Mandala Center for Change in association with Key City Public Theatre
& the Goddard MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program presents:
“Be a Light: the Art of Taking Action” – Part 2
Interactive Performance / Community Dialogue
Featuring the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble
“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.
“I don’t want to be hateful and angry. How do we bridge the gap even though we’re all different?”
“I lived though fascism in Europe and Korea. I never want to see it again.”
“I’m a not a large person, more like Piglet than Pooh. What can I do?”
— audience members at the January “Be a Light” part one event
“Our new performances aim to further inspire people – to serve as a battery, a kind of fuel for our humanity. Even if people are feeling overwhelmed, scared, angry, or powerless, this is a great opportunity to grapple with big questions and find concrete tools for action, not just on one’s own but in community.”
– Marc Weinblatt, Mandala Center Co-Director
Thurs, March 16 at 7:00 PM
Tues, March 21 at 4:00 PM
Port Townsend, WA
3/16; 7 PM @ Key City Public Theatre – 419 Washington
3/21; 4 PM @ Fort Worden Chapel – Ft. Worden Way
(No one turned away)