Tulsa Race Riots Ignite in World Premiere of False Creeds at Alliance Theatre

News   Tulsa Race Riots Ignite in World Premiere of False Creeds at Alliance Theatre
 
A 1921 portrait of the African-American community in Tulsa, OK, comes into focus in the world premiere of Darren M. Canady's award-winning drama False Creeds, beginning Feb. 9 in Atlanta.

The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta is presenting the work, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, to March 4.

The cast includes Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Joy C. Hooper, Alecia Robinson, Warner Miller, chandra thomas [sic] and Geoffrey D. Williams.

False Creeds is this year's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition winner. The play is billed as "a Western, an historical drama, and an exposé of a forgotten and covered up episode in U.S. history."

"False Creeds tells the story of Jason, a young man who embarks on a journey to discover the legacy of his family's past," according to production notes. "After receiving a 'memory' box from his dying grandmother containing photos and journals related to the Tulsa race riots, Jason realizes his family's history is profoundly connected to the tragic events. Set mostly in flashbacks to the affluent, predominately African-American Greenwood neighborhood, Canady's play follows Jason as he witnesses one night of terror and destruction through the eyes of a young girl (his grandmother) who is forced into adulthood by the tragedy. This ambitious and timely play does not linger in pathos but instead celebrates the importance of family history and the triumph of those who survived and began new lives."

A recent graduate of New York University, Canady workshopped False Creeds in the summer of 2006 at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference with Goldberg, the play's director and artistic director of the conference. Performances play the intimate Hertz Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center, The Alliance Theatre's home. Opening is Feb. 14.

The creative team includes Karma Camp (choreographer), Todd Rosenthal (set designer), Anne Kennedy (costume designer), Joshua Epstein (lighting designer), Clay Benning (sound designer) and Kendall Simpson (music composer).

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The Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition (GPC) "is a one-of-a-kind national competition that exposes student playwrights to the world of professional theatre through experiences working with a nationally recognized theatre," according to Alliance.

The grand prize for the winner of the competition is a professional production of his/her work at the Alliance Theatre. In 2005 the Kendeda GPC entered into a partnership with the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. This year False Creeds, as the GPC winner, was workshopped at the O'Neill before going on to production at the Alliance.

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