Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Participate in The Ghostlight Project

From our friends at the Shakespeare Theatre Company...

Shakespeare Theatre Company Joins DC Theatre Community in The Ghostlight Project Candlelit Gathering

Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) is proud to participate in The Ghostlight Project, a collection of candlelit gatherings that will happen simultaneously at over 500 theatres around the nation on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM. The project aims to create a light to renew and pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion for everyone.

Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater, artists and community members associated with Broadway theatres, resident theatres, university theatre programs, high school theatre troupes, and community theatres will gather outside their venues at 5:30 PM and shine a light to demonstrate that there can be light in dark times.

Chris Jennings, STC Executive Director said “As part of our nations thriving creative community, we believe it’s important to stand in solidarity with our contemporaries across the country and with our colleagues at Arena Stage, Creative Cauldron, Folger Theatre, Mosaic and Theater J. in DC.

About The Shakespeare Theatre Company:
Recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) is the nation’s leading premier classical theatre company. Today, STC is synonymous with artistic excellence and making classical theatre more accessible to audiences in and around the nation’s capital.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn and Executive Director Chris Jennings, STC’s innovative productions inspire dialogue that connects classic works to the modern human experience. The Company focuses on works with profound themes, complex characters and poetic language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the playwrights he influenced in order to preserve and promote classic theatre - ambitious, enduring plays with universal themes - for all audiences.

A leader in arts education, STC has a stable of initiatives that teach and excite learners of all ages, from school programs and adult acting classes to accessible community programming like play-relevant discussion series and the Free for All. For the past 25 years the Free For All program has offered an annual remount of a popular production completely free of charge to all audience members.

Located in downtown Washington, DC, STC performs in two theatres, the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre and the 774-seat Sidney Harman Hall. In addition to STC productions appearing year-round, these spaces also accommodate presentations from outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations. The Company has been a fixture in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood since 1992.