The Playwrights Forum Home 
 

SEARCH STAGEPLAYS.COM
THE WORLD'S LARGEST PLAY DATABASE

  STAGEPLAYS BOOKSHOP NEW CYBERPRESS PLAYS PLAYWRIGHTING BOOKS PUBLISH MY PLAY AFFILIATE PROGRAM THE THEATRE BANNER EXCHANGE  
The Playwrights Forum > General > Take the Stage > A conversation about appropriation.

* STAGEPLAYS WANTS TO PUBLISH YOUR PLAY *
click here for details

 Moderated by: Paddy, Edd  
AuthorPost
Paddy
Moderator


Joined: Fri Jun 9th, 2006
Location: Kitchener, Ontario Canada
Posts: 2436
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
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.

Paddy

in media res
Moderator
 

Joined: Sun Jul 2nd, 2006
Location:  
Posts: 1944
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
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?"

Best,

IMR

Paddy
Moderator


Joined: Fri Jun 9th, 2006
Location: Kitchener, Ontario Canada
Posts: 2436
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
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

Paddy

in media res
Moderator
 

Joined: Sun Jul 2nd, 2006
Location:  
Posts: 1944
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
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.”

*********
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



UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2011 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.1556 seconds (24% database + 76% PHP). 27 queries executed.