Pearl Cleage News

Vintage Theatre to Present A SONG FOR CORETTA and LETTERS, 3/28-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

On February 6, 2006, people began lining up at dawn outside of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose body lay in state in the small sanctuary. People of all ages stood patiently for hours, waiting to say goodbye. Sometimes they murmured to each other quietly. Sometimes they shared memories of Mrs. King's extraordinary life and expressed sorrow at her passing. When a cold rain began to fall at sunset, those who had thought to bring umbrellas shared them with those whose resolve was the only thing not dampened by the drizzle. At close to midnight, the crowd had dwindled to a determined few. The five fictional characters in this play are at the end of that long line of mourners. (more...)

Basketball and Theatre Collide in Alliance Theatre's World Premiere of THE TALL GIRLS, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Rehearsals started today for the Alliance Theatre's world premiere of THE TALL GIRLS, a play set in the depression-era Midwest where the success of a girls' basketball team may be the only way to a better life for the team's members. Playwright Meg Miroshnik, winner of the 2012 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition for her play The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, has been described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as 'a ferocious talent with a promising career in store.' (more...)

LATE BUS TO MECCA & EVERY GOODBYE AIN'T GONE to Play Studio Theatre, 3/28-4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

Two classic African American plays - Late Bus To Mecca and Every Goodbye Ain't Gone are returning to the stage in a new and unique off-Broadway production at The Studio Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in New York's Theatre District. With a limited run from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, April 6 2014, Late Bus To Mecca and Every Goodbye Ain't Gone are being produced by Lauren M. Smith and Michael Sonnenberg, and directed by Marishka S. Phillips. (more...)

Breaking News: Casey Nicholaw-Helmed TUCK EVERLASTING, BULL DURHAM & More to Premiere in Alliance Theatre's 2014-15 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

Atlanta's nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre and Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth just announced the 2014/15 Season for the Alliance Stage, Hertz Stage and Theatre for Youth and Families series. The 46th season includes seven exciting world premieres, including two new American musicals. (more...)

Davidson Community Players Present FLYIN' WEST, Now thru 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

Three strong and independent African-American women find independence and freedom as pioneers in the American West in Davidson Community Players' Flyin' West by Pearl Cleage. This is a powerful story about the bond of three sisters and their elderly neighbor who face trials and tribulations in the mid-West as homesteaders. This play takes place in the 1890s in Nicodemus, Kansas and is a glimpse into American history and a reminder of the diversity of Western pioneers. It's a dramatic story told with pathos and humor featuring rich characters.. (more...)

ICT to Present FLYIN' WEST, 3/14-4/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Four African-American women journey west to the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas in search of the freedom promised by the end of the Civil War. Saundra McClain directs Pearl Cleage's powerful historical drama Flyin' West, opening March 14 at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Two low-priced previews take place on March 12 and March 13. (more...)

Basketball and Theatre Collide in Alliance Theatre's World Premiere of THE TALL GIRLS, 3/7-30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Rehearsals started today for the Alliance Theatre's world premiere of THE TALL GIRLS, a play set in the depression-era Midwest where the success of a girls' basketball team may be the only way to a better life for the team's members. Playwright Meg Miroshnik, winner of the 2012 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition for her play The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, has been described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as 'a ferocious talent with a promising career in store.' (more...)

Davidson Community Players to Present FLYIN' WEST, 2/20-3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2014

Three strong and independent African-American women find independence and freedom as pioneers in the American West in Davidson Community Players' Flyin' West by Pearl Cleage. This is a powerful story about the bond of three sisters and their elderly neighbor who face trials and tribulations in the mid-West as homesteaders. This play takes place in the 1890s in Nicodemus, Kansas and is a glimpse into American history and a reminder of the diversity of Western pioneers. It's a dramatic story told with pathos and humor featuring rich characters.. (more...)

Del Hamilton and Faye Allen to Receive 2013 Suzi Bass Lifetime Achievement Awards, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 04, 2013

The Suzi Bass Awards, Inc. will be honoring Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre, with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's 9th annual awards ceremony today, November 4. This is a relatively new category of recognition, given for an outstanding body of work by an Atlanta theatre artist, playwright or producer having a significant impact on the theatre community and voted by the Board of Directors. Along with the original request that Del and Faye be considered for this commendation, multiple endorsements acknowledged the long-term impact both had in developing Atlanta's vibrant and diverse theatrical community. (more...)

Del Hamilton and Faye Allen to Receive 2013 Suzi Bass Lifetime Achievement Awards, 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2013

The Suzi Bass Awards, Inc. will be honoring Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre, with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's 9th annual awards ceremony on Monday, November 4. This is a relatively new category of recognition, given for an outstanding body of work by an Atlanta theatre artist, playwright or producer having a significant impact on the theatre community and voted by the Board of Directors. Along with the original request that Del and Faye be considered for this commendation, multiple endorsements acknowledged the long-term impact both had in developing Atlanta's vibrant and diverse theatrical community. (more...)

