The Fairy Princess is busy, Folks – so this has to be short – which all but guarantees she is going to run on and on, but one can dream, can’t one?


Not even going to sugar coat it – we could definitely discuss the Asian Americans who have landed pilots and so forth, but again, TFP has lines to memorize to go in front of a Nemesis, so…quickly then, on we go.

In the past few days, she has been sent quite a few things this week that should be commented on…first up...North Shore Musical Theater.


What have they done? Well, not content with making sure their EVITA in no way resembled Argentina, as they did a few months ago – they are busy keeping hold of their Rosetta LeNoire Award for Casting by advertising for an Asian American Male Performer thusly:

(ITO) Asian male, 20-40 – Chinese accent. Ito is employed as a houseboy by Mame Dennis.


Only one problem – ITO is a Japanese Immigrant character.

From Japan.

Not China.

Which is an entirely different country.

Which, btw, did NOT host the most recent Winter Olympics.

That was South Korea.


You see, TFP would love to believe that this is a honest mistake, except for the fact that once again, North Shore Musical Theater is getting it absolutely wrong when it comes to what they are even going for in regards to casting People of Color.

They neither know nor care that Ito is Japanese, and therefore should not be asked for a Chinese accent.

They only chose to do MAME because they have not bothered to do any research whatsoever, and wow – what a great, methodical choice it IS!

Producer Bill Haney of the “Patti LuPone played Evita in the original production so it is acceptable to not have a Latina in the show” Haney’s. No one caught this description – not even Director, Charles Repole or Musical Director, Milton Granger nor even the Casting Director, Matthew Chappell.

To them, Asian is Asian – no one cares, all look same dot com, up at North Shore Musical Theater.

They do not care.

They do not care about People of Color in the slightest.

They are not pretending, they are not ‘mistaken’, they simply do not give a…



You know how we have a white washing T-shirt with all the names of the film stars?

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Perhaps we should have one for theaters that casually ‘lose’ any reference to People of Color in roles where they should be, or when they disregard the kind of specific person that they are, even when the role calls for it.

(Now, TFP is not saying that Koreans cannot play Japanese or anything like that. She did her DNA and you know what came back? Just East Asian. No actual definable difference between the East Asians, although they are able to differentiate Southeast Asian, Central Asian, South Asian and Central Asian etc.

So if a Japanese American is playing a Chinese American, as a Chinese descended American she will personally roll her eyes a bit, but there is NOTHING WRONG WITH IT, it is more like a Austrian person playing a German person, in terms of genes. We all have to grow up a bit about this issue. Cousins, we are all cousins.)

On to the next bit of hideous news – there is an Acting Teacher, if you can call her that. Anyway, her name is Lesly Kahn and she is a LA Acting Teacher, with studios in Hollywood and Santa Monica.

She calls herself a teacher.

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Here is a sample of what she teaches…this was taped and sent to TFP by Lexi Alexander via Twitter

Lesly: …That you’re Latin

Student: Fernanda?

Lesly: I can’t be the first person that suggested this.

Student: Yeah you are. I mean, I get ethnically ambiguous all the time, I mean, I did 23 and Me and I am 100% Ashkenazi Jewish. But yeah, no one’s ever told me to change my name.

Lesly: I 100% thought you were Latin.

Then they go on a bit, she is a young actress she has not done professional work and here is the kicker, if you will….

Lesly: …Go to Headshot Shop, tell them you are Latin. Wear something f*ucking red. Wear some f*cking sparkly earrings. Change your goddamn name, and let’s just do an experiment.


Lesly holds a BFA from NYU and an MFA from Yale – and she is one thousand per cent teaching super damaging and racist practices that have little to do with acting, and everything to do with stereotyping.

Basically, she is acting like a bigot.

Although, TFP does not believe Ms. K is a good actor, given various feedback she has read from past students who had nothing good to say about her in FB posts of Actors who are regularly seen on our televisions and stages, she is acting like she has many, many racist and sexist things to say.

If she is not a good actor – then TFP has to take that lesson from Maya Angelou, you know the one….


the one about believing someone the first time they show you what they are?

Ms. Kahn  has shown bigotry, she is de facto, a bigot.

TFP is showing Ms. Kahn the respect of believing her the first time she shows herself to be a bigot.

We have to, in show business, be comfortable with who we are. Professional actors who have an unusual look or a look that is not able to be ‘pinned down’ by narrow minded Casting professionals, does not mean that actors who are professionals or who want to be professionals should be told to ‘paint themselves’, using stereotypical tropes to portray ethnicity that they are not familiar with.


Now we do turn to Hollywood and basically, we need to start using the sleeves of the shirt – because Natalie Portman is playing a Hapa and Jennifer Jason Leigh is playing a Native American – and in the same film.



This is the film, Annihilation – and yes, there are People of Color in the film – and if you want to support the film because of that reason – that’s fine. TFP will not be going.

Now, the argument from the Director is that this film is based on the first of a trio of books and he had not read the second book, which identifies more clearly, that the characters have an ethnic heritage.

Except the first two books came out the same year. Just months apart.

Ms. Portman was signed the following year to the project.

Now, this is an Actress who starved herself and learned ballet for that dance movie she did, but in this case, she did no homework and did not read the second book that was available by the time she signed on to the picture.

We are supposed to believe that?


Another thing we are supposed to buy, is that the Yakuza was doing crime all wrong until Jared Leto got there to show them all how it is done.



So the shirt adds two names – three if we want to include Jennifer Jason Leigh on the ice bridge theory of evolution that has Native Americans and Asians distantly related….TFP is feeling…she has MANY feels right now…


Lines to learn. Gotta go.

Everyone mentioned gets fifty smacks of the wand and a tiara up the tush – this is simply not acceptable in any way, shape or form.

TFP out.


The Fairy Princess was kinda thrilled that Hungary got called on it’s BS production of an All White Porgy & Bess.

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She was looking forward to celebrating the positives in American theater, like for example this guy:

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Manu Narayan, the star of BOMBAY DREAMS is back on Broadway in one of the iconic shows that define Broadway – MY FAIR LADY. Manu will be playing the role of Zoltan Kaparthy, the Hungarian who has one of the best descriptions of any musical theater character around “…Oozing charm from every pore, he oiled his way around the floor”


He will ALSO be appearing in the upcoming Broadway musical, GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, from director John Rando, with a book by Ken Davenport, score by Mark Allen, with additional material from Sarah Salzberg. This is exciting because…the musical was first ‘found’ through improv comedy with the improv group, Grundleshotz.

So count ’em, TWO Broadway musicals in a year for ^^^ this guy! Incredible!

PS Photo by Lia Chang.

And also big UPPPS for Albert Guerzon,

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who joins the rest of his cast of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE on Broadway when it begins previews on February 16, 2018.

Which brings the grand sum of Asian Americans on Broadway to 25.



These numbers will change by one or two, possibly as much as FOUR when MEAN GIRLS, FROZEN, SUMMER, PRETTY WOMAN, THE CHER SHOW, THE PROM all hit the boards. (The only one that TFP knows of as having a larger role going to an Asian American performer is MEAN GIRLS, Ashley Park is one of the “Plastics”)

(Now – special note here – the numbers of Asians on Broadway DO go up a bit more, if you happen to consider Middle Eastern Countries part of Asia. On a map they ARE a part of Asia, called Central Asia.

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However, TFP has not spoken with any of the cast members of THE BAND’S VISIT, so she does not know how THEY self identify, and that is a big important point – some people prefer the common understanding of The Middle East being Arabic – however it is, on a map, more the middle EAST than The Middle East. (See China there, right to the right of the map?) So if the Central Asians on Broadway want to self identify as Asian Americans, s’all right by TFP because our numbers go up then.

They can totes email her.)


Special mention of course goes out to playwright, Young Jean Lee, who’s play, STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, will open in June – making her the FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN FEMALE PLAYWRIGHT ON BROADWAY….EVAH!


Frankly, TFP wanted to focus on the good rather than the bad, but two things have occurred this past week that make her have to put fingers to computer.

The first is the continued display of the character, Juanito Bandito which is brought to you from it’s home ofThe Pickleville Playhouse, in Utah. The show then is ‘traveled’ aka ‘tours’ to two other venues – one is The Grand in Salt Lake City, and the other is the Logan space at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in the Cache Valley Center for the Arts.

Now, TFP does not know why this is funny.

She watched as much as she could online and frankly, she had to do an immediate mental douche of alternating episodes of RuPaul’s All Stars and the new Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to recover her equanimity.


Without getting too personal, this character (a melding of Frito Bandito, a character that sold chips for years and comedian Bill Dana’s Jose Jiminez)is the creation of actor, TJ Davis.

From Utah.

Long known as diversity sink hole.

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Apparently he dropped out of dental school (please start fanning your Asian Mom if she is reading this over your shoulder)  to fulfill a lifelong dream of debasing Latinx men for laughs based on prejudices by Caucasians.

All TFP has to say is…if she had been able to go back in time and counsel him – she would have told him that dentistry is very well paying and would support both his family and society more than engaging in campy racial stereotypes.

Now, a few people have written about Juanito Bandito – Arts Advocate, Howard Sherman, BloggerBitter Gertrude, and TFP is sure more are coming. Howard and Gertrude are going to give you backstory and context, so TFP is leaving that to them.


TFP got sucked into a whole different end of this drama, when she was contacted by a Board Member of THE GRAND from Salt Lake City via Tweets from Playwright, Diana Burbano.

TFP ain’t mad about it.


Here is why – hate crimes in Utah are up, according to the FBI– as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune’s Paighten Harkins. They are expected to continue to rise – and these incidents have landed Utah the 23rd spot out of 49 in the reports of hate crimes in America.

The one thing that keeps Utah lower than other states is – it’s lack of diversity.

Not a ton of people of color, people of varying sexual orientations and identifications. Therefore not quite as many available people to be victimized as in our larger metropolitan areas.

Most of these hate crimes in Utah were racial, meaning based on the victim’s race, ethnicity, or ancestry – with religion and sexual orientation coming a close second.

Now, Pickleville Playhouse is a ‘Family’ Playhouse – and they do ‘wholesome Family entertainment’ and have for 40 years.

TFP thinks The Pickleville Playhouse is a lost cause, frankly.


They know what they have, and they are exporting it to the masses of Utah – and they are ok with it. They are good at The Pickleville Playhouse, they are drinking the pickle juice that they made to ferment all that good, honest, xenophobia.

What better way to train baby racists than to gather them when they are young and ready to absorb, and feed them a show that mocks people that have different melanin than them?

Bring them young, and raise them wrong, Folks.

This is a two-fold battle plan – because it helps alleviate the need to have to be aware of other people’s humanity AND it guarantees that the hate crime numbers will continue to climb – because it has been established that ‘those people’ are not like ‘us’. “They” are merely here to cement the superiority of Caucasian people – so go UTAH!


When TFP was initially contacted by a self identified Board Member of The Grand Theater in Salt Lake City – a theater that is the recipient of Federal Money, because it is on the campus of a community college – she thought that this was a chance for real dialogue.


Now, TFP responded to each tweet – and she hopes that the Board of The Grand will take this in the spirit with which it was intended. These are slightly expanded from her Twitter responses – which are available @Equill

When you ‘rent’ your ‘house’ aka theater, what you do is, you open your ‘home’.  Whatever is housed in your theater – rental or original production – is tacitly endorsed by The Grand.

The Grand has viewed the show, thought that they could make money off of their audience with it, and therefore regardless of The Grand’s role in the creation of this racist show, The Grand participates in this show as a purveyor.

Madams get arrested for Prostitution too, ‘Boo.

