American Theatre: “When a Writer’s Rights Aren’t Right”

“Who do we harm when we preserve classics in amber? We harm actors of color, actors with disability, female actors, any underrepresented group. While the American theatre is in the process of righting longstanding practices that have excluded people of color, disabled people, and LGBTQ+ folks, it’s still true that the vast majority of canonical classics revived on our stages are by white men, and are written with predominantly white roles. Until that wrong is righted, until there’s more equitable representation onstage, it simply makes sense that these works by white writers should be available to a wider range of actors and interpreters. Yes, that means that the works of August Wilson and other writers of color should continue to give priority to actors and interpreters of color; but the works of Williams, Albee, and other frequently revived white authors should be expanded to consider non-traditional interpreters. It’s not about limiting, it’s about expanding.” —read the rest at American Theatre.

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