CMU School of Drama

Monday, July 17, 2017

Authenticity in casting: From 'colorblind' to 'color conscious,' new rules are anything but black and white

LA Times: When Edward Albee’s estate denied permission for a production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” because the director had cast a black actor to play a character Albee had specified as white, social media boiled over. How can the theatrical canon remain relevant if creative casting isn’t allowed? Why shouldn’t a black man play a white character? Actors are actors, storytelling in the search for universal truths.

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