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Jeremy O. Harris

Jeremy O. Harris: “These articles are deeply distressing and frustrating to me because it makes me feel as though the people at top of our industries are moving through this pandemic with the callousness of those in the White House many of us critique with our work. The science isn’t on our side for large gatherings happening in 2020. Period. The less that that is stated and dealt with, the more harmful it will be to artists and small organizations. LARGE ORGANIZATIONS/ PRODUCERS/ BROADWAY is not what we should be worried about right now. Thinking realistically about this, means we think about artists like the peers I just graduated with, the actors I’ve seen at auditions, the literary departments at all the small theaters that read my work years ago, the security guards and box office managers at regional theaters… Those people want hope right now but false hope doesn’t do anything but cause strife. (TRUST ME FALSE HOPE WITH THREE DIFFERENT SHOWS HAS FUCKED ME UP AND I’M OSTENSIBLY IN A GOOD LIVING SITUATION RIGHT NOW). I know our industry has only ever subsisted on “THE SHOW MUST GO ON” but… This time I don’t think it can? Doesn’t it make more sense that we as an industry COLLECTIVIZE and start a real conversation about pausing our summer and fall shows NOW and figuring out how we can help all of us get to the year 2021 and on stronger than ever? Because… If we screw over the little guys in favor of seeing more of the ppl on top doing well then we won’t have any people to rise to the top in two years, three years or four years when we need them. This isn’t fun to tweet but it’s what I feel and I think we all have to be having more real conversations about this.”

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