Just saying.


Even if your theater does not make money off the Merch sold, the Merch is still presented. Caricatures debasing a group of people become symbols with which to devalue their contributions to this country. It makes it easier for their pain to be denied, it makes it easier to attack them.

Hate crimes are UP, ‘Boo – they are UPPPPP!


No, The Grand did not create the show, but they are complicit. They are taking the money and they are looking the other way.

Haven’t we had enough of that kind of thinking in this country?

Then TFP got this response:



Fossen in 2018 has a point – the First Amendment does protect Mr. T.J. Davis and his ‘right’ to write/produce/star in whatever he, personally so chooses.

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However, Mr. Fossen, though you are a Board Member and likely very eager (to support the theater) to take rental money – because of course, the theater gets a percentage of that money in the box office – the theater is NOT obligated to book that rental.  

Once they do book a rental, the theater is not allowed to censor it – that is true.

That does fall under the First Amendment, once it is booked.

However – what happens before the show is booked?

For example, say TFP had a theater (Jordan Roth, you wanna give TFP a theater to run?) she would have many, many options of what to choose to put in the space. She would decide upon many factors – would it be a long running show? Would it be an expensive show? Would it be a star vehicle? A Play? A Musical?


However she would be under NO OBLIGATION to provide a space for any proposed show. As a Producer, TFP would be trying to make practical decisions for that theatrical space based on her knowledge of the theater going public. That is what Producers DO. That is how they operate. It is show business, not show friendship.

One of the other ‘rules’ taught in this country – mainly by Moms, not by enough Dads, frankly – curiously though by The Rolling Stones – is that YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT.

No one is under any sort of obligation to provide anything that you do not deserve.


Ok so you are a guy who wrote a show – hundreds, if not thousands of people write shows every year in this country.

They write plays and musicals and situation comedies, rom coms and dramas, they even have writers for reality television (oh yeah – didn’t realize that did ya) and not ONE of those writers – established or not – is guaranteed a place to showcase their piece.

People of Color, Gender Fluid Persons, People of Minority Status – they all write shows – and even the most talented, even the most earnest and well meaning – they are NOT guaranteed a venue.


Frankly, TFP is very surprised by this booking simply because of the mission statement of The Grand.

See, perhaps you have not watched the video on your website…TFP has,


and here is what Richard Scott, Exec. Dir of The Grand Theater & SLCC Cultural Programming said – right there on your website ( at about 3.32 min into it) – of which you are the Master – “The Grand is unique – because it is many things – we are a community theater company, we have artistic productions that we produce, pick, generate…we produce concerts, we produce lectures...”

Now, ‘to pick‘ – you have to have choice available to exercise. Once the choice is made – for example in granting a rental, then no – you cannot induce the show to limit itself, but be yes, you can pick what goes into a space.

Now, as to having made this choice to allow the show to rent – this was where the conversation went horribly awry – the hiding behind the supposed protection of the First Amendment.

The Grand had AMPLE information to make the decision of what to bring into your theater space. Not only were there several videos on YouTube, you had a trailer to sell the show, and a copy of the script – a script that has had only minor changes in ten years.

You knew what it was. There is no deniable plausibility.

Ten years of abject racism that y’all found funny. Or perhaps you thought no one would find out, being that you are out in Utah.

Funny thing about Utah, you know what else is there?

Sundance Film Festival.

You know what THAT means, right?

Film actors and other celebrities roaming around Salt Lake City, perhaps on a day off from the Festival? (The FESTival, the FESTival) – many of whom might take the existence of Juanito Bandito in your space rather personally…(and no, they are not all Mexican heritage and TFP knows that – but on these issues, Latinx people tend to come together)see how now you are uncomfortable with this show being in The Grand?

Yes. THAT. Go with THAT feeling.

If you cannot present it to Salma Hayek, you should not present it.

No, we of the Internet may not be able to get TJ Davis to see the light – he is fine with what he is doing, and in insulated Utah, he will get away with it for as long as he wants to – however we of the Internet, and the PoC and the Gender Diverse of Utah have the ability to vote with our dollars to support this theater.

Again, it comes down to choice….


the question is – can The Grand, in beautiful Salt Lake City, continue to make the choice to provide a venue for this kind of racist theater?

You cannot hide behind the First Amendment and think it provides protection unilaterally. There are checks and balances.


Disturbances in The Force are ALL our business – because we, the people, have had enough – enough of the flames of ignorance fanning the forest fires of hatred.

This show is a log on that fire of ignorance which is elevating the hate crimes in Utah.

If you provide it a home, you showcase the message. 150 Whacks of the wand for The Grand – you had ten years worth of evidence to show that your minds and hearts are as open as your theater on a double show day – and you blew it.

It ALL matters.

All of it.


The second incident, was something that gave TFP hope for the future.

Teens in Ithaca, New York, wrote a letter and protested about the casting of Esmerelda in HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME being whitewashed at their high school.

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We all know what Whitewashing is, yes? No one needs refreshers, yes? We get it?


Back to the story – Hunchback is of course, a seminal piece in the Disney canon – is steeped in prejudice – both against deliberately segregated minorities and people with disabilities, and how kindness and love can eventually triumph.

Esmerelda is a Romani – now, the interesting thing that has come to light about the Rom – is thataccording to DNA,they are descended from India’s Dalit class.


According to this article in Live Science, 1500 years or so ago, the Rom migrated from Northwest India, in one massive group, and arrived in Europe – where they spread and became entrenched in Europe.

Now, due to migration and intermarriage or, if not marriage, sex – their skin color has many different varieties, but the way Disney Studios drew Esmerelda is fairly accurate for a 15th Century Romani Girl.

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This makes the evolution of The Romani more understandable, if you understand that Dalit was/is a term that is representative of the aboriginals of India, that are considered ‘untouchable.

In Sanskrit it means ‘oppressed’. Prejudice that exists even now in India towards Dalit people. They have higher instances of crimes against their non male persons, and higher rates of poverty, of hunger…in short, it is something that India needs to solve –  it is simply a travesty.

From a narrative though – it makes total sense.

At some point, 1500 years ago, there was a mass migration OUT of India with members of this group. Likely it was not voluntary.  They had learned by then that they were not wanted, that in fact it was dangerous to try and live among people, so they developed a tribal mentality – a wandering tribe. Their wagons and the constant movement was self preservation.

As they got out of the heat and terrain of India, and intermixed with local European groups – depending on where they were in Europe – their hair color and skin color would likely lighten. However the ‘glamor’ of The Rom remained – the thick hair, the love of bright patterns and colors, of dancing and singing

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– let’s face it. India is where the Kama Sutra was written, these were sexy folks.

Now, are there currently, Romani descendants who have light skin and hair and eyes? YES. Particularly those who managed to make their way to Ireland and Scotland, where they renamed themselves ‘Travelers”.

But in the 15th Century…that would not have been the case yet, right? 1,500 years is only 18 generations, let’s say. Allowing for early marriages and deaths that would not occur with modern medicine. In the 15th Century, they were only perhaps 10-12 generations out of being “pure” Dalit.

Which, TFP is totally geeking out about, because she enjoys a good genome puzzle – but the long and short of it is, Esmerelda would have been a person of mixed heritage, and that is the way she was drawn.

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Now, the Kiddos at Ithaca auditioned and when the cast was posted, there was a non PoC cast as Esmerelda. However these are super smart kids and look – here is a portion of the letter that they wrote to the school –

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TFP is just the PROUDEST OF YOU!!!!


Whitney was RIGHT – you ARE the future!

Now, because the kids took such a strong stand, and because it was covered in the papers, and  of course, people are horrible, some of the students got ‘doxxed(which is a fancy way of saying someone hacked them worse than a federal election) and had their ‘business’ put out for the world to see. They have received threats and the production was cancelled.


Hunties– this is to be expected. Frankly, in the long run – it will not matter. (Change your passwords though.)

Let TFP tell you something – theater has always been the place where you discover your true selves. You can put on a character, temporarily, but when the curtain descends, you are always left with you. How thrilling to know that the people you are RIGHT NOW, at a time when many have no idea where their moral compass points, are True North kind of people.

TFP is not afraid for you – (Although she does think you all deserve a trip to New York and tickets for THE PROM – who do we know who can make that happen?)not if you decide to pursue theater, or law, or dance, or art, or medicine, or computers or anything at all because you are using logic and reason to approach a situation and amend it.

Standing up, is SOOOOOOO much harder than sitting and watching life go by – but it is worth it.

Cuz as we all know – if you stand for nothing, what do you fall for?




TFP out.

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is coming, and the second annual Asian American Performers Panel is fast approaching…and The Fairy Princess has put together some of the most frequent breakers of the yellow ceiling to talk about how they got there, how far they have come, and where they intend to go.


Ali Ewoldt, Shoba Narayan, Raymond J. Lee, and Telly Leung

January 27th at 10AM at The Javits Center

Bring coffee.

UPDATE- after the following blog was written, the Gershwin Estate and licensing company avowed that Hungarian State Opera did NOT have permission to do a Non Black Production of P&B.

They are still going ahead with it.

Because as Christmas Eve says ‘Everyone’s a little bit racist’.


Now…TFP learned of something today that really has her like…


Because she has learned that The Gershwin Estate…the Estate of George and Ira Gershwin…that allows/does not allow people to perform/not perform the works of the two brothers…has LIFTED the rule that was put into place by Ira Gershwin, of having the landmark opera, PORGY AND BESS, performed by an All Black Cast.


This is, as the kids say, fer realz.

The Hungarian State Opera petitioned and received permissionfrom The Gershwin Estate, to have non-Black performers do the quintessential opera that represents the time period of post Civil War, economically depressed 1930’s in America, where many people were free, technically, but still bound by their lack of education and job mobility, to poverty.


For those of you not familiar with the story, TFP will sum up:

It follows the story of Porgy, who is a disabled man living in the slums of Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina.

Porgy attempts to ‘rescue’ Bess, a good girl gone wrong, from the clutches of her violent lover, Crown. This is complicated business because while Bess has initial affection for Porgy, she is always being tempted to run off as well with her drug dealer, Sportin’ Life.

There are additional plots going on – for example, Crown murders a fellow dice player, Robbins. This has Crown fleeing to Kittiwah island off the coast, and leaving Bess to fed for herself against the police. She knocks on all the doors in Catfish Row, but only Porgy will open his to hide her from the police. This is where the romance between Bess and Porgy begins. She cleans herself up, starts going to church, but then she goes to a picnic on Kittwah Island and boom, just like that, she is back in Crown’s clutches.

Eventually, there is a struggle between Porgy and Crown, with Porgy winning. However, while he is held in jail for refusing to look upon the body of Crown (Because the thought was that if a murderer looks on the body he killed, it will bleed), Bess ‘falls’ with ‘help’ from Sportin’ Life, and runs off to New York.

Porgy winds up walking free for lack of evidence, and when he finds Bess not at home, he decides to head off to New York and find her.

The opera was adapted fromDuBose Heywards novel, Porgy. The novel became a play, also called Porgy, and then with Mr. Heyward, the Misters Gershwin turned it into PORGY AND BESS.George Gershwin wrote the score, Ira Gershwin wrote the lyrics, and DuBose wrote the lyrics and libretto.

The music that George Gershwin wrote for this piece, he self described as ‘a folk tale.’ – and he has been bothpraised for the lushness of the score anddecried for the image it set forth about Black Americans and how they were viewed. Both are valid points of view.


The piece was original presented in 1935, and has been edited and adapted several times, for a variety of venues, Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, a Film Version, and Opera Companies around the world.

