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At Transllusion Theatre we are focused on producing great theatre works. Classical, contemporary, and new.
We ask questions where others merely look the other way. What would it mean if Othello was the only non-person of color in the cast? Can Genet’s “The Blacks” be done with a cast that isn’t entirely black? Does the message of “In the Blood” by Suzan Lori-Parks get lost if Hester is portrayed by a Latina, or Asian, or a Caucasian woman? Would “The Boys Next Door” be better served if it were not an all female cast. If Paul in “Six Degrees of Separation” were actually a woman would we have the same mixed feelings toward her?
How a change to casting affects a piece from the view point of the performers and from the audience intrigues us. We live in an ever-changing world. We live in a world where multi-culturism is exceedingly more and more important. And yet we, theatre artists of differing ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds see little change on the stages of the Twin Cities. We can point to Mixed Blood, Pangea World Theatre, 20% Theatre and a few other theatre companies as shining examples of multi-culturalism at work.
But we at Transllusion Theatre don’t think it enough to do plays geared toward a black audience, a Latino audience, an Asian audience, a Female audience, or a gay audience. We want to do shows geared toward a multi-cultural audience. An audience filled with people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences has a hard time immersing themselves in the indelible works of Shakespeare if they don’t see themselves represented in those works.
We believe that we can and should be better. That people of all ethnicities and ages and backgrounds should be able to identify with the madness of Hamlet, with the vulnerability of Dorian Gray, and with the love of Jean Valjean. These stories are not just for some of us anymore. These stories, in fact, all stories are for all of us. When people start to see themselves in these characters and stories they will start to understand the value and power that the theatre arts can bestow.