s scheduled performance, but its president, F. Dominic Dottavio, citing freedom of speech, declared that the play would be performed. Dottavio’s condemnation of the play in the same letter, though, has been criticized by campus free speech groups as giving encouragement to people trying to shut down the production.

The performance was cancelled citing safety concerns after Texas’s Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst had stated that “No one should have the right to use government funds or institutions to portray acts that are morally reprehensible to the vast majority of Americans.”


The Guardian – 12 October 2012:
Greece, in 2012: fascists beating up people while the police look on


NewsIt – 12 October 2012:
Rioting outside theater in Iera Odos ( in Greek language)


Wikipedia – the open encyclopedia (continuously edited):


Official site of Corpus Christi – The Movie:


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