How far have we come from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream..." speech? Not being born yet at the time of the Civil Rights Act of the 1960s, I cannot say for sure--- But, based on the too many horrible events brought to light in 2014, not nearly far enough. Consider reading the following article:
This weekend, Justin & I watched "Rocky" & "Rocky II" and was surprised to see comparably diverse casting in the 1970s movies compared to the majority of films that pop up today on Netflix, Redbox, and at the local Cineplex. This reminded me of recent conversations I have taken part in on Facebook regarding Disney's film adaption of "Into the Woods". Sondheim & Lapine's musical is full of fairytale characters who beg to illustrate the stories of many --a strong diverse casting possibility. It seems quite obvious the choice was made NOT to diversify. I mean, wouldn't it have to be? Last spring, I was a part of Lyric Stage's production of "Into the Woods" and our diverse cast gave the story connection to all of humanity, not just "white experience".
I'm interested to hear your thoughts. How have you recognized the Civil Rights Movement & Martin Luther King, Jr. today? Please share via comment below!
Catch me on-stage this winter (Feb/March '18) at The Lyric Stage Co. of Boston in Orlando!