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re: Color-conscious casting (was: Tituss Burgess is Rooster in ANNIE LIVE)
Posted by: Singapore/Fling 11:00 pm EDT 08/12/21
In reply to: Color-conscious casting (was: Tituss Burgess is Rooster in ANNIE LIVE) - Chromolume 07:59 pm EDT 08/12/21

There’s another aspect to color conscious casting as well, which is where we are aware that race may not be a factor within the world of the show (we understand that the characters in “Annie” are not reflecting the racial realities of their day) while being aware that the actors’ race exists and impacts on the story being told on a present day stage (we understand that we are witnessing an “Annie” in which two Black people have been cast as criminals attempting to con a white man).

The art of casting today involves being mindful of both of those layers, as well as recognizing that the idea of “turn off your brain and enjoy” comes from a place of someone who has not had to worry about how their racial identity is projected into the American consciousness.
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