According to Variety, the performer, who previously threatened to cancel the play at the Center Theater Group (CTG) due to the lack of representation from female playwrights, feels honored to have his play at the theater.
Jeremy O. Harris said: “It’s an honor that this is the first show they’re coming back to. It’s not like this is ‘Hamilton’, see what I mean?’
Jeremy O. Harris admits the play won’t sell out right away, but will grow for audiences over time. He said: “It’s not a play that sells out right away. You don’t have to, right? It is a work that does not necessarily welcome people. Even in the title it’s like a challenge. So it’s cool that they took this challenge even after I challenged them in a different way.”
The CTG had responded to the demands of representation as a course-correcting measure and promised to provide more opportunities for artists from underrepresented communities. Jeremy O. Harris is hopeful that the CTG’s swift action isn’t a temporary solution for them or for other theaters that have talked about welcoming more diverse stories and projects.
He wants it to become a mass movement so that it will bring about a change in the art world regarding representation. “I hope it becomes a mass movement where we start to see seasons that look different. Not just next year, but for the next decade, the next two decades,” he said.
“If we think about the most exciting work of the 20th century, there is very little of the work created by the same type of person. I hope we can grow more voices,” added Jeremy O. Harris.
He called inclusiveness a primary driver and not a novelty, saying, “I hope everyone who produces on Broadway is actively looking for ways to amplify and promote that kind of season so that it’s not a novelty, but a necessity. It’s a necessity to have an inclusive season on Broadway and not just something new to do when the theaters are already empty.”
Jeremy O. Harris emphasized the importance of diversity to art, saying, “We haven’t done all the work yet. We can do more work. It shouldn’t just be black voices. It shouldn’t just be straight guys. It should be a bunch of queer people, a bunch of women, a bunch of people of color. A lot of work has to be done. And the labor is hard. It is not easy.
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