The present was an egg
laid by the past
that had the future inside its shell.
Zora Neale Hurston
As we together face a moment of reckoning with the insidious forces of racism in our world – compounded by a pandemic and its resulting economic devastation – we are reminded of Zora Neale Hurston’s prophetic words. This is our present, but it has been made by our past, and it informs how we move forward to a more just, equitable, and anti-racist future.
Today and every day, we join our members, artists, and all people of conscience in standing against the forces of bigotry and racism. We have a long way to go in this fight, but as Ms. Hurston observed, the future will be born from the actions we take today.
To the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Sean Reed and the incalculable number who have lost loved ones at the hands of racist violence: we see you, support you, and stand with you. Black lives matter. They always have, and they always will.
At The Drama League, our mission and core values are to lift up and support artists for the theater community, to celebrate audiences whose lives are enriched by what artists create on stage. For many years, we have dedicated ourselves to anti-racist practices in our work, and we recommit today to those values and practices. We will continue to align theater as a tool to uplift voices that need to be heard, so that we all may connect, challenge, and create a better, more just world.
The Board, Artists, Volunteers, Patrons and Staff of The Drama League stand in solidarity against racism and hate. The future has yet to be written.
Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Director Bevin Ross, Executive Director