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Theatre History Podcast # 11

“You Don’t Read Latino”: Discussing the History of Latinx Casting with Brian Eugenio Herrera



The recent success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has led to some casting controversies as regional theatres mount productions of his previous hit musical, In the Heights. As this week’s guest, Princeton University’s Brian Eugenio Herrera, shows, these controversies have a long history, as Latinx actors have unsettled the simplistic racial categories perpetuated by white-dominated American society.

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Lena Horne and Ricardo Montalban in Jamaica, 1957. Via the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library.


  • Listen to Brian’s reviews of contemporary theatre on podcast, StinkyLulu Says.
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Undated photo of Juano Hernandez. Via the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library.


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Mel Ferrer and Joan Wetmore in Kind Lady, 1940. Via the Museum of the City of New York.

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