Accessiblity in the Arts: Who Owns the Temple? Or Is a Temple What We Need?

In the past two years, controversies have arisen over the practices of three of the largest arts institutions in the Twin Cities—the Guthrie, the Ordway, and the Walker Arts Center.  Questions have been raised in relationship to accessibility and accountability; diversity, race, gender; representation and community. These controversies had different origins: questions of gender and…

The Problem(s) With Miss Saigon (or, how many stereotypes can you cram into one Broadway musical)

I am writing this essay in response to the Ordway Theater’s decision to bring back Miss Saigon a third time to the Twin Cities. The Ordway Theater has taken this action despite numerous protests and criticism of the musical by the local Asian American community. The twenty-year history of the Ordway’s indifference and disrespect towards…