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Casting Controversy Shadows La Jolla Playhouse's 'Nightingale'

Meritocracy is a very ideal situation. The question isn't about the casts' abilities to convey a moving story.

I'm sure the actors in The Nightingale, in this iteration, are talented. That was never the question. The writing was never the question. The set designs, the costumes, were never the question. The question is one of *opportunity* in the Land of *Opportunity*.

Asian American actors aren't given many *opportunities* in theater, film, TV, etc. When other productions are being cast, are Asian Americans considered for all roles based on their merit or are they summarily dismissed based on their looks?

You would think a story set in China would be an *ideal* chance for Asian American actors to showcase their talents, but you'd be wrong.

July 18, 2012 at 11:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )