Moment of solidarity at the #TCG17 opening night party at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Photo by Kate Szrom
What does Valentine’s Day mean to the theatre-maker and theatre-lover in 2021?
On this Valentine’s Day, let our love burn like a ghostlight, keeping our stages lit. On this Valentine’s Day, let our love be visionary, honoring Black History and imagining Black Futures. On this Valentine’s Day, let our love seek right relationship with Native Lands and Native Futures. On this Valentine’s Day, let accountability be our love language, and the #WeSeeYouWAT and other BIPOC demands a gifts of deepest love, guiding us forward.
On this Valentine’s Day, we can celebrate one of the largest federal investments in the arts in our country’s history, and work hard to make sure it's equitably distributed. On this Valentine’s Day, we can crack open our favorite plays about love (TCG Books has some tips, and a discount code TCGValentine), and warm ourselves from the heat of the pages. Because on this Valentine’s Day, Cupid is full of Queer love and generous with their arrows.
So that’s what we’re wishing you on this difficult and beautiful day. Picture us, if you will, as that shy grade school kid with their hand extended, holding out a handmade heart, with a silly poem of love just for you.
On this Valentine’s Day, we just wanted to say, we love you.
Adrian Budhu and Teresa Eyring
Teresa Eyring (she/her/hers)