American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced today that on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.—the eve of the presidential inauguration—it and over 100 theaters and theatrical organizations across the country will launch The Ghostlight Project, a collective, simultaneous action, together creating “light” for challenging times ahead. 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, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in front of The Geary Theater (415 Geary St.) and will include a short program of speakers followed by the ceremonial lighting and photos. This event is open to all. Members of the community should arrive between 5–5:25 p.m. and are encouraged to bring an electric light, flashlight, electric candle, or smartphone.
At the same time that evening, a related gathering of Bay Area theatermakers will take place at Berkeley Rep at 5:30 p.m. in the theater’s central courtyard, located at 2025 Addison Street. This gathering will also include a short program of speakers followed by the ceremonial lighting.