jedicus: "Shakespeare isn't an apt comparison, though, since from the beginning his plays have been performed by "locals" (i.e. not people of a particular descent) and set anachronistically (e.g. with contemporary rather than historical costumes and language). The character of Hamlet, for example, was written for Richard Burbage, who was not, to my knowledge, of Danish descent."
muddgirl: When we live in an America where Asian-American actors can get 'white' roles, then we can re-address the appropriateness of staging a show in FEUDAL China and having 1 adult Asian actor in your cast (who is probably actually Japanese-American).
blucevalo: With you up until the implication that, somehow, a Japanese-American is not a valid Asian.
To my eyes, she was talking about the OPP writer's statement in her blog post that the La Jolla Playhouse casting crew could have selected one actor with Chinese ancestry for a role in a show set in China and instead, for the single Asian actor they picked, selected an actor with Japanese ancestry instead.
fatehunter: "The onus is on any production to decide how they wish to adapt any existing work. Kaufman can and should drop the China setting if he feels it's not relevant to his production, regardless of what HCA intended for HCA's story. Or Kaufman can modify the story so that the setting is actually relevant."
slkinsey: "Why wouldn't it have been the same European nightingale with which Hans Christian Anderson was familiar?"
kyrademon: On a different note, in response to a different subject and set of posters:
"[Casting a Japanese-American in a Chinese-American role is] akin to casting a Frenchman to portray Hercule Poirot (a Belgian) ..."
This is not an unreasonable argument, and saying that they clearly made the effort to cast at least one East Asian performer in this small cast show seems like a fair point.
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