A collection of the coverage our movement is getting
June 21st, 2017
Hedy Weiss has a long and well-documented track record of being highly problematic, to say the least. F Newsmagazine has covered her antics in the past year alone.
June 20th, 2017
On a recent trip to Chicago, I did what I often do when I'm in town: I headed over to Steppenwolf Theatre Company and bought a ticket for its current production. The play I saw was Antoinette Nwandu's . Steppenwolf describes Pass Over as "a provocative riff on Waiting for Godot .
I am disappointed by your misleading, glib editorial on the Chicago theater community's response to Hedy Weiss' pattern of, at best, racially tone-deaf criticism. You cite the length of Weiss' tenure at the Sun-Times and describe the critic-artist relationship in lieu of offering a substantive defense of the specific critique of racial animus that the community has raised.
June 19th, 2017
It's been 6 days since my horrible mistake regarding the use of an offensive word in a theatre review. If you aren't aware of my blunder, this letter isn't for you. If you know exactly what I'm talking about, please take a moment to read this.
June 16th, 2017
A group of Chicago actors and playwrights have formed the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition, meant to "to stand up against discrimination and injustice." The group's founders include playwright Ike Holter and actors Sasha Smith, Kevin Matthews Reyes, Sydney Charles and Tony Santiago. - See more at: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170616/NEWS07/170619912/the-chicago-theater-accountability-coalition-forms#sthash.YZsQdoXN.dpuf
What follows is the text of a message I sent to The Goodman Theatre last night - Hello Goodman Theatre Staff and Associates, My name is Bear Bellinger. For those who don't know me personally, I am an actor/writer/advocate in the Chicago community and also a Black man.
June 15th, 2017
On Tuesday a Change.org petition created by the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition called on theaters to stop inviting longtime Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss to productions because "she is not willing to work with us to create a positive environment."
Steppenwolf Theatre's artistic and executive directors said Wednesday they are working on an "official institutional response" to Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss for her "Pass Over" review, which has drawn criticism online. "We denounce the viewpoints expressed in some of these reviews as they fail to acknowledge the very systemic racism that 'Pass Over' addresses directly.
June 14th, 2017
Oh, Hedy. Chicago Sun-Times writer Hedy Weiss is no stranger to controversy. Edward Albee once called her "irresponsible." Tony Kushner states that Hedy is "incapable of understanding standards of professional and ethical conduct."
The reviews are in and some in the theater community are non-too-pleased with Chicago Sun-Times theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss.