The Ruse of Non-Traditional Casting

Non-traditional casting is a political ruse that needs to end.  If you haven’t heard that term before, “non-traditional casting” is a politically elevated cultural cudgel that argues you can cast any actor of any gender, Race, color or creed, in any role for any reason and the audience will be fine with it because the theatre is colorblind and Race-neutral and culturally sensitive.  It’s all a bunch of hooey.

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August Wilson Died Tonight

The great American Playwright August Wilson died tonight of liver cancer. His doctors said this Summer in the month that bore his name he might live until October. And so he did. He was 60. Here is the tribute I wrote to him on August 27, 2005. We breathlessly miss him already.