Like many of you, I’m still trying to process the events of last Sunday in Orlando. One of the things that helped heal my heart a bit was watching the Tony Awards. The evening was filled with diverse, heartwarming performances, and the speeches were deeply moving. I’m so proud to be a part of the theatre community–one that is inclusive, accepting, and loving to all individuals. Seeing the diversity of performers on stage together, and hearing people talk about how much support they received from family and friends gave me hope for the future, and reminded me of the love that is in the world. It also gave me some escapism from the 24/7 news cycle and the fear and anxiety that takes over at these times. If you didn’t watch, here a few of my favorite speeches from the evening:

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s beautiful sonnet.

Daveed Diggs talking about his parents in his acceptance speech is the kind of love I wish for all kids. (Around 1:25 in.)

Frank Langella’s grace as he accepts his award and puts it in proper perspective. (About 1:35 in.)

It feels strange to be writing about entertainment right now, but I’m going to take a cue from the Tonys and try to move forward with as much grace as possible. I’ll get back to my regular format next week, but for now I just want to send as much light and love out to the world as possible. Be kind to each other.

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