Broadway’s unofficial post-election strategy: hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
Citing Donald Trump’s campaign statements, commercials and recent appointments, many theater artists — including actors, writers and producers — fear that as president he’ll curtail civil liberties, accelerate climate change and undermine the nation’s moral authority and standing in the world.
In particular, they cite Trump’s appointment yesterday of Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon as White House chief strategist. The Southern Poverty Law Center said Bannon, who helped Trump get elected, has a “long history of bigotry” and under his leadership Breitbart became “the media arm of the racist alternative-right movement.”
The real estate developer and reality TV star — who falsely claimed for years that President Barack Obama was born outside the U.S and broke historical precedent by not releasing his tax returns — said in a 60 Minutes interview broadcast on Sunday that people are protesting “only because they don’t know me.” He has proposed cutting taxes, boosting infrastructure spending and rewriting trade deals. The Wall Street Journal reported that that could boost growth but also inflation. Trump said on 60 Minutes: “Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back.”
Broadway was overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. What follows are analyses, plans to protest and some favored advocacy groups.
"Alt-right"? Is just political speak for Neo Nazi. NEO NAZI. Dont normalize this. Don't normalize this. Get involved. #resist https://t.co/O6Fr81OJfB
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) November 14, 2016
Don't Wait. PLAN. KING: We should not wait and see what a Trump administration does https://t.co/N4PVL7M2Nc
— Stephen Oremus (@stephenoremus) November 12, 2016
Read this. Take it very seriously. We need to be preparing immediate and specific resistance.https://t.co/gOLqBKrJVt
— Lisa Kron (@KronLisa) November 11, 2016
I will be there Inauguration Day, along with the largest number of people that have ever marched on Washington. Join me. #nevertrump
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) November 13, 2016
I am severely confused as to why people keep asking me to support a bigot in the name of patriotism. #no #never #notsorry
— Sasha Hutchings (@SashaHutchings) November 12, 2016
Stay angry. That's the only way to uphold principles in Trump's America. https://t.co/6TvIa2jUqO
— Betty Buckley (@BettyBuckley) November 13, 2016
Don't tell me to wait. Don't tell me to give him a chance. He's had his chance. He's shown his character & his beliefs. We will organize NOW
— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) November 10, 2016
The Republic Repeals Itself https://t.co/iLLgsPkyst via @nymag
— Jeffrey Seller (@jseller) November 10, 2016
Right now in Ft. Greene Park. We will resist. Trump behaviour and hate will not be normalized. #protests pic.twitter.com/UtXMTDVYL7
— Denis O'Hare (@denisohare) November 12, 2016
A way to help poc/lgbtq/Muslim ppl feel safer during commute: sign up to escort & protect them while on your way to work. https://t.co/atDgIOzIeh
— Sarah Jones (@jonesarah) November 12, 2016
These people do crucial work – and if you're looking for somewhere to donate, might I suggest this as a good start. https://t.co/35Xjgn1HH3
— Rebecca Hall (@realrrbecca) November 12, 2016
I exhort all of you to join @ACLU and be vigilant and strong.https://t.co/d4E1FwSnk9
— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) November 10, 2016
I am donating to all of these organizations today, please do the same if you can and RT! pic.twitter.com/7QXWleIcsr
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 10, 2016
Now, more than ever, investigative journalism is imperative for our democracy. Buy subscriptions to @washingtonpost @nytimes @Newsweek etc.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 13, 2016
This must be fought. This must be recognized. This must be stopped. Who benefits from toxic air? What child deserves extra pollution? https://t.co/kJrtfx43xY
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 13, 2016
It's like when JFK was assassinated. As the hours and days and weeks crawled by, it just kept being true.
— Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) November 10, 2016
Do not undervalue "preaching to the converted." The converted need the preaching: for reinforcement, for encouragement, for depth & clarity.
— Jason Robert Brown (@MrJasonRBrown) November 13, 2016
Some thoughts for this moment, and a brief farewell: https://t.co/CEOprL5bRj
— Gabriel Kahane (@gabrielkahane) November 9, 2016
Sign this open letter from American Jews to all threatened by Trump's presidency because #WeveSeenThisBefore: https://t.co/Y0EETcxeOO
— Lisa Kron (@KronLisa) November 12, 2016
Holy shit. https://t.co/8WvLpDY1Tp
— James Corden (@JKCorden) November 13, 2016
Do you know about this? Maryland signed on today. Will your state sign on? Ask your governor.https://t.co/CwTBP0VmkH
— Annette Niemtzow (@womensrrhumanr) November 11, 2016
This election was for the soul of America, and that is why today so many of us feel as we do; we are soul sick. https://t.co/9nIfk3gwrE
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 13, 2016
Just got back from a week long @Unfortunate press junket in London and Berlin. Good times. Soooooo… What did I miss?
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) November 12, 2016