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Some Say Play Is Too Hot For High School Students

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Later this week students at Nashville School of the Arts will take to the stage and perform the comedy, "Almost, Maine." It's a play one man says is too hot for high school.

"I was surprised it was so openly and blatantly promoting sexual activity," said J.D. Moseley.

His grandson attends Nashville School of the Arts and wanted to be in the production.

"We didn't think it was appropriate for him to be in the play," Moseley said.

The grandfather took his concerns to his grandson's teacher, then to the school principal, followed by the schools director and finally his complaints went to school board members.

Moseley had objection with two scenes in particular. In "They Fell," two male characters finally realize and profess their love for each other in a comedic way.

"In that particular scene it was homosexual activity, but what I thought was even more offensive was the later scene," said Moseley.

In "Seeing the Thing," the final scene of the play, a male and female character approach the topic of having sexual relations, and Moseley said the scene went too far.

"The scene requires them literally peeling each others clothes off, down to their underwear," Moseley said.

The play by John Cariani ends with the two characters leaving the stage to presumably have sex.

Even though "Almost Maine" is a comedy, Moseley does not feel it makes the play any less inappropriate for teenagers.

"It may be disarming to a youth who doesn't know better, but it doesn't make it any less inappropriate," said Moseley.

Administrators with Metro Nashville Public Schools were familiar with Moseley's concerns about the play.

"As you can imagine it is difficult to find, particularly artistic works, that satisfy everyone's sensibilities," said Meredith Libbey, special assistant to the director of the schools.

Libbey said the play is a comedic spoof, and one that has been embraced across the nation.

"It has been, in fact, the most widely produced high school play in North America," Libbey said.

Both Hume-Fogg and Hillsboro High Schools in Nashville have produced the show in recent years.

Libbey said Moseley's complaint about "Almost, Maine" is the only objection the district has received about the production at Nashville School of the Arts.

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