The Seattle Repertory Theatre has announced it will be holding a forum to discuss race, art and cultural representation in light of the recent controversy over the all white casting of the Mikado by Seattle’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
The play includes 40 Japanese characters, all played by non-Asians dressed up with clothing and make up to make them appear to be Japanese.
The play is being held at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and it has received many negative comments since word of the Mikado production has spread.
The Rep wants to make clear it has no control over the Mikado production.
“While this production appears on the stage of the Bagley Wright in our facility, we did not rent the space to the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society,” wrote the Seattle Rep on its website. “As a part of our lease with the City of Seattle, we are required to open up time and space on the Bagley stage every summer for productions by the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society. The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s rental arrangement is with the City of Seattle, not with Seattle Rep.”
There’s no word yet on when the forum will be held other than it will be sometime next month.