We received the following via our friend Carmen Rodríguez:
Dear friends and colleagues:
Pardon the mass email (and any double notices you may receive).
We write to you today as a group of Latino members of Vancouver’s professional theatre community who, in a proactive measure, have written an open letter to Haberdashery Theatre Company and The Firehall Arts Centre regarding their exclusion of Latino actors during the casting process of the upcoming The Motherfucker with the Hat.
The letter itself is self-explanatory: you can read it here.
What we’re hoping is that after reading the letter, concerned allies such as yourself will add your name as an expression of support (the second link is a spreadsheet that allows you to do that quickly and easily), and perhaps forward the links to others who share our concerns.
Obviously we’d like to gather as big a list of names as possible before our deadline of 11:59pm this coming Monday, December 7th.
After that deadline we’ll alphabetize the names and submit it to the GVPTA (Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance), which has agreed to include the letter in its next bulletin that goes out on Wednesday, December 9th. A copy with all the names will be emailed directly to Haberdashery Theatre Company and The Firehall Arts Centre.
We feel that this is very important. If for any reason you have problems accessing either the letter or the signature spreadsheet, let us know.