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Atlanta Black Theatre Festival- Shaking the Wind

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Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center (FREE parking!)

Black Box Stage

3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30034

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"Alternately Funny and Poignant!" -Burt Osborne, AJC.com

“Besides her powerful singing voice, she has a wide vocabulary and a broad palate as an actress." -Thomas W. Jones II

"[During] rollicking bluesy number about how “Jesus is my Sweet Meat.” ...you get the feeling she could literally blow the roof off." -Curt Holman, ArtsAtl.org


Synopsis: Minka brings to life the many characters of her lonely and hilariously awkward childhood. This is a coming of age story about growing up in Atlanta. Join her as she comes to terms with her mother's fundamentalist street preacher ideals, her family's peculiar idiosyncrasies, and her many trials and triumphs, with humor, tears and song.

Shaking the Wind is a 10 character, one act play masterfully performed by one brilliant actress.

Written by: Minka Wiltz

Directed by: Thomas W. Jones II

Composer: S. Renee Clark

Dramaturg: Addae Moon

Produced by: Out of Hand Theater

City of Origin: Atlanta, GA

Suitability: Mature (under 14 yrs NOT permitted)

Genre: Drama with Music

Warnings: Explicit or Strong Lanquage, Sexual Situations/Dialogue

Booking Info: https://outofhandtheater.com

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Minka has been acting for 14 years and singing for 31 years. She began her love/like relationship with performance when she was six years old and studied western classical vocal music with the Young Singers of Callanwolde (YSC) where she was fortunate enough to sing on the stage of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the Grammy Award winning, Kennedy Award Winning conductor Robert Shaw. Her first plane ride was to the United Kingdom where she performed with YSC in London and Edinburgh. Minka completed her studies with the Young Singers when she was 14 years old and continued to study voice privately.

After graduating high school, Minka went on to University settings but opted to pursue a professional career in the theater which brought her to New York to briefly study at Julliard, the historic Negro Ensemble Company and then Atlanta GA where she wrote, co-produced, and starred in her first piece, Three Weird Sisters which was performed at the 14th Street Playhouse. She went on to become a three time Suzi Bass Nominee and a highly respected actor in the Atlanta theater community where she has worked with The Alliance Theater, The Horizon Theatre, The Actors Express, Synchronicity Theatre, The Atlanta Opera, and Working Title Playwrights.

Minka has just finished her fairytale operatic love letter, Breathing Fire Moving Earth (BFME) which is a follow up piece to Shaking The Wind (STW) — a One Woman Show perspective developed at Theater Emory in their 2015 workshop series Breaking Ground. Minka's BFME was invited to participate in the 2016 Workshop Fellowship series Brave New Works as professional piece in development. She has written original music which has been included in BFME but will also be developed into a new operatic sound built on Minka’s extensive training as an operatic singer and experience afforded her in the professional Atlanta theater community.

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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.


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.

We are committed to providing a world-class experience for you and your 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.

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