True Colors Theatre Company and The Hansberry Project announce the pilot year of The Drinking Gourd: Black Writers at Work, a new play program that will create a network of Black theatres linked in the shared goal to co-commission, co-develop, and co-premiere the work of Black artists across the country. Jamil Jude, Artistic Director at True Colors, conceived of the idea in response to the dearth of Black work being produced on the American Theatre stage. This partnership with the Seattle-based Hansberry Project is the first step in engaging Black theatre companies from across North America to address this gap.
The Drinking Gourd: Black Writers at Work is a multi-year project that ultimately seeks to create a coalition of five Black theatres, with True Colors and the Hansberry Project piloting the program this year by presenting readings of four plays. The goal is to have all five member theatres produce staged workshops and readings, providing a path toward eventual full productions for the new work. This program looks to give Black artists an opportunity to work with theatres serving different communities of color across the country.