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...

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...