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May 31, 2020

WHAT HAPPENS TO A DREAM DEFERRED?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?


—Langston Hughes

We know the answer; it festers, it stinks, it is rotten. It explodes.

The tragedy of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis is more than gut-wrenching. It has become commonplace. For years now, we have witnessed the appalling violence of racism in images and names in the media. Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Aiyana Jones, Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, and so many more, are all devastating reminders that the Black Lives Matter movement has never been more essential.

Playwrights from Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka and James Baldwin; from Antoinette Nwandu and korde arrington tuttle to Jackie Sibblies Drury and of course, the great August Wilson have produced powerful works of theater that challenge our audiences to look at racism and the ongoing oppression and deadly force that has plagued the United States since its founding. Slavery and its ugly legacy live on, and these incidents make all too real the works of these most prescient writers.

As an organization whose mission, core values and art celebrate diverse voices and stories, we seek to build bridges between communities to facilitate understanding and empathy. In these uncertain and unsettling times, we remain steadfast in our commitment to producing works of art that help to connect, challenge and restore.  

The Boards, Artists and Staff of Goodman Theatre stand in solidarity against racism and hate. Our thoughts and hearts are with those who loved Mr. Floyd, and the communities he touched.