A transgender and non-binary actor who performed each lead and ensemble roles in a number of productions of “Hamilton” not too long ago filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission criticism in opposition to the present.
Suni Reid — who portrayed characters together with Aaron Burr, George Washington, Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson within the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical — claimed that their contract was not renewed after they requested a gender-neutral dressing room through the Los Angeles leg of the present.
Reid performed roles throughout the Broadway, L.A. and Chicago productions of the acclaimed play. Reid alleged that they had been misgendered on a number of events and threatened bodily by the opposite actors.
In the criticism, they requested for manufacturing to put a gender-neutral dressing room at NYC’s Pantages Theater. Reid’s contract was not renewed for one more 12 months beginning final month.
A spokesperson for “Hamilton” denied the allegations in an announcement to The Post.
“Suni Reid was a valued cast member for more than three years,” the rep mentioned. “We offered them a contract to return to ‘Hamilton’ with terms responsive to their requests. We deny the allegations in the Charge.”
“We have not discriminated or retaliated against Suni. Since the shutdown, our organization has taken care of our community. We have treated Suni with the same respect and consideration as all the company members of ‘Hamilton,’” the rep added. “Specifically, we have given Suni direct financial support, paid for their health insurance, and paid for their housing. We wish Suni well in their future endeavors.”
According to Deadline, Reid’s attorneys Lawrence M. Pearson and Lindsay M. Goldbrum addressed the problem, saying, “Publicly, ‘Hamilton’ is a beacon of diversity and appears committed to causes seeking social justice and harmony.”
“Behind the curtain, however, the Company’s management will force out a Black, transgender cast member simply because they stood up for themselves and advocated for a more equitable workplace, and therefore called that public image into question,” they continued. “We look forward to upholding Mx. Reid’s rights and hope this is a wake-up call for the theater industry about the systemic inequities that persist even at its greatest heights.”
The criticism mentioned that the famed musical offered a gender-neutral dressing room in some unspecified time in the future after one other solid member, Rory O’Malley “generously offered to give up his dressing room, but the Company still would not drop its retaliatory animus toward Mx. Reid and rescinded their contract renewal offer altogether.”