CMU School of Drama

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the Importance of Multiracial Casting

Chicago magazine | Arts & Culture August 2017: Edward Albee’s estate has famously objected to multiracial casting in his plays, but you’ve cast black actors as George and Martha. Talk about that decision.

My casting of the show was honestly happenstance. I cast very audibly: I like to hear the voices of actors and imagine them playing the characters. So I kind of went, “Oh, he’s a Nick. Oh, he’s a George.” It wasn’t my intention to cast with race in mind. I believe that if you’re the best person for the job, you should get the job. And I think the estate specifically objects to interracial marriages, because that would not have been believable for the time period. The playwright has every right to have those wishes.

1 comment:

Sophie Nakai said...

I really like her quote "I believe that if you’re the best person for the job, you should get the job.". I think this is so true. No matter what, if you can play the part and you can play it well I think the role is yours. What makes me mad is when people then try to change the appearance of someone to fit the race of the character (blackface, yellowface, etc.). If that is something that would happen, cast someone of that race. But if it is simply a character, cast the person who is best, regardless of race. There are so many problems with how people are cast and who gets the parts, and as a multicultural teenager, it is sad to see someone who has been altered to look like my race. Why not just cast an asian? or a latino? I do think it has gotten better over the years, but it is still an issue that needs to be worked on.