Sara Jane Boyers
(b. 1946, Detroit, Michigan. Lives and works in Santa Monica, CA)
The Ghostlight Theatre Project
The “ghost light” is a theater tradition. When a theater is vacant, a single light is left burning in the darkened, silent space. In classic form, the ghost light is on stage, an exposed bulb on an elevated light stand. During the pandemic, artist Sara Jane Boyers has been visiting vacant theaters across Southern California making photographs by ghost light.
The project, however, is not about emptiness but potential. After all, an empty theater is pure possibility. Theater is a site of change. “When we are invited back in, theater will have evolved. It will invite more of us back in to all its phases—audience, creatives, actors, stagehands, stories. It will be stronger. That is what theater does. That is what we do.” And we ourselves will be changed. Theater is “where we transform,” states the artist.