Renowned All-Male Harvard Theater Group Hasty Pudding To Finally Allow Female Performers

Now that’s what we’d call a stage right.

After 174 years of never casting a woman, the renowned Harvard theater group Hasty Pudding will allow women to act in its productions.

“The Hasty Pudding welcomes women to audition and perform in the roles in the show, and be given equal opportunity to play those roles based on the quality of their individual talents,” former Hasty Pudding President Andrew L. Farkas said in a letter that the group’s current president, Amira T. Weeks, read on Thursday.

Before now, women had been allowed to join Hasty Pudding to work behind-the-scenes but had never performed in a production. The group has been under pressure in recent years to upend that tradition after a slew of female students auditioned for roles, but didn’t even receive callbacks.

“It is so unfair that the men in the Pudding get all these opportunities to be in a professionally directed, orchestrated, choreographed show with professionally designed costumes and an extravagant set,” aspiring actress Elizabeth P. Kantor told the Harvard Crimson last year. “They are constantly performing and doing what they love, and women I know who are just as talented don’t have the same opportunity.”

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