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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><div><div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><div><div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Dear School of Theatre Faculty and Graduate Students:</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>You are invited and encouraged to attend a conversation about the artistic and curricular facets of casting and race on <b>Tuesday, February 26, 5-6pm</b> in Kantner 108.</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>We hope to make this a focused and thoughtful discussion about race and casting in a university setting. As many of you are aware, Lee Kinney's production of <i>Assassins</i> has provided us with a jumping-off point from which to discuss the complexities of color-blind casting in theatre. Although this production sparked conversation among many of us, we hope to see it as but one example in a much broader theatrical context in which bodies (in all their racial, gendered specificity) produce multiple and often contradictory meanings on stage.&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>A discussion about casting and race (as well as gender and other considerations) is timely, given recent national and international debates about casting, race, and nationality. (See links below). Some questions to consider as we come together include:</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><ul type=disc><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3'><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>What are the possibilities and limits of color-blind and cross-gender casting?&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3'><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>How can we best facilitate a rigorous and thoughtful discussion of the work we produce?</span><o:p></o:p></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3'><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>How does the School of Theatre address the needs of underrepresented communities, including but not limited to people of color, women, and LGBT students?</span><o:p></o:p></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3'><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>What are the opportunities and challenges of balancing curricular needs with artistic vision?</span><o:p></o:p></li></ul><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Feel free to email me, Dennis Delaney, or Erik Ramsey with any questions or concerns. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>My best,</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Angie</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>FURTHER READING:</span></b><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'> Some links to other recent casting and race conversations.</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>On challenging playwrights and casting directors to be specific about race:&nbsp;<a href="http://publictheaterny.blogspot.com/2011/10/colorblind-casting-or-color.html">http://publictheaterny.blogspot.com/2011/10/colorblind-casting-or-color.html</a></span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>East-West Players Forum on Casting and Race:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.livestream.com/lastagealliance/video?clipId=pla_1413e662-bb24-4496-b0b9-66e03078e0ce">http://www.livestream.com/lastagealliance/video?clipId=pla_1413e662-bb24-4496-b0b9-66e03078e0ce</a></span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>On The Orphan of Zhao at RSC:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/east-asian-actors-adress-_n_2050353.html">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/east-asian-actors-adress-_n_2050353.html</a></span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div></div><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div></div></div></div></div></div></body></html>