A Statement from Laurel Mill Playhouse

In light of instances of racial injustice, both recent and historic, and in support of all those fighting to rectify that injustice, Laurel Mill Playhouse offers the following statement:

Theater can be many things. Theater can be an escape from reality. Theater can offer a much-needed laugh or a long-overdue cry. Theater can, and should, also be a mirror. It must challenge. It must educate. Perhaps most importantly, theater must speak truth. It must stand for justice and inclusion. One thing theater can never be, is scared. Theater must not be afraid to shine a light on its own faults and failures, nor can it shy away from spotlighting the faults and failures of the world at large. In his 1962 essay titled “The Creative Process” (from his anthology, “The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction”), James Baldwin states,

“But the conquest of the physical world is not man’s only duty. He is also enjoined to conquer the great wilderness of himself. The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through the vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is to make the world a more human dwelling place.”

We at Laurel Mill Playhouse hope to help make the world, both near and far, “a more human dwelling place.” We recognize that silence is not the answer. We recognize that we must be better and louder. We reaffirm our commitment to inclusion. We also vow, in the names of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless more, to stand loudly for racial justice, and to stand just as loudly against racial injustice in all its vicious forms. In the same essay, Baldwin says, “The artist cannot and must not take anything for granted, but must drive to the heart of every answer and expose the question the answer hides.” Laurel Mill Playhouse vows to strive for those answers, but more importantly, we hope to expose the questions.

Laurel Mill Playhouse

Coming in the Summer of 2018—
The Musical Theater Intensive at Laurel Mill Playhouse
Aladdin, Jr. And a Kids’ Cabaret!

AGES: 8-18
DATES: June 3, 2018-August 19, 2018
Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays from 6-8pm
COST: $250.00* (includes the Intensive Experience; T-shirt; DVD of the show; 2 tickets to the show; cast party)
*($175.00 for each additional participant from the same family.)

REGISTER* in person at Laurel Mill Playhouse on
Saturday, May 5th 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Or contact Maureen Rogers at 301-452-2557 or maureencrogers@gmail.com
OR register online at www.laurelmillplayhouse.org.
*Full payment due at Registration.
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Poster by Brian Binney.

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