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At ArtsEmerson, A Stage With 11 Empty Chairs To Remember Victims Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre



“This is something we do all too regularly,” ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower writes me. “It started the morning after the Charleston shooting” in which eight people were murdered in a South Carolina church in 2015. “We opened the theater for silent reflection. People were sitting facing an empty stage so I just put up nine folding chairs in a line to support the reflection.”

1 Comment

  1. A. B. TeixeiraNovember 1, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    I think the empty chairs are a perfect complement to people’s silent reflection. I don’t choose to grieve or contemplate in that way, but that does not diminish my appreciation for the way you are recognizing these tragedies or providing a respite and contemplative place for people.


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