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30: What the #@&! — dealing with profanity and explicit language in community theatre

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What to do about those pesky cusswords?  Many modern plays have explicit language, unlike most of the classics we grew up with.  With changing artistic standards, community theatres often have to make the choice to produce or not produce a particular play, to use substitute words (even though licensing contracts usually forbid it) or just go for broke and risk losing an audience, depending on community sensitivities.  The Geeks (John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer and Dave Dufour) take a stab at this sometimes touchy topic of interest.

Music for Theatre Geeks comes from Music Alley.

Thanks to Ricky Fields for suggesting the topic for this episode of Theatre Geeks.