Which is not the point of this post at all, except to say – yes, PORGY AND BESS has been viewed quite a variety of ways by the Black American Community – but that is their purview and the rest of us – and whatever color we happen to be, or how we identify – have to acknowledge that though it was written by non Black people, it was written FOR Black American performers.


That was the intent.



In the 1980’s, Ira Gershwin, knowing that time was a ticking and he was not going to be around forever, Ira, one of the lyricists of the piece, put in place the ‘rule’ that there were only to be Black Performers in PORGY AND BESS.

This rule has now been broken, after two years of negotiation with the Estates.

While it is a great piece of music and theater and opera – and should be heard more often around the world, it should not be heard at the cost of negating it’s essential casting.

While TFP understands that the Hungarian State Opera may have empathy or some sort of connection to the American Deep South,


their willingness to blithely displace performers who have connection to that heritage is troubling to say the least, racist to say the most.

It’s racist.

Yes, she said it. It is racist to do PORGY AND BESS without the People of Color that the Composer, Librettist, and Lyricist intended.

When you erase People of Color, in this case, specifically Black Americans from stories that are theirs alone to tell, it is not only wrong, it is racist. It is dictating how and when People of Color are ‘allowed’ to get on the stage and sing a story that has been written for them.

This story was not written for Hungarian singers – it was written for Black Americans. To deny them their right to sing it, is to deny them one of their essential stories – whether or not individuals have issues or not with it, it is their story to tell.

The show does NOT work without the nuance and the majesty that an All Black cast can give it.

Does it represent ALL the Black people in America?


Does it tell a story that some have issue with?


Have there been non Black performances of PORGY AND BESS before?

Yes, there have.

In 1943 in Copenhagen, which was Nazi occupied at the time. The singers wore blackface. It has also been performed in Europe in Switzerland and Sweden where they had all white singers in 1945 and 1950 respectively.

Not ok.

Let’s put it this way – if the Nazis thought it was a good idea – ‘we’ of the world should be against it.


Some of you out there will say – “Well, TFP does that mean only Egyptians should sing AIDA?” Or only Japanese people should sing BUTTERFLY?” “Should OTELLO only have a Black or PoC person as OTELLO?”

Ideally, yes.


Cue people raining down on TFP about not knowing too much about classical music and the requirements for those roles. They would be wrong.

TFP is well aware that there are specific kinds of voices that are needed for those roles, and they do not always live in the body that would be most ideal for that story – Heldentenors do not grow on trees….nor do Puccini Sopranos – however this is a specific case, it is different from those roles. This is not about one voice type for a specific role, this is about an entire company.

This show, this opera, is written specifically for Black Americans.

It is not set in Ancient Anywhere or Foreign Euro-pea or Geishaland – no one is dying of consumption on a couch, sorry, chaise – these are meant to portray a specific instance in the American South that – while fiction – does represent what could have happened to people at that time.


For PORGY AND BESS to work, it needs to have a few feet grounded in reality – and the toll that it takes on it’s audience – of all colors – is what is needed right now in America.

We are battling racism every day in this country – every, damn, day. So what we do NOT do – oh Gershwin Estate – what we do NOT do – is allow ourselves to EXPORT racism to other countries.

We do not allow them to white wash PORGY AND BESS, hate it or love it,  in all it’s glory.

If they want to do it, and they do not have the singers – there are two options:

  1. Import the singers and show the opera as it is supposed to be.
  2. Do not do it.

There are hundreds of operas by composers that Hungarian State Opera could do – and this is where white privilege really gets TFP’s goat.


She knows that People of Color are gorgeous and talented and alluring – but their culture and skin tones are not to be picked up and put down as a matter of whim by White Creatives and their staffs.

If you want to do a show, to diversify your stages – give them diverse faces, and not just on stage – Directors, Stage Managers, Crew!

To the Gershwin Estate…TFP does not know what Intern allowed this to go through, or if y’all just want to make some money and you thought no one in the States would find out about this…but this is a HUGE mistake.


We are living in an America DIVIDED. We have NAZIS in the White House. We have a POTUS who uses terms like ‘shithole or house” to describe African and Island Nations! Who regularly calls People of Color derogatory names! Who robs from the poor to give to the rich?


Who lies – not just about policy and what he said or did not say – but he lies about EVERYTHING! He says that he is 239lbs and passed a mental health test – the only way he passed a mental health evaluation is if the paper it was written on fell on the floor and he stepped over it! His whole team will look the American public in the face and tell them nothing resembling the truth and you think this is a good time to say that there are no Black People in PORGY AND BESS?


Two Jewish Men who made their living writing songs in Tin Pan Alley and ascended to the highest heights this country has to offer would NOT be pleased about this.

You need to rethink this.

And Hungary? Gurl – you are out of line, maybe you don’t know any better over there – maybe you are the kind of country that would add mustard to mac and cheese, but this is not right.


Not right.

TFP fines both The Gershwin Estate and Hungary – an actual country, but it has white people so our POTUS is fine with it – two hundred whacks of the wand.

WTF is going ON Folks?

Artists are supposed to do BETTER!

And ESTATES who represent the Artists who DID DO BETTER should not just go for the money – they should rep for the values that the Gershwins stood for! Or what are they? Just a clearing house for show tunes?


Totally disgusted. TFP out.

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The Fairy Princess is gearing up for BroadwayCon and you should be too!

Come check out the second Asian American panel with my amazingly talented panelists – Ali Ewoldt, Shoba Narayan, Raymond J. Lee, and Telly Leung!

We are on the schedule officially, and it will be FAN TAN FANTASTIC!

We will be talking about where Asian Americans are on Broadway now, and where they intend to go from here – these are the folks that live and breathe #ChangeTheStage

 Jan. 27th, 10 AM at the Jacob Javit’s Center in the Hildy Parks Room, 1A


Now, on to the BROADWAY...cuz TFP has some NEWS!


That is RIGHT Ms. Carmen Ruby Floyd has joined in the cast of HELLO, DOLLY and she is – Bernadette Peter’s Understudy!

Ms. Floyd has been in LION KING, AVENUE Q, PORGY and BESS, and AFTER MIDNIGHT – so Broadway is what she does – but this is a #ChangeTheStage moment, and we are all here to witness it.

TFP spoke to Ms. Floyd, and here is what she said about the part, which, is DOLLY EFFIN LEVI, btw, in case you did not get it the first time!

Ms. Floyd, what are your thoughts on joining the cast of this show?

“I’m just happy to sprinkle some #BlackGirlMagic, especially for this show.

I grew up with Pearl Bailey playing Hello Dolly with Cab Calloway, so I ‘know’ that soundtrack – that is what I grew up listening to, dreaming to, singing along with.

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Legit singing! High B’s! Representation matters – this is one of the classic ‘practically perfect in every way’ shows, and I am legit thrilled to be there.

Jerry Herman! YES!

And when do you start?

Rehearsal starts tomorrow!

Tell TFP some of the things you are most excited about for this show?

I’m going to wear some amazing costumes and be fierce. This next week I get to see the show with Bette Midler before she goes. It goes dark for a week, and then…Bernadette Peters!


It’s like opening a new show, and I am here for it. I met her when she came to AFTER MIDNIGHT, and she was so kind to me – that’s all you need after a show. I wrote that down in my journal after meeting her, that one of my dreams was to work with her, and now to understudy her? I am so joyous.

I’m taking it all in, all of that. Come see us in our Sunday Clothes!

Congratulations, Ms. Ruby Floyd, TFP is definitely coming to see you – having been blown away by your previous performances and it will be a thrill!

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Thom Sesma – last seen Off Broadway in the beautiful revamping of PACIFIC OVERTURES, will take on the title role of SWEENEY in the Off Bway Production of SWEENEY TODD on February 27th.

Thom is a well respected character actor on the stage and on film and television – holding down roles on Broadway since 1983! Thom has been the change he wants to see, and TFP could not be happier to see him take on this magnum opus of a role.

Here is what Mr. Sesma has to say about it:

I am profoundly grateful, not just for the opportunity to play the role, but in retrospect – just for the opportunity to have been taken seriously as a ‘candidate’ for the role.

It is equally surprising and ‘reassuring’ that the Producing and Creative team behind the Barrow Street SWEENEY have assembled a cast of Actors that reflects a distinct American landscape – Caucasian, African American, and now with Zach Piser and I, Asian American.

The most remarkable thing about this casting is how UNremarkably it has been recieved. We’re just actors – like I said, kind of crazy and kind of right. It’s how it should be.

I hope people pay attention.



Now we have some slightly sad news – the glamorous Merle Dandridge, who played the role of Papa Ge in the revival of Once On This Island, has had to leave the show because of her television show, Greenleaf – produced by OPRAH… (c’mon, that is so fab)

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TFP was very lucky to catch the her the Saturday matinee before she left and though she had seen the show in previews, it was so stellar now that it has opened and the cast is more settled. She would also like to give a shout out to T. Oliver Reid,

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who was on that day as Agwe – he was a spectacular God of the (cold) Water.

The whole cast was delightful, and as TFP looked at her 5 year old’s face, watching the show, being drawn into the magical world that was created, she could not help but wonder what effect it would have on his own creativity, now that he has seen this show.


SIDEBAR: There was some Broadway Beef that went down over ONCE ON THIS ISLAND this past week, and this is what TFP has to say about it, as a person of mixed race herself.

As a person who is never easily identifiable and who often is told that she does not ‘count’ to claim one thing or the other it is time to accept, oh greater Broadway community that mixed race people  look all kinds of ways.

The way they present, does not negate their background or their culture.

We all need to come together and agree that when someone makes a mistake about a mixed race person ‘belonging’ somewhere or being able to tell one story or another – not only do we limit our understanding of the term, People of Color, we often fracture it without meaning to, creating distrust and turmoil, when what is needed is more understanding.


Ok – back to fun news and then we wrap it up…

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Drama Desk Winner Francis Jue– taking the world by storm in various productions of KING OF THE YEES by Lauren Yee, will be joining his fellow cast mates, Sutton Foster, Gavin Creel and Harriet Harris, in a reunion of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE for one night only, for the Actors Fund. Tickets can be found, here, and let’s keep raising money for people in showbiz who find themselves in a bit of a pickle now and then.

There you go – Folks who are #ChangingTheStage, one role at a time.

Chosen for their excellence, their passion, their commitment & cuz they are so damn cute.


TFP out.

The Fairy Princess hopes you have a most excellent 2018.

She, among perhaps the great majority of the country, or at the very least, the great majority of the entertainment community, was thrilled to see the year of abject idiocy, 2017, fall by the wayside.

Social media should not be used if you do not have a basic understanding of the grammar of the language you propose that you speak, nor should it cater to people who only get their news from one source, the television, and one network in particular.


Anyway, 2017 is over –


So what is up thus far for 2018…


BroadwayCon is at it again, year three!

Yes, Virginia, there WILL be an Asian American Panel again this year, TFP is calling it Fan Tan Fantastic!


She has an absolutely stellar bunch of panelists – and yes, Gurl, she has enough panelists, there is a limit – and here they are:


ALI EWOLDT has become known for being the first Asian American to play the role of CHRISTINE DAAE on Broadway in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in Les Miserables, and was also in The King and I in the recent Lincoln Center revival. (Which won a TONY) (Pretty Fancy) She has a ton of other credits and we’ll get all into that at the panel.

Not giving away the farm, you understand, you’ll have to show up.


SHOBA NARAYAN has most recently been cast in the Second National Tour of HAMILTON. (Yes, that one) Prior to that she appeared on Broadway in Natasha and Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, where she understudied the role of Natasha. Other theater credits include MISS SAIGON NAT’L TOUR, and workshops of MURDER AT THE GATES (written by Steven Sater, Tony Award winner) and PRINCE OF EGYPT (adaption of 1998 DreamWorks film).

