Horizon Theatre’s New Georgia Woman Project: Black Women Speak will create a series of plays chronicling the experiences of today’s Black women of Georgia. The project will bring together four Black women writers who will write plays inspired by Georgia Women.
“The past, present and future of Black America cannot be told without referencing Atlanta and its people. In the Atlanta Metro area, Black Americans are the largest minority group with political power, culture, wealth, higher education and a proud history as the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement. The cultural upheaval of 2020 has stirred many powerful images of Black women and their impact on the landscape of America and particularly in Georgia. We must not miss the opportunity to use our art to give voice to these times.”
—MARGUERITE HANNAH, ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC PRODUCER
The New Georgia Woman Project: Black Women Speak is sponsored in part by the National New Play Network (NNPN). National New Play Network is an alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays. Horizon is one of only 18 theaters in the country awarded funding by NNPN’s Inaugural Bridge Program. The newly established Bridge Program supports NNPN Member Theaters “as they develop, produce, and/or extend the life of a new play by, for, about, and with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artist and audience communities.
HOW THIS PROJECT WILL WORK
We are currently fielding applications from all over the country submitted by professional playwrights with strong ties to Atlanta and the South.
Over the summer, Black women of the Atlanta Metro Area will be invited to join us for a series of small group community conversations on a variety of subjects. Those conversations will inspire our playwrights to create a collection of new plays featuring dynamic black female characters.
During these community conversations, the women of our audience community will be the ones talking. We’re not bringing in a panel of experts – these women are the experts! Our chats are sure to be filled with lots of energy, laughter and maybe even a few tears as we strengthen community through dialogue and listening, concluding in a series of new plays that are of and by Black women but for all.
In November, after directors, dramaturgs, designers, stage managers and actors have done their magic, we will celebrate our stories with public readings of our new collection of plays, BLACK WOMEN SPEAK.
“Why Black Women Speak? Theatre is the griot, the living archive of a people’s traditions and spirit. We will ask questions that inspire stories with that call. There are not enough plays by and about Black women. We will build on that library of stories. So we ask, in Atlanta today, who is the Black women? What gives her joy? What gives her hope? What tests her patience? How does she live? Is she part of a revolution? Or is she an evolution of a long tradition?” —MARGUERITE HANNAH
PRODUCTION & CREATIVE TEAM
- Marguerite Hannah, Horizon Associate Artistic Producer
- LaWanda Green, Assistant Producer & Horizon Operations Manager
- Nichole Palmietto, Horizon NNPN Producer-in-Residence
- Writers: TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
- Creative Team: CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS THIS SUMMER