Dear artists and audience members,
This is a work-in-progress.
The script has not been written. The plot is changing day-by-day. Things are messy and uncertain, but full of possibility. As collaborative artists and new work makers, we know this feeling well.
We’re used to starting with nothing but questions.
We work through the uncertainty to make something out of nothing. We build entire worlds out of recycled fabric and the heartbeat of a drum. We create magical moments with a shift of the light. We craft intricate characters starting with nothing but a line from a poem and a spark of curiosity.
We thrive in the messy parts, the unfinished work.
We know what it means to work together even when we don’t know what comes next. It’s not easy. It takes bravery and trust to sit together in the unknowing — to acknowledge we don’t have all of the answers — but we believe that when we work together we can do so much more than we ever could alone.
So, right now we’re listening. We’re dreaming. We’re planning.
We’re breathing together even though we’re far apart. We’re devising new ways to collaborate. We’re embracing moments of stillness. We’re inventing new methods of care and practicing compassion — for ourselves and for each other. We’re brainstorming new ideas and stories and worlds. We’re imagining the futures we want to see.
We are in the midst of rehearsal.
We invite you to join us under the umbrella as we prepare for what comes next. We encourage you to be wild in your kindness and generous with your creativity. We welcome you to breathe together with us in uncertainty and complexity. We urge you to embrace your curiosity and your sense of play.
This wasn’t in our original rehearsal plans, but — together — I know we can find a way forward.
Together is better,
Hannah K. Holman
Producing Artistic Director
P. S. You may have heard that GiveMN is hosting a week of generosity starting today called #GiveAtHomeMN. As timelines continue to shift and funding sources remain uncertain over the next few months and years, artists and arts organizations need your support.
If you have means and desire, we’d love to turn your attention to these partners and friends doing key work to uphold the arts in this difficult moment:
And, of course, we welcome your support of our behind-the-scenes work in whatever ways make sense right now. Here are a few ways you can ensure new work continues to thrive in the future:
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Adapted from our email newsletter: mailchi.mp/09c4917e2818/this-is-a-work-in-progress
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