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  • Oh for crying out loud just give me a break and STFU already you ungrateful, obstreperous uppity race-hustling inferior terrorist

  • Gomer Pyle

    Free tickets and still she bitches. Sigh.

  • ClausVonBulow

    Its off-broadway. Who cares.

  • rman04357

    A little full of yourself, aren’t you? Fair or not, you come off as insufferable

  • TankerKC

    Sorry…it wasn’t clear in the article…are you an Award-Winning Playwright? Gosh, that’s SO awesome. Please tell us more!

  • sotiredofthebs

    Dominique Morisseau, you need to grow more skin. This is what one gets for giving out free tickets to some people.

  • Mike Danger

    The author is a racist. Her “black privilege” allows her to be rude and aggressive towards others without consideration how she is ruining the theater experience of those around her. Perhaps counseling can alleviate some of her anger management issues and her urges of macro-aggression towards people of other races…

  • Dantes

    This is a joke, right?

  • oneParty

    Hmm. Did the author stop to think that she is part of the problem? She exudes an attitude of condescension and entitlement. She got free tickets for crying out loud!

  • Liam781

    The author of this column did not do herself or her erstwhile cause(s) here good service in the publishing of this.

    That is all.

  • northernobserver

    Grow up lady.

  • dsr_nyc

    Doesn’t matter the race of the person, anyone who decides the make it all about them inside the theatre is usually the most obnoxious one in the theatre. That applies whether it’s the usual terrible manners we can’t stand in the theatre, or that overly-reactive one in the crowd that always knows they’re drawing attention, but doesn’t care as long as they’re having a great time. One of my friends, probably the whitest guy you’ll ever meet, by the way, has long since stopped being my plus-one because of said attention. We know that actors get a kick out of it, because it’s fun to see that in the audience, but for the paying crowds around you, it always the total opposite. (On a related note, congrats that the actor gesticulated towards your obnoxious behavior. That makes it all worth it’ll doesn’t it?)

  • joy m.

    “Several aspects of situations involving student discipline can activate implicit biases in school per- sonnel, thereby influencing outcomes for students. For instance, implicit biases may be activated when school staff members make subjective judgments regarding whether discipline is merited in an ambiguous situation, such as determining what constitutes
    “disruptive behavior,” “loitering,” or “disrespect.” Research from
the field of implicit bias indicates that ambiguous situations
are ripe for the arousal of implicit biases;5 therefore, when sub-
jectivity is part of a teacher or other school staff member’s de-
cision-making regarding the need for discipline, “background
experiences and automatic associations shape his or her inter-
pretation of the scene.”6 Influenced by implicit biases, this subjectivity can contribute to discipline disparities. For example, work by prominent school discipline researcher Dr. Russell J. Skiba finds that office referrals and other discipline for students of color tend to rely on subjective interpre- tations (e.g., “excessive noise”), while White students’ office referrals tend to stem from objective infractions (e.g., vandalism or smoking).7 ”

    • CallsignMissing

      Congratulations; you found a study on disproportionality of institutional discipline in elementary and secondary schools and decided that it must apply to isolated interactions between adults at the theatre.

      I bet it would have been really frustrating for you if the author’s story had involved two people of the same racial group; you wouldn’t have known who to lay the blame on. As it is, you can simply cry ‘racism!’ and not look beyond.

      • joy m.

        There are countless others like it. You should educate yourself. The science is clear and undeniable: racial bias often leads people to view benign behavior as disruptive or excessive. The research is there, even if you’re ignorant of it.

        • CallsignMissing

          You know what else is clear and undeniable?

          People can find the conduct of others to be annoying and disruptive without being racist, even if they’re accused of being so. You should try to understand that.

  • Frogs Fangs

    Modern theatre.

  • marymiriam

    Hey, as a white, older person who goes to the theater a lot…I get told to quiet down, too…I just laugh (out loud). You have to choose your moments. The other person had the problem. But please don’t pile all the blame on a whole generation of a particular color. What does that say about you?

    • joy m.

      The question isn’t whether this sometimes happens to people of all races, but the frequency with which it happens in the provocation for the behavior. White people are pulled over by cops sometimes, but that doesn’t mean that people of color don’t have a right to complain about the fact that they are disproportionately targeted, often for minor or nonexistent offenses

      • marymiriam

        Absolutely true. But sometimes, it’s just one stupid person. Of course everyone has a right to complain. But this wasn’t a pullover by a cop or illegal housing or being turned down for a job or all those other injustices that this society has to fight. Sometimes it’s just one stupid person being stupid. You have to pick your battles or you’ll just end up exhausted before the fight.

        • joy m.

          But the point is, it’s not just one person. To quote Dominique, “this isn’t an isolated incident”. I witnessed a play in an outdoor theater on a chilly night where a white patron was sitting behind a young black man in a hooded sweatshirt that was in no way obstructing her view, and she–without saying a single word to the boy–pulled the hood off of his head. For no reason, except her assumption that she belonged there and he did not. I’ve seen many other examples of flagrant disrespect. It’s there to see if you attend theater with non white people or if you have your eyes open.

          I ask you to listen to the people of color writing in this thread who say they have been made to feel unwelcome in our theaters for no reason, time and time and time again. And then think about how the American theater will survive in a diversifying nation if people of color are continually made to feel like intruders when they go to see a play. This is a real issue of grave importance and I’m distressed to see how easily so many on this thread are simply dismissing Dominique’s experience.

  • Michael L

    I’m rarely disturbed enough by a sentiment to merit a response, but regarding your article: It’s a concerning, divisive, and reductive notion of racial dichotomy, that does nothing more than reinforce you own segregationists views of the world. The reality, contrary to what you present in “Jane”, is her representation of a cultural shift in the social context and expectations of conduct in a public forum. 1: Her ticked was a gift, and your lack of expressed gratitude, and further insult with your public lashing, speaks to your own entitlements. (You would be better personally representation, if you’d focused on her initial kindness and how, in accepting her gift YOU became her guest. This would have drastically changed your interaction). 2: Your description speaks better to Jane’s age and experience vs. your own, and what she identifies as a more formal behaviors in social settings. Let me present an example, I was raised Pentecostal (boisterous, experiential & emotional). However, I act quite differently, when I (annually, I’ll note) attend an Episcopalian Church, (solemn, ceremonial, quiet). Your view-frame seems more “Pentecostal.” Re-frame: Jane’s seems more “Episcopalian.” (P.S. Though I prefer the “Pentecostal” experience, I am, by orientation, welcome in the Episcopalian faith, and conduct myself within the social context quite differently and with sensitivity to my surroundings). Jane’s world, by generation, is wrought of inclusion, and subscribes to collectivism . Your context is autonomous, and as evident in your writing, singular in reaffirming dichotomous assumptions of how “black” acts vs. “white” and how society, as in the theater, is a disservice to you. There is no direct, evidence of how race played into Jane’s interaction with you, outside of your own perceptions. (3) “Why I almost slapped a fellow theater patron,” further, and most heavily, speaks-to your own entitlements and generally supports that you might want to reconsider your liability in any situation, as with this one. In fact there is no worse entitlement than violence. (4) You missed a great opportunity. No matter what your ethnic identity is, I have found (probably like Jane), that if you don’t self-monitor, someone else will do it for you. (5) You owe someone a theater ticket.

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