The Guthrie Theater’s next community “Happening,” “Amber Sanctuary,” takes place Monday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The “Happening” is in response to the recent, tragic mass shootings at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
“Because of the ways in which our notions of sanctuaries and safe spaces have been attacked by similar shootings at Pulse, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sandy Hook and others, the Guthrie will convert the Pohlad Lobby on Level Nine into a space for communal reflection and sanctuary,” said Guthrie officials in a statement. “As we approach Thanksgiving, a holiday that is often a time for reflection as family and friends, the Guthrie desires to provide a gathering space for the larger Twin Cities community.”
The event is free and no tickets or reservations are required.
Rugs and chairs will be set up around the space, and Guthrie guests may use their time in the sanctuary as needed. Specific time will also be set aside for silent meditation, and guests will be invited to participate in a modified version of the Japanese tradition of senbazuru, which involves folding origami cranes that contain personal wishes for the future. The completed paper cranes will be strung together into a display of hope at the end of the day.
In the evening, Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman from Temple Israel will lead guests in the Mourner’s Kaddish, the ancient Jewish prayer regularly recited by those in mourning, offered here as a tribute to those lost in Pittsburgh (Oct. 27) and Thousand Oaks (Nov. 8).
The tentative schedule for Monday, November 19 is:
- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Quiet reflection and senbazuru
- 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Silent meditation and senbazuru
- 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Quiet reflection and senbazuru
- 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Silent meditation and senbazuru
- 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Quiet reflection and senbazuru
- 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Mourner’s Kaddish (led by Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman)
- 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Quiet reflection and stringing together of paper cranes
“Amber Sanctuary” is part of the Guthrie’s series of “Happenings,” which are periodic occasions in responsive to current events. Happenings are part of the Guthrie’s Level Nine Series. The Level Nine Series emphasizes the creation of a theater that wrestles with urgent questions and inspires dialogue with its audience, expands the diversity of voices, visions and styles on its stages, and engages community members currently underserved by its work.