The Lights Up Festival, produced by Princeton senior Sally Root ’22, is a celebration of theatrical arts and an opportunity to learn how to re-enter the theater space safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On October 8 at 8 p.m., the festival presents a reading of Your Healing is Killing Me, a solo play by Virginia Grise performed by Associate Professor of Theater Brian Herrera. Your Healing is Killing Me is a performance manifesto based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, and bourgie dermatologists while living with post-traumatic stress disorder, ansia, and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings, the master cleanse, and Kickstarter-funded self-care.


The reading is open to Princeton students, faculty and staff to attend in-person at the Wallace Theater. The reading will also be livestreamed and made available to the public at that time. Watch the livestream on 10/8 at 8 PM

Free tickets are required for the in-person reading of Your Healing is Killing Me. To reserve a seat, log-in with Princeton net ID to the University Ticketing website, then select your tickets.

Festival Schedule

Thursday, October 7

8:00 PMReading of The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse | Wallace Theater

Friday, October 8

6:00 PMConversation with Calvin Chin, Head of Counseling and Psychological Services at Princeton University | Wallace Theater

8:00 PMReading of Your Healing is Killing Me, a solo play by Virginia Grise performed by Associate Professor of Theater Brian Herrera | Wallace Theater (also livestreamed for public audiences)

Saturday, October 9

3:00 PM (EDT)Virtual Conversation with playwright Virginia Grise | via Zoom

7:00 PM Toast and Social Hour — if you do not have a ticket to the following Lights Up Cabaret, sign in will be required at this event. | Forum

8:00 PMLights Up Cabaret | Wallace Theater

Festival Details

All festival events are open to Princeton students, faculty and staff. Free tickets or advance registration required for some events.

Get directions to the Lewis Arts complex and find other venue information for the arts complex.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all audiences attending indoor events are required to be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask. Visitors may attend outdoor events and are not required by current University policy to attest to COVID-19 vaccination or wear a face covering.


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Program Information

To learn more about the cast and creative team for the festival events, review the Lights Up digital program »


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