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Asian American theater leaders react to 'Nightingale' controversy

Asian American theater leaders react to 'Nightingale' controversy

"The Nightingale," a new musical being presented at the La Jolla Playhouse, has drawn sharp criticism in recent days for the relative lack of Asian American actors in a work set in ancient China.  The creative team behind the musical, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, has assembled a multicultural cast of 12 that includes two performers of Asian descent. Christopher Ashley, the artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse, said the casting was a deliberate decision to create a mix of East and West, past and present. "The Nightingale," which is being presented as a workshop production, has received a barrage of negative comments on the company's...

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