Anne Kauffman, director:
“This is my theory. I don’t think theatre can change the world. I think theatre is a necessary part of our culture’s ecosystem. It’s not about necessarily changing the world. It’s about a very, very important part of our culture. If you take that away, then the culture fails. So I think it’s something more deeply profound than changing the world. It’s a part of the world.”

Joshua Bergasse, choreographer:
“When I go to see theatre, when I leave, I’m a different person. Hopefully, I’ve learned something about myself and about other people. I think that good storytelling is the way that human beings grow.”

Brian d’Arcy James, actor:
“I think it’s something we’ve been breathing in since the beginning of time, since cavemen started telling stories around fires. In the more immediate sense of things, I think theatre is important not only in making small changes, in terms of how they feel about their day, but on a more socio-political level it has had a great effect. Hamilton is a great example of a show that changes how we view what this country is. It changes the dialogue about who owns this country, and how we’ve come to be, and where we are. That is a piece of theatre that helped us redefine who we are.”

Terrence McNally, playwright:
“Theatre changes the heart, then it changes the mind, and that makes people get off their asses and do something. I’m a great believer in theatre as a socially-active force. If The Visit doesn’t make people think differently about how they’re living their lives, then we have failed badly. An American play—Death of A Salesman. How many middle class Americans were forced to examine their values after seeing that play? I remember as a little boy how much it affected my mother and father. It still can do it. Angels in Americacertainly affected people. Yes, theatre can be entertaining. I like to laugh too. But I also like to be made to think and question and challenge. And when theatre does that, and entertains you, that’s the best.”