“Utterly floored” Zachary Quinto was with Jussie Smollett hours before brutal attack on “Empire” actor
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yesterday morning and afternoon i had the privilege of acting with @jussiesmollett in a reading of richard greenberg’s seminal play TAKE ME OUT (in which he was phenomenal). it is a play about the journey of a superstar baseball player as he navigates a path to authenticity in deciding to come out publicly. it explores the impact that decision has on his teammates as they wrestle with constructs of identity in relation to race – masculinity – and spirituality. when it was over i was pondering the impact of this play which was written seventeen years ago. and there was a part of me that actually wondered if it was still as relevant in the current sociopolitical climate considering ‘how far we’ve come.’ and then i read about what happened to jussie last night in chicago – less than twelve hours after we finished the reading – and i was utterly floored on so many levels. i was absolutely enraged by the injustice and the senselessness of such violence. but i was also vividly reminded that we MUST continue our fight for equality and acceptance at every turn in this country and in this world. when talented and courageous young men like jussie are targeted and struck down in our streets – we must collectively RISE UP against such hatred and be IDENTIFIED and be PROUD and be STRONG in our convictions of truth and self-love and love for one another. it was a gift to meet and work with jussie yesterday and i stand with him and all of the goodness and talent that he embodies. i am holding him in my heart as he begins his journey of healing…. and i certainly hope that journey brings him back to the play – which is clearly every bit as relevant today… if not more so.