Check out this article that came out in the New York Times on Sept 2, “The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Focuses on Diversity“.
We are so proud of the amazing work on diversity and inclusion that our friends at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are doing! It is inspiring all of us to do more to make sure that the theater reflects a fullness of contemporary American life. Bravo, Bill et al!
And to top it off, ensemble member Rodney Gardiner got this great shout out in the Times for his performance as Nathan Detroit in Mary Zimmerman’s Guys and Dolls. Congrats, Rodney!
The casting of men and women of color in prominent roles — whether it’s Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls” or the titular prince in “Pericles,” both of which I saw this year portrayed (terrifically) by African-American men — is standard practice at the company and has been for many years.