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True Colors' Spring Play Reading Series: The Griot

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Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company is excited to announce the line-up for our annual Spring Play Reading Series. The theme of this year's series is "The Griot." The West-African Griot, the storyteller, is the holder of the stories of a people and the preserver of culture and traditions. As the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade ripped people from their native lands and brought about a mix of disparate people, the Griot helped to unite the stories of the various communities and helped them preserve their heritage. In the tradition of the Griot, we will remember and reflect on the past as we ideate the ways in which we wish to change and impact the future.


Thursday, 4/25/19 at 7:30 PM
The African Company Presents Richard III, written by Carlyle Brown
Directed by David Kotè
Venue: 7 Stages | 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

40 years before the Civil War, William Henry Brown, a free black American, organizes a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III for a predominantly black audience. But in doing so, Brown challenges the leading producer of New York City, Stephen Price, who has secured the famous English actor Junius Brutus Booth to play Richard III at his Park Theatre. As Brown fights for the right of his company to present Shakespeare, his African Grove Theatre Company fights within their ranks, questioning the appropriation of English drama for African-American actors and the racial implications of such a move. Based on the true story of the first African-American theatre company, Carlyle Brown’s The African Company Presents Richard III carries a timeless message of negotiating racial consciousness in theatre that still resonates for actors and audiences today.


Friday, 4/26/19 at 7:30 PM
Untitled Adinkra Play, written by Gabrielle Fulton
Directed by Jamil Jude
Venue: Fulton County Arts and Culture Aviation Community Cultural Center | 3900 Aviation Circle, NW, Atlanta, GA 30336

An African American couple, Will and Charity-Grace, are the hopes and dreams of the diaspora. The “talented tenth,” they are a successful power couple. That is, on the outside - within the relationship, they’re barely recognizable to one another. Their marriage is on the brink of failure when an old friend, their Ghanaian host brother (Kwaku) from their college study abroad, appears on the doorstep for a visit and turns their relational orientation on its head. The currently untitled play utilizes the aesthetic features, ideas, proverbial meanings and messages communicated in Adinkra symbology of West Africa to explore authenticity within relationships while exploring the Western roots of homophobia.


Saturday, 4/27/19 at 7:30 PM:
Gem of the Ocean, written by August Wilson
Directed by Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin
Venue: Spelman College, Cosby Auditorium | 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta, GA 30314

August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle (a series of ten plays each set in a different decade) begins with Gem of the Ocean, which takes place in 1904 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (where all of the cycle’s plays are set). Gem of the Ocean unfolds in the home of Aunt Ester, a well known 285-year-old wise woman of the town whose home has become a sanctuary for the troubled and lost. Onto the scene walks Citizen Barlow, a man who has fled from Alabama after indirectly causing another man’s death when he stole a bucket of nails. Citizen has come to Aunt Ester’s because of the tales he has heard of her soul-cleansing powers. We see Aunt Ester help guide him through a spiritual journey towards redemption and self-discovery. When an incident in the town causes the death of Solly, a former slave and conductor of the underground railroad, who is dedicated to serving his people, we see Citizen step up and to continue Solly’s legacy, having discovered the importance of history and freedom.



This is an exciting opportunity to join us for a live reading by professional actors and directors. This Series is FREE and open to the public.

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