December 07th, 2016
NYC. In the wake of the election, there has been a surge of activism, & a deeper questioning of how we navigate our personal and professional politics day-to-day. I think women in the theater community are consistently kept subordinate to their male counterparts, and this plays out in a variety of ways. In criticism, I've encountered a ton of sexist language used in the evaluation of women in theater on a myriad of levels, from an array of critics. In the past there has been some community response to disrespectful critiques; but it's, of course, hard to keep momentum. Currently, there is an intensive debate that is circulating women and their work in the theater, and how it's being evaluated. Here is a response via The Interval to Hilton Als' New Yorker review of Sweet Charity. Here is another response from Howard Sherman. I recommend the read(s), and if you can find ways to take action and open dialogue, I believe now is an opportune time.
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