Shared joy. Flights of fancy.
“Dishonor not your eye
By throwing it on any other object
Till you have heard me, in my true complaint,
And given me Justice, Justice, Justice, Justice.”
Here at Midsommer Flight, we believe that #BlackLivesMatter. We stand with our community in solidarity, sadness, and anger at the ongoing violence and injustice. We grieve alongside all of you for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and all those who came before them. We support the protesters in Chicago and across the nation, and we hope for their safety.
Our hearts are especially with the Black, Indigenous, and POC artists and audiences in our extended Flight community. We see you. We support you. Your voices, minds, and bodies are valued and valuable.
As Midsommer Flight takes this summer off from traditional programming, we have a distinct opportunity to use this time to research, reflect, and develop clear and explicit anti-racist policy and action plans that will carry us into the future. We will share more information soon.
We hope everyone in the extended Flight community is staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Our summer tour of Cymbeline to four Chicago parks has been postponed to Summer 2021.
- The Directors Flight workshop performance of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING has been postponed indefinitely.
- In the meantime, we have been continuing to share joy and flights of fancy as best we can — from a distance. Follow us on Instagram (@midsommer.flight) or find us on Facebook to check out our #socialdistanceshakespeare videos. We are posting a new video every weekday of Midsommer Flight ensemble members and guest artists sharing some of their favorite Shakespeare speeches, sonnets, and songs.