"This ends TODAY," it concludes, demanding for a more equitable and safe space for all BIPOC communities inside of the American Theatre. You can sign the petition, which has already amassed tens of thousands of signatures since June 9, at Change.org.
The cohort behind We See You WAT is currently collecting data, testimonials and statistics, which will be incorporated into a comprehensive list of demands calling upon white institutions to examine, change, and dismantle their racist practices.
"We See You, White American Theater," has been signed by Cynthia Erivo, Viola Davis, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lynn Nottage, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lauren Yee, Leslie Odom Jr., Lindsay Mendez, Leah C Gardiner, Katori Hall, Eden Espinosa, Ruthie Ann Miles, Issa Rae, Jacob Padrón, and Liesl Tommy, among many more."
"We have watched you amplify our voices when we are heralded by the press, but refuse to defend our aesthetic when we are not, allowing our livelihoods to be destroyed by a monolithic and racist critical culture," reads the letter. "We see you."
I haven't read the full article yet, but doesn't the above apply to... uh... everything put on stage ever? If it's good, people like it. If it's bad, they don't.
Okay, the whole letter reads like something out of V for Vendetta. But wasn't V fighting for a clear goal? I don't know what this letter is even trying to accomplish, outside of fanning the flames. What is your demand? And please, provide specifics, don't be vague. I happen to more or less agree with the sentiment, although I'm pretty unfamiliar with the theater scene.