“Anne Boleyn was white, and it matters… perhaps less than in the case of The Mountaintop, but it still matters in that it distracts the viewer’s attention from what the storyline is (or at least should be) about.”
Anne Boleyn was black? I did not know that!
Re Item #5: For what it’s worth, a check mailed from DC to my home in Northern Virginia took more than a week to arrive…
I think I have the casting ethics rules straight now…
This isn’t discrimination, injustice, or prejudice. It’s called reality.
The ethics formula for casting should be simple; it’s certainly clear to me. The director’s duty is to serve the play and the audience, not social justice objectives, not labor issues, not past discrimination, not his or her own ego or virtue-signaling.
If only it was a simple and clear to everyone else….
John Henry was a steel-driving man…THAT we know. Well, according to legend.
Now, CHRIS Rock as John Henry, I’d have a problem with…
My brain hurts.
Casting an African American actress as Joan of Arc is a terrific idea, as long as the actress is up to the challenge.