We stand with the AAPI community.
Sideshow Theatre Company stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander community today and every day as we collectively fight against racism and xenophobia.
We have been doing a lot of learning at Sideshow about racial justice and specifically the struggles and accomplishments of the AAPI communities through the stories we tell onstage. It is important to us that our onstage representation correlates to offstage action. We invite you to learn with us about the history of violence and discrimination against the Asian community. In 1975, Peter Yew took a stand against police brutality on a 15-year-old, sparking protests and civil rights protections for Asian-Americans. We also invite you to learn about other Civil Rights heroes such as Richard Aoki, a Japanese member of the Black Panther party. Richard fought fiercely and creatively against the kind of stereotyping and fear of difference that lead to the violence we witnessed on March 16. We build upon his legacy, and the legacy of so many who came after and launched organizations like Asian Americans for Equality.
We honor the victims of the March 16 hate crime in Atlanta:
Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, 33
Paul Andre Michels, 54
Xiaojie Tan, 49
Daoyou Feng, 44
Hyun Jung Grant, 51
Suncha Kim, 69
Soon Chung Park, 74
Yong Ae Yue, 63
Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, 30
Sideshow Theatre will continue to tell Asian stories, to amplify the diaspora in all its specificity, highlighting cultural and human experiences. We invite our patrons to take action in any of the following ways:
Sideshow Theatre Company
Regina Victor, Artistic Director
Brian Pastor, Executive Director