Atlanta's Horizon Theatre to Stage World Premiere of Hallelujah Street Blues

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Veronica Redd and Taurean Blacque will star in the Horizon Theatre Company's world premiere of Valetta Anderson's family drama Hallelujah Street Blues.

Native Atlanta playwright Anderson has penned the intergenerational work that features "Young and the Restless" actress Redd in the central role. Joining Redd is Emmy-nominated actor Blacque ("Hill Street Blues"), who returns to the Horizon stage in the world premiere.

Developed through Horizon's New South Play Festival and presented as part of the 2008 National Black Arts Festival, Hallelujah Street Blues will run July 11-Aug. 24 under the direction of Thomas W. Jones II.

The Horizon Theatre production will also feature Debra Duke, Gordon Danniels, Keena Redding Hunt, Eric Ware and Trey Best.

Hallelujah Street Blues "tells the story of a Decatur woman and her family as they face off with each other and their changing neighborhood. Elderly Josephine just wants some peace and quiet to live out her days and sip sweet tea. But the neighborhood is abuzz with renovators and speculators, and the house itself starts to burst at the seams when her adult children descend to fuss and fight over mama. When their street is threatened by a large new development, Josephine and family must rally or risk losing their beloved house and neighborhood," according to production notes.

"I am a playwright who strives to infuse others with my love of history, particularly African-American histories of successful families and the love that underpins real accomplishment," Anderson said in a statement. "I also write plays that examine the modern world's intersections with its past to unearth the whys of institutionalized human behavior." The design team comprises Lisa Adler and Caleb Boyd (dramaturg), Jeffrey Weber (scenic designer), Andrew D. Smith (lighting designer), Jonida Beqo (costume designer), Mimi Epstein (sound designer) and Emily Pape (property designer).

Tickets, priced $20-$25, are available by phoning (404) 584-7450 or by visiting

The Horizon Theatre is located at Euclid and Austin Avenues in Little Five Points district of Atlanta, GA.

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