Monday, January 16, 2017

SPOTLIGHTERS THEATRE JOINS “THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT”

PictureTHE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT

WHEN: Thursday, JANUARY 19, 2017; 5:30 PM
WHERE:
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street  in the Theatre Courtyard

Spotlighters Theatre will join over 500 theaters, ensembles and companies, high school and university theater programs will gather across the country to light a light and make a pledge to stand for and protect the values of  inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone—regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

PictureFrom Broadway to high school auditoriums, members of the theater community will gather from coast to coast in each time zone to light a light and make a pledge. Inspired by the theatrical tradition of keeping a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, we create light for the challenging times ahead. 

Members of the Baltimore Theatre & Artist community are invited to gather at 5pm at the Courtyard of Spotlighters Theatre to pledge to be a LIGHT for the dark times ahead.  Spotlighters pledges to be a BRAVE THEATRE and a BRAVE SPACE:

  • safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, 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.

PictureSpotlighters must stand up and speak out!  As one of the oldest theatres in Baltimore, and one with a long history of diverse and multi-racial casting and support, Spotlighters must be a LIGHT to all that no one is not included.  Spotlighters seeks to create an on-going dialogue in the coming months and years, to keep this discussion alive, and to continue to be a LIGHT.  

From Saheem Ali, Director and member of the Ghostlight Project Steering Committee: "The act of expressing something out loud has significance. [It] demonstrates solidarity and a firmness of belief. Our most solemn ceremonies—weddings, graduations, ordinations—are by design public and communal because they demand witnesses. By standing outside the privacy afforded by one’s four walls and declaring something in full voice, one asks to be held accountable for the stance being taken." 

Gather at 5pm at 817 Saint Paul Street (21202) in the Theatre Courtyard.

  • to make your own “I AM” sign and be photographed for your social media site—and for use on Spotlighters Ghostlight page.
  • to discuss future events and projects to expand our LIGHT to the greater Baltimore community.
  • to hear the pledge that Spotlighters will make to the people of Baltimore. 

PicturePlease bring your LIGHT—flashlight, cell phone, etc (Please no candles of open flames)

Please bring your commitment to be a LIGHT in the coming Dark Times.

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