The Los Angeles Stage Alliance, the 46-year-old nonprofit that holds the Ovation Awards, has shut down after misidentifying an Asian nominee, prompting more than two dozen local theaters to withdraw their membership.
The theaters, including the Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Deaf West Theatre, revoked their memberships after multiple representational errors took place during the virtual 2021 Ovation Awards on March 30.
Asian actress Jully Lee, who was nominated for her performance in Jiehae Park’s “Hannah and the Dread Gazebo,” had her first name mispronounced while the nominees for best featured actress were read. Additionally, a photo of a different Asian actress was mistakenly displayed on screen.
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