In this moment of tremendous pain, as we continue to mourn the senseless loss of Black and Brown lives at the hands of systemic racism, we at ArtsWest stand in solidarity with our artists, audiences, and communities of color in their expressions of grief and calls for justice. Working for racial equity and dismantling white supremacy is our only option if we hope to create a society in which every single human life is valued and cherished. As an organization, we are committed to educating ourselves, evaluating where we are, and taking action to help right these wrongs, calling on our White allies to join us in the fight.
– Laura Lee, Managing Director and Mathew Wright, Artistic Director.
Things have certainly been moving quickly as we all try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, adapt to new normals, and plan for the future. Like so many others, our building is dark and our staff is working from home. One of the most heartbreaking aspects of this for artists, staff, and audiences alike is the knowledge that times like these are what our theatres were built for – as places of refuge where we gather together with our hearts and minds to tell each other stories and process meaning as a community. In this time of uncertainty, we wanted to take a moment to give you a light in the dark – and share with you what we have to look forward to when we can gather once again.
Our production of Bernard Shaw’s SAINT JOAN lays built and ready to go – and will now be opening on July 9 with its incredible original cast in the gorgeous environmental space that lies in wait for you. Our production of Sara Porkalob’s world premiere of ALEX & ALIX will now be opening on August 20. Sadly, we will not be able to produce our previously announced MISS YOU LIKE HELL, though we will look for an opportunity to bring this incredible piece of theater to you in a future season. In addition, we will stage our annual Gala at a later (and spookily exciting) new date – October 31. In the meantime, we remain hard at work on our new 2020-2021 Season, to be announced at the end of May.
In the theater, we have a tradition in which one small light, called the ghost light, is left on when the theater is dark. It lights our way safely in and out and holds the spark of our work for us to pick up again when we return. We are leaving this light on for you – and we look so forward to the moment when we can be together again.
Wishing you all the best,
Mat and Laura
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