A Statement from ETC
Dear ETC Friends,
As most of you know, due to the coronavirus we had to postpone our April production of American Son, a play that was written in the shadow of the death of Eric Garner and which dramatizes the intersection of racism and the police. The last line of the play is “I can’t breathe.” In the wake of the recent death of George Floyd, I lamented to a friend that our production would have been “of the moment.” He reminded me that, sadly, the story would always be “of the moment. It’s been going on since 1619.”
ETC’s production, which was conceived in partnership with English Theatre Frankfurt, was scheduled to have performances in Germany this month. As I watch video of the recent demonstrations in Frankfurt and Berlin, I know the production would have been a way for ETF’s community to more deeply appreciate and discuss the complexity of this moment.
We plan now to present the play American Son next spring, and we look forward to having you with us and being a part of the national conversation. And we hope to present the production in Germany when it’s possible. In the meantime, we wish to honor the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, and many others who were the victims of racial police brutality.
On behalf of all of us at ETC, thank you and keep safe.