A drama teacher at Cactus Shadows High School is on paid suspension while district officials look into parents’ complaints that he had students in an acting class perform a play with sexually explicit content.
Students in Andrew Cupo’s advanced drama class studied and read aloud “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” by Edward Albee, an absurdist play in which one of the characters falls in love with a goat. It includes the use of several vulgar sexual terms.
The Cave Creek Unified School District governing board meeting on Tuesday night included two hours of public comment about the matter. Governing board members cannot respond to the public-comment portion and the matter was not on the agenda so no members addressed the topic during the meeting.
Three parents and one student spoke against the play, while about three dozen students and parents spoke in favor.