This year’s Chicago gathering of Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander theatremakers overflowed with dialogue, camaraderie, and activism.
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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.
In light of what happened in St. Louis when the national theatre community was here for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) conference from June 14–16, we, artists of color living in St. Louis, wanted to issue a statement.
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.
On Friday, June 15, 2018, several of CAATA’s board members, affiliated Pan-Asian American artists, and colleagues attended Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at the 11,000-seat St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre, popularly known as The MUNY.
Statement read at a session titled “how we move forward” on Saturday, June 16th at the TCG Conference regarding the Friday, June 15th performance of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at the St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre (The MUNY).
A note from CAATA board president Randy Reyes.