We at The Vineyard are anguished, outraged, and heartbroken by the ongoing racism and racist violence against Black people in our country. We join with all those in America seeking justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and so many other Black lives continuously lost and continuously affected by racist, systemic violence. We stand with protesters across the nation to voice our anger and to demand what our democracy promises us — that all of us are created equal. That Black Lives Matter.
We live in a country shaped by racist systems which perpetuate injustice every day against Black people. It is the responsibility of all of us to name and dismantle racist systems, and to work for social justice, as individuals, as artists, and as institutions. Theatre is an act of coming together to look at ourselves, to listen to voices different from our own, to reaffirm our shared humanity, to collaborate to make something bigger than the sum of its parts. As theatre artists, we must act in every way we can to create change within our own company, our community, and our country.
Now, and in the days, months, and years to come, we affirm The Vineyard’s commitment to empowering the voices and centering the stories of artists of color, doing the ongoing work of self-examination, and working towards change and justice. We stand in passionate solidarity with and for our black colleagues, staff, artists, students, friends, and community members. We believe strongly, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. that “No one is free until we are all free.” Enough is enough.