by Nicholas Pilapil
“So they created a discriminatory ‘Asian American Only’ Group to fight lack of diversity in Hollywood and other plays???? How can people cry discrimination when they turn around and discriminate against others????”
This is what you get when you try to make change.
The above comment was posted in response to a Los Angeles Times article about the work done by Artists at Play. For the unacquainted, Artists at Play is Julia Cho, Stefanie Lau, Marie-Reine Velez, and me: Nicholas Pilapil. We are a collective of Asian American theatre professionals, and we produce plays written by Asian American writers. The company was founded in 2011, and from the start, our driving force has been to represent the underrepresented of Los Angeles’ local landscape, and to give LA audiences something they’ve never seen before. (You won’t see a play by a straight white man or a Miss Saigon revival from us.)