To our beloved patrons, friends, performers and friends throughout our community.
Yesterday, while Christian and I were making our plans to have a quiet, lovely Valentine’s Day dinner at home, news broke of a mass shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. On a day meant for celebrating love in all its forms, we were jolted by this senseless violence, which took the lives of over 17 students and adults.
This news comes three days after the first rehearsal for our upcoming production of Armed at the Warehouse Theatre on March 19 & 20. This production is a balanced response to the gun violence in our state and country featuring opera, musical theatre, dance and spoken word. And above all else, we want to use this show as a platform to start change to fight against these horrific acts of nonsensical violence.
Now more than ever, if you want to join the conversation about the effect of gun violence on our communities, on responsible gun owners and on local gun laws, I humbly plea that you purchase your tickets to Armed.
If you do, you will have an opportunity to learn about our partner organizations and how they are working toward solutions to this epidemic. A post show panel featuring representatives from Arm in Arm SC, Moms Demand Action SC and Safe Harbor will engage with you and each other in healthy, compassionate conversation surrounding this relevant issue.
Christian and I and the artists, staff and board of Glow believe deeply that the performing arts can heal our community. Your voice is extremely important to us. Raise your voice, attend Armed, and help us all come closer to peace, love and understanding.
If you would like to join us for Armed, please click here, or please reach out to us at 864-558-4569.
With much love,
Jenna Tamisiea Elser
Jenna Tamisiea Elser is the Artistic Director for Glow Lyric Theatre and has been producing works not just at Glow, but throughout the South East to reflect on violence in America including her directoral work in And Still I Rise, an examination of police brutality against the African American Community, as well as Pulse, a piece about the mass shooting at the Orlando LGBTQ club Pulse.