Theatre community plans collective counter-inaugural “Ghostlight” Project

AT THEATERS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE WILL STAND TOGETHER

TO FACE THE DARKNESS WITH LIGHT.

WE WILL PLEDGE OURSELVES TO UPHOLD THE VALUES

OF OPENNESS, INCLUSION, DIVERSITY AND COMPASSION FOR EVERYONE.

(Updated 1/17/17) On January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in each time zone across the country, members of the theater community – from Boston and Broadway to regional theaters to high schools and colleges and community theaters – will come together to launch The Ghostlight Project. Gathering outside of theaters on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, people will join in a collective, simultaneous action, together creating “light” for challenging times ahead. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, these artists and communities will make a pledge to continued vigilance and increased advocacy.

Barrington Stage Company is the host theatre for Ghostlight in the Berkshires. You are encouraged to join them on Thursday January 19, 2017 at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage located on 30 Union St in Pittsfield. Arrival time is 5:00pm and tthe event will last an hour starting at 5:15 pm. Bring a light, like a cell phone, flashlight or other pretty light

The Four Freedoms Coalition is proudly supporting this project for standing up for our common values of inclusion, participation and compassion no matter who you are or where you are from, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Originally called The Sanctuary Project, the Ghostlight Project aims to unite the theater community nationwide in solidarity. The project aims to create spaces – both literal and symbolic – that will serve as lights in the coming years, and to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities. the goal is to provide a space where:

– It is safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
– Diverse opinions, dissent, and argument are not only tolerated, but invited.
– Active listening and courageous exchange are fundamental values.
– Collective action, activism, and community engagement, both within and outside the walls of the theater, are cultivated, encouraged, and supported.

The event on January 19th marks the initiation of an ongoing commitment by institutions and artists to work for social justice and equity in the coming years, with each group or individual empowered to determine their particular course of action to serve these principles.

The Ghostllight Project is created and led by leading voices of the theater community: Claudia Alick (OSF Community Producer), Sammi Cannold (Ragtime on Ellis Island), P. Carl (HowlRound and Arts Emerson), Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Lear deBessonet (creator of Public Works, The Odyssey, Good Person of Szechwan), Rachel Hauck (Hadestown), Christine Jones (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project), Jenny Koons (Curator of Creative Collisions Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm), Lisa Kron (Fun Home), Tina Landau (The SpongeBob Musical), Lorin Latarro (Waitress), Zhailon Levingston (Words on White), Lisa Peterson (An Iliad), Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Clint Ramos (Eclipsed), Randy Reyes (Mu Performing Arts), Leigh Silverman (Violet), Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed), Stephanie Ybarra (Director of Special Artistic Projects at the Public Theater), and David Zinn (The Humans).

Other Massachusetts theatres include Other Boston-area theatrical organizations participating include the Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre (ART), Boston Center for the Arts, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Central Square Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theatre (WHAT), and others. To see the full list of participants, visit https://theghostlightproject.com/participants/.

“As a field,” says P. Carl, Co-Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson and Director of HowlRound, “theater across America has worked diligently and consistently to be a place where complex conversations across many viewpoints can happen respectfully, with compassion and generosity. In a divisive moment in our country theatre makers of every sort have come together offering our theaters as a place of light for all-a place where inclusion and connection is our guide and people will join in a collective, simultaneous pledge. Berkshire on Stage applauds the Ghostlight Project, fostering creative expression and meaningful conversation in brave spaces.

The Ghostlight Project Steering Committee
Claudia Alick (Community Producer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Saheem Ali (Director, The Booty Call, NYC), Daniel Beaty (actor, singer, writer, and activist Emergency, Mr. Joy), Alexandra Billings (actress, singer Transparent), Sammi Cannold (Director, Ragtime on Ellis Island), P. Carl (Co-Founder, HowlRound and Co-Artistic Director, ArtsEmerson), Rachel Chavkin (Director, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Lear deBessonet (creator of Public Works, Good Person of Szechwan), Sarah Flamm (Creative Producer, Ragtime on Ellis Island), Rachel Hauck (Director, Hadestown), David Hwang (Playwright, Chinglish), Christine Jones (Scenic Designer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Mia Katigbak (Actress, National Asian American Theatre Company, Awake and Sing), Moisés Kaufman (Director, The Laramie Project), Jenny Koons (Curator of Creative Collisions Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm), Lisa Kron (author, Fun Home), Tina Landau (Director, The SpongeBob Musical), Lorin Latarro (Choreographer, Waitress), Zhailon Levingston (Co-Founder, Words on White), Gavin Lodge (Actor, Annie), Rebecca Martinez (Actor, Sojourn Theatre, Milagro Theatre), Jennifer McGrath (Stage Manager, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey), Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan (Actor, Hamilton), Lisa Peterson (Director, An Iliad), Sam Pinkleton (Choreographer, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Clint Ramos (Costume Designer, Eclipsed), Randy Reyes (Artistic Director, Mu Performing Arts), Leigh Silverman (Director, Violet), Kristyn Smith (Local One Stagehands), Jeanine Tesori (Composer, Fun Home), Liesl Tommy (Director, Eclipsed), Stephanie Ybarra (Director of Special Artistic Projects at the Public Theater), and David Zinn (Scenic Designer, The Humans).
https://theghostlightproject.com/

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