School of Drama students, faculty, staff, and alumni, members of the University of Washington community, and the greater Seattle community are invited to join us as we unite with theatre colleagues and audiences across the nation for The Ghostlight Project.
At 5:30 PM on Thursday, January 19th, 2017, we will gather in front of the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse Theatre on University Way to express and celebrate our shared commitment to creating inclusive, activated art spaces for the years to come.
Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew 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, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
All are welcome!
The event will take place at the entrance of the Jones Playhouse Theatre at 5:30 PM and will take about 15 minutes. Dress warmly and please bring a light to shine (the flashlight on your phone will work just fine!) We invite you to stay for the final preview performance of Maple & Vine, which will begin at 7:30 PM.
In addition to the gathering at the Playhouse, there will also be events in the greater Seattle area on January 19:
- ACT Theatre (700 Union St. in downtown Seattle) at 5:30 PM
- Seattle Repertory Theatre (155 Mercer St. at Seattle Center) at 6:45 PM
- ArtsWest (4711 California Ave SW in West Seattle) at 6:45 PM
Please feel free to attend whichever event is most convenient for you.
From the Ghostlight Project website:
We aim to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years. Brave space means:
• It is 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.
For more information and a list of participating theatres, visit the Ghostlight Project website: https://theghostlightproject.com/