WHAT Pens Open Letter After Orlando Shooting

theaterWELLFLEET – The Executive and Artistic Director for the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater has penned an open letter on the role of the theater in the wake of the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.

Jeffry George said that there had been “murmurings” about a gay agenda at the Theater this summer due to the amount of gay plays.

George said that the plays were not chosen because of the gay characters, but because it illustrated what it is to be human.

In the letter, George said that it’s time to see our own humanity through the heart of who we are, not what we are.


Dear Friends;

From the moment we announced our season, there have been murmurings about a “gay agenda” at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater this summer. They are in the minority, but they are there and in the light of recent events, those murmurs bear addressing.
Our “gay plays” this season are about falling in love with someone your family/social circle does not approve of; discovering you have no idea who you are and realizing there are people who depend on you to figure it out; a town that discovers it will never be the same without one unique 14 year old boy; and mending family bonds through music.
We did not choose the season’s plays because some of them have gay characters. We chose them because they each contribute a piece of the puzzle, illustrating what it is to be human. It is not a gay relationship. It is a human relationship. It’s not two boys kissing. It’s two people kissing.
No matter how we identify ourselves (or others identify us), we all have a horse in this race. Humanity depends on us all realizing that it takes many different types of gears to make such an intricate machine as ours run. It’s time to see our own humanity through the heart of who we are, not what we are, and put it out there so others feel okay seeing it too.  
Jeffry George and the entire staff at WHAT


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