Some metro Atlanta parents are organizing to block a controversial student assembly aimed at promoting tolerance.
The newly formed EQUALITY Players are scheduled to visit several schools in the district, says Harvey Fierstein, founder of the theatrical outfit.
“It’s an acronym, you know,” says the veteran playwright and activist. “It stands for, ‘Everyone Qualifies Under Affirmative Lifestyles Independent of Tyranny … Yentl’! It’s irreverent yet powerful, like a Bette Midler concert.”
Concerned parents argue that some of the troupe’s material is inappropriate for young audiences, but Fierstein says he will not abide any attempts to censor.
“Our mission is simple,” he says. “A little song, a little dance, a little tolerance up your ass!”
Among the more provocative sketches: “Can You Get AIDS Tossing Salad?” and “Pardon Me for Felching.”
“This is going to be the most important battle for equality in the history of civilization, and I will not go down without a fight,” Fierstein says. “Fasten your seat belts — it’s going to be a bumpy ride!”