ARTS & CULTURE
12/26/2011 03:12 pm ET Updated Feb 25, 2012

Local Production of Rent Draws Controversy (VIDEO)

"I can't repeat some of the things people say on camera." Says George Green, Executive Artistic Director of the Lake City Playhouse in Idaho when asked about the numerous complaints he has received about the Playhouse's decision to bring the popular Broadway musical, "Rent," to their small stage.

"Rent," the story of creative twenty-somethings struggling to make it in New York's Lower East Side has locals stirring the pot over the play's controversial content. The story features gay and straight characters under the looming shadow of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Though the play features gay characters, Arcadia Nicklay, the outspoken critic that is believed to have initiated the commotion with a letter to the local newspaper, is more concerned that "Rent" promotes "promiscuity." She calls the play a "degenerate musical performance."

Some people are reportedly planning to pray outside of the theatre as an act of protest on opening night, January 13. The Jonathan Larson-penned play has won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Musical among numerous other awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run.

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