Asking any actor about their “dream roles” is a pretty easy conversation starter. But that conversation is different and loaded for actors who aren't white/cis/non-disabled.
Join us for a all-star program featuring actors of color, trans actors, and actors with disabilities performing songs from their “whitelist” of dream roles that they will likely never have the opportunity to play.
My Whitelist Cabaret hopes to raise awareness of the career challenges faced by actors from underrepresented groups, and to help highlight importance of not whitewashing the limited number of roles written specifically for them. We also hope to help producers, directors, and casting directors see that some of the roles on these artists' whitelists don't need to default to white/cis/non-disabled after all.
Featuring the boundless talents and dreams of:
Ali Stroker (Spring Awakening)
Shoba Narayan (Great Comet)
Sandra Mae Frank (Spring Awakening)
Juwan Alan Crawley (Aladdin)
Robert Ariza (Spring Awakening)
Erin Quill (Avenue Q and writer of The Fairy Princess Diaries)
MJ Rodriguez (Rent at New World Stages, Runaways at Encores!)
Donnie Cianciotto (Southern Comfort at The Public Theatre)
Raja Burrows (writer, The Jolly Raja)
Alex Chester (founder, Me So Hapa)
Tia DeShazor (co-founder, BOLD)
Conceived and Produced by Lauren Villegas (Spamilton and founder of Project Am I Right)
Musical Direction by Eugenio Vargas