A black transgender actor complained to Hamilton’s producer, claiming he had lost his role in a highly successful stage production by demanding access to a gender-neutral dressing room.
SuniReid, who uses them / their pronouns, claims that fellow cast members “physically threatened” them and “intentionally and repeatedly missexed.”
The actor participated in Hamilton’s Broadway cast in 2017 and has also appeared in productions in Chicago and Los Angeles, their lawyer said.
Reed requested a gender-neutral changing room during a performance at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles in June, but contract renewals were allegedly suspended a few weeks later.
According to a federal complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the actor was on the sidelines during the rehearsal, preview, and “finally the night and subsequent opening.”
Reed, who played the role of Hamilton such as Aaron Burr and George Washington, was allegedly told in September that his contract would not be renewed.
EEOC complaints include allegations of discrimination and harassment by cast members and management.
Reed intends to pursue their allegations in federal court, according to the original complaint.
In a statement, actor lawyers Lawrence M. Pearson and Lindsey M. Goldblum said:
“But behind the curtain, company management forces black transgender cast members out just because they stood up for themselves and advocated a fairer workplace.
“We look forward to supporting MxReid’s rights and hope that this is an awakening call to the theater industry for systematic inequality that persists at its highest heights.”
Hamilton denied the claim, describing Reed as an “important cast member” and adding that he “provided them a contract to return to Hamilton on terms and conditions at their request.”
“We deny the motion to prosecute,” Shaw said. “We do not discriminate against or retaliate against Suni.”
Created by the theater giant Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton uses both rap and song to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton, the founding father of the United States.
Opened on Broadway in 2015, it won 11 Tony Awards and was a huge box office success.
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