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ABTF Staged Readings of New Works (Ten Readings Oct. 3-6)

2019 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

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Ticket Type Price Fee Sales Tax Quantity
NO SET RELIGION (Wed. 10/3 @3pm)
Written by LaToya Conaway ---"Nashida" is a soul searcher on a quest to find truth and a spiritual connection through various religions. (Black Box)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
DEEP GREENWOOD (Wed. 10/3 @5pm)
Written by Michaela Walter --The story of how and why the black business district was created and destroyed in 1921 in the community of Greenwood, Oklahoma. (Black Box)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
DEAR CAROL ANN (Wed. Oct. 3 @ 5:30pm)
Written by Gloria Terry A heartwarming play about two women and their quest to understand their friendship in the face of tragedy. (Main Stage)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
I DIDN'T KNOW (Wed. 10/3 @9pm)
Written by Kayla Richardson & Perrice Ledbetter--- Deals with issues of diversity, inclusion, sexual identity, STD and pregnancy prevention... Don’t leave saying, “I didn’t know!” (Black Box)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
CLEAN SHEETS (Thu. 10/4 @ 3pm)
Written by Jeanette Hill From the award-winning playwright Jeanette Hill comes a riveting story of secrets and lies. Watch what happen when family blessings collide with family curses. (Black Box)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
Written by Arthur W. French III Something strange happens when people's lives intertwine one day at the Studio Museum in Harlem. (Main Stage)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
PIECES (Fri. 10/5 @ 3pm)
Written by Sandra Hamlin Two "seasoned" women one white, one black; are forced to sit next to each other on a crowded bus in the midst of the Trump era. It's going to be a bumpy ride. (Black Box)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
Written by Valerie Ruby Ingram Someone's always stirring up drama in this story of dysfunction and family. (Main Stage)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
BLACK MATTER (Sat. 10/6 @ 12:30pm)
Written by Aubrey S. Williams Follow the lives of young Black men and women as they artistically express the birthing of their own liberation. (Main Stage)
$7.00 $0.00 $0.56
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Event Details

Our popular Readers' Theatre Series features original works from the minds of some of the most prolific wordsmiths of our time!  Writers have a rare opportunity to test or share original content for live theatre and digital platforms.  Each reading is followed by a "talk back" where the audience gets to participate in the play development process!  Click here for program schedule.


For a detailed program schedule visit:


Plan Your Visit: FAQs

What is your late seating policy?  Doors open 15 minutes prior to each show. VIP GUESTS and PRIORITY EXPRESS ticket holders are seated first immediately followed by GENERAL ADMISSION. Please arrive early. Late seating is NOT permitted.  

What about parking?  Parking is plentiful and free.  YES, FREE!

Are tickets available online?  Yes. In fact, you can save more by purchasing your tickets online. You can either 1.PRINT your tickets at home  or  2.PRESENT the query "Q" code on your phone at the door. CAUTION: Duplicates will be voided.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?  Yes, although the price is slightly higher. The Box Office is open for your convenience 11am -5pm daily during the festival.  Tickets are available online 24/7 at

What methods of payments are accepted?  We accept CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS only.  Due to safety and security reasons, WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH. 

Are discount tickets available? Yes! We also have special rates for groups, seniors, students or veterans. The specialty rate is available on the ticket page and varies for each show. For groups of 10 or more email us at atlbtf at yahoo dot com. 

Does the festival have a dress code?  No, not really.  Most people dress causal and comfortable. Some may step it up a  bit in the evening.  NOTE: Auditoriums are air conditioned/heated for the comfort of the majority — please dress according to your personal preference. EXCEPT: The closing event theme is 1960's Black is Beautiful.

Do you have any dining suggestions?  Dining is available on site at the BackStage Cafe where you can enjoy delicious, yet light, southern fare. Some our café favorites include grilled wings, gourmet sandwiches, home-made potato salad, and artisan cheese platters. Vegetarian options are also available!

What about shopping?  THE BEST! You can visit our popular International Vendor's Market for one-of-a-kind selections from our local artisans and vendors. In fact, we encourage you to enjoy our version of "Black Friday" and get an early start on your Christmas shopping. 

Is there a host hotel nearby? Yes! We have negotiated a discount rate with Holiday Inn Express & Suites East in Lithonia (approx. 15 mins from the venue). Please call 678-325-4830 to make your reservation. Mention: "Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Group"

What if I leave something in the theatre, where is the lost and found?  Personal items found in the theatre are kept in Guest Relations. Please check there first.

What is your policy on the use of electronics?  They are prohibited. Using devices with screens that light, noise or buzzing creates a disruption for guests and actors. We suggest you power off everything before entering the theatre. We reserve the right to dismiss anyone caught using an electronic recording device during the performance.

Social Media: We absolutely hope that you tweet/share/text everyone you know after the performance to let them know what a wonderful time you had here!  

Can you accommodate people with disabilities?  Yes, we have wheelchair access for those who are in wheelchairs. Ask Guest Relations for assistance if needed.

What is your refund policy?  All sales are NON-REFUNDABLE; however, tickets can be exchanged as credit for another show. Stop by the Box Office, Guest Relations or send us an email for assistance. There is a $2 exchange fee.

What about smoking?  Smoking is NOT allowed in the building including bathrooms, theatre, cafe, or lobby at any time. That includes e-cigarettes.

Have questions about ABTF Staged Readings of New Works (Ten Readings Oct. 3-6)? Contact 2019 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival


Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center
3181 Rainbow Drive
Decatur, GA 30034

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