DASHED HOPES, GOOD INTENTIONS: The 'Virginia Woolf' Casting Issue

A lot has been written about the estate of Edward Albee, especially in the last few weeks. Some in thoughtful articles like Diep Tran's take in American Theater Magazine and commentary like Scott Simon's take on NPR. But the written piece that instigated all of it was actually a facebook status by director Michael Streeter in Portland, Oregon. In it he writes: "I am furious and dumbfounded. The Edward Albee Estate needs to join the 21st Century. I cast a black actor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Albee Estate called and said I need to fire the black actor and replace him with a white one. I refused, of course. They have withheld the rights." If you are at all involved in American t

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