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Broadway actor ‘humiliates’ deaf woman by falsely accusing her of taping Hadestown

A deaf woman says she was humiliated by Broadway actor Lillias White, who accused her of recording the musical Hadesville.

Speaking in a moving video posted to Instagram on Thursday, Samantha Coleman said she was scolded twice by Ms White during the performance of Hadesville at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York.

The actor appears to have mistaken a closed captioning device used by Ms Coleman to understand what was happening on stage as a device used to record the show, allegedly berating the disabled viewer at least twice.

“I’m sure she (Ms. White) wasn’t the only person on stage who might have thought that.” said Ms. Coleman, a music fan, on Thursday. “She was the only person to call me though.”

“My hearing is such that I need captioning devices to see a show, and being kind of ostracized and publicly ridiculed really hurts me. It was super embarrassing,” Ms Coleman continued.

Believing Ms White’s actions were a ‘misunderstanding’ and that the 71-year-old actor had not acted ‘maliciously’, Ms Coleman said it was always important to discuss how disabled people are handled in public and at Broadway shows in general.

“People who need to use these devices should feel comfortable and confident seeing a Broadway show and not experience shame, embarrassment and anxiety,” Ms. Coleman, appearing visibly emotional.

She added in a caption to the video that she would think twice about using a captioning device in the near future, with her experience acting as a warning to others.

“I desperately hope my story can prevent another horrific and embarrassing experience for someone else,” Ms Coleman wrote on Instagram. “It was my worst fear, and it came true. I don’t know if/when I’ll feel comfortable using a captioning device again.”

Hadesville replied to Mrs. Coleman on Twitter on Thursday by apologizing and promising to review its internal policies so that “it doesn’t happen again”.

“Thank you for contacting us, Samantha. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and we are working with Jujamcyn Theaters (the production company) to review our internal policies and protocols to ensure this does not happen again. “said the musical. wrote. “We look forward to welcoming you again soon.”

Musical comedy followed tweeting: “For full disclosure, we have connected privately with Samantha to sincerely apologize and remedy the situation as we felt this was a better forum to address the matter in a meaningful way.”

Broadway veteran Ms White has yet to apologize to Ms Coleman, the Daily mail reported. The star has remained silent on Twitter.

Ms Coleman added in a series of tweets over the weekend that Ms White was ‘not a malicious person, nor an enemy. The “villain” in this story is the systemic ableism in society and industry – not her. Education is the key. Please be nice.

“It is important for me to articulate – I ask to extend kindness and forgiveness to Mrs White. Her social media pages, especially Instagram, have been inundated with ageist and racist comments. Please stop to harass her,” Ms. Coleman added.

The Independent contacted Ms White and Jujamcyn Theatres, the production company of Hadesvillefor comment.




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