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True Colors’ 17th Season to Showcase Women Playwrights, Stories
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True Colors’ 17th Season to Showcase Women Playwrights, Stories

A study conducted by the Dramatist’s Guild and the Lilly Awards found that only 3.4 percent of plays on American stages are written by women of color. True Colors Theatre Company's new artistic director, Jamil Jude, aims to help change that. The theatre company's 17th season themed "She Griots" will open in September. Two of the plays, Paradise Blue and School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play are written by black women. The third tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a music legend who influenced industry giants, and her protégée Marie Knight. First up on September 24 is Paradise Blue written by Dominique Morisseau, and directed by Jude. It will be True Colors’ third installment of Morisseau’s Detroit Project trilogy. True Colors is just one of tw...
Atlanta Quilt Festival Preserves Families’ Legacies, Keeps Traditions Alive
Arts, Community

Atlanta Quilt Festival Preserves Families’ Legacies, Keeps Traditions Alive

The Atlanta Quilt Festival, now in its 11th year, opened at the start of the month at the South Fulton Arts Center. More than 100 quilts are on display, highlighting the work of novices and hobbyists, professional artists and craftswomen who are preserving the legacy of past generations.   The opening reception on August 4 attracted attendees from all over the metro area to view traditional and art quilts of all sizes. They also had an opportunity to hear the personal stories, steeped in rich history, of some of the people who created them. “Almost everybody I know loves quilts,” said O.V. Brantley, the South Fulton resident who founded the Atlanta Quilt Festival.  “If you say the word quilt, people will say ‘my grandmother used to quilt.’ It brings back fond memories for ...
East Texas Hot Links Opens July 19 at Southwest Arts Center
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East Texas Hot Links Opens July 19 at Southwest Arts Center

True Colors Theatre Company ends its 2018-2019 season with East Texas Hot Links, written and directed by Eugene Lee. The shows open officially July 19 at the Southwest Arts Center (915 New Hope Road). For a sneak peek, previews will begin on July 16. The play tackles issues of race, greed and corruption. It's described as both a riveting mystery and a compelling character study reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. In 1955, Charlesetta’s Top O’ the Hill Cafe is one of the only public places where Black locals can gather for comfort, conversation, and companionship. One hot summer night begins as an evening of storytelling and fellowship, but quickly becomes an unforgettable night where community must come together to save itself from outside evils as...
True Colors to Present Staged Reading of ‘Bread’
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True Colors to Present Staged Reading of ‘Bread’

On the heels of the announcement of its 2019-2020 season, True Colors Theatre Company is introducing a series of staged readings that parallel the themes in its upcoming productions. On June 28 at the Southwest Arts Center (915 New Hope Road), the theatre company will present a staged reading of "Bread," by Dallas-born actress and playwright Regina Taylor. "Bread" is a compelling family drama of hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. Characters James and Ruth are a middle-class couple from Oak Cliff, a historic south Dallas neighborhood on the verge of gentrification. They plan a bright future for their teenage son and his soon-to-be-born brother. But when James’ brother Jeb returns home, buried family tensio...
Langston Hughes High’s Tenga Places 3rd in Congressional Art Competition
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Langston Hughes High’s Tenga Places 3rd in Congressional Art Competition

Langston Hughes High School's David Tenga has placed third in Congressman David Scott's 17th Annual Congressional Art Competiton. Tenga's submission entitled "A Bit of Me" earned him a $3500 scholarship from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a $650 summer seminar scholarship from The Savannah College of Art and Design and a $400 scholarship from sponsors AT&T and Georgia Power. Additionally, Tenga's work will hang in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Youth Art Gallery for one year. "I am so very proud of all of the students from the Thirteenth District who participated in my 17th Annual competition," said Congressman Scott. "This year we had such an impressive level of talent displayed by our students.  I am truly honored to celebrate the artistic talents of our...
Youth Poetry Slam Puts Focus on Social Justice, Arts, Literacy
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Youth Poetry Slam Puts Focus on Social Justice, Arts, Literacy

The Pamela D. Franklin Center for the Performing Arts (PDFCCPA) has partnered with the Spelman College Justice Fellows Program to host the inaugural ATL Youth Poetry Slam. Youth ages 13-19 interested in participating can attend an information session on February 2 at noon at the Aviation Community Cultural Center located at 3900 Aviation Cir. The poetry slam will take place on Saturday, April 20. The event gives youth an opportunity to creatively express themselves and their ideas, and to have their voices heard on important issues. “The arts not only enhance the human experience, reflect the beauty of nature, and promote cultural uniqueness, but also, in many various ways, highlight and seek solutions to some of the world’s social justice issues,” said Pamela Franklin Stegall, a South Fu...
‘Skeleton Crew’ Opens Feb. 12 at Southwest Arts Center
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‘Skeleton Crew’ Opens Feb. 12 at Southwest Arts Center

True Colors Theatre Company's first production of 2019 is a timely one. Skeleton Crew, written by Dominique Morisseau, examines how government and the economy affects hardworking families from the perspective of characters living in Detroit. Auto plant workers Faye, Shanita, Dez and Reggie face harsh realities and hard decisions when the future of their employment becomes uncertain. The play mirrors the experience of many Americans today, and those who struggled through the Great Recession of the 2000s. The characters are played by Tonia Jackson (Faye), Enoch King (Reggie), Anthony Campbell (Dez) and Asia Howard (Shanita). Jackson, King and Campbell have appeared in True Colors' productions in the past. Skeleton Crew marks Howard's debut with the company. True Colors' production of Skele...
TJSVPA Partners with Camp Creek Middle to Offer Arts Program
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TJSVPA Partners with Camp Creek Middle to Offer Arts Program

The Journey School of Visual Performing Arts (TJSVPA) has announced a partnership with Camp Creek Middle School School. Starting in February, area youth ages seven to 18 will be able to take Saturday classes in dance, theatre and visual art on the campus. TJSVPA is a start-up nonprofit conservatory founded in 2017 to inspire, motivate and transform underserved youth through comprehensive and competitive arts education. The organization’s founder, Angil Tate, is a 16-year viola player who credits music lessons with helping her survive childhood trauma. The organization’s board includes Requel Stegall, assistant director of bands at KIPP WAYS Academy and CBS 46 reporter Vince Sims. Instructors are professionally trained actors, dancers and artists who volunteer their time to work with the s...

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