Race, Culture, and Aesthetics: Atlanta

Atlanta, GA Race, Culture and Aesthetics October 8-10, 2010

Atlanta hosts the first event, October 8-10, 2010 at 7 Stages Theater, with activities in and around the Little 5 Points community. Designed to build a national conversation in the ensemble theatre field, this two and half-day “Micro-Fest” will combine a town-hall meeting, main stage performances, catalyst conversations and master classes to provoke a deeper dialogue around the intersection of race, culture and aesthetics. Presented in partnership with Alternate ROOTS, Micro-Fest: Atlanta will serve both national and local audiences while highlighting the works of four different theater companies. View the full festival schedule

The Performances

YEAH, I SAID IT! By the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA). Set in urban Atlanta, a group of inner city youth are confronted by “visitors of a different sort” as they invade Metro Atlanta’s Transit System—MARTA! Filled with humor, heart-pounding music and wickedly funky choreography Yeah, I Said It! brings the secret issues of society to the forefront. Friday, October 8th @ 7pm.

Peaches by Progress Theater. Inspired in part by Nina Simone's classic song, “Four Women,” PEACHES tackles head-on the stereotyping of African American female identity from slavery times to the present. Saturday, October 9th @ 6pm

The SHOW! by Out of Hand Theater's late-night, Ten-in-One freak show, an ever changing exhibit of human oddities, riffing on classic carnival sideshow commodification of anomaly. For MicroFest Atlanta, Out of Hand lays down all new material in this special edition, The Race SHOW! Nothing is off limits. You decide how far we go. Saturday October 9 @ 9pm.

NE 2nd Ave by Teo Castellanos. A jitney (small Caribbean bus) becomes a metaphor for a journey that takes the audience through the bumpy streets of Miami. Bringing voice to marginalized urban populations, this one-man show explores the underlying issues of racism and social injustice, while acknowledging the differences and ultimately discovering the common threads that bind us together. This is a co-production NET and Atlanta’s Dance Canvas. Sunday, October 10th @ 2pm. In addition to mainstage performances, local and regional ensembles and theatre makers such Susan Booth, Del Hamilton, Dad’s Garage, Fresh Air Collective, ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans), Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxsville), Mondo Bizzaro (New Orleans), and M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Jackson) will be leading workshops and participating in Town Hall conversations.

View the full festival schedule Ticket details: Tickets are $75 for a weekend pass: Includes access to 4 shows, 1 late-night cabaret, workshops, opening reception, and town hall dialogues. $30 for all-access day passes. Rush tickets to shows will be available 30 minutes prior to start time. Curator: Charmaine Minniefield

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