What does theater look like in an Uprising?
This is a personal post from me, Scotty Reynolds:
We acknowledge all the work we need to do to fight white supremacy and police brutality. We aim to work in solidarity with Black and POC led groups and artists. I and many individuals in our company have stepped up in protests and relief efforts, but as a theater company, for too long we’ve done way too little.
I have posted photos on our Instagram page of protests and expressed grief and solidarity with Black Lives Matter. But I recently learned about the concept of “racial tourism” and consuming experiences that are not my own. I cannot own the decades of work that’s been done by black leaders to get us to this moment. I cannot own black pain. I can only own the ways that institutional and structural racism has benefited me. #blacklivesmatter #blackjoymatters
I’m committed to documenting experiences and advancing the movement with my advocacy and dollars, and starting a personal journey of anti-racist education. Included on this journey are my collaborators in theater and opera with Mixed Precipitation. The journey will include both public and private accountability for the ways that my abundant white male privilege and white supremacy have governed my life and my creative work in theater and opera. #Weseeyou
Transformation is essential. Black lives depend on it. That transformation may occasionally include a social media post, I’m sure. I am more interested in equity actions than equity statements. But truly, one leads to the other. Our actions will be in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and POC leaders as they choose to accept us as allies. My actions and commitments are currently in formation, and ongoing – in ways that I do not yet realize. Owning past failures and repairing relationships will be a part of this journey. This is a movement, not a moment.
What does theater look like during a pandemic?
The health of our artists and community is the highest priority. The orders of our governor, public health authorities, and the Center for Disease Control will be our guide.
But we will continue to create opportunities for artists and share joy with our community.
Please stay tuned for projects emerging throughout the summer.
- In June, we’ll feature virtual theatrical and musical experiences that honor the history of queer liberation and celebrate Pride.
- In July, we’ll share full videos of past productions in our archives, including our 2016 political satire, Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia: A Picnic Operetta (just in time for the Republican National Convention).
- In August and September, we’ll unveil a new theatrical experience, created for these times of social distancing, the Pick-up Truck Opera. This nimble, mobile, theatrical experience will travel the streets and alleys, with a lively version of The Odyssey, featuring the music of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
Be our champion. Stay in touch. And help us bring the Pick-up Truck Opera to your community. Our performance can happen almost anywhere — as soon as it’s safe to be outside, and as long as we’re maintaining social distance.
Send me an e-mail to chat and learn more.