Dear Mr. Trump,
As every theater kid knows, the theater is a safe and special place. It is probably one of the safest and most accepting places I have ever experienced.
But there is one thing every theater kid knows: we stick up for each other. We are a safe space for the underdog, the awkward kid, the gay kid, the jock who wants to sing and dance and anyone and everyone who will accept us as we are.
But there is a time when we are not a safe space. We are not a safe space for bigotry. We are not a safe space for sexism. We are not a safe space for racism. We are not a safe space for those who want to divide us.
Once the theater helped us find our voices we can no longer be silent. We will use our voices to challenge, to encourage and to expand the hearts and minds of the people.
After all, there is a reason fascists and dictators shut down or seek to control movies and theater when they are in power.
We the theater kids will not sit down and shut up. We will not be silent in the face of the normalization of everything we stand against.
Mr. Trump (and you too Mr. Pence) we theater kids learned a lesson in empathy that you were denied somewhere along the way. But hear us now, even still, we would be happy to share that lesson with you if you are willing to learn.
The theater is big enough for us ALL.
A grown-up theater kid