January 18, 2017
Sharing the Sustaining Light of the Theater
Usually a photo here of the ghost light that theaters turn on when they're temporarily empty means that I didn't have time to write a full post. But it means something very different this time.
The light has become the logo of the eponymous Ghostlight Project that is urging people to gather outside theaters across the country this coming Thursday evening before the presidential inauguration to demonstrate their support for the belief that theater will be a light during any challenging times to come and, as it traditionally has been, a safe space for everyone "regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation." You can find out more about the project by clicking here.
All the rallies will begin tomorrow, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in their own time zone. There will be five meeting spots here in New York City, including downtown at the Public Theater, uptown at the National Black Theatre, in Brooklyn at BAM and the Bushwick Star and right in the middle of Times Square in front of the now iconic Red Steps.
I tend not to be a political person but these times call for all of us to stand up for what we believe. So I hope to see you on the Steps.