BLACK LIVES MATTER
The Spot is committed to being an anti-racist theater
by celebrating, honoring and hiring BIPOC artists.
What does BIPOC stand for? Black, Indigenous, People of Color
Where is The Spot? Ketchum, ID on the traditional lands of the Shoshone-Bannock People.
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WE SEE YOU WHITE AMERICAN THEATER
Join us and thousands of BIPOC artists in signing this petition and doing the work to make long overdue changes in theater.
Black Lives Matter Statement from The Spot issued to our community on 5/31/20:
*We recognize a social media post is a small gesture in the grand scheme of solidarity but it is a concrete first step in not remaining silent in the face of egregious injustice.*
THE SPOT is a non-profit theater that has been committed to the idea of NEVER
GIVING UP since its inception. Our motto: NO QUIT.
We stand with our black friends, artists, colleagues and patrons in stating the truth:
BLACK LIVES MATTER. We stand with you in solidarity. We will not quit. While our
theater may serve a small community out here in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho we believe it is our duty as artists to shine light on injustice and to tell stories that reflect back diverse experiences.
This can only be done by truly examining our own bias and
honoring equity, diversity and inclusion in our space and on our stage. We see the
insidiousness of racism and white supremacy which is often perpetuated or reinforced
simply by the narratives we choose to tell, or not. THE SPOT is a safe space for artists
and patrons alike. We are firmly anti-racist. There is no room for anti-blackness at The
Spot and we are committed to honoring black lives in our work here in Idaho.
We ask that our patrons affirm BLACK LIVES MATTER, continue supporting one another at this time and partake in the unlearning necessary to dismantle systemic racism.
We are curating a list of books to help our community in non-optical ally-ship and a list of plays/playwrights to help amplify the voices of BIPOC theater-makers.
Check back for updates!
Please try to support local bookshops or BIPOC-owned shops with your purchases.
SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo
HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi
by Robin Diangelo
PLAYWRIGHTS WE'RE REALLY INTO
Most of the plays listed are published works, but some can also be found via New Play Exchange.
TARELL ALVIN-MCCRANEY (Choir Boy)
NGOZI ANYANWU (Good Grief)
JEFF AUGUSTIN (Where the Mountain Meets the Sea)
AMIRI BARAKA (Dutchman)
AZIZA BARNES (BLKS)
EBONI BOOTH (Paris
DESIREE BURCH (Tar Baby)
JOCELYN BROH (School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play)
JORDAN E. COOPER (Aint No Mo')
LYDIA R. DIAMOND (Stick Fly, Toni Stone)
JACKIE SIBBLIES DRURY (Fairview)
PEARL CLEAGE (Late Bus to Mecca)
MARCUS GARDLEY (The House that Will Not Stand)
STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS (The Motherf*cker with the Hat, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven)
DANAI GURIRA (Eclipsed)
KATORI HALL (The Mountaintop)
ROBERT O'HARA (Bootycandy, director of The Inheritance)
ALESHEA HARRIS (What to Send Up When It Goes Down)
JEREMY O. HARRIS (Slave Play)
JIRÉH BREON HOLDER (Too Heavy for Your Pocket)
JAMES IJAMES (KILL MOVE PARADISE)
ELLE KEY (Out of Clay)
ADRIENNE KENNEDY (He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box)
SUZAN LORI-PARKS (Venus, Topdog/Underdog, Father Comes Home from the Wars)
DONJA R. LOVE (Fireflies)
THADDEUS MCCANTZ (First Two in Idaho)
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU (Pipeline)
LYNN NOTTAGE (Ruined, Sweat, Crumbs from the Table of Joy)
ANTOINETTE NWANDU (Pass Over)
JONATHAN PAYNE (The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll'd)
TORI SAMPSON (If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muthafucka)
NTOZAKE SHANGE (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf)
CHARLY EVON SIMPSON (Behind the Sheet)
ANNA DEVEARE-SMITH (Fires in the Mirror, Notes from the Field, Twilight)
JILLIAN WALKER (Skinfolk)
LOY A. WEBB (The Light)
CHERYL L. WEST (Pullman Porter Blues)
AUGUST WILSON (Fences, The Piano Lesson)
Check out THE KILROYS List for new plays by women, trans and non-binary writers!
This is a rolling and by-no-means-comprehensive list that will be continually added to. We have begun by sharing the voices of primarily Black theater artists but have many more voices to share...
If you'd like to suggest a play or playwright's work email us at firstname.lastname@example.org