Holding Out for a Hero

Now, imagine growing up and admiring these heroes or heroines, but imagine that NONE OF THEM look anything like you. In fact, their features are the polar opposite of yours. Strong noses, when yours is flat and wide. Tall and muscular, when you are may be a little over 5 feet with a toned body but not the Hercules presented on screen. Blonde hair and fair skin — you have jet black hair and your skin is the color of the earth.

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Dennis CorsiComment
The Color Brown and American Musical Theatre

I love to pretend I'm Anita and dance to "America" as much as the next person but the truth is that the genius writers of that musical are simply not Latino. This means that these stories do not accurately reflect my culture and my heritage. Their work comes from research and imagination as opposed to experience. I know this might be shocking but my Latino American experience does not include twirling around in intricate ballet moves. Even more shocking is that Che Guevara and Eva Peron had very little to do with each other.

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Hamilton's Casting Controversy

The “Hamilton” controversy did make him question how blatant he can be in the mission of his organization.  When a show that champions multi-cultural actors to tell a quintessentially American story is taken to task for exclusion, he wonders how he can promote his vision of inclusion.  When talking about BCTR with other theater people, he has been asked why he would want to “limit himself” to working only with artists of color. 

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