Co-host Jedediah Bila commented that she may have agreed with the sentiments of the statement delivered by Dixon, but not necessarily the forum. She considers the theatre an escape from politics. How did Dixon respond?
“If people are coming to Hamilton to leave their politics behind, you came to the wrong show,” he said. Dixon stood by the company’s decision to speak truth to power. “Our politicians, they campaign for the opportunity to hear from us,” he told viewers. “I think the way it was received, and the way everybody responded and the way he responded was testament to the fact that it was an appropriate time and place.”
Dixon also pointed out that a statement of this kind is not uncommon in the theatre. “At the end of the show, we step out and we talk about the issues that are important to us. Now that usually takes the form of raising money for a particular organization or charity, but it’s raising money for organizations that represent the diverse group of Americans that we love and support,” he explained. “When you have a platform like Hamilton and you know how much people are drawn to it and Hamilton has been very active in getting people registered to vote and getting them out there, and when you see the high levels of emotion that this election has created, if you have an opportunity to reach out and say, ‘We are love. We can be loved. We can share love,’ I think it’s important to do it.”
Dixon expressed his gratitude that VP-Elect Pence stayed to hear what he had to say.
As Dixon alluded, many emotions have run rampant in the aftermath of Election 2016. In the segment above, Dixon advises everyone to shed their tears and release their fears and to remember that “social justice and social equality happens on the ground.” He urged everyone to work within their local communities to support the values they hold dear.
Dixon believes the statement he delivered—written by lead producer Jeffrey Seller, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, and the cast of Hamilton—will make a difference. “I wholly believe that he will take our show, he will take the group of individuals that gave him that message and, as he moves forward, and as he encounters policies and as he has to make decisions for all of us in America, he will remember us. He will not throw away our shot.”
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