Some Off Broadway & Brooklyn Theaters Open Lobbies – And Restrooms – To George Floyd Protesters

Some Off Broadway & Brooklyn Theaters Open Lobbies – And Restrooms – To George Floyd Protesters
A social media campaign encouraging shutdown New York City theaters to open their lobbies – and restrooms – to protesters is gaining traction among Manhattan’s Off Broadway venues and spaces in Brooklyn: The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, A.R.T./New York, Irt Theater and Irondale Center are among the first to put out the virtual welcome mats.

The Twitter account Open Your Lobby carries a mission statement on its home page: “In support of #BlackLivesMatter and the many protesters nationwide fighting racism and injustice, we call on theaters to #OpenYourLobby. Do not equate the property violence of protesters to the massive, state-sanctioned violence of policing in America. There is no comparison. Things can be replaced, people cannot.”

The account goes on to offer specific instructions: Open lobby spaces to provide places of rest, and provide water, snacks and first aid; provide bathroom access, Wi-Fi access, outlets for charging phones, hand
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