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What would you say about an employer who not only paid people of one race less than another, but did so as part of an explicit policy? It would probably be an outrage — unless, of course, that inequality could reasonably be construed as “intersectional” in nature.
And that’s why a New York City-based play that’s currently casting on a theater-employment website — and which openly stated that people of color would receive a bigger stipend than whites — hasn’t received much media attention, despite the fact that the practice is blatantly illegal.
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The ad, placed on Backstage, was first cited by The Daily Wire’s Frank Camp. He redacted the name of the play and the playwright, but a Google search of the relevant language shows the article clearly refers to “Excavation” by E. Wray. The “Excavation” ad, with slight alterations, can still be found on the website.
In that ad, Wray notes that “I am a 29-year-old white, trans, & neuro-divergent theatre artist from East Tennessee. I grew up with a super-granma who imparted me with story after story about my Appalachian ancestors.”
Excavation - Wray - Gigi - Stories - Trauma
In “Excavation,” Wray writes, “I turn to Gigi’s stories to try to understand more about intergenerational trauma and to search for the healing potential of properly grieving what has been buried, passed down, and repeated in my family. Once I begin digging, however, I end up in a much bigger confrontation with my settler-colonizer ancestors.”
Under the hiring section for “stage manager (staff/crew),” the ad mentions that “If you’re interested, please email a resume … and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’re interested in working on this project. If you’re white, we’d also love to hear a little bit about what accountability to people of color within a creative process means to you.”
As of now, the ad...
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