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Atlanta Black Theatre Festival - M: The Mandela Saga

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Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center (FREE parking!)

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3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30034

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"What will my husband say? That I am a drunk, a whore, a murderer. What will he say?"




M: THE MANDELA SAGA

Synopsis: M:The Mandela Saga dives deep into the relationship between Nelson and Winnie in the years immediately before and after Nelson’s release from prison. For Winnie, their breakup is both personally painful and publicly humiliating. Legendary playwright, Laurence Holder, once again, skillfully yet delicately peels back the layers to expose the drama and the humanity of an historically iconic relationship.


Written by: Laurence Holder

Directed by: T'Keyah Crystal Keymah

Produced by: Star Center Theatre

City of Origin: Gainsville, FL

Suitability: General Audiences (Children under 5 yrs are NOT permitted.)

Genre: Drama, Historical Theme

Warnings: Explicit or Strong Lanquage

Booking Info: spotlighttalk@gmail.com





ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

A mainstay of New Yorks theatrical scene, Laurence Holder writes plays that are mostly based on historical figures in the African-American world. He has written about famous people and those little known, about writers, musicians, sports heroes, cultural leaders, and ordinary folk. Holder has also written plays about Africans, Europeans, and a Caribbean ex-slave named Bussa who helped bring about the abolition of slavery in the British empire. A unique feature of Holders output is that he has often returned to the same figure more than once, as if trying repeatedly to embody the spirit of a cultural ancestor.

Long before director Spike Lee cast future Academy Award winner Denzel Washington as Malcolm X, Washington had played the same role in one of Holders plays, When the Chickens Came Home to Roost. Phylicia Ayers-Allen, who played Claire Huxtable on televisions The Cosby Show was another prominent African-American performer who appeared in a Holder play early in her career. With Holder branching out into role of director in recent years, it remained to be seen what new generation of performers might benefit from his influence.

Holder began writing plays, late 1960s; created television series, Watch Your Mouth, that ran on New York station WNET and on NBC television, 1974-75; historical musical Juba presented by La Mama company, 1978; When the Chickens Came Home to Roost, 1982; Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography,one of five plays dealing with Hurston, 1998; M: The Mandela Saga, 1995; Monk, 2000; has taught at New York University, South Mountain Community College, Mercy College, The College of New Rochelle, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Born in New York on February 26, 1939; son of Barbadian immigrants; married Andrea; three children, Holder attended City College of New York and earned a degree in geology and a Master’s degree in creative writing in 1975. He received three Audelco (Audience Development Committee) awards. (Ecyclopedia.com)





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The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is committed to providing a world-class experience for you, our guests. If you're dissatisfied for any reason, please notify the attendant at Guest Relations and we'll work with you to make your experience better.

Late seating is NOT permitted. Visit AtlantaBTF.org for a full schedule and details.





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 admitted first, immediately followed by General Admission. Please arrive early. LATE SEATING IS NOT PERMITTED.

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

What are the box office hours? NEW! The Box Office is open for your convenience 4pm - 8pm daily (NEW HOURS!) during the festival. Tickets are available online 24/7 at abtf.eventbrite.com

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 bar code on your phone at the door. CAUTION: Duplicates will be voided. Save money by purchasing your tickets online.

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

Are discount tickets available? Yes! Group organizers of 10+, please email us for special rates: atlbtf@yahoo.com. Group rates for four (4) or more tickets are available on the ticket page and varies for each show.

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 temperature controlled for the comfort of the majority — please dress according to your personal preference.

Do you have any dining suggestions? Dining is available on site at the BackStage Cafe where you can enjoy delicious, light southern fare. Some our café favorites include grilled wings, gourmet sandwiches, home-made potato salad, and fried fish! 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 get an early start on your Christmas shopping with our version of #BlackFriday special discounts and offers.

Is there a host hotel nearby? Yes! We have negotiated a discount rates with two host hotels. Visit AtlantaBTF.org/hotels for more information.

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? NO STRICTLY, NO — using devices with screens (and particularly ones that also make sounds) disrupts the cast and other patrons (they are very visible from the stage). We suggest you power off everything before entering the theatre. We reserve the right to dismiss anyone caught using an electronic device.

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

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 or Guest Relations for assistance. There is a $2 exchange fee.

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


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3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30034

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