Romeo and Juliet is too much for Nashville. At least it’s too much for Nashville high school students, according to their parents. They came to town, and out came the censors.
Apparently they recognized the word “maidenhead” in the first scene, because they wanted that gone. Oh, you can still thrust them up against the wall, and pull his naked weapon out, that pretty piece of flesh – apparently nobody figured out what that means.
Falling under the same “I recognize that word!” magnifying glass is also Mercutio’s hand upon the very prick of noon. Nope, right out. Makes me wonder if Sleeping Beauty is allowed to prick her thumb on the spinning wheel? Does this mean that Macbeth is out, too? By what would something wicked this way come??
Romeo and Juliet is all sex and violence. You can’t begin to censor half of it.
UPDATE: Be sure to read the lengthy rebuttal from Will O’Hare, Education Director for the Classical Theatre Project. Apparently there’s more to the story than meets the eye, and any audience disapproval that may have existed seems to be centered squarely on some interesting choices by the actors, rather than on the specific source material. I appreciate Will stopping by to set the record straight!