Angry Asian Man sets the scene
: "The Bagley Wright Theatre in Seattle is currently staging Gilbert & Sullivan's 'classic' comic opera The Mikado, which has historically required actors to perform roles in yellowface, and a bunch of shitty made up stereotypes for comic effect. This version is no different, with all forty Japanese characters played by white actors.".
The Seattle Times weighs in with a negative op-ed.
The Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan society had a response to the Times Op Ed: "I get it because as a black woman I am often confronted by issues of racism and sexism, be it blatant, subtle, institutionalized, or perceived. I too have reacted in a knee-jerk fashion. I believe when confronted with these issues I have always dug a little deeper, checked other sources, and did some research on my own before taking action.
Given what I, and the Society have been through in the last few days, I hope to God that my actions were indeed merited. The idea that I may have caused the kind of damage that we are experiencing to some other organization, individual or institution because I took a head long rush to judgment based on a headline, or an opinion piece, and regarded those things as fact sickens me to my soul."
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
performs a Hannukah Platter Patter
. This musical style from a klezmer band shouldn't be too surprising; after all, with productions of Di Yam Galoznim
, Di Yidisher Pinafore
, and Der Yidddisher Mikado
(Danny Kaye and Jerome Robbins
appeared in Sylvia Fine's translation), and with translators and adaptors ranging from Miriam Walowit
and Sylvia Fine
in the 1940s to Al Grand
in the present, Gilbert and Sullivan are no strangers to the Yiddish stage.
Court Decision, re: Fisher v. Lowe, Feb. 1999.
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