Storytelling and Community

Fri, May 1

What can theatre do at a moment of public crisis? Join us on Facebook Live for a conversation between Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Pearl Cleage that addresses how storytelling can sustain community during a period of crisis.

Kajese-Bolden and Cleage will discuss the play Sweat as a response to the 2008 economic crisis, highlighting the voices of local experts on labor and immigration advocacy, and reflect on their own journey as theater artists striving to center social issues in their work. The Facebook Live conversation will feature special guests from Atlanta’s theater community responding to how arts can address pressing civic concerns in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Q&A to follow.

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Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Director) has directed a critically acclaimed production of Eclipsed at Synchronicity Theater (Best Director, Suzi Bass Award); Graveyard Shift (finalist for the Kendeda playwriting festival); Nick's Flamingo Grill with us at the Alliance, and Atlanta 24 Hour Play event with Working Title Playwrights. Other directing credits include In The Continuum at Clark Atlanta University, Blood On A Cat’s Neck, Armory Theater and she will next be directing Native Garden at Virginia Stage. As an actor, her Alliance Theatre credits include Hospice + Pointing at the Moon, Shakespeare In Love, Disgraced, Blues For an Alabama Sky. Recently, she remounted her role of Shelly in the Kenny Leon directed production of DOT by Coleman Domingo at the Billie Holiday Theater in New York. My eternal gratitude and love to my husband, Keith, for always pushing me to never give up! 


Pearl Cleage (Playwright) is currently Mellon Playwright in Residence at the Alliance Theatre. Her world premieres at the Alliance include Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous, Pointing at the Moon, What I Learned in Paris, The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years, Tell Me My Dream, Blues for an Alabama Sky and Flyin' West. She also serves as playwright for the Palefsky Collision Project, an Alliance program for Atlanta area high school students. She and her husband, writer Zaron W. Burnett, Jr., recently collaborated with artist Radcliffe Bailey on In My Granny's Garden, a children's book, for The Mayor's Reading Club 2019.

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