An interesting article in this weekend’s Los Angeles Times (Should whites direct black plays, and vice versa? — latimes.com). It begins by looking at a play in rehearsal at the Pasadena Playhouse. “Key characters in this play are a white woman and her family. The director happens to be black, as does the playwright. Should it matter?”
In fact, since spring, when a revival of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” opened on Broadway, the American theater has been engaged in a racially charged discussion of who should direct what. Should white artists direct plays that are black in authorship and subject? And by extension, should black — and Latino, Asian, mixed-race and other — directors be hired to stage plays written by white authors? Such are the questions being posed.
Give the article a read.