Since we first heard about COVID-19 a few weeks ago, I have gone through a range of emotions about this pandemic. You probably have experienced some, or all, of them too – anxiety, anger, depression, confusion, etc. I’ve been seeing the announcements about other arts organizations that I know and love, cancelling their shows and laying off or furloughing large percentages of their staff. It’s been heartbreaking to think about the long-term impact this will have on the performing arts ecosystem.
Instead of retreating into a feeling of despair, I’ve been trying to focus my energy on finding hope in this situation. I’ve found comfort in thinking about what our future could look like once this has passed – both for the performing arts field and our society at-large. I’ve sought out articles that share different perspectives about the positive things that can come out of this collective experience. It has also made me think more deeply about what Antaeus’s role will be in shaping this new, different future. Ultimately, I see a future where our work at Antaeus will be even more vital when this is over.
Antaeus has always been a place where people can come together – the antidote to social distancing. We explore human experiences together – the antidote to the xenophobia and inequalities that have intensified during the pandemic. We have an incredibly talented group of artists who share inspiring stories with our audiences, and as we know great art heals. And, we will definitely need to heal together after this is over. Then, we will continue to use our productions to shine a mirror on our society and allow our community to ask, “Are we the best version of ourselves yet?”
As we head into our 30th anniversary starting in September, we continue to be so grateful to the incredible family of artists and audiences that believe in this wonderful community that we have created. Over the past few weeks, we’ve received such nice messages from many of you sharing why Antaeus is important to you and telling us that you can’t wait to get back to the theater. We can’t wait either! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
At Antaeus, we have always met challenges with creativity, and I know we will do it again. Until we can gather again, please stay safe and healthy.
Ana Rose O’Halloran