‘Ghostlight Project’ Invites UCSD, Randolph College And More American Theater Groups To Shine Light On DiversityBy Amanda Foster, UniversityHerald Reporter
Hundreds of theater groups around the United States are participating in "The Ghostlight Project." In San Diego alone, there are at least half a dozen theater groups that are participating in the event.
"The Ghostlight Project" plays on the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on inside a dark theater. It is a time when the artist and theater community will pledge or continue to stand for and protect important values. The values that these current artists and theater members are now standing for inclusion, participation and compassion. This goes hand in hand with the current issues on gender identity, race, religion, disability, age and many more.
The University of California, San Diego's Department of Theatre and Dance is also joining "The Ghostlight Project," as reported by the San Diego Tribune. The San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film, La Jolla Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Repertory Theatre is also participating in the event.
All theater departments and organizations are involved in the event in their own special way. According to "The Ghostlight Project" official website, the idea behind this initiative for January 19 is to gather a large resistance to intolerance. They hope that their awareness will activate a network of people who will support the values and issues concerned. The project emphasizes that this event is not a substitution of protest but a promise to increase advocacy.
Students who are participating in the event knows that it is a force of positivity. For them, the light will shine through during dark times. This event also echoes the theme that the theater is a safe environment for anyone.
"The Ghostlight Project" is set to happen on the night before the 58th presidential inauguration as President-elect Donald Trump is taking his place as the next POTUS, as reported by WSET News.
Watch the Dallas Morning News clip below as groups are already starting to gather for "The Ghostlight Project:"