Following controversy over a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s masterpiece “The Mikado” to be performed in yellowface, the Skirball Center is starting to seriously question some of their other booking choices this year, including an all-caucasian production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play about a black family facing housing discrimination in Chicago, “Raisin in the Sun”.
“You know, we really didn’t see how anyone could have possibly had a problem with ‘The Mikado’, but now in light of that, we’re afraid audiences may not respond to the race-blind casting decisions,” said program coordinator Melissa Greven. “In this crazy socio-political climate, people find every tiniest reason to be offended. Like, who would be offended by white people putting on slanty eyes and mocking asian accents? Besides literally anyone who is Asian or has good taste, I mean.”