Race and theater: Why did 'Pass Over' get cancelled in LA?

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A scene from "Pass Over," performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, IL and Lincoln Center Theater, NYC. Photo credit: Wilson Chin.

An African-American play called "Pass Over" has been heralded at theaters nationwide. It was supposed to run in LA, but earlier this month, the Echo Theater Company's artistic director fired the play's director and then cancelled the play altogether. Many members of the LA theater community are wondering what precipitated the firing and nixing. Echo says on its website: "Pass Over is not going to open due to internal artistic differences that cannot be reconciled."


A scene from "Pass Over," performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, IL and Lincoln Center Theater, NYC. Credit: Wilson Chin.


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