How the POTUS who shall not be named inadvertently energized the arts

Way back in 2016, a man named Mike decided to take in a show. His presence in the theater made for an odd mix. It brought a political figure who had just run on the most xenophobic, race-baiting presidential ticket in decades nose to nose with a show that raises questions about immigration, cultural diversity, and who gets to own our national story. The revulsion many musicians, artists, actors, and writers were feeling toward the incoming administration was already acute, and it went on full display at that evening’s performance of “Hamilton” when then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence got scho…

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