6 MONTHS IN: A COMMUNITY REPORT
On March 13, 2020, The Musical Stage Company closed its physical office and began working remotely due to the rampant emergence of COVID-19. By March 17, 2020, we had cancelled all of our in-person gatherings until further notice including the postponement of our production of KELLY V. KELLY by Britta Johnson and Sara Farb. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis, setting off protests around the world for Black Lives Matter, and sparking an overdue reckoning about systemic racism and – as part of it – the white supremacist system that theatre operates within.
As we close in on six months since we left the status quo behind, this report is intended to document, record, and reflect on what we have done, what we are thinking about, and where we are headed. It is neither a succinct philosophical statement nor a comprehensive action plan for the future. It is simply a transparent accounting of where we are as an organization striving to make impact while navigating a global pandemic, and planning for a future within an evolving macro-environment.
We are eager to ensure that the perspective and voice of members of our community continue to be integrated into this work. As such, we invite your feedback on our work so far and/or recommendations for the future via our feedback form.
We promise to keep our community up-to-date on our work and will deliver another report on our activities and actions no later than six months from now.