Lots of TV stuff as well, but this is BROADWAYCON, so again, you’ll have to wait for it…wait for it…


RAYMOND J. LEE recently originated the role of RALPH in last season’s GROUNDHOG DAY. On Broadway he has been part of the casts of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, ANYTHING GOES, MAMMA MIA. Ray also has a ton of plays and television appearances and is an activist in his own right, founding the Asian American Actors Alliance.

and finally….drumroll please…..cuz we have ALADDIN!


TELLY LEUNG  is currently playing the title role in Disney’s ALADDIN on Broadway. Other Broadway & National Tour credits: In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei and Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, & Flower Drum Song.

Again, tons of television, including GLEE, (stop that screaming), recordings…and lots of other stuff we will get into in the fifty minutes that this glorious chat will take place in.

TFP is excited about this panel.


Also, TFP changed her hair – don’t worry, she is still repping, but yeah, she is shaking it up a bit…don’t freak out when you see it.

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So here are the details: Javits Center. Jan 27th. 10AM.

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Come ON!

Other Fun News:

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Lea Salonga and Merle Dandridge are holding it down over at ONCE ON THIS ISLAND on Broadway, and it is phenomenal.


TFP saw it, and the cast and the direction is stunning. They are adding Norm Lewis and Tamyra Gray January 7th, but if you can, go see our Gals, because they are breathtaking.


Young Jean Lee, the playwright, will become, in the upcoming season – the FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN FEMALE PLAYWRIGHT TO HAVE HER WORK ON BROADWAY.

This is a HUGE deal.

What is it called?



Yes, that is what the play is called and that is pretty much what you are going to see.

Here’s why TFP is excited – because while the play will star white men, ostensibly but not necessarily straight – this is an Asian American playwright examining race and culture but not having Asian American actors up there and, frankly –  that is a relief.

Let’s pass the burden of privilege and calling it out to the people who have it.

Just this once.

TFP is looking forward to it.

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RuthieAnn Miles and Ramin Karimloo are going to play our favorite Russian smartypantses in CHESS. They will be where they want to be and how they want to be and do what they always sang they could and say they never sweat at all…


(TFP may be a bit CHESS impaired.)

Anyway, they join Karen Olivio and Raul Esparza as the leads and this is going to play in D.C. on a pre-Broadway tryout and that should be SUPER AWESOME!

FROZEN, with music and lyrics by Kristin Anderson Lopez (In Transit) & Bobby Lopez (Avenue Q, Book of Mormon), based on the Disney movie is selling tickets for a February 2018 opening.

Everyone will be able to LET IT GO in no time flat.


Felt like they opened it on New Year’s Eve in NYC, but nah – get those Elsa dresses at the ready!

Turning for a moment to cable….


IRON FIST got a second season on NETFLIX – so while not everything was perfect round one, we still has some great fighting and there is a new showrunner – Raven Metzner from Sleepy Hollow – so…fingers crossed for some female kickassness, both in the story and in the fight scenes.

INTO THE BADLANDS done stole Lewis Tan from IRON FIST, so make sure you check out that show, which combines martial arts, a dystopian storyline and actually, more than one Asian lead character.


Something only ABC has been able to pull off…speaking of which…

FRESH OFF THE BOAT and AGENTS OF S.H.E.I.L.D. are holding strong and continue to be fan favorites over on ABC, which also has BLACKISH and THE GOOD DOCTOR in a very strong first season, which helped boost their Network Report card to B.


On their Network Diversity Cards.


Sorry, automatic response to getting a B.


That was the highest grade, the highest grade of any network – and it matches the highest grade given EVER. Had ABC kept Dr. Ken and a few others, it would likely be at least a B+, but there you have it.

The start of 2018.

(They will never get into their safety school!)


And yeah, the other networks did worse.




TFP‘s inner Tiger Mom is a growlin’.

TFP out.




The Fairy Princess has a lot on her plate – she is co-emceeing the Pan Asian Repertory Golden Unicorn Gala Dinner on November 9th in NYC, which honors Arts Advocate, Andrea Louie, Actor Ron Nakahara, and Playwright, Edward Sakamoto to kick off it’s 41st Season!


Her car was totaled and she got hosed by State Farm….because 81 year olds with portable oxygen tanks who make left turns because the light turned green should totally be driving…


She attended a lecture at the Natural History Museum in Manhattan and came face to face with the work of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (@MrEdgardoNYC) and his totally brilliant graphic novel portraying a female Super Hero of Puerto Rican descent – La Boriqueña, which she totally ordered and you should TOO…


Here is the link.


And now…because it is TFP, and because no one can have nice things EVER – we have to delve into why a man, a playwright, would write the story of a 14 year old’s rape – not just once, but for her entire lifetime, by one of our Founding Fathers, and think that is ok.

Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson – their story is one that the Jefferson Family has repeatedly tried to erase – they took out her room in the house and made it a bathroom,


they did not allow their children to share DNA tests that would prove that yes, they descended from America’s Founding Father, who somehow took the death bed promise he made to his first wife as carte blanche to rape the girl that was raised with his daughter, when they went to Paris.

Oh yeah, it’s awful.


Now, TFP, in light of #metoo (which yes, was a movement founded by a Black Woman over 10 years ago, not a child TV star) and in light of being, oh, just RESOLUTELY AGAINST SEXUALLY ABUSING CHILDREN is not down for this story.


What Thomas Jefferson did was rape a child.

As Daveed Diggs once said – and TFP is paraphrasing – one can acknowledge that someone is a great statesman and advocate for his country, and ALSO acknowledge that he was off raping children in Paris, which is reprehensible.

Now, Playwright, Thomas Bradshaw has written a play – THOMAS AND SALLY – which is being put on by the Marin Theatre Company, which is in Mill Valley, CA, which is in the surrounding area of San Francisco.

San Francisco, you say? Home of the uber liberals? Home of the West Coast LGBTQ Rights movement? Where Harvey Milk was to rise and ultimately be murdered for his demands that all peoples be included in equality?


This is outside of San Francisco though, and y’all know what that means…(apologies to Teen Vogue)


Mill Valley is not particularly diverse, and that is likely why they thought it was a good idea to produce this play –

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perhaps they thought it was slightly naughty, or that it is truly a love story.


Guess what?

Adults and children do not have ‘love stories’.


Now, this play is offensive on many levels – and before everyone goes off half-cocked, TFP wants to state, she does not deny a good controversial re-examining of this relationship in a play.

Sally Hemmings was a real person, with real feelings, and her role in history has long been denied and covered up – alleged but not explored.


So a re-examined Sally Hemmings vs. Thomas Jefferson, TFP is down for it – as long as it explores the parameters of what ACTUALLY happened to her, and her feelings towards it as a life long sexual slave ‘in service’ to Thomas Jefferson.

Here are things we know about Sally Hemmings –

  1. She was a mixed raced African American, born in 1773. – 3/4 white, 1/4 African
  2. She was the daughter of John Wayles and Betty Hemmings. Betty was a slave of mixed race, and John, oh HE was the FATHER to Thomas Jefferson’s wife, Martha Wayles Skelton. (TFP cannot with this, too gross)
  3. She came to Monticello as part of Thomas Jefferson’s wife’s inheritance. Her half sister, Martha Wayles Skelton, owned Sally Hemmings.
  4. At age 14, Sally went with the Jefferson’s youngest daughter, Polly, to Paris where Jefferson was serving as Minister for France. It is believed that their sexual relationship began in Paris.
  5. Sally Hemmings gave birth to 6 children, 4 of whom made it to adulthood.
  6. Thomas Jefferson NEVER freed Sally Hemmings. His daughter allowed her to go and live with her freed children upon Jefferson’s death. Sally Hemmings had 9 years before her death, to live with her children as free.

Now, this story gets pretty icky and complicated because Sally, and her brother James who was there in France as a chef with Jefferson, could have petitioned in France for their freedom. Slavery was abolished in France in 1789, and they would have been free.

That Sally did not petition for freedom was not due to ‘romance’, as apparently is put forth in this play – but because she was pregnant at 16 with Thomas Jefferson’s child.


A child who ultimately did not make it to adulthood – however Sally at 16 did not know that was going to happen when she agreed to return to the United States as a slave . She agreed to return on the condition (As per her son, Madison’s memoir) that all her children be freed when they reached 21.

Jefferson did free his children at 21, and he did have them trained as Artisans, so that they could make their living. Read that sentence again, he freed his children. Not “Sally’s Children Only that Miraculously Came from No Deed of his Own”, he freed his children, who he had fathered because over the years, he continued to rape their mother.

People allege that Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson is a love story. That is the premise of Thomas Bradshaw, and no one at MTC challenged him on his interpretation.


Was Elizabeth Smart and Brian David Mitchell, a love story?

Was Jaycee Lee Dugard and Phillip Garrido, a love story?


Neither was Sally Hemmings.

TFP believes that people have chosen to make this narrative into a love story because the perpetrator was a White Founding Father and because Sally Hemmings was a mixed race slave.


It is still rape. It was not ‘love’, it was rape.

She was a child.

This is not a romantic fling of different aged lovers, this is a white man Thomas Jefferson, using a mixed race girl, Sally Hemmings, for sexual relief without thought of her feelings, her physical needs, or judgement from society because at the time – most of the men in America sexually abused their slaves in some fashion – be it physical or sexual or both.

The reason Sally was sent to France with Jefferson’s daughter, is because the slave that was supposed to go with her, was pregnant – and…this is First Lady Abigail Adams‘s impression of Sally when she stayed with them briefly, before the two continued on to France –

“The Girl who is with (Polly) is quite a child, and Captain Ramsey is of the opinion, will be of so little service that he had better carry her back with him. But of this you will be a judge. She seems fond of the child and appears good naturd.”

And in a later letter:

“The Girl she has with her, wants more care than the child, and is wholy incapable of looking properly after her, without some superiour to direct her.”

There you go – Sally Hemmings was, from her actual age, and from the way she acted – a child. We have an eyewitness account from a future First Lady of the United States to tell us, in her own words, the view she had of Sally Hemmings when she arrived overseas.

She was not a mature lady playing a child, as it is in this play  –  she was an actual child.

Elizabeth Smart was 14 when she was taken and raped for 9 months by a fanatic who called her his bride. Jaycee Duggard was 11.

If you happen to have a 14 year old in your life, please go and think how you would feel if a man who was 44 years old, decided that she was going to have a sexual relationship with him. TFP assumes you would do everything in your power to remove this 14 year old from the orbit of this man, who was stalking her.

Sally Hemmings did not have you there. Sally Hemmings had no legal right to assert herself, to go to the authorities, to report this man because…he owned her. He owned her and he had the ‘right’ to do with her person as he wished.

Perhaps, after the initial shock of being raped at 14, and years together as his sexual outlet, perhaps she did submit to Stockholm Syndrome and come to think she cared for him, but if that had been her final take on it, she would have been much older.

That was never a decision that a child could ‘willingly’ make. It was never a decision that slave could make – because slaves were not allowed to make decisions – and Sally Hemmings was always owned by Thomas Jefferson.

She was never freed. Not officially.

This is story that is American, and it is disturbing. An actual examination of the story would be welcome – not just for historical accuracy, but because the sufferings of Black Women have been muted by our lack of reporting on them.

Thomas Bradshaw, could have done a real service here, choosing to really reflect what happened to Sally Hemmings.


Examine the myth, examine the monster.

