This article discusses censorship problems in commercial and collegiate theatre. An examination of censorship in the American theatre will reveal the fact that the subject has been weighed and viewed by the court from a number of perspectives. One such view was that, until the mid-twentieth century, court cases commonly were decided on the basis of the literary merit of the plays in question. The foregoing questions relating to a theatre season may lead one to conclude that there is no censorship quite like self-censorship. If it is perceived that in the process of play selection there is excessive risk to students, to one's occupation, or to a theatre budget, the source in charge of the theatre season simply may elect not to produce the offending play. Self-censorship, therefore, may serve as a means of avoiding a collision course with the university or with the larger community.
Filippo, J. (1994). Censorship problems in commercial and collegiate theatre. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 23(3), 192–194.