"We shall take away the pencil!"

It’s getting harder and harder to separate art from politics.

 

"We shall take away the pencil!"

Thoughts from Rehearsal

It’s getting harder and harder to separate art from politics. Sitting in rehearsal today, a breaking news alert flashed across my screen: President Trump repealed DACA. I thought of all the dreamers across America and my heart shattered. I am an immigrant; I am an American; and I mourn the broken dreams of my fellow immigrants. We are separated only by a little three and one quarter by two-inch piece of plastic—a green card.

In REV. 23, the Archangel Michael, the Enforcer of the rules in Paradise-on-Earth, threatens the residents of Paradise:

“Your names are recorded in the Book of Life
Your visa to enter and stay
In Paradise . . .
I can expel you from Paradise with a little rub of my eraser”

How arbitrary! How ugly! And that’s exactly what happened today—“a little rub of [Trump’s] eraser” and hundreds of thousands of lives are erased. We shall continue to make original operas which tell stories that reach across class, race, ethnic and gender lines, that are a communion of souls that shout, “We shall take away your eraser . . . no, not just the eraser—we shall take away the pencil!”