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Jerry Rapier has served as Plan-B Theatre Company’s producing director since 2000. Salt Lake City audiences have come to count on Rapier for productions that raise eyebrows and social awareness, such as The Laramie Project, My Left Breast, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Animal Farm. Most recently, he directed the world premiere of Amerika (which also played the Toronto Fringe Festival) and the independent film Peculiarities. Rapier’s fourth annual And the Banned Played On will be performed on Monday, July 31, 7 p.m., at Jeanne Wagner Theatre.


And the Banned Played On looks at First Amendment rights. What is something that isn’t banned that you think should be?


Mullets. They’re back. Why?


Why does this year’s performance feature banned music again?


The event has been equally successful whether focused on literature or music. The music focus allows us to work with local musicians in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to. And it’s a hell of a lot of fun, which you can’t say about too many fund-raisers.


Why were some of this year’s featured songs banned?


“Kodachrome” by Paul Simon was banned because the word “crap” is in the opening line. “Love is a Good Thing” by Sheryl Crow was banned by Wal-Mart because it refers to underage kids being able to buy guns at Wal-Mart discount stores.


What’s your opinion of radio-station censorship?


I think it’s silly. No likee, no listen. It’s that simple. And what’s up with the bleeping? Like we don’t know that they’re saying?


What song do you think would still be censored in the land of Zion?


“Darling Nikki” by Prince. It’s about as sexual as a song can be.

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