Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Due to developments in recent weeks concerning the protest against Heart Is A Lonely Hunter - the New York Core Group has decided to cancel the live demonstration scheduled for Saturday, November 28th and December 3rd.
A future posting will explain our position and current strategy to confront this issue.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Welcome to our blog! In recent weeks, the hot-button issue of casting hearing actors to take the place of 'deaf' roles in the theatre community has mushroomed. The New York Times, Huffington Post, along with numerous pundits and bloggers have taken notice. The public response has ignited heated rhetoric. Comments for the mentioned articles have shown that many readers have not hesitated to express themselves vociferously.
The casting decisions associated with New York Theatre Workshop's "Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" and Circle in the Square's "Miracle Worker" on Broadway has led to many conversations, challenges and questions about the validity of these perspectives. The aim of this blog has two main points. One, to enable readers to draw their own conclusions on the matter by providing factual information. And this blog will track the ongoing protest carried out by advocates of deaf actors.
Note: this blog is NOT a place where actors (named or not) will be attacked. It is our wish to open this for a healthy discourse between different points of views - and arrive at novel conclusions.
Please read the following articles by the New York Times and other publications to bring you up to speed on this heated issue.
There will be a visible protest taking place at the end of this month within the vicinity of the New York Theatre Workshop. More information will be made available shortly. Please keep checking back with us! We look forward to your advocacy and support during this time of protest.