Globe Director’s Departure Sparks Controversy
It’s an exit, sans bear. The theater world is asking itself some hard questions after Emma Rice, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, has announced she’ll be leaving after only two seasons. As head of the replica of the Bard’s original playhouse, Rice made bold pledges to counteract many of theater’s lingering prejudices. While the Globe’s board says it’s letting Rice go after disagreements about lighting, many suspect the decision is more about Rice’s insistence on equal gender casting and setting plays in modern times. Rice will preside over one final year before departing.