ACTING IS ACTING (except when it is perpetuating systemic prejudice)

Brown is brown is tan is black hair dye, yes? We’re all just playing roles, it’s all costume, it’s just pretend, it’s theater, after all. Hollywood, Broadway, regional theater, gate keepers with a ton of resources as well as the actors who audition and work for them have been operating under the following casting practices: 1. Hire the “best” person for the job. 2. If they can pass as this ethnicity, costumes and design will support it. 3. It’s illegal to ask a person’s ethnicity, anyway. 4. If we hold general auditions and people don't show up it's not our fault. For those of you who might have been away from social media for the last week/month/decade, Porchlight

Not Just Another Manic Monday

We are thrilled that even past the weekend, you can still support amazing artists creating safe and diverse spaces in our theater scene. Here are things to see TONIGHT. The Gift Theatre presents Swallowing Frogs, a staged reading Written by Samantha Bailey Directed by Chika Ike The Gift Theatre Company 4802 N Milwaukee Avenue 8pm A young couple gets trapped in their Logan Square apartment during a bad storm. When an unexpected guest shows up, their relationship is jeopardized as they try to make it through the next 24 hours. Swallowing Frogs explores what love and vulnerability look like through the eyes of some imperfect individuals. The cast includes McKenzie Chinn, Julian Parker, Dana Bl

LOOKING FORWARD: Shows We're Excited to See

Have you been having the same conversations we have? About how it's built into the system that the stage pictures we see often look eerily similar to how it did 10, 20, 50 years ago? Feeling frustrated? Need to do something? GO SUPPORT THEATERS DOING IT RIGHT. 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.​ (**Low on funds? That's okay -- a few of these shows are completely free, making them even more accessible to audiences!) Then write to producers and te

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