Quick thought on race and casting

Carl Kennedy, Pacific Theatre, Common Grace

Carl Kennedy plays a family friend in Pacific Theatre’s Common Grace

Let’s not racialize actors of colour all the time. Do they always have to be in shows that are about race or racially specific experience?

I was glad to see Carl Kennedy playing the neighbour in Common Grace at Pacific Theatre recently. Kennedy is African American, so the character happened to be African Canadian. Why the hell not?

This kind of casting could happen much more often than it does.

About Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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