The producers of the hit Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill” have hired an outside company to investigate allegations of discrimination after former cast members detailed “coercion” and transphobia “within the production, they said on Saturday.
“We are deeply troubled by recent statements from a former cast member,” tweeted producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price. “We met with our cast and members of our core creative team today to let them know that we take this matter very seriously and share with them the actions we are taking in response.”
The producers said they were launching an immediate review of the show’s policies and procedures “with the well-being of our employees in mind.”
“Broadway shows are inherently collaborative human endeavors, so there is nothing more important to us than our people,” they tweeted. “We are committed to continuing to foster a work environment where everyone feels valued and respected. “
The announcement comes after two former cast members, Nora Schell and Celia Rose Gooding, publicly shared incidents of abuse by stage managers and other creative leaders and harms “to the trans community and non-binary, on and off stage “.
On Friday, Schell tweeted that they were “intimidated, coerced and forced by several superiors” to postpone surgery needed to treat polycystic ovary syndrome and associated symptoms, including severe anemia that caused heavy bleeding and left Schell feeling weak and passed out on several occasions. .
Despite Schell’s doctor insisting on immediate surgery, the directors “coerced and forced” Schell to continue performing.
“In the end, I was effectively forced to go against my gynecologist’s medical advice,” Schell tweeted. “I was convinced to wait to remove these growths. I waited over a month for surgery that my gynecologist told me I needed IMMEDIATELY.”
Less than an hour after Schell’s post, former actress Celia Rose Gooding, who will go on to take on the role of Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”, said she was leaving the musical in part “for focus more on work that I can align myself with emotionally and morally.
“I can’t ignore the harm ‘Jagged’ has done to the trans and non-binary community, including actors on stage, off stage and behind the scenes of the production process,” Gooding tweeted. “We owe them a space to go out and perform without transphobia, and the ability to tell their own stories, just like I’ve done over the years.”