Blackface In Goodman Theatre Production Ignites Controversy

02/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A play at the Goodman Theatre that features a white actress in blackface is sparking controversy.

Late Wednesday afternoon, hours before the opening of The Wooster Group production of Eugene O'Neill's play, "The Emperor Jones," at the Goodman, Third World Press sent out e-mails asking for a boycott of the show. It also had asked for a boycott of a panel discussion scheduled earlier in the day at the Chicago Cultural Center titled "Performing Other: Constructing Race and Gender Onstage and Off."

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