Of Race, Ethics, Education and Rights: My Top Posts of 2015

December 22nd, 2015 § 1 comment § permalink

I honestly wish I could figure out what makes one blog post a roaring success, and another a blip on the radar. Certainly the topic under discussion has some impact, but readership seems just as likely to be affected by the title, a photo, the Facebook algorithm, the timing of a tweet, what else is happening in the world, and so on. In short, I have no idea. In looking over my most-read posts of 2015, I do know which ones took a great deal of research and time, and which were dashed off in Continue reading...

When A Facebook Comment Says More Than a Long Blog Post About Diversity

October 16th, 2015 § 7 comments § permalink

“Is there a link for this so I can read the whole thing if there's more?” “Maybe this wants to grow up and become a blog post?” “I've been encouraging him to do so!!!!” “This, I feel, is not just a statement for theater folk, but a life statement, a ‘how are you living in the world’ statement.” The quotes above have all been written in the past 24 hours or so in response to a comment I made on Facebook – not a blog post, not an essay, but a comment, although admittedly Continue reading...

Despite Declaration, Doubting Deadline’s Diversity Apology

March 30th, 2015 § Comments Off on Despite Declaration, Doubting Deadline’s Diversity Apology § permalink

If you have any interest in the subject of diversity in entertainment, no doubt you’re aware of the firestorm kicked off last week by TV editor and co-editor-in-chief of the entertainment website Deadline, Nellie Andreeva. An article/op-ed under the headline “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of A Good Thing” was taken by many (myself included) as an insensitive response to a greater commitment by TV networks to casting new shows with actors representing a Continue reading...

What Color Is Peter Pan?

January 21st, 2014 § 3 comments § permalink

The issue, to me, is not whether Peter Pan is played by a man or a woman. The issue is whether Peter Pan has to be white. Perhaps I should back up. On Sunday afternoon, via tweets (and later articles) resulting from the semi-annual Television Critics Association press conferences in Los Angeles, NBC announced that the follow-up to their ratings hit The Sound of Music Live would be Peter Pan Live, utilizing the stage musical from the 50s which had already been performed live on NBC a half-century Continue reading...