"Take your broken heart, make it into art."
Carrie Fisher said that, and as I typed it the Star Wars music started playing on my Spotify radio station. Fitting.
A lot of hearts are breaking right now. Today is a rough day for America, and it's only the beginning. I know we are going to spend a lot of time protesting, calling our representatives, and fighting tooth and nail to keep our country from going backwards. Get your protein shakes ready for the next four years—we've got a lot of work to do and we need a lot of energy.
But we also need to keep making art. We need to keep working toward inclusion in the theatre, music, film, dance, and all of the arts. Our voices have to be heard—all of them, with all their differences. The theatre is a safe space in which we can communicate. We sit in a room with tons of strangers; we come together to see, and relate to, those people we've never understood. We immerse ourselves in a life we've never known.
Empathy is so important in keeping our humanity alive, and the theatre is bursting at the seams with it.
I'm in the process of self-producing a play for the first time, and I think it's the perfect way to start 2017. I'll be working with artists I greatly admire to tell a story about unconventional women who do what they want and need to do, societal norms be damned. We're not waiting for someone to cast us or pick us; we're putting our story out there on our terms.
I'm scared for the future and I'm uncertain about our country. And I'm making it into art.