Inclusion Is A Four Letter Word

About two weeks ago there was a bit of an uproar in the Chicago theater community as another major theater committed yet another casting faux pas by casting a mostly white group for a production of Evita. For those of you who might be unaware, Evita is the musical version of the story of Evita Perón the wife of Juan Perón, the President of Argentina. As most of you might know, Argentina is a country in South America full of Argentinians. Argentinians are what many people call “Hispanic” and as such are typically, not white. Even this word document knows that Evita and Perón are not “English” words, showing a red underline as if to say “You aren’t from around here, are you?” No, Microsoft Wor

Oh What a Circus

This past week, Marriott Theatre announced the cast for their upcoming production of Evita . To the surprise and dismay of some in the community, only one person of Latino heritage was included. In an open letter to Marriott Theatre, Chicago actor, Bear Bellinger invited the institution to "explain and address the situation" and charged that they "have fallen out of touch with the need for minority perspectives in our stage conversations." Marriott executive producer, Terry James replied in an emailed statement that they were"deeply saddened by the letter that Mr. Bellinger posted," and that "it undermines a continuing partnership with Actors‘ Equity Association in efforts to encourage ALL

LOOKING FORWARD: Chicago Shows We're Excited to See

Continuing our support of productions that embrace inclusion for artists and audiences, below are shows that you can buy tickets to THIS WEEK that we feel are moving our community in the right direction. Let your wallet do the talking. Buy tickets to shows that celebrate inclusion.​ Then write to producers and tell them you want to see more of it. Decision makers are led by numbers and this is one way we can all make a difference. Neverbird Project (in collaboration with Athe students of Alexander Graham Bell School's Sign/Voice Theatre Program) presents Pinnochio Directed and Adapted by Katy Boza and Levi Holloway Playing April 1-April 9 at the Alexander Graham Bell School 3730 N Oakley A

LOOKING FORWARD: Chicago Shows We're Excited to See

Continuing our support of productions that embrace inclusion for artists and audiences, below are shows that you can buy tickets to THIS WEEK that we feel are moving our community in the right direction. Let your wallet do the talking. Buy tickets to shows that celebrate inclusion.​ Then write to producers and tell them you want to see more of it. Decision makers are led by numbers and this is one way we can all make a difference. The House Theatre of Chicago presents United 232 Adapted and Directed by Vanessa Stalling Playing through May 1 at The Chopin Theatre 1543 W Division St, Chicago On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O’Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the

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