Former “Hamilton” cast member claims show didn’t renew their contract over gender-neutral dressing room request

A Black, transgender “Hamilton” performer filed a grievance with the Equal Employment Alternative Fee’s Los Angeles District Workplace Wednesday, claiming the present didn’t renew their contract after they repeatedly requested for a gender-neutral dressing room. Suni Reid was a solid member within the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago productions of “Hamilton,” and stated they had been harassed and misgendered by fellow solid members a number of occasions, which led to their request for the dressing room.

“Publicly, Hamilton is a beacon of range and seems dedicated to causes in search of social justice and concord. Behind the scenes, nonetheless, the Firm’s administration will drive out a Black, transgender solid member just because they stood up for themselves and advocated for a extra equitable office, and due to this fact known as that public picture into query,” Lawrence M. Pearson, Reid’s lawyer, stated in a press release Wednesday. 

“We look ahead to upholding Mx. Reid’s rights and hope it is a wake-up name for the theater business in regards to the systemic inequities that persist even at its best heights.”

“Hamilton” didn’t instantly reply to CBS News’ request for remark. 

Reid was given a component within the present instantly after graduating faculty in 2017, in accordance with the grievance. They performed ensemble roles and people of Aaron Burr, George Washington, Hercules Mulligan/James Madison on Broadway, in addition to Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in Chicago. 

Within the 28-page submitting, Reid claims that the present “didn’t act” when different actors within the group bodily threatened and misgendered them in male dressing rooms in Chicago and New York. In Could 2021, throughout discussions surrounding Reid’s contract renewal, the performer allegedly requested the Los Angeles manufacturing’s administration for entry to a gender-neutral dressing room, one thing they stated “a number of” actors had expressed curiosity in. 

As a substitute, Reid alleges the present agreed to easily grasp a sheet throughout a part of the primary dressing room. After Reid stated this was unacceptable, the performer claims “Hamilton” retaliated in opposition to them, suspending their ongoing contract negotiations in September. 

Even after actor Rory O’Malley, who performs King George, agreed to surrender his non-public dressing room, Reid was nonetheless allegedly excluded from performances. “Hamilton” executives additionally allegedly expressed concern over Reid’s Instagram posts requesting bigger inclusivity within the business, regardless that Reid stated the posts “had been identified to the Firm for months.”

“Hamilton’s attacking response in labeling Mx. Reid as ‘problematic’ not solely perpetuates dangerous stereotypes, it betrays the Firm’s reflexive retaliatory impulse in response to Mx. Reid daring to query Hamilton’s social fairness bona fides and talking up in opposition to mistreatment primarily based on their race, sexual orientation/LGBTQ+ standing, gender, and gender identification,” the submitting stated. | Former “Hamilton” solid member claims present did not renew their contract over gender-neutral dressing room request

Aila Slisco

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