The Marin County Theater could have done a real service for women of history that are known from history because of things that they were not allowed to decide upon – rape, incest, forced marriages, beatings, honor killings, murder, forced relationships – all things that women of all kinds know to be part of their universal story of being women.

Black Women have suffered crimes that all women have suffered and more, and they should have been consulted and imput taken from them. Taking Sally Hemmings’ story from her and romanticizing it – justify the treatment she received.

Thomas Jefferson has not been brought to justice.

He raped a child as she left childhood and then he raped a woman – in front of his family, and in front of the family they made together. He never freed her.

His Daughter let her leave. His daughter, who had born witness to this slavery, who watched her Mother’s half sister have to suffer this man, this great Statesman, and know who and what he was doing – she was the only one who refused to let it continue.

Honestly we do not know if it was because of embarrassment or compassion – but  she allowed Sally Hemmings to live out her last years with her children. She was not officially freed by anyone, but this daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, “gave her ‘her time’.’ (Which was a way of unofficially freeing her).

That is the story of Sally Hemmings.

Now, MTC (which never should have produced a story like this without the knowledge and experience of Black Women Artists local and available to them in the Bay Area, but they DID) held a facilitated meeting with local Activists on October 24th.

It did not go well. Not surprising as MTC reacted to a peaceful protest by REGINA’S DOOR, (a group that was comprised of survivors of sexual trafficking and local artists )-  by calling the Police on them.

They called the police on survivors of sexual trafficking.


Wrap your head around that. That is a pretty spectacular way to make sure you do not hear the reasons that this play and it’s viewpoint – that Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings was a love story – were filled with troublesome issues.

Furthermore, even MTC acknowledge that the subject was ‘icky’ in it’s own way – putting a photo of a mature actress playing the role on the poster, as opposed to an image of a 14 year old girl. Which is based on historical fact.

There is a petition going around, and TFP is asking you to sign it – please go and read what they have written BELIEVE THEM – and sign the petition.

TFP lends support where it is needed, and standing up for Sally Hemmings is but one area in this world – in our collective theatrical world – where it IS needed.

Women of the Theater, this should trouble you ALL – regardless of how you ‘identify’, we, as women, should all come out against rape, against sexual slavery. Against re-writing a narrative where a man almost three times the age of a 14 year old is romanticized and put forth as a great man.

Harvey Weinstein produced great movies. Harvey Weinstein raped and sexually attacked women.

Thomas Jefferson was a great statesman who pioneered democracy as we know it. Thomas Jefferson also raped a 14 year old and kept her in his household until his death.

Not that different a story. Powerful men being given access and time to pursue the most low of practices.

History is also Herstory.

Her name was Sally Hemmings, and she deserved better.


TFP out.





The Fairy Princess does not, repeat, NOT want to be writing yet again, on erasing East Asian people from narratives where they belong.


Here is the scoop – there is a German playwright, Roland Schimmelpfennig.


(Yes, it’s Schimmelpfennig and yes, TFP‘s German diction teacher would be appalled at how far she has fallen.)

He happens to be one of the most produced playwrights in Europe, and that is awesome. That being said, when you are one of the most produced playwrights and your work is translated by David Tushingham, perhaps some of the intention that was innately German falls through the cracks.


What ‘we’ the English speaking world are left with is a play which intends, intends being a very important word here, to be a post-racial, post-sexual, post-ageist dystopian dwelling where the beings frolic and pick up and discard ethnicities without regard to the confines of modern society.

Except the confines of this play are set in a – wait for it – Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant.

Which would ostensibly have East Asians in it – otherwise, would not it just be called “A Restaurant”?

If there are no East Asians in it, and it is not really about East Asians because it is post racial, then why is it in an Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, since in dystopian futures does not everyone eat out of squished food packets solely for nutrition or some such nonsense?

Bladerunner anyone?


Now, Boston Court Theater of Los Angeles – who in the past has made efforts to diversify their casting, and we totally give them credit for that, though they relied a bit too much on the ‘We just cannot find any‘ trope in terms of actual diversity on the stage – did this play in May of 2016.

They had a ‘mixed’ cast – because, as TFP was told – ‘they just could not find any‘ for a full East Asian cast – and so…in her estimation, it was problematic, but for the contract they were offering and the money they were offering…these things happen.

They did have East Asians in the cast, and they did just as much zipping through characters as everyone else. Because it was a diverse cast talking about and dealing with the repercussions of race, it was not totally incendiary.

The reviews were not amazing, here are two of the headlines about the piece at Boston Court – Charles McNutly of the LA Times called it “Gobalization in a white takeout carton“. BroadwayWorld said “Confusion, Mostly Unintended, Abounds in The Golden Dragon.”

BroadwayWorld also said that the accents and the portrayals of various types of people were exaggerated and stereotypical, and that the writing did not provide enough set up to preclude confusion.

Was this play to be ever performed again? Well, yes. Because Schimmelpfennig is one of the most produced playwrights in Europe. So, no matter what happened in Pasadena – and from several personal accounts, though there were good moments, it was not a knockout – it was not a surprise when  Music Theatre Wales decided to tour a production of The Golden Dragon. Now, an opera.

After all, it’s slightly dark, and Germanic and mistakenly reviewed as Brechtian, so…one can see that kind of dystopian storytelling would appeal to people in Wales.

Truthfully, productions vary greatly, so go ahead Music Theatre Wales give it another shot…or those were TFP’s thoughts until she saw their cast photos.


TFP could not help but notice…in this dystopian future where race does not matter – all the actors/singers are white.


Now, the British Empire at one time was so powerful that the sun never set upon it – that on every continent it had some sort of land holding that allowed it to collect taxes and enslave people of every shape and form – and to a large extent, even though the empire is not quite so large…the people of Britain are a relatively diverse group.

Unless we are talking about representation on stage. The British Stage and Screen is not where you find vast diversity.

In fact, they have so little diversity on the British Stage and Screen that the white people are noting that working class white actors have also been being ravaged by the upper classes, because of cost.

When white people turn on white people, you know there is some discrimination going on.


East Asian representation is so low in the U.K., that the actors have had to band together and keep fighting, every, single day – to play the people in stories where they belong. The Department for Culture, Media, and Sport released a report recently that said British Asian audiences are down with attendance by 7 points over the recent years – which has been specifically linked to not enough portrayals of British Asian stories or actors to view.

It is not that we are saying EVERY piece needs to have a British East Asian – although that would be nice – but where they are expected to be – at the VERY least, they should be there.

East Asians can be just as dystopian as the next actor – or have you not seen Leonardo Nam on WESTWORLD?


BTW, Leo is an Aussie.

Take THAT, British Empire!


Quite frankly, even if this restaurant of muddled and unspecific East Asian heritage is for practical reasons ‘set’ in Germany – it is still a restaurant of muddled and unspecific East Asian heritage!

This play takes place in a Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese post racial restaurant called The Golden Dragon. This could and should have been an inclusive moment in Welsh theater – and before you say ‘there are no East Asians in Wales” – let me tell you that TFP is of Welsh descent.

As her concert pianist Grandmother would tell her over and over ‘Of course that is why you can sing, you are Welsh.”

Only Welsh people will get that, it’s ok.


Should have been inclusive because both East Asians and Welsh have an affinity for Dragons in their cultures – and there could have been real dialogue here.

Sadly, once again, the British are erasing East Asian faces from their stages, while appropriating their culture as a setting to tell a story. Yes, yes, we know that MTW did not write the piece – but they cast it – and the offense is in the casting, not the script. (Although…the script is not TFP’s favorite)

This is wrong, this is whitewashing, and, this does not serve the play.

You cannot have a post racial world with only white people.

This play deals with gender issues and they have acknowledged that and cast women – so why not acknowledge that every person within this play has to play an East Asian and therefore, there should be some East Asians in the cast.

Segregating people is not what the theater or opera does. It should not be the responsibility of the British East Asian Actors to have to rise up again, and again, to make their faces seen and their voices heard.

Music Theater Wales, as a person of Welsh descent, TFP is unhappy with you.


You are TOURING this production throughout the UK, spreading the erasure of East Asians hither and yon like a touring promo for #Brexit.

Birmingham Repertory Theater, though you issued an apology for hosting this tour, it came off very #sorry not sorry, covering your bottoms in case of controversy a bit too much for TFP‘s taste.

You have a moral responsibility to ensure that what you are bringing into your ‘house’, the stories you are choosing to tell, have authenticity and inclusion.

Birmingham Rep!

Stop this horror show!


In other news, lest TFP forget –  Natalie Portman.

Yes, Natalie Portman. Dammit.

She now has a spot on ‘the shirt” – because of her new film, Annihilation.


TFP does not know if they are going to put her along the bottom or start a new row on the back, but, sadly, Natalie made this list.

The film is based on a book, by Jeff Vandermeer, in which the character she plays- The Biologist –  is described thusly:

“The biologist’s hair had been long and dark brown, almost black, before they’d shaved it off. She had dark, thick eyebrows, a slight, slightly off-center nose (broken once, falling on rocks), and high cheekbones that spoke to the strong Asian heritage on one side of her family.”


What is odd is that Ms. Portman has always been an advocate for various causes. She happens to be of dual Israeli and American citizenship, and always takes on roles that ‘push’ her.

TFP just did not know the quest for those roles would push her to whitewash in the new film, Anihilation directed by Alex Garland.

The trickle down effect is that Ms. Portman has taken a role from an actress OF Mixed Asian descent.

This is a big deal – because with all the whitewashing Hollywood does, what all the talking does is make people aware, but what talking does not do is ‘solve the problem‘ of ‘there are no Asian American Movie Stars!“.

They cast Natalie Portman instead of an Asian American who, by dint of being IN this film, would become an Asian American movie star.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS is not out yet, and there is hope – for HELLBOY and for John Cho in COLUMBUS – but every role counts!

Especially since every role that has gone to a Asian American can be counted on TFP‘s fingers and toes!


You know who has made the only significant move towards diversifying and including Asian Americans in the ‘movie star’ club?



YES! When Ed Skrein pulled out of HELLBOY because he was unaware that the source material had Major Ben Daimio as a person of Mixed Asian descent, he cleared the way for Daniel Dae Kim to be cast.

Thus, effecting change.


Anihlation is already shot – TFP is not going to give Ms. Portman a pass that she ‘did not know’, because Natalie Portman is a friggin genius, and she is known for intense research. If she read the words on the page and ignored them – she is part of the problem.


Also, in the same film, do not even get TFP started on Jennifer Jason Leigh and her Native American descent, because unless she does happen to be Native American?

Let’s sic Adam Beach on her and see what happens.






TFP out!

The Fairy Princess saw a happy tweet from Actor, Lewis Tan.

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She tweeted back.

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And…Lewis Tan ‘liked’ it. (No, she is not blushing, YOU are blushing)


As there is no “official’ announcement yet – but as he is an Actor of Mixed Descent, who does Martial Arts, all she can say is HELL YAAAAASSSS (HELLYES) for Lewis Tan – and thanks again, Ed Skrein for being a mensch.

Happy Dance!



Variety says the role has gone to Daniel Dae Kim. Very fine actor. Not Mixed race. But all rights- congrats DDK!

Continue Dancing!

Let it be known that TFP is watching the tomfoolery that is happening at North Shore Musical Theater in Mass – casting a EVITA with no Latinx leads – and she had a thought, oh Actor’s Equity.

The Artistic Director cited in his only response thus far, that the theater is the recipient of the Rosetta LeNoire Award from AEA, which was under the LAST Artistic Management Team – she would venture to guess that now is the time to revisit if that award should be rescinded or not.

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TFP is getting REALLY GOOD at screenshots!

