Professional Theatre: An Equal Opportunity Employer? A Study of Non-Traditional Casting
Hobson, Rebecca L.
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I had the extreme pleasure of working this past quarter at one of the most beautiful and renowned theatres in Ohio, as well as in the country-- The Cleveland Play House. Accepting the internship as Assistant to the Director, I was planning on doing my S.I.P. on what goes into producing a period piece of drama. Instead, I stumbled into a project that was much more fascinating to me as well as timely, and the more I became involved in it, the more glad I was that I had. Non-traditional casting was something I had little experience with. My only real exposure had been a run-in with an elderly woman who yelled at me, "He's a boy, for God's sake, don't you know that?" when I was cast in the role of Snoopy in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. Now I feel I have a much more rounded idea of the theatre, as it includes all races, creeds and sexes, and the difficulties for those who love the theatre but find themselves not quite getting their chance to take part. Being a woman, it's important for me to know this. Being white, it's something I should be aware of and look out for. My idea of theatre being "universal" is much wider than it was before.