State of the Arts Blog

The discussion continues on race and casting


About this time last year I moderated a panel discussion on race and casting in Twin Cities theater. The discussion was inspired by a series of events that led to non-Asian actors being cast in Asian roles.

Well, as recent events have proven, the conversation is far from over. Community activist Ka Vang urged people to boycott the show "WTF" written by (similarly named) local playwright Katie Ka Vang, because the part of a Hmong-American woman was being played by a Korean-American actress.

The controversy was the subject of a report by the Star Tribune's Rohan Preston, and has inspired another panel discussion, sponsored by the Council of Asian-Pacific Minnesotans.

The event takes place on Sunday February 20 at 2pm at the Minnesota Humanities Center, and will be moderated by the council's head, Ilean Her.