Something to consider AEA.


Then, she read this article from VULTURE where GOT Creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss defended their choice to continue on with their new greenlit show, CONFEDERATE- with African American EP’s Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcom Spellman, who have worked on The Good Wife and Empire respectively.

Now, this foolishness is going to be about what America would be if the South had won the war.

The Civil War.




TFP knows.


Hideous idea.


Cuz we do not need to see a altered reality where Black People are still enslaved!The only people who think this is a good idea, are the four people above. Who are getting paid and paying people to like it.

WHY do they want to do this show the way they are going to do it?


Because they are both – the GOT Dudes – wait for it –  ‘history buffs’.

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They want to do their own The Man in the High Castle (where the Germans and Japanese won WW2) because then they can use all the Unsullied again. This is not a great idea. TFP knows they THINK it is a great idea – but it is NOT a great idea.

Not for this country right now, where we are – with White Supremacists marching openly and shooting at people and #Charlottesville.

So HERE is an ‘alternate reality’ that these ‘History Buffs’ may also consider – one that would not be offensive to anyone, save perhaps the White Supremacists who love, love, LOVE to see People of Color in chains – be they actual physical chains, chains created by educational mobility and social status, or chains that are institutional systemic racism.

White Supremacists love that sh*t – which is a great reason NOT to do it.


Here, oh HERE is TFP ‘History Buff Fantasy” – and HBO, seriously, call her because there is a need for some new thinking up in there.

WHAT IF: The Columbus and subsequently the Pilgrims had never come to America and it was ruled by Native Americans?

WHAT IF: The peoples that were here were overwhelmingly Native American, with pockets of Vikings and Chinese – because those ships actually got to America – oh yes they did?


The Vikings have beendocumented landing in North America500 years before Columbus in Newfoundland, Canada.

Researchers discovered Chinese pictogramsetched into the rocks around the country that are an Ancient Chinese script in Alberquerque, New Mexico which indicate that they arrived around 1,300 B.C. In fact, the pictograms detail (in so far as historical etchings from thousands of years ago can) interaction between the Chinese and Native Americans.

Columbus arrived in 1492.

Not in America – in the Carribbean. At that time, “The New World”.


What you have now, is an actual premise that elevates people – what if the Vikings took Canada, which is where they landed, and settled there. Of course there would have been bloodshed, because…well, Vikings. That was their ‘thing’. But they have managed to have a peace between the Indigenous Canadians and themselves, a wary peace that is often at odds with individual ambition?

Meanwhile… the Native Americans are trying to mange the vastness that is the Country, and the many tribes that are fighting for supremacy – while also trying to manage the Chinese, who of course would like to settle here en masse .

Meanwhile… people from the Caribbean have made it this way – perhaps on Chinese Armada ships which docked there en route?

Meanwhile…Latinx people who have naturally wandered up through what is now Texas to…who knows? Look for gold because the Aztec Empire is running out of gold and they want everyone to play jai alai?

Everyone is still scheming. Everyone is looking for an ‘up’.

However it is PoC all the way, all the day, in every way!


Then you could have an exchange of ideas, negotiating, intermarriage perhaps between the Chinese, the Native Americans and their MANY tribes, Caribbean natives, Latinx peoples and the Vikings.


And if there are a few intrepid French people or English people that have ventured to the Alternate America – they are immediately captured, made to run gauntlets where they are beaten with clubs and  THEN are forced to become servants.


See what TFP did there?

She changed the narrative, so that it is not offensive.

People are empowered. They have their cultural identities, and yet – of course there is strife and conflict, but it does not come from the open, running wound that is slavery in America.

You need TFP‘s take on ‘alternate history’  – cuz one of her FB friends said it was ‘genius’!


Now TFP knows some white guy is going to steal this idea. That is what happens – someone is going to run with it, and she will be sad. However – if HBO is serious about all it’s competitions, and searching for diverse talent, well – here is what diverse talent can do.

It can change the narrative.

(Luedtke Agency – call it)


TFP out.

The Fairy Princess is weighing in on all the whitewashing – and no, it is not Asian…this time.


It’s the Latinas…they need some intersectional support and TFP gives no f*cks about whether folks agree with her or not – they are going to hear about it.


We need to talk about Latinx folks losing roles that were literally written with them in mind to Caucasian women who belt and can wear a white dress.

What is she talking about?


The musical, EVITA, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice – originally staged by Hal Prince which starred West End legend, Elaine Page in 1978. Now a staple of the American Musical Theater, and currently, a problem.

Follies Set-Ups

When it came to Broadway in 1979, it starred current Broadway legend, of the Italian American House of LuPone, First of her Name, Destroyer of Cell Phones, Khaleesi Against Illegal Taping of Shows, Patti LuPone.


Come back with TFP to the 1970’s…

The year is 1972, Tim Rice the lyricist was able to view Carlos Pasini’s film about the second wife of Argentine President, Juan Peron – Eva Peron. It was called Queen of Hearts. He arranged to watch it over and over again, as well as read anything he could get his hands on about her.

In short, he became obsessed. Obsession with writers is the thing to aim for, because that is how work gets finished –  his need to know more about Eva Peron grew.

Rice did the typical things when one becomes obsessed with a subject – he traveled to Bueno Aires to research her extensively, he named his first daughter after her,


and eventually, he suggested to Andrew Lloyd Webber that they collaborate on a rock opera about her.

They added a character called Che that was loosely based on Che Guevara to act as the Narrator, a giant chorus, and off they went on this delightful rock opera tale of a young girl rising from poverty to power – also, not a bad looker.

Picture taken in the 1940s in Buenos Aires of Eva Peron (1919-52)

That the show was supposed to portray Argentina, was somewhat of a secondary consideration – this was a West End/Broadway musical about a plucky gal from the sticks, who is scolded for her ambition, successes and failures by a man who is an idealist, functioning ironically as commentator.

(He’s like every crunchy guy you dated in college that tells you all about yourself, all the time, in a way that destroys your self esteem, but still makes you fall in love with him – that guy.)

OH – see that, TFP can side comment too….easy Che.


Back to Eva. Who was a real person.

She dies. That is where the magic lay – in the fact that the show was ultimately tragic. What Eva Peron would have done with the rest of her life is anyone’s guess. The Peron’s were, as so many dictators at the time – beloved, feared, and hated. But they were gorgeous.


Eva Peron dyed her hair – this is fact. She was dark tressed – and in all the productions of EVITA, the penultimate moment is when she comes out in a giant white ballgown, as a blonde, and sings “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.”

Now, because Eva dyed her hair – and because of show business in the 1970’s being what it was – a Latina never played Eva Peron. That she dyed her hair is often used as a justification of having her played by a non-Latina.

Here is the interesting thing about Eva Peron – she was descended from Basque people. Now, the Basque region is a mountainous region that borders France and Spain – let us look at map, TFP loves a map.


See that little tiny orange sliver that is a mountain range?

Well, Eva Peron was descended from that DNA, which has recently been found to be distinct. In fact, it was because the Basques were so isolated, and developed their own language, that they remained in tight knit communities even after many immigrated to countries such as Argentina. It is because of Basque traditions, for example, that Eva Peron’s father could be married to another woman, but still give his last name to his children.

Eva Peron was a proud Latina, and her whole work ethic and cultural identity came from being a Latina, descended from Basque immigrants. She grew up in poverty and she became the First Lady of Argentina. She would insist that Argentina show it’s pride both through the story of her rise, and through the casting choices, and truthfully in this day and age, there is no reason to NOT cast this role with a Latina.

However one of the problems with EVITA – it is very rarely played by an Actress who has Latin or even Hispanic heritage, because it was initially in England played by a Elaine Page and here in the States, by Patti LuPone. That gives some Artistic Directors license, they wrongly believe, to ignore that they are telling a story from a Latin country and they should do their best to reflect that – and they just cast whoever sings loudest.

In fact, right now in Australia, directed by Hal Prince, Eva Peron is being played by Tina Arena, who is a big star in Oz who speaks and sings in several languages fluently, who identifies as Italian. Ms. Arena is a spectacular performer – in this role, she is miscast.


What was acceptable (but questionable) in the 1970’s does not improve with time. The range and scope of Actors and Actresses who identify as Latinx or Hispanic is broad – far more wide ranging than in the 1970’s and that should be reflected in the portrayals on the stage, television, and film.

With the many conversations going on in Oz about diversity and the lack of it amongst Musical Theater Performers, Mr. Prince was in a rare position to ‘show them how it is done‘, given that New York Theater community is actively courting inclusion.

(Pour one out for The Great Comet)

In truth, the last time that EVITA was done on Broadway, it was not directed by Hal Prince. The show was directed by Michael Grandage who had  Argentinian, Elena Rogers play Eva Peron- but sadly, this is not to be the case Down Under.



(TFP had no real hopes for this production, given that they cast a white man as The King in THE KING AND I because he was the real life boyfriend of the woman playing Anna Leonowens. That part, incidentally, had to be recast with an Asian American lead because the theater community there rebelled.)

She had hoped they could turn it around with EVITA, but they chose not to. As far as TFP believes that Australia has come, you know – since they pardoned a white man for murdering her Great Grandfather because they did not want a man to go to jail for killing ‘a Chinese’, is that they always have some way to showcase racism and homophobia, that just tears at her insides.

Another example of people here in the States choosing not to try for a Latina Evita is the casting of Dee Roscioli, a former Elphaba on Broadway, at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival – Ms. Roscioli is, like Ms. LuPone, of Italian heritage.


These two productions have relatively large budgets, and of course, are hiring stars that are going to bring a ‘name’ recognition to the show – but the question is – was there an attempt to find a Latina Evita in those cases? Obviously they could afford to look around and offer contracts that were attractive, so the question of looking for a Latinx actress who was a Broadway name should not have been an issue.

From emails between Project Am I Right founder, Lauren Villegas and Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, it seemed that the attempt to find a Latina performer to play Eva was not actually a concern of his. Ms. Roscioli was a ‘local’ of sorts – she went to college in the area at DeSales University, she had recently played Mrs. Lovett in a Sweeney Todd – there was no way they were not going to go with Dee Roscioli.

The AD’s responses, which TFP  has read, conclusively proves that the issue of white men being the majority of Artistic Directors around the country, has a trickle down effect of white washing roles that should go to people of color.

American Theater Magazine recently did an examination of the Artistic Director positions around the country, and it is safe to say that the overwhelming majority are Caucasian Males – some are ‘woke’, most are not. They ‘care’, they ‘program‘, but they do not take stands often.  For example, they do not seem to program for female playwrights, they do not cast “ethnic’ roles with an eye for inclusion, they seem to revel in male playwrights that are Irish and English and Male, who write roles for people that are Irish and English and Male. They give grants and commission works from other Caucasian males – the cycle is endless.

Even when they cast, say, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, say in Wisconsin or Pennsylvania, they rarely wonder if they should include Jewish performers in their casts  for the same reasons they are excluding Latinx people in EVITAbecause they are in the middle of the country, because they do not have a large population to pull from of diverse actors…..


What comes of this lack of vision, this reliance on ‘that is the way it has always been done‘ is that People of Color – in this case the wide, WIDE diversity that is the Latinx and Hispanic Acting Community – in many cases, are shut out.

Unable to get appointments, even with Agent representation – most have to try and get a spot at Actors Equity Mandated calls, but honestly, because the majority of Artistic Directors are Caucasian (unless they have lived or attended college in a multi-ethnic city or suburb) they do not have a feel for what the many, MANY varieties of Latinx Actors look like.

In other words – they are not Italian or Greek.


