Breaking News: Tony Awards Committee Meets - Changes Rules for Revival Authors, Erases 2 Creative Categories for 2014-15!

thebackstagebadger:

I recommend directing your outrage to this page: The Tony Awards Facebook Page

Please: leave negative reviews, comments, share this post and the news article on Broadway.com! Let them know this IS NOT A WELCOME CHANGE!

…I am not okay…

jsbirds - Yes? I think (??) we’re on the same page but trying different methods? I don’t see how we can talk about the future without talking about why what we have right now isn’t working. My activism comes from a root of sociology and politics (both lived experiences and studied theories) and theatre is my arena so I’m going to assess before I plan and then create. I’m also a stage manager, so duh.

jsbirds - Yes? I think (??) we’re on the same page but trying different methods? I don’t see how we can talk about the future without talking about why what we have right now isn’t working. My activism comes from a root of sociology and politics (both lived experiences and studied theories) and theatre is my arena so I’m going to assess before I plan and then create. I’m also a stage manager, so duh.

Anonymous asked:

Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed definitely aren't Middle Eastern, but neither are they white...?

I had read an article that said they both were white but looking into interviews they both identify as mixed ethnicity (thank you for making me do my own research, I got lazy because I’m on my phone). This places them in that subcategory of the racially ambiguous “we can cast you without any regard to your culture or heritage” spot which is offensive to that person and to the group which that person now represents to a largely white audience.

Also I found articles that definitively lay out there are no people of any Middle Eastern descent in Aladdin so like…it doesn’t matter…

the-broadway-babe:

singout-louise:

kellioharas:

Jason Robert Brown acceptance speech

GOD BLESS WHOEVER POSTED THIS GOD BLESS YOU GOD BLESS YOU NO ONE EVER POSTS THESE THINGS THANK YOU SO MUCH MY GRATITUDE IS OFF THE WALLS THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!

also the fucking shade in this was FANTASTIC

"thats all the music from bridges you’ll be hearing tonight" 

YAAASS

and you can also tell he’s angry about all of the injustice over bridges and he SHOULD BE and i’m so glad he gave Kelli a shout out i love this man i love this speeh i love his shows holy SHIT

"May you be better represented in future seasons!"
HA. You tell them JRB!!!

jsbirds - Yes capitalism encourages and profits from all forms of isms so why don’t we break it down? I didn’t get into theatre to sit idly by.

jsbirds - Yes capitalism encourages and profits from all forms of isms so why don’t we break it down? I didn’t get into theatre to sit idly by.

Anonymous asked:

can you explain "the rampant white-washing of the narratives of people of color" please? the wording's just a little weird I don't quite understand what you mean. - a fellow theatre artist

Sure sure! So what I’m talking about here is the notion that in 9/10 representations of people of color, they will be portrayed by white people or the presence of people of color will be erased entirely. In the first, Aladdin is a great example because the leads (all of Middle Eastern ethnicity) are played by racially ambiguous white people. In the second, The Normal Heart never makes mention of the fact that people of color were adversely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and were responsible for the majority of education and interventions in their communities.

This is entirely representative of the fact that we are not in any way living in a “post-racial” society and civil rights did not end in the 60’s. White privilege means that the people who do this will win producers’ funds and Tony Awards. Sorry if that didn’t make sense before, and if this doesn’t make sense either please let me know!

And while we’re at it there’s a huge problem with the way that the years with largest recognition for black theatre artists are the years when shows like A Raisin in the Sun and Fences are nominated. It is absolutely reprehensible that the breakthrough shows for black artists decades ago are the fallbacks when white people are being cast and winning awards for the same boring variations on the same boring themes day after day.