By Melissa Slaughter In 2007, my college did a production of the show Speak Truth To Power. The first show of my college career, it was a monologue piece comprised of speeches by civil rights activists. Bishop Tutu, Wei Jingsheng, Hafez Abu Seada, Doan Viet Hoat, and Elie Wiesel were just a few of the […]
Yellowface? We’re not talking about the David Henry Hwang play, of course. Despite its roots in racist practices of the 19th Century, Yellowface still pops up regularly on North American and British theater stages, often wallowing in stereotypes and caricature.
At Change.org, white theater leaders have considered the events in St. Louis and elsewhere and have published a petition to end the use of casting white actors to play characters of color, like Tuptin in The King and I and Maria in West Side Story.