We know that Italian Americans and Greek Americans are a proud groups – and this is not to disparage them.

Hollywood and Broadway have long worshiped the Aryan appearance, relegating those with slightly more pigment and darker hair to the ‘ethnic’ parts – that was the way showbiz was for decades. It is not anyone’s ‘fault’ – it is the way that show business functioned for years. That was the norm.

It is no longer that bubble where blondes are the heroes, brunettes are the villains and ‘the ethnics’. We cannot just leave it to various groups to portray a variety of people that range from Native Americans to Latinx to Middle Eastern to East and South Asians – it is no longer that ‘simple’ a choice to do that.

In other words, it is not the 1950’s. Or 1979.

It is 2017, almost 2018.

Actors of Color need to be included, and the boiling point is nearing for many of us.


The most recent entry in this ongoing complexity of establishment versus cultural advancement is the just announced is North Shore Musical Theater’s production of EVITA, which will be going up September 26th – October 3rd.

There are no Latinx leads in this show.

This show about Argentina.

Where is Argentina, you may ask – where, precisely?

It is in Latin America.

Let’s pull up a map – TFP loves maps.


As you can see, there is Argentina right next to Chile and Uruguay, it borders Paraguay and Bolivia.

Here is who is playing Eva Peron, Miss Briana Carlson-Goodman, who identifies as a white Jewish woman.


She is absolutely adorable, she can likely sing her face off, TFP would likely like her if TFP met her – this role is miscast.

Not because the Actress did not go in and give a great audition – she likely did, but masquerading as Latina is not, as TFP‘s old improv teacher stated often “the highest percentage choice‘.

Someone always finds out, and in this case, Ms. Carlson-Goodman told Ms. Lauren Villegas, founder of Project Am I Right? that she happens to be Jewish, but she has been told to not self identify because that would impede her ability to get roles.



That the central character of EVITA is not Latina would never be 100 per cent ok in 2017, but if she was perhaps, supported by other Latinx leads – the people playing Che or Peron or Magaldi, with a large, heavy percent of the ensemble being Latinx – perhaps they could argue that Ms. Carlson-Goodman was just ‘the best that came in’, and we would have to accept that.

Except that none of the leads happen to be Latinx.

How can you do a show about ARGENTINA and not have Latinx leads?


TFP has worked with some blockbuster talent out of the Latinx community – staggeringly gifted people, this  production of EVITA is simply extremely short sighted.

That this does not bother anyone at North Shore is an issue. What it means is that their production is not particularly thoughtful or designed to represent the show in any responsible manner, they are putting forth a caricature.

With what is going on in the country, seeing strong Latina women becomes ever more important- because our current POTUS has done his best to demonize Latinx people. He wants walls, he wants to send children home who have only ever know the United States, who work and pay taxes and build communities.

 If you do not think this constant barrage of dross towards Latinx people from the current administration is NOT part of North Shore’s ambivalence about the choices they have made- you are fooling yourself.

There is no greater source of systemic racism than the examples shown at our highest level of power right now. It is America’s shame to be represented by this administration and it’s pandering to White Supremacy. This lack of empathy, is not only displayed nonchalantly- it is encouraged- and it is what North Shore has effectively co-signed.

They cast Constantine Maroulis as Che – he happens to be…Greek American.

2014 Garden Of Dreams Foundation Talent Show

Again, if Constantine was the only non Latin lead – if effort had been made to cast the rest of the show to reflect Argentina, again, perhaps that would – while still NEVER BEING 100% OK, – it would be simply a roll your eyes moment. We would realize that the show had genuflected at the altar of ‘celebrity’, and roll with it – but again, this is not the case.

 (TFP also wants to acknowledge that Greece is a seaside nation, and as such – genetically it benefits from many invasions and wars – what that entails is a variety of DNA mixing, so it is entirely possible that even though Constantine identifies as a Greek American – there may be more ethnically going on there – generations prior – than simply Eurocentric stuff. African, Arab, Moorish, and European are all involved within that heritage. 

However if Mr. Maroulis has not ever claimed to be anything other than a modern day Greek American, he is a Greek American and his casting here is still problematic.)

Does North Shore honestly believe that PoC are going to come and see this show and say, “Well, looks like Argentina to me?”


North Shore has a problem – it’s audience is older. It is largely Caucasian. It needs to bring in a larger crowd, a younger crowd, a more diverse crowd to support it’s productions.

They could have done that, had they chosen to have more Latinx Actors and Actresses in this show, and they did not. Eventually what will happen is that they will either change and embrace inclusive casting – or they will continue to exclude PoC, while trying to perform their stories – and the theater will close.

Honestly, it is that simple.

It would be a shame – because it serves up great theater – and people appreciate it, it is a great Massachusetts business, but eventually, karma comes calling, and she is most proudly, a bitch.


It is not all bad, for those of you collapsing in a heap in the back.


There are people making an effort, and really coming through – and that is to be acknowledged as well – let’s mention some of those places, places that care. Places that you should support in person if you can – if you cannot be there – perhaps consider purchasing a ticket and donating it to a local who cannot afford to go, but who would love it?

Check it out –

At Asolo Rep in Florida, they have cast Ana Isabelle!

Nov. 13-December 30th, Floridians! Get those tickets, Snowbirds!

At the Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables, Florida they have also not only made an effort to cast someone Latina to play Eva, they are also doing half the show’s run in Spanish!

Yes, from October 25 – November 26th, performances will be in English, and then from November 30th – December 17th, they are doing Spanish performances!


Now, one must ask – why are they doing EVITA in Spanish and English? Because they are located in Miami-Dade County Florida, which has a LARGE Latinx population. They are serving their community and the arts in one fell swoop!

Also this past year – in TENNESSEE, where you would wonder if they ‘could’ get a production of EVITA going correctly – they jobbed in the talent. What is that, North Shore? Yes, they felt they did not have big enough Latinx names so they brought in Eden Espinoza to play Eva Peron at Studio Tenn.


Likewise in KANSAS CITY, they went about as far as they could go, by casting Marriand Torres in the role. That production, incidentally, is specifically cast with Latinx actors in the main roles. Beginning September 9th!


So while, yes – North Shore Musical Theater managed to both stunt cast and blow it – elsewhere, in the middle of the country and in Florida, there is hope.


Who would have thought TFP would be saying that?

North Shore Musical Theater, Aussie EVITA, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare – you get 100 whacks of the wand for pulling this crap – each.

TFP is tired.

Why does this have to be explained over and over?

Latinx actors and actresses are tired.


Why, when it is SO EASY to consider inclusive casting, do you go SO FAR OUT OF THE WAY to NOT cast with an eye towards authenticity in telling a story?

No, not every Eva needs to be Argentinian descent – but she needs to be Latinx. You have an obligation to tell the best story you can tell, and that includes being inclusive and searching out the people who can authentically tell the story.

If Lin Manuel Miranda can write and cast IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway, and then go on to write and cast HAMILTON on Broadway, and oh yeah, redo the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY on Broadway with Latinx and Hispanic talent – then you can find an Eva!


TFP out.


The Fairy Princess is mixed race. We sometimes refer to that as Hapa in the Asian American/Pacific Islander community. Hapa comes from the Native Hawaiian language and it began as Hapa Haole – which meant, “half-foreign’.


Hapa does not refer to the content of anyone’s Asian or Pacific Islander heritage – and that is something that sometimes gets confused – but refers to the thing that makes them different, the ‘other’ that is oftimes considered a marker of losing one’s heritage if you are of Pacific Islander or Asian heritage. Or honestly, any kind of ethnic diversity, once you mix ‘the other’ into it, people start to lose their minds over it.

The mixing.


Nowhere in the history of Asian or Pacific Islander peoples have people particularly welcomed these ‘half breed’ children. Though the Native Hawaiians were the most welcoming and Hapa (again, shorthand for Hapa Haole), was not a slur. Which explains why mixed race people particularly of Pacific Islander or Asian descent enjoy using this term, and why it’s usage had expanded into the general lexicon of American language.

Not ‘co-opted‘ – it’s usage is commonplace now, that is an entirely different thing. If we all stopped using words from other languages, we would all have to go back to hand signals and grunting.


Oscar Hammerstein wrote a whole show about the horror with which mixed raced children are viewed called SOUTH PACIFIC, if you are interested. There are plenty of derogatory names for them, which TFP will not go into – and in general, unless these kids happen to be super smoking hot like Miss Universe Brook Lee,

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who yes, hails from Hawaii, most ‘pureblood‘ people do not welcome Hapas.

(Happy Harry Potter’s Kid goes to Hogwart’s Day, btw)

It is an ‘actual thing.“, as the kids say.


TFP, she is ‘half-other’. Her heritage is Irish, Chinese, and Welsh – as well as being of dual nationality – Australian and American. She is married to a Korean of Chinese descent American, and thus her child is Korean, Chinese, Irish, and Welsh.


That someone is of mixed heritage is important because being of mixed heritage, is enough to get one publicly flayed for not being ‘enough.’


This is not solely the view of people within Pacific Islander or Asian American groups- this is a cross cultural problem within EVERY  group.

If there is one thing that unites us all, it is that the mixing of ethnic heritages (we are not talking Irish/English, or French/Norwegian) that results in different skin tones has never been welcomed by any group.



Here is the issue this week- very well considered by ReAppropriate there is a Native American Actor named Adam Beach.

You have likely seen him in films and on television – he is quite a good actor. TFP has always enjoyed his performances, and he is an advocate in his community as well as being a commercially employed Hollywood actor.


All to his credit.

Mr. Beach is a leader in his community, and so – people listen when he talks, or posts on social media.

This past week, Mr. Beach took issue with a mixed race Actress named Kelsey Asbille, being hired to play a role of a Native American.


Mr. Beach identifies Ms. Asbille as Asian American, or rather mixed race Asian American – aka Asian and Caucasian.

The issue is, that Ms. Asbille identifies herself as Asian, Native American, and Caucasian in an interview with The New York Times, and has played Native American before in the film, WIND RIVER.

Here is the direct quote from the article “What’s so Hard about Casting Indian Actors in Indian Roles?” in regards to her playing the role in WIND RIVER:

Kelsey Asbille, who plays Natalie, the young Indian woman who is raped and murdered in “Wind River,” is of Taiwanese, British and Eastern Band Cherokee descent. Although she did not grow up in an indigenous community, she said she had an “intense connection” to Natalie and what she stood for, adding, “This role, more than any other, it’s in my blood.”

In the film WIND RIVER – a film where concerted effort was made to cast authentically – Ms. Asbille passed the test. That film, incidentally, won Taylor Sheridan a Best Director trophy in Cannes.

Then she got another role, a role Mr. Beach felt should go to someone who has been more active in the NA community. This role involves portraying a young wife of Native Heritage who lives on a Reservation in a project called YELLOWSTONE.

Now, the Writer/Director of YELLOWSTONE is Taylor Sheridan, the man who cast her in  WIND RIVER, she is not the main star of the series. The main star is Kevin Costner. She will play the wife of his youngest son.

Did she read for this role, or was it offered? We are not her agents and we do not really know, but it is likely that if the Actor/Director relationship worked well the first time, she had a bit of a head start over other NA Actresses who may have gone in. Again, the Director believes that she has NA heritage. He is accepting of her mixed heritage, as he should be.

Interestingly quoted in that same NY Times article, is Professor Carla Pratt who stated:

“Being Indian is more of a political and cultural identity than racial, explained Carla Pratt, a professor at Penn State University and a justice of the Supreme Court of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “We do have a reluctance to accept someone who doesn’t fit that stereotypical image.”

Which explains why Mr. Beach is very ‘dug in’ in his opinion about her playing the role.

