A Letter to You from SJCT

Posted September 2, 2021 at 10:36 am by

9/1/21 Covid-19 Pol­i­cy Update:
Proof of Vac­ci­na­tion & Mask­ing REQUIRED
A Let­ter from the Exec­u­tive Artis­tic Director

Dear SJCT Patrons,

Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey - Contributed photo

You may have seen our social media posts today regard­ing the new pol­i­cy requir­ing proof of vac­ci­na­tion at San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre per­for­mances and events. If not, you can find our updat­ed poli­cies here. We have already received numer­ous mes­sages, both con­cerned and appre­cia­tive, as we work col­lec­tive­ly through anoth­er year of this pan­dem­ic. I want to thank every­one who has offered feed­back across the spec­trum because it reminds me that we all care deeply about the place that SJCT has in our community.

This was a dif­fi­cult deci­sion, and I have heard intel­li­gent, rea­soned, and artic­u­late argu­ments from all along the spec­trum. And I deeply admire peo­ple who think in dif­fer­ing ways on the sub­ject. But my pur­pose in writ­ing to you isn’t cen­tered on policy.

My pur­pose today is to cel­e­brate some­thing wonderful: 

After almost eigh­teen months, I heard applause in our audi­to­ri­um last Fri­day. I heard actors from our com­mu­ni­ty, guid­ed by direc­tors in our com­mu­ni­ty, speak words writ­ten by play­wrights in our com­mu­ni­ty. And I wept. Because we are meant to be in com­mu­ni­ty. It’s part of our name: San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre. It’s part of our mis­sion state­ment: Enrich­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Through Per­form­ing Arts.

Our staff have heard me say a cou­ple of times that, “Com­mu­ni­ty is sim­ply a word for a bunch of peo­ple who dis­agree about every­thing except where to live.” And while there may be a sliv­er of truth to that, it is such an incom­plete pic­ture. A com­mu­ni­ty is a group of peo­ple with whom we get to share our sto­ries, our artistry, our great­est dreams, our deep­est fears, our long­ings, our joys, our heartaches, and more. Our com­mu­ni­ty rejoic­es with us when we live up to our ideals: com­pas­sion, jus­tice, kind­ness, equi­ty, excel­lence, artistry, and love. And our com­mu­ni­ty helps us rebuild when we don’t.

For those who are ready to be back in the The­atre, I’ll be at Morten Lauridsen’s con­cert on Sat­ur­day and I hope to see you there! If you’re not ready to join us yet, I under­stand that too, and I empathize. We’re liv­ing through some­thing incred­i­bly dif­fi­cult and we respond with all mul­ti-faceted com­plex­i­ty of what it means to be human. I for one am so grate­ful to be expe­ri­enc­ing it as part of this community.

Sin­cere­ly,

Nathan Kessler-Jef­frey
Exec­u­tive Artis­tic Director
San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Theatre

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