Statement in response to Charlottesville Rally
The American Shakespeare Center was founded on the idea that Shakespeare is for everyone. Beginning in 1988 and continuing today, we invite and welcome all people, regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or any other label, to share the joy and humanity of Shakespeare and others in the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia and in hundreds of communities across the country while on tour. As Shakespeare shows us so clearly through the character of Iago in Othello, hate only leads to destruction and despair. We choose love.