Nancy Churnin writes "Stage West's 'An Octoroon' underscores how far we've come — and still have to go — with racial equity in theater". (You should click and read her piece. Lots of good stuff in there, plus it's the only way to keep getting arts reporting funded by our local news media...) We explored diversity on stage at our Happy Hour event the week before opening with artist Christopher Blay.
For each show this season, we had an opening event or happy hour to introduce folks to the show. At our An Octoroon Happy Hour we experienced artist Christopher Blay's relational aesthetics art experience Drinking for Diversity.
Here are the instructions:
And here's the pour chart, illustrating the casting breakdown by ethnicity for New York City theatres.
Some of our written and drawn responses to questions 2 & 3 above.
We also got to hear director Akin Babatunde and the cast of An Octoroon discuss the show.