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East Texas Hot Links | Written and Directed by Eugene Lee

Greed, corruption and Jim Crow intertwine in the tense thriller East Texas Hot Links. It’s 1955 in the piney woods of East Texas, and Charlesetta’s Top O’ the Hill Cafe is one of the only public places where black locals can gather for comfort, solace, and companionship. In a community dominated by the Ku Klux Klan, young black men have begun disappearing and turning up dead. On one hot summer night, the patrons of the Top O’ the Hill must join forces to protect one of their own. When danger comes knocking, the unthinkable happens, with dire consequences for all involved. Both a riveting mystery and a compelling character study reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, East Texas Hot Links is coming to the stage at Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center.

Allergy Warning: Peanuts will be consumed on stage during this performance.

Please be advised that this show contains some adult language and simulated gunfire and violence. Patrons who experience anxiety or symptoms of PTSD are advised to speak with the house manager before the performance.

If you have questions about content please call 404-532-1901 (ext 201).

Cascade Road will be closed to thru traffic from Fulton Industrial Blvd. to New Hope Road for the duration of this production. Please plan for additional travel time if this is your route.

Additional Programming

Community Conversation: Preserving the Legacy of African-American Men
Saturday, June 22 at Noon | FREE | Southwest Arts Center

Related Reading: Bread by Regina Taylor | Directed by Nikki Toombs
Friday, June 28 at 7:30 PM | FREE | Southwest Arts Center

Greek/HBCU Week

Deep Dive
Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 PM | FREE | Southwest Arts Center
Learn more about the play with a deeper look into the artistic process.

Cast Talk-back
Sunday, August 4 at 4:00 PM | FREE | Southwest Arts Center
Join us for a moderated post show conversation with the artists to learn more about the work and hear some unexpected stories behind its creation.

Wine-down Wednesdays
Every Wednesday is wine-down Wednesday at True Colors! Join us beginning at 6:30 PM for a complimentary glass of wine in the SWAC lobby. Complimentary with purchase of ticket for patrons 21+.

Cast and Crew

Eugene Lee
Playwright & Director

Nikki Toombs
Assistant Director

Gerard Catus

Wigasi Brant

Markelle Gay

Anthony Goolsby

Maiesha McQueen

Cedric Pendleton

Eugene H. Russell IV

Travis Turner

Lisa L. Watson, Production/Stage Manager

Tracy Thomas, Assistant Stage Manager

Ming Chen, Set Designer

Fontella Boone, Costume Designer

Rebecca Makus, Lighting Designer

Bobby Johnston, Sound Designer

Bradley Bergeron, Projection Designer

Connor Hammond, Fight Director

MeJah Balams, Props Designer

Shellis “Day” Byrd, Wig Designer