Dear Victory Theatre Community & Friends,
While our community cannot gather in its traditional way right now, we must come together to show our solidarity for our community members of color and the Black Lives Matter movement. Like you, we are sickened and saddened by the violence against Black and Brown Americans that we've witnessed in recent weeks. To our community members of color, we express our deep sorrow. We stand with you in this time of heightened grief.
These past few weeks have vividly reminded us of the pervasive racism in our society. Asian-American and Pacific Islanders continue to be targeted by racism in this time of COVID-19, while people of color are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Blatant examples of violence toward the Black community have played out in front of our eyes. None of us will ever be able to be able to forget the image of George Floyd being murdered by a police officer kneeling calmly on his neck, unmoved by the bystanders pleading to “let him breathe.” We witnessed evil.
To our actors, acting class alumnae, and employees of color, please know that you are valued members of the Victory community. Our rich racial diversity is a treasured aspect of the Victory Theatre experience.
Let us all continue to talk about and stand together against the systematic racism and injustice in our country. While we may not always know what to say or do, we know right from wrong, and what we can do right now is support our artists of color. We can do more to learn how to show up as anti-racist allies and how to disrupt the cycle of violence and discrimination toward people of color.
The Victory has always been committed to inclusivity in our choice of materials and in our casting. We will continue steadfastly in our efforts in these directions.
Best, Tom & Maria
Star is waiting at The Victory on our finished set, patient for the audience to return after the pandemic.
She's sending you lots of love and can't wait to see you! Stay safe!
Your safety, health and wellbeing are our number one priority. Amidst rising concerns regarding the COVID-19 global outbreak, The Victory Theatre Center will suspend its performances, in both The Big Victory and the Little Victory, throught at least June 30, 2020. We are saving our set for the world premiere of Love & Politics and will let you know when we are ready to open it.
The Victory Theatre is a member of a coalition of intimate theatres in Los Angles that meets weekly to discuss the future of theatre in Los Angeles post COVID-19. We are committed to raising the bar and pushing the boundaries of professional theatre. At weekly virtual roundtables, we continue to remind each other that theatre is a collaborative art form, in every sense of the word. We are stronger together as one community regardless of company size.
Help celebrate 40 years of new plays and exciting intimate theatre.
The Victory Center Theatre is a small theatre, but what’s experienced here is large. Small space cultivates closeness; shared experience creates connection and community. Since 1980, the Victory Theatre has presented over 100 productions and 100 workshops, 80% of which have been NEW plays.
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