This season, True Colors explores the inextricable emotions of Joy and Pain in the lives of Black people living in America. As Black bodies have suffered and continue to suffer unimaginable pain, our spirits have risen and continue to rise to create works of great artistry, wherever we are. Jude often describes the Black experience as the real-life dichotomy reflected in the comedy/tragedy masks that symbolize theatre and this season, albeit mostly virtual, returns us to the roots of theatre.
The theaters that developed during the height of the Black Arts Movement of the 60’s and 70’s nurtured and supported countless Black artists. These artists went on to have a profound impact on the American Theatre. As the 20th century came to a close, and the work of Black artists received more acceptance from mainstream theaters, fewer plays were being originated at those legacy institutions. That shift has not yet created the impact many thought it would, as stories by white writers represent 87% of the plays presented. Here in Atlanta, Black writers represent only 11% of the plays presented. As a response, True Colors is focusing on creating new works written, developed, and directed by Black artists.
Through Next Narrative, True Colors will share new stories created by local, southern artists. Our Community Conversations will continue to engage our audience in the civic issues of the moment. True Colors will also co-produce several events throughout the season with other national and international organizations that share our belief in the rich tradition of Black storytelling. In the spirit of keeping our family of patrons, artists and staff safe, our programming will be delivered on the virtual stage until circumstances permit gathering in person.