Break the Mold.
I constantly talk a big game about changes I want to see in our industry. One big one is breaking the stereotypes of who can play what role.
Where does it say that Adeliede must be a size 2?
Where does it say that Mary must be caucasian?
Where does it say that Sonny must be male?
Change is hard for some people.
When I talk about changes that I want to see, I have read the script, analyzed the story line, watched productions. I try to be the most informed I can. You shouldn’t say I think Sonny should be a girl because I want to play it.
That’s not how this works.
You say “Coming from a cultural standpoint, I think it would be interesting if Sonny was a girl. There is a dynamic where she could be a lesbian chola that is teaching Usnavi to talk to women.”
Making an educated, informed choice will draw people in.
Changing parts of a show shouldn’t just be for shock value. But people do it.
I am sure you have seen the productions that claim colorblind casting but only have 1 person of color.
Or the shows that have talked about casting a female in a traditionally male lead but never made the switch because of how it would make the woman look bad.
These choices should not be made as a marketing tool to get people interested in your show. Use the choices to help your show and make a statement.