Magazine article Black Masks

Black Theatre in Atlanta

Magazine article Black Masks

Black Theatre in Atlanta

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One of the hardest parts of leaving New York City was not only the loss of close contact with my many wonderful Black theatre friends but also the apprehension that I would not find as vibrant a Black theatre scene in Georgia. Much to my delight, the Atlanta-area gave me a soft landing. While I still do not often see the go-for-broke experimental theatre of New York's zany Off Off Broadway, productions that are worthy of Off Broadway and Broadway abound.

Just last month, I witnessed two extraordinary works co-produced and produced by Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company: Blood Knot and for colored girls. Each of these productions was riveting and displayed a superb level of acting, directing and production values. Most notably this year, Jasmine Guy joined True Colors and lit up the stage in their productions of Miss Ever s Boys and Blues for an Alabama Sky. Her recent impressive debut as a director of their production of for colored girls confirms her as an extraordinarily gifted theatre as well as TV professional. Her immensely talented cast included two other film actors: Robin Givens and my former NYU student, Nicole Ari Parker.

For their part, Alliance Theatre has continued the legacy Kenny Leon established during his tenure there by offering at least one or two Black plays each season. Last season they mounted a project in conjunction with True Colors entitled A ugust Wilson: Full Circle, in which Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf were presented in rotating repertory. …

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