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Matthew-Lee Erlbach is Fighting for a New Arts Economy
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Everywhere playwright Matthew-Lee Erlbach looked there was economic catastrophe. His friends were being evicted, laid-off from jobs in the arts with few resources to stop their downward spiral. Doors had been closed, exhibits shuttered, and productions halted amid COVID-19’s unchecked surge. Actors, writers, designers, custodians and millions of rank-and-file employees and gig workers, with no advocate in Congress, were left to split the few pennies that passed for aid.

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Joshua Irving Gershick
Joshua Irving Gershick

s plays include Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer AmericaComing Attractions, and Bluebonnet Court. He is the winner of the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre and is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.