“Be a Light: The Art of Taking Action!”
Interactive Performance / Community Dialogue Featuring the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble
When: Two performances in Port Townsend:
Thurs, March 16th at 7:00 PM @ Key City Public Theatre – 419 Washington St.
Tues, March 21st at 4:00 PM @ Fort Worden Chapel – Fort Worden Way (near the entrance.)
Cost: Pay-what-you-can (no one turned away)
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" -- The Statue of Liberty
In this special participatory event, Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble will present “Land of the Free…?”, a new original short play depicting the struggle around safety, inclusion, justice, and allyship in the current political climate. Subject matter was inspired by stories shared by audience members during Part One of the “Be a Light” series in January at Key City Public Theatre as well as ensemble members’ personal experiences.
The play will be performed in Theatre of the Oppressed “Forum Theatre” style with the audience ultimately invited onstage in order to actively explore solutions to the complex questions raised. It can literally be a rehearsal for the future in which audience “spect-actors” take action towards creating the kind of world they want. All experiences and opinions are welcome. Come participate actively or simply witness the process.
“Be a Light” Part One, on January 19th, was part of the national Ghostlight Project in which over 750 theatres in all 50 states held simultaneous events inviting the creation of brave spaces where it is safe to be who you are, as you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, age, or sexual orientation. It inspired a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities with a pledge for continued vigilance and increased advocacy.