Black Lives Matter
Advice To the Players has been hard at work remodeling our summer season for the safety and health of our artists, our guests and our community in the time of a global pandemic. However, we also have other deep rooted sicknesses in our society that we should strive to eradicate as well: prejudice and racism. It has always been there but in recent months with the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd it has come to the forefront of our societal consciousness. These individuals are now added to a long list of lives that have been ended needlessly.
So as a theatre organization in a predominantly white and rural community: what can we do? How can we help in bringing the desperate needed change of equality and freedom for all. No matter the color of someone's skin, where they are from, who they are, or whom they love should never ever count against them in their right to be alive and in the pursuit of happiness in our society. A tenet of ATTP is inclusivity as well as the belief that Shakespeare and the performing and literary arts are for EVERYONE. Therefore, we would like our friends and collaborators to know we stand with those working towards equality and change. Not only do we stand we will strive to be better and do more. We will listen to voices of those unlike ourselves and educate ourselves in bringing their truth forward, and in doing so strive to create more opportunities in the future for creating space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists and other marginalized communities when possible. Our platform may be small but we will use it for the betterment for all in this world. Please join us in creating a community and world where no one has to live in fear for who they are and can pursue their life to the fullest.
Update April 2021:
We want to specifically extend that solidarity to Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists and community members. Hate against AAPI communities has risen during the Covid-19 Pandemic and continues to rise with incidents of harassment, violence and murder. We will continue to reflect on our role as a theatre organization in a predominantly white community and continue to revisit these questions: what can we do to continue to confront and acknowledge white supremacy and systemic racism in our community and our organization? What does accountability look like for us? What are we doing to strive to create more opportunities in the future for creating space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists and other marginalized communities? In what ways can we support and collaborate with existing organizations and efforts in our community that are confronting issues of human rights, racism and social injustice?
Our 2021 Season
*Drum Roll Please*
We've tallied the votes and are pleased to announce our 2021 Shakespeare Season!
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