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In the wake of anti-Asian, anti-Black violence, the theater world grapples with its role in racism

Physical and verbal assaults on Asians and Blacks across the United States have triggered words of anti-racist solidarity in Bay Area theatrical circles. These impassioned statements are rife, partially sparked by “The Living Document,” an open website crammed with anonymous testimonies from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) — people who’ve encountered “aggressions, overt racism, feeling unsafe, uncomfortable and discriminated against” in local theater companies and performance spaces. Reactions from theatrical officials and artisans have often been introspective, sometimes knee-jerk, almost always emotion-packed. Occasionally, concrete action has occurred in response to the document.