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 Posted: Sun Apr 21st, 2019 03:46 pm
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In this climate, it's become difficult to be a playwright - well, more difficult - if that's at all possible.

How do you feel about the scrutiny? Who's story is it?

Can you have characters of colour, but not tell their cultural story?

Where does it end?

Let's talk.

It's a big deal.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 25th, 2019 03:52 pm
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Paddy,

In what sense do you mean Scrutiny?

I am confused by your question?

Can you specify specify more?

#1 question I have is "Scrutiny by whom?"

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IMR

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 Posted: Thu Apr 25th, 2019 04:05 pm
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In Canada, thought it was in the US as well, there are a lot of issues surrounding the stories, we as playwrights, tell.

This article explains it better than I will.

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/portman-how-cultural-appropriation-challenges-artistic-creativity

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 Posted: Sun Jun 30th, 2019 06:32 pm
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Paddy,

I hope this will help address your question.

Read the review I posted below.

It will demonstrate how, at times some people apparently try to go backwards...a tad. But it is a losing attempt.

I saw this show below...in 1981. It was Stunning. And I'm Irish. Didn't bother me. I loved it.

Review is from 1981 “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in NYC.

https://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/03/theater/theater-black-cast-stages-o-neill.html

This from the end of the Review…in 1981…yes…again...1981:

“The apparently endless CONTROVERSY of whether or not black actors should play so-called white roles should achieve some resolution after Miss Fitzgerald's impressive staging.”

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So...Are we going backwards in writing? Who in Theatre is behind promoting going backwards?


So...From the Review…in 1981…yes…1981...below is the final line:

“The apparently endless controversy of whether or not black actors should play so-called white roles should achieve some resolution after Miss Fitzgerald's impressive staging.”

(I love how the reviewer called it on-the-nose: "so-called white roles." In theatre, one can put the phrase "so-called" before every role!)

I think it is a temporary, manufactured, trivial kerfluffle. Created for what purpose? I have no idea.

Also, several years later I saw Jason Robards do the play on Broadway. As well as many other of Robard's in O'Neill plays.

Best IMR

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