Thursday, December 8, 2011

More People Weigh In On the Casting Controversy With the TheaterWorks Hartford Production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

More people are weighing in on the casting controversy regarding TheaterWorks Hartford and their decision to cast non-Latinos in Latino specific roles in the Stephen Adly Guirgis play The Motherf**ker With the Hat. The roles were specified as Latino by the playwright but not posted as such on the casting breakdown sent out by the theater. While the production itself closed on Sunday, December 4, 2011, the controversy continues. Click on the links below to read more.

• Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis attended the production in its closing weekend, as reported by Frank Rizzo of the Hartford Courant.

• Playwright (and HOLA Award winner) Quiara Alegría Hudes defended Guirgis, taking umbrage at TheaterWorks Hartford Artistic Director Steve Campo's comment that "It is a tribute to his skill that Stephen Adly Guirgis, though not Hispanic, is able to so credibly depict a culture not his own, as he does in The Mother[expletive] With the Hat. How gracious it would be of him to allow that actors (of whatever heritage) might succeed in acting, much as he has in writing.”

• Actor/playwright (and HOLA Award winner) Carmen Peláez wrote about the controversy on her blog Peacock Chronicles.

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