About the Program

love is love is love

May 11 & 12, 2024

In June 2016, Pulitzer, Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winning composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted the Best Score Tony Award for his groundbreaking musical, Hamilton. Earlier that same day, a horrifying shooting massacre occurred at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and Miranda’s acceptance speech, written in the form of a sonnet, shined a light on the anti-LGBTQ act

“We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
that nothing here is promised, not one day,
The show is proof that history remembers;
We live through times when hate and fear seems stronger,
We rise and fall and light from dying embers,
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.

And love is love, is love, is love, is love,
is love, is love, is love, is love.
Cannot be killed or swept aside.[...]
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.”

We live in an incredibly divisive time: hatred often underscores our national politics, acts of unthinkable violence regularly fill the airwaves of our news media, and armed conflicts around the world threaten the cause of freedom and tear families apart. This evening’s program chooses love. We explore and exalt love in all its forms:

Philia — the bond of friendship;
Eros — the romantic passion between two people, no matter their gender;
Storge — the powerful love between a parent and their child; and
Agape — the all-encompassing love of humankind.

—Jason Iannuzzi, Artistic Director