"dishonor not your eye
By throwing it on any other object,
Till you have heard me in my true complaint,
And given me justice, justice, justice, justice!" 
- Isabella, Measure for Measure

We at American Players Theatre join the cry of those around the country demanding swift justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the many other Black men, women and children who have senselessly lost their lives in acts of unnecessary violence. We stand against the brutality that has been visited upon people of color and their communities since our country’s inception. Black lives matter.

We have witnessed the pain, the grief and the exhaustion of the communities of color who have suffered under centuries of oppression.

In our rural, bucolic location, it is easy to feel we are insulated from the evils of racism. We are not. We must do better. Right now. We pledge to work to help dismantle those systems that perpetuate racism in our theater and in our community.

We recognize we have a lot to learn from those voices that have been silenced for too long. We will listen to them, we will amplify them and we will hold them up.

And to our audiences, artists and staff of color: we pledge to love you, to support you, to fight for you and to listen as you hold us accountable.