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February 11, 2019

Can you tell why a photo of this Pa. community theater's 'James and the Giant Peach' set is going viral?

It's ... it's quite obvious

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It may have been a while since you read Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach," the 1961 children's book that has been banned for various reasons over the years – including inappropriate language, references to drugs, and the possibility that one character's lip-licking was too sexual.

Despite the bans, Dahl's book is a pretty revered staple in modern children's literature, prompting a movie adaptation and many, many stage performances. One such stage production, currently being prepared by a community theater in York County, may prove to be as subversive as Dahl's story – whether it means to be or not.

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What is a stage production of "James and the Giant Peach" without a giant peach at the center of set design? So York's DreamWrights Center for Community Arts naturally includes a giant peach as the backdrop to its stage, though many online are seeing something more than a peach.

Vagina. They are seeing a vagina.

Kate Harmon, DreamWright's marketing coordinator, told the Huffington Post at the likeness was not intentional.

“I didn’t see that before, but now that’s all I can see when I look at it,” Harmon said.

“We had to design a peach big enough for the cast to stand inside it, outside it, on top of it — it’s not exactly an easy feat.”

Nonetheless, Twitter had a lot of snarky and/or sordid reactions to share.

Others also gave kudos to the set's appearance while urging people to support community theater. DreamWrights, for the record, seems OK with the unexpected attention.

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