Asheville Creative Arts (ACA), Asheville’s professional children’s theatre and The Magnetic Theatre, champion of original works, announce they will be co-hosting a conversation around the values and action items outlined by The Ghostlight Project, with Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, Montford Park Players, Mountain Arts Theatre, and a list-in-formation of other participating local theaters and artists. The evening will take place at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District), on Thursday January 19, from 5:30-6:30. This free event will feature a moderated discussion about the role of the arts and not-for-profit theatre companies in supporting and being responsive to the communities they serve in the years to come. Cash bar and space provided by The Magnetic Theatre. Reservations encouraged but not required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ghostlight Project is a national movement inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, and on the eve of the presidential inauguration, marks a moment wherein organizations and artists will hold conversations about theatre’s role in sustaining 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 (https://theghostlightproject.com). The evening will include a moderated discussion followed by informal conversation around the mission of this movement, its relevance to Asheville artists, and if and how to incorporate these values into our theatres’ work and operations.
“The Ghostlight project is an important movement that asks us to examine and articulate our values as institutions, and what we see as the role of theatre in promoting space, both physically and intellectually, where we may gather and have open communication” says Abby Felder of Asheville Creative Arts. Steven Samuels of The Magnetic Theatre says, “theatre has always aimed at illuminating deep truths about who we are as individuals and how we function as a society. The Magnetic Theatre is pleased to partner with ACA and countless theatres nationwide as a safe space for this important discussion by and for our communities.”
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:
Asheville Creative Arts (ACA) – Asheville’s critically acclaimed, award winning theatre devoted to creating works for children of all ages, ACA has the following mission: To produce, present and create professional and innovative theatre for children of all ages – from the very young, to the young at heart; to embrace diverse cultures with a mainstage season of productions of musical and literary adaptations, and puppet based work that push the boundaries of children’s theatre; to train the next generation of artists; and to ensure that all families in Western NC and beyond have access to theatre arts through outreach such as touring, and “in-reach” such as specially discounted performances for school and community groups. The upcoming season to be presented at Magnetic 375 includes THE LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD SHOW (April 5-9) and CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE (July 21-30), plus after-school acting classes led by Katie Jones for grades 1-6, 6 Thursdays from Feb 9-March 16. More information at www.ashevillecreativearts.org.
The Magnetic Theatre – is a not-for-profit production company that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with enthusiastic audiences. We are proud to be the only professional theatre in the southeast that we know of dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country. Currently the Magnetic Theatre is producing THE GREAT AMERICAN STRIP-OFF!, Conceived, Directed, and Hosted by Boo Velvet (aka Kathleen Hahn) at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District). Thursdays-Saturdays at 9 PM, January 5-21. All performances $21 online/$24 at the door. Adults only, please. http://www.themagnetictheatre.org