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Archive for Saturday, November 5, 1994

GROUP PICKETS THEATER

November 5, 1994

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A play based on a homosexual love story opened Friday to a protest from the Rev. Fred Phelps and followers of the controversial Topeka minister.

Lawrence police said a small group led by Phelps, widely known for his anti-gay views, picketed the Renegade Youth Theater, 518 E. Eighth, during the premiere of "Annie on My Mind," based on a novel about two teen-age girls who fall in love.

Two Olathe high schools took the book off their library shelves last year, prompting a suit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Renegade Youth Theater staged its original ``Annie'' production under the banner ``Banned Book Theater.''

Police reported no problems stemming from the Phelps protest.

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