Friday, January 13, 2017

Ghostlight Project—Portland Theatres—Greater Portland area

“this little light…”

 This event will take place nationally in theatres throughout the United States on Thursday, January 19th at 5 pm.  For those hosting gatherings in the local area, go to www.theghostlightproject.com/participants

“This little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine…”  In this case, the “light” represents a ghostlight in a theatre which, through its rays, beckons safety for all within its range.  In this time of turmoil in our Nation, it is good to know there are safe havens for all in need.  Pope Francis has said that we should be building Bridges between cultures, not Walls.  Ironic, isn’t it, the emphasis to rid our country of immigrants, when it is we, as immigrants, who built the country we now know as America.  The only true natural citizens of this country are the Native Americans and History has proven how shabbily we have treated them!  Shame on us!


Artists, too, have always been maltreated in our country.  At one time, in the not too distant Past, a sign that often was hung on various establishments, including saloons and rooming houses, stated, “No dogs or actors allowed!”  (Actually I hold both in high regard).  The Arts are almost always one of the first things cut from educational budgets, I assume, because you can’t quantify or measure its results.  The fact that it builds character, self-confidence and teamwork in individuals, lets them walk in other peoples’ shoes and gives them a safe place to explore their inner feelings, seems to have escaped the notice of our learned leaders.

That being said, and before I reveal the artistic leaders behind this local section of this event, I was inspired to write a short poem to reflect artistically my feelings about this:


Anthem

We’re All Safe—

‘Till we’re not;

We’re All Free—

‘Till the Shackles chime.

The Door was Open

The Pathway Clear,

‘Till a Bridge too far

And a Wall too near.



Now is the Time

To renew our call—

Our Nation for Freedom

And Tolerance for All!


THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT | JANUARY 19 | NATIONAL EVENT

Portland theater companies participate in national gathering to turn a light on in the darkness and serve as sanctuaries in the years ahead

#GhostlightProject | #AllAreWelcome | #BeALight


January 12, 2017 – PORTLAND, OR. On January 19, Portland theater companies, including Portland Center Stage at The Armory, Artists Repertory Theatre and Oregon Children’s Theatre, will join theater communities across the country in hosting gatherings for The Ghostlight Project. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater for safety, artists and communities across the country 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, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

ALL are welcome. Lighting events will happen at several locations in Portland. Details are below for events at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, Artists Repertory Theatre and Oregon Children’s Theatre. A full list of participating theaters in Oregon, and nationally, can be found at: theghostlightproject.com/participants.

Portland Center Stage at The Armory

The Armory — joined by some of its longstanding community partners including The Giving Tree, Central City Concern, Playwrite Inc., and Theatre Diaspora — will host a lighting event in its main lobby with DJ Anjali on hand to play upbeat world music. Kelsey Tyler, director of education and community programs, will lead the pledge ceremony. Lights will be provided and attendees with cell phones may also use their phone lights. All are welcome.

Gather at 5:00 p.m. | Lighting Event at 5:30 p.m. | Main Lobby | 128 NW Eleventh Ave. Media Contact: Claudie Fisher, 503-997-8072, claudief@pcs.org

More Info: www.pcs.org

Artists Repertory Theatre

Artists Repertory Theatre will host a Ghostlight Project gathering that will include patrons, community partners, Resident Artists, along with Resident Companies in the ArtsHub. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Morrison Lobby. At 5:30 p.m., we will illuminate Artists Rep’s enduring beacon of light at the theatre. We will stand in solidarity valuing the inclusion and recognition of all people and in resistance to intolerance of any kind. Artists Rep will pledge our commitment to serve as a sanctuary. All are welcome.
Gather at 5:00 p.m. | Lighting Event at 5:30 p.m. | Morrison Lobby | 1515 SW Morrison St. Media Contact: Nicole Lane, 360-601-4298, nlane@artistsrep.org

More Info: www.artistsrep.org

Oregon Children’s Theatre

Oregon Children’s Theatre will gather for a 10 to 20 minute observance at dusk. All are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will take place on the sidewalks outside Oregon Children’s Theatre, with a candle, a flashlight, a sign saying Be A Light or All Are Welcome, to help emphasize the value of compassion, connection and community.  Attendees are invited to join us for refreshments following the ceremony.

Gather at 5:15 p.m. | Lighting Event at 5:30 p.m. | OCT Studios | 1939 NE Sandy Blvd.

Media Contact: Sharon Martell, 503-467-0539, sharon@octc.org

More Info: www.octc.org

Bless all those people who have initiated this Project here and for all those who will take heed and follow the need to form a more “perfect Union!”  Please feel free to use my “little light, Anthem, as you will.  “All the World’s a Stage…” and we, as Players upon it, should see that our Voices are heard!