In other words, while the Census and the Director would perhaps consider Ms. Asbille to ‘count’, Mr. Beach would not – because he is concerned with both community awareness and participation, as much as he is concerned about acting.


That this ‘controversy’ is really a thinly disguised purity test is not a surprise to TFP.

No one has ever truly welcomed racial mixing, and even as our world continues to evolve, those of us on the front lines will continue to take the hits. This, even as it is acknowledged that racial mixing will continue and it will be a larger segment of the population of America moving forward.

Lest we forget, Chloe Bennet recently had to respond to people who criticized her for changing her surname from her Father’s last name to his first name, because of what she called out as the bias of Hollywood.

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Keanu Reeves, Dwayne Johnson, Moon BloodgoodNancy Kwan, Merle Dandridge, and every other person of mixed race descent  have all had to explain their right to tell stories that they were entitled to tell based on Family History.

Imagine if you were under as much scrutiny as a mixed race Actor or Actress- eternally justifying your existence – having to constantly avow your ‘loyalty’ to every faction to which you do and should lay claim.

“But I make my own (insert traditional dish)”

“I practice traditional dance every day”

“I have tattoos that show my pride in my heritage.”


You would be as exhausted as TFP is- and that is not something she would wish on anyone. Inherent in the need to justify – is also blatant sexism – women are asked to explain themselves more than men- this is common to all women.

People always want women to explain themselves more than men.

An example would be Actor Jason Momoa, who has a host of races within his heritage, and also played a mixed race Native American in his series on Netflix, FRONTIER. His being of mixed descent is a huge plot point and he is surrounded by Indigenous Actors and Actresses who also have roles of great importance within the show. He used his heritage to help get the project off the ground, and he used it as a plot point.


TFP recalls absolutely no one questioning his ‘right’ to self identify as Native American.

Of course, Jason Momoa is JASON MOMOA!!

No one is going to ‘check’ Drogo.


No one.

But a young gal in her twenties…they will come for her.

Because, men.

The issue to TFP is the bias that is shown towards people of mixed heritage on a regular basis.


If we audition and happen to do the best that day, it is never ‘unchallenged‘ unless there is a qualifier, a reason that ‘purebloods‘ can accept for our casting. ‘She is fluent…’ or ‘They are an expert in…’ there has to be what TFP laughingly refers to as ‘plausible inclusivity’ when we are cast.

When the truth is – we all get called in, we all look a variety of ways within our ‘grouping’, we all read, someone reads ‘the best’.

They get the job as long as the physicality of the actress fits the role and casting finds them credible.

Bias, for mixed people is everywhere – there is honestly very little winning.

For example, on her personal Social Media page, TFP had people discussing the fact that Major Ben Daimio, who has been identifed as a mixed race person both by Ed Skrein and in press reports was ‘probably not mixed race’ and ‘they didn’t care, but probably not“- because it is hard for people to embrace mixed race people if they come from a homogenus background.



(She still loves them, but come ON!)

That is bias against the concept of mixed race people – even if it comes from well respected and talented people.

It is still bias. 

It is ingrained in our various cultures that Mixed People signal the end of culture, when that is usually very far from the truth. Mixed Race people, TFP has found, in general, try harder to get those cultural representations correct- we have a lot to ‘prove’, that is the load we carry, every day.

That Ms. Asbille is proud to represent for Native Americans is not something that has been taken into consideration – what is important is that she participate in activities that the Native American Acting Community, and Mr. Beach deem worthy.

TFP imagines that he has a list.


Mr. Beach said that Native American actresses should not have to wake up and be slapped in the face by Ms. Asbille’s casting. 

Mr. Beach never envisioned what Ms. Asbille’s morning was, as a mixed raced person, to wake up to being personally attacked on the internet, being slapped in the face by the reasoning that she was not ‘enough’ to ‘count’.

Of course, he is the counter of all things.


However if the ‘greater’ NA Community is against ‘blood purity’ aka “Genetic Marker” teststhen the issue should be moot, especially as the IPCB – Indigenous People’s Council on Biocolonialism has this on their front page:

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Here is a ‘still’ from the film WIND RIVER –


Ms. Asbille did not say she was 100% Native American – she says she has heritage from Eastern Band Cherokee. TFP does think she looks like she has ‘more’ in her DNA than Asian and Caucasian. 

To TFP, she looks ‘extra’ .

TFP is familiar with these issues, and what mixed race NA people could look like. The range of what appearance ‘could be’ is vast- it involves every sort of eye shape and color, skin tone, and hair shade and texture. She is familiar with this because her Father represented two Tribes.

 Her Father, who was not Native American ( he was Irish American) but who was a Tribal Judge and a lawyer for both the Abernaki tribe in Vermont, and the Schagticoke Tribe in Connecticut before he passed, made her aware of some of the issues facing the Tribes in question. She would drive him up to the Rez, talk to the Chief….

TFP is perhaps more aware of some of the issues facing the NA population than, say, the average person –  she is not an expert – but she is familiar – and this is what it comes down to:


The first Europeans who settled in America visited enacted tragedies upon the Native Americans.

This is not up for debate – they did it.

They raped. They murdered. They deliberately stole the children from Tribes, and sent them to schools where they were not allowed to speak their native language and they cut their hair. 

They deliberately removed them from their traditional lands and placed them on lands where nothing would grow. They spread contagion and death through smallpox deliberately. 

They sent them on the Trail of Tears that killed thousands. They used the Native American populations in ways that are unspeakable.

This was all deliberate.

The repercussions of what was done to NA Tribes is with us today and will honestly never be fixed unless America looks hard at itself and takes massive steps to improve the situations that keep NA people from thriving within modern America.

It was done by the White people and it was done as part of a concerted Government Effort because historically, White People like to take things that other people have.


Thus, many Native Americans – not all Native Americans, but many, will have strands of alternate DNA within their genes. In the 2010 Census, it was shown that nearly half of all Native Americans and Indigenous Alaskans claim to be of mixed race.

This does not negate their cultural identification or love of being Native American.

What it means is that their ancestors survived.

They did what they had to do. They may have fallen in love, they may have used what they had to escape what was worse. They may have had no choice in the matter. 

They were strong and proud and people of mixed heritage are living testaments to their strength and will to survive. They are , to a certain extent, definitive comment that walks and breathes that shows America no matter what happens- Native Americans are stronger than anything thrown at them by racist and sexist America.

They survived. Again, to reference what the Professor said above, Native American Identity is equally political and community driven, as it is racial.

There is the issue of tribal cards and what it means being part of a tribe – now, the rules of joining and substantiating a claim of heritage are strict. This does not account, on many levels for the sustained attack that the Native American population has had thrust on it. Many people left and did not look back.

Both for personal and for socio-economic reasons.

The fact that they left, does not negate their being Native American.

It does, in many cases affect their heirs attaining ‘tribal status’ or to being able to obtain a ‘card’. While there are issues with the ‘card’ system, it is the system we have currently in the United States and adjustments are being made constantly.

So if there is no ‘genetic marker’ test desired by the larger NA community – then what is the issue with Mr. Beach?


Well, like most actors – he wanted one of his friends to get the role.

TFP totally understands this inclination, everyone likes people they know to succeed.

 The point of representing the community through various types of activities is a valid one – but it is ‘sticky’ because sometimes people are not ‘joiners’, and sometimes younger actors really are just focused on their careers and not attending different events.

Community Awareness tends to grow as one ages, in TFP‘s observation.

Again, if Ms. Asbille is not in any way NA, TFP will jump right on that bandwagon and implore her to not take the role, as Mr. Skein did not take the role of Major Ben.

But what if she is Native American? 

What does the NA Community do with her then? 

No one is allowed to ‘swab’ anyone else to prove something – but let’s say she chooses to do it as a way to prove herself – because again, mixed race people continually must prove themselves – and it is totally and completely legit and she is definitively NA.

Where does it end?

Do they invite her participation at a greater level? Do they ‘court’ her as a potential Activist?

TFP is sure that that would be the greater end game to play. To involve her. Perhaps she will not like it and choose not to continue to participate, and it will make her not respond to Native American castings. Perhaps she will become involved on that community level.

However, as she and Chloe Bennet have stated – what they do as people, change their names, or color their hair – that does not negate what is in their blood, and Ms. Asbille will likely continue to represent as Native American. Certain people will again take issue – because she is mixed race.

The cycle begins again.

The optics of People of Color attacking other People of Color as to their ‘worthiness’ and what percentage they have in their DNA are bad. The writing of this blog or any blog  will not ameliorate this situation. 

However TFP felt this should be addressed.

Yes, there have been issues in the past with Elizabeth Warren and Johnny Depp – and those kinds of issues will play out again and again. Ms. Asbille is not taking on a role that was mired in trope as Mr. Depp did, she is taking on a role of a modern NA woman that will ostensibly be written as a nuanced piece, it is not the same as Mr. Depp’s playing Tonto, and it should not be compared as such.

(BTW TFP was in the Diversity Showcases for FOX and due to a scheduling issue with her scene partner – they had to go up on the night of the Native American showcase, so she is well aware that there are many and varied Native American talents out there, and she wishes there were more projects out there to showcase them.

Yes – the scheduling snaffoo was explained, as was the fact that we were not trying to represent as NA – and our scene was up last – to prevent any misunderstanding in that regard.

Anyway, she is fully aware of the greatness of the NA Acting community, and she wanted to acknowledge that. She is FULLY supportive of Native American heritaged people being cast as Native American)

Here is what TFP thinks- as a mixed raced person herself –  and one whose Family is mixed in multiple ways-

(her extended family includes people who are of Australian Aboriginal heritage, Asian heritage, Brazilian heritage, French Canadian heritage, African American heritage, White European heritage) 

When a Person of Color claims a certain heritage – she is inclined to believe them.

There is no real benefit to lying about heritage when you are mixed race – because to most people, you are not enough. Of anything. The more mixed you are, the more upset they seem to get.


Mixed raced people are Sisyphus going up the hill, again and again, only to have that giant boulder come crashing down on them, with the words “DOESN’T COUNT” emblazoned on the side of it.

People in this country like things to be clear cut. They like definitive answers and bright colors. They like things to be to be in absolutes. Good guy, bad woman. Locker room banter versus her emails. No shades of gray.


When you are dealing with mixed race people – things are not simple. They are messy. They are complicated. There are constant ‘tests’ from people who try and define what exactly you are. – so the question TFP leaves you with is –

When do we stop asking mixed raced people to prove how much they count?

When do we let them just be?

It’s a valid question.

Look, certain people have asked that the AAPI community turn on Ms. Asbille because they equate it to Ed Skrein being cast as Major Ben Daimio. 

Many have. It is in their purview. TFP cannot tell people what to do -but this is not the same situation as HELLBOY.

This is not a Caucasian playing a mixed raced Asian. This is a person of multiple heritages who – unless proved otherwise – should be believed. 

Let her do her job.

If it comes out she is not NA – that is something else entirely – if she embarrasses the NA community – again, that is something else entirely. However TFP does not think she is out to do that, she thinks Ms. Asbille will do her job.

Dismantling bias against people of mixed race is hard – people look at us and feel we are the reason that they are losing their culture. That the complexity of our ancestors survival which is written in our features threatens their way of life – and in such a way that we cannot be accepted for the many things that we are.

It is time for that to end- if we learn nothing from #Charlottesville and #HurricaneHarvey about the importance of sticking together and supporting one another, that would be a shame.

Representation is important and vital – but the judging of it, of one another, the quantifying and quizzing of mixed race people has had it’s time.

It is now upon mixed race people to reclaim it.