Thursday, January 19
Park Square Theatre
Gather under the 7th Place Marquee at 5:30 p.m.
• “Light up” – use your cell phone, flashlights, or come wrapped in fairy lights – to join our ghost light of people.
• Performance of “100 Miracles” by the cast of Flower Drum Song
• Group sing of “We Shall Not be Moved” or “We Shall Overcome”
• Ghostlights in Park Square’s outer vestibule and in the Boss Lobby will be turned on and will remain on as a symbol of welcome. Park Square will put its DEI pledge next to these lights.
• Adjourn to Park Square’s Proscenium Lobby for hot coffee and cocoa
• Make the “I am ___ I fight for ___” pledge. Notes along with a board for display will provided.
Ghostlight Downloads — Posters, Pledge sheets, How To Kits
Printable Pledge Posters:
Our theatres are brave spaces where all are welcome to be who they are and engage in debate and dissent – and leave inspired to take action.
THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT will bring the theatre community together from coast to coast on Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m. 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 theatre, we create light for the challenging times ahead and vow to provide brave spaces where all can gather.
More than 100 theatres from around the country will light up their spaces around the shared values of the Ghostlight Project. In New York City, downtown a group will gather on the steps of The Public Theater. In Times Square, hundreds of artists and workers from across the Broadway community, as well as others from across the city, will gather.
In Saint Paul, several other theatre companies including Mu Performing Arts and Sandbox Theatre will join Park Square Theatre under the Park Square marquee on West 7th Place to commemorate the project.
Randy Reyes, Mu Performing Arts Artistic Director, is on the national steering committee and is instrumental in the local efforts. “Our theatres are brave spaces where all are welcome to be who they are and engage in debate and dissent – and leave inspired to take action,” Reyes said. “Bring your cell phone flashlight or even your Christmas lights and come to Park Square at 5:30 January 19 to join in a collective, simultaneous action. Together, we will create light for those who need it most and pledge ourselves to work that honors all and celebrates the unconquerable human spirit.”
We define “a brave space” as a space where:
• It is safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, 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 theatre, are cultivated, encouraged, and supported.