It’s really easy to say, “I should have the freedom to write whatever story I want, to write whatever characters I want, because I am a writer and that’s my work.”

But your plays aren’t just about you. They have to exist in a real world with real people and real systems of injustice. Your plays have to exist in a world that privileges certain stories and voices over others. Your plays have to exist in a world with people who are aware of that, who are aware that they’re not seen or heard or validated.

Your plays implicate you in those systems that silence and obsucre certain voices and experiences. So you’re either writing for the benefit of those systems or you’re writing with an awareness of them.

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