The Play’s the Thing

Saturday, May 25 | Sunday, May 26 | Upstairs in the Old Courthouse

Join us for two days of theatrical presentations by some of metro Atlanta’s best theater companies.


Saturday

Mr Damon’s Shadow Puppet Theater | Noon – 1 pm

 

Damon Young’s original shadow puppet shows and artistry enliven schools, libraries, theaters and sound stages across the southeast. He is the founder of Theater Arts and Puppets, a teaching artist for the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Fulton County School’s Teaching Museum, as well as the lead teaching artist at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre | 2-3 pm

The August Wilson Monologue Competition for Metro Atlanta high school students, grades 9-12, focuses on the plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, which chronicle the African American experience through the 20th century. Each student will perform a 1-3 minute monologue from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle.

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre is a nonprofit theatre based in Atlanta. Its mission is to celebrate the rich tradition of black storytelling while giving voice to bold artists of all cultures.

Atlanta Shakespeare Company | 4-5 pm

“Midsummer, Jr.!” presented by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. This high-energy adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Nights Dream uses puppets, live music, and silly props to help bring the story and characters to life for all ages.

ASC is a company of actors, technicians, and educators committed to saving the world through iambic pentameter using audience interaction, authentic Elizabethan-style costumes and sets, and a heightened appreciation for Shakespeare.

Sunday

Working Title Playwrights | 12:30-1:30 pm

Sit in on a special Decatur arts critique session. In this program, modeled after Working Title’s bimonthly Monday Night Critique Sessions, a group of Atlanta actors will read aloud selections from brand new scripts in progress, and share feedback for the next draft. Come enjoy exciting new stories, and add your own voice to the creative process!

Working Title Playwrights cultivates opportunities and community for playwrights with staged readings, development labs, master classes, critique sessions, and community engagement events.
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OnStage Atlanta | 2-3 pm

OnStage Atlanta is celebrating 47 years of entertaining the Greater Atlanta area. OSA Young Performers, as well as some of our adult performers, will bring you vocal selections from our current and upcoming shows as well as scenes from our current season of shows. Thanks for supporting live theatre in DeKalb county.

New African Grove Theatre | 4-5 pm

The New African Grove Theatre Company (NAG) is a community theatre founded to encourage African American participation and involvement in all aspects of theatrical production. NAG has produced and presented theatre in the metro Atlanta area for 10 years. They have participated in festivals around the country. Last year, they joined the ranks of the theatre companies that have produced all 10 of the plays in August Wilson Century Cycle.

For this festival New African Grove will take a look back at the work they’ve done presenting the August Wilson Cycle, Red Door Raps: Love on the Hill, couples of the August Wilson Century Cycle.

Theater and Literary Arts Committee

Program coordinator: Jerry G. White
Theater and Literary Arts coordinator: Mia Manekofsky, Jerry G. White
Acoustic Palette coordinator: Lauren Tennyson, Jerry G. White
Decatur LOL coordinator: Lew Lefton
Speak… Easy! coordinator: Jerry G. White