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Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Staged Reading Series (Thu. Oct. 3)

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Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center (FREE parking!)

3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30034

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The Atlanta Black Theatre presents incredible LIVE theatre for less than a movie!

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's popular staged reading 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 stage and/or digital platforms (tv/film). Each reading gives patrons a glimpse into the development process and an opportunity to give feedback.

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Date/Time: Thu. 10/3/19 @ 1pm - 2:30pm (Black Box)

Synopsis: The Bending Tree follows three generations of Liberian women – Alafia, Miatta and Jennifer. When Alafia arrives to the U.S. to visit her daughter and granddaughter, secrets erupt, tensions rise and love unfolds in this unforgettable story. A story of family that transcends Liberia, heeding the call as destiny beckons you forward.

Written by: Ciatta-Mae Stubblefield

City of Origin: Atlanta, GA

Suitability: Mature (under 14 yrs NOT permitted)

Genre: Drama (Staged Reading)


Date/Time: Thu. 10/3/19 @ 3pm - 4:15pm (Black Box)

Synopsis: Zena King is a sophisticated millennial entrepreneur who quit corporate America and risked it all to start her own branding agency with her fun-loving college friends. They meet their next client, a slightly misunderstood artist who could be the next Warhol or Basquiat.

Written by: Joi Banks

Directed by: Joi Banks & Monique J. Brown

City of Origin: Tampa, Florida

Suitability: General Audiences (under 5 yrs NOT permitted)

Genre: Comedy (Staged Reading)


Date/Time: Thu. 10/3/19 @ 4:30pm - 6pm (Black Box)

Synopsis: A landlord hires a new superintendent for her apartment building and teaches her about the different tenants of the building and how to handle them. Some lessons are learned the hard way and as the neighborhood becomes more crime ridden and unsafe. Eventually, the tenants discover that a community that prays together, stays together.

Written by: Andrea Clinton

Directed by: Andrea Clinton

City of Origin: East Orange, New Jersey

Suitability: General Audiences (under 5 yrs NOT permitted)

Genre: Drama (Screenplay Reading)


Date/Time: Thu. 10/3/19 @ 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Main Stage)

Synopsis: Oftentimes when looking back in history, specifically World War II, the contributions of women of color are scarcely mentioned - if at all. This story is universal and real. Fort Huachuca tackles social issues that are still relevant today: racism and sexism. It's an inside look at survival in the army in the 1940s, when society treated women and people of color as "less than".

Written by: Ailema Sousa

City of Origin: London, England

Suitability: General Audiences (under 5 yrs NOT permitted)

Genre: Drama, Historical Theme (Staged Reading)

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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.

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3181 Rainbow Drive

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