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Re: “Opinion: A Local Filmmaker Says Indies Need to Lead Hollywood to Diversity

For years, our union, SAG/AFTRA, has been promoting "Non-traditional casting. It seems that writers and producers are operating from a position of fear. The fear that audiences will not accept a black actor in a "white" role, or a white actor in "black" role.
Roles are written for humans to create.
Scripts and screenplays are stories to be told. The story is told by the characters.
As an Artistic Director and producer of stage, I practice "Non-Traditional" casting without fear. My intentions are to cast the strongest talent in every role I cast. Yes, it might distract certain audience members, but not for long. If it is a strong story, told well, the audience will follow it. Any distractions will last five to ten minutes, then the story takes over.
White mother, black child, Hispanic father or any other mix will work.
Just rise above the fear and tell the story.
Until we do it, the audience will be less and less inclined to accept it. It is now not only accepted at our theatre, it is expected. Both actors and audience benefit from having taken the risk.
Until we get over this white/black thing, we are all trapped in the ways of the past.

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Posted by Bob Carter on 02/25/2016 at 11:29 PM

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