Letter from The Board of Directors

Standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Global Network and all people of good will, The People’s Shakespeare Project denounces the murder of George Floyd. We deplore the violence perpetrated against Black people and Black communities in the United States and across the world. We recall and are inspired by Frederick Douglass who insisted that “no man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end of it fastened about his own neck.” Even as the long arc of the moral universe strains to bend toward justice, the long arm of slavery perpetuates individual and institutional racism through segregation, convict leasing, red lining, school-to-prison pipelines, mass incarceration, and extralegal violence. The chains and the choke holds that have crushed Black dreams and ended Black lives have also compromised the principles and practices of democracy. “Holding the mirror up to nature” and yoked together by pervasive and systemic racism, we stand, yet again, at a crossroads. Once more, we recognize the urgency of reparative intervention — action that brings both justice and peace for all. Convinced of the indivisibility of human rights, we are committed to the transforming power of theatre to instruct, to provoke, and to heal.