BWW Interview: Detria Ward Talks Career and Her One-Woman Show DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
by David Clarke - Sep 28, 2013

As one of the nation's leading theatre scenes, Houston has proved itself to be a respectable and important venue in growing a resume and providing refreshing and invigorating work for those involved with the theatre at a professional level. One of our own homegrown talents, Detria Ward, has been gaining a lot of attention recently. The Ensemble Theatre has given her multiple opportunities to share her craft with audiences, and recently she was awarded Best Actress by both The Ensemble Theatre and Houston Press' Houston Theatre Awards for her magnificent and critically lauded portrayal of Grace Dunbar in Pearl Cleage's THE NACIREMA SOCIETY. Recently, I got the opportunity to talk with Detria Ward about her career, her upcoming one-woman show, and her rising star. (more...)

Alliance Theatre Stages CHOIR BOY, Now thru 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2013

The Alliance Theatre has announced the American premiere of CHOIR BOY, a modern coming of age story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, winner of the 2008 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition for his play In The Red and Brown Water. The American premiere of CHOIR BOY is co-produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, where CHOIR BOY opened earlier this month to outstanding reviews. The New York production has been extended twice due to popular demand and will close August 11. CHOIR BOY will run on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre September 20 - October 13, 2013. Opening night is Wednesday, September 25, 2013. (more...)

Spelman College Opens Seminal Photography Exhibition POSING BEAUTY Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2013

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the first institution in the Southeast to present the nationally touring exhibition, 'Posing Beauty in African American Culture.' Featuring more than 75 photographs by leading, emerging, and amateur photographers, 'Posing Beauty' explores ways contemporary understanding of beauty has been informed by the works of photographers and artists dating from 1890 to the present. The exhibition will be on view today, Sept. 5 through Dec. 7, 2013. The exhibition is curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., one of the nation's leading historians of African-American photography. (more...)

Spelman College Presents Seminal Photography Exhibition 'Posing Beauty', 9/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2013

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the first institution in the Southeast to present the nationally touring exhibition, 'Posing Beauty in African American Culture.' Featuring more than 75 photographs by leading, emerging, and amateur photographers, 'Posing Beauty' explores ways contemporary understanding of beauty has been informed by the works of photographers and artists dating from 1890 to the present. The exhibition will be on view Sept. 5 through Dec. 7, 2013. The exhibition is curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., one of the nation's leading historians of African-American photography. (more...)

Dr. Raye Mitchell Attends NBCC to Introduce New Fictional Book Series Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 02, 2013

San Francisco Bay Area author, social entrepreneur and real life 'Fixer' Dr. Raye Mitchell, arrives in Atlanta on August 2nd to attend the 11th annual National Book Club Conference (NBCC), which is taking place today, August 2-4, 2013 at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Conference Center. (more...)

Alliance Theatre to Stage CHOIR BOY, 9/20-10/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2013

The Alliance Theatre has announced the American premiere of CHOIR BOY, a modern coming of age story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, winner of the 2008 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition for his play In The Red and Brown Water. The American premiere of CHOIR BOY is co-produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, where CHOIR BOY opened earlier this month to outstanding reviews. The New York production has been extended twice due to popular demand and will close August 11. CHOIR BOY will run on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre September 20 - October 13, 2013. Opening night is Wednesday, September 25, 2013. (more...)

Dr. Raye Mitchell Attends NBCC to Introduce New Fictional Book Series, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2013

San Francisco Bay Area author, social entrepreneur and real life 'Fixer' Dr. Raye Mitchell, arrives in Atlanta on August 2nd to attend the 11th annual National Book Club Conference (NBCC), which is taking place August 2-4, 2013 at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Conference Center. The groundbreaking writer will join dynamic colleagues attending the conference to discuss her non-fiction book on innovation and change, 'The Laws of the New Game Changers: How to Make Breakthroughs That Take You Forward.' During the conference, Dr. Mitchell will excitedly introduce to Atlanta audiences her new fictional book series now in development, 'The Harvard Litigator: The Fixer for the Little Guy.' (more...)

New Book, 'Afrocentric Theatre' Says Black Theatre is Not a Race-based Art Form
by BWW News Desk - Jul 05, 2013

Afrocentric Theatre by Carlton W. Molette and Barbara J. Molette updates their ground-breaking Black Theatre: Premise and Presentation that has been required reading in Black theatre courses for over twenty-five years. Afrocentric Theatre describes the nature of a theatre with roots in Africa that embraces and disseminates African American culture and values. The Molettes contend Black theatre is a culture-based art form, not a race-based one. They further assert culture and values shape perceptions of such concepts as time, space, heroism, reality, truth, and beauty. They say the nature of theatre is an outgrowth of a culture and its values and that culture and values form the framework for understanding theatre and govern the way theatre, film, and video drama is perceived. They identify standards for evaluating and analyzing Afrocentric theatre and posit an appropriate perspective for interpreting and evaluating its individual works. (more...)

Talawa Announces TALAWA FIRSTS Season, June 2013
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2013


Alliance Theatre and Anti-Defamation League Host Reading of DEAR DR. KING Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013

The Alliance Theatre, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), presents a free reading of Dear Dr. King, an original script written by Pearl Cleage in collaboration with high school Collision Project students. Created out of the Alliance Theatre Collision Project and inspired by the classic film It's a Wonderful Life, this provocative piece uses the unique voice of teenagers to explore issues of legacy and the power that each individual life can play in effecting social change. The performances are part of the ADL's annual No Place For Hate Summit, which will take place today, January 21, 2013. (more...)

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