Our Town, Jitney and Sty of the Blind Pig on True Colors Season Plate

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A multicultural production of Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town will be staged as part of the 2009-2010 season at the True Colors Theatre in Atlanta.
Kenny Leon
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The sixth season at the Georgia venue will begin with Philip Hayes Dean's The Sty of the Blind Pig, running Oct. 4-Nov. 1 (opening Oct. 7) under the direction of Andrea Frye.

Press notes for Blind Pig read: "On the cusp of the civil rights movement in Chicago’s South Side, Alberta, unmarried and in her thirties, shares an apartment with her mother, Weedy, an old-fashioned woman who finds solace for her trouble in religion. Unexpectedly, a wandering street singer, Blind Jordan, comes to their door searching for a woman he once knew. The others are puzzled, and even frightened by their visitor, but Alberta offers to help him in his quest."

The annual holiday offering will be the return of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, running Dec. 3-27 (opening Dec. 9). Patdro Harris directs and choreographs the production with musical direction by JMichael.

True Colors artistic director Kenny Leon will direct a new staging of Our Town, which is scheduled to run Feb. 21-March 21, 2010 (opening Feb. 25). The Atlanta production promises a multicultural reinvention of the work.

"Grover's Corners, New Hampshire is a small, out-of-the-way town whose citizens mirror the timeless concerns of all humankind. Dramatically revealing that human life, however painful, dreary, or inconsequential its daily events is both a precious gift in its own right as well as a portion of the mysterious plan that rests in the Mind of God," according to press notes. The final offering of the season will be Derrick Sanders' staging of the August Wilson play Jitney, running May 2-30, 2010 (opening May 5).

"A boisterous gypsy cab station offers a poetic thrill ride look into the vitality of life in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1977," according to press notes. "A son returns home after twenty years imprisoned to face his father whose station is threatened with demolition. Battling the forces of urban redevelopment, the motley crew of drivers plan, dream and muse in this rich blooded humorous testament to August Wilson’s enduring legacy."

For tickets phone (404) 588-0308 or visit TrueColorsTheatreCompany.

The Southwest Arts Center is located at 915 New Hope Road in Atlanta, GA.

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