Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company announce their 2012-2013 season. This is the 10th anniversary season for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, which opens in November with a Regional Premiere of Leon's hit Broadway show, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall directed by Jasmine Guy. The Mountaintop will be followed by August Wilson's classic Two Trains Running in February 2013. The season concludes in July 2013 with Shakin' the Rafters, a World Premiere gospel musical by former ALLIANCE THEATRE Associate Artistic Director, David H. Bell, the writer who brought us Gut Bucket Blues and Hot Mikado.
Performances are Wednesday – Saturday at 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Tickets and Season Subscriptions are available by contacting Ticket Alternative at 1.877.725.8849 or www.ticketalternative.com or through the True Colors website at www.truecolorstheatre.org.
Written by Katori Hall
Directed by Jasmine Guy
November 16 - December 16, 2012
Previews: November 13 - 15, 2012
Venue: Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, Ga.
The gripping re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader DR. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.
Two Trains Running
Written by August Wilson
February 15 - March 10, 2013
Previews: February 12-14, 2013
Venue: Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Rd, Atlanta, Ga.
In 1969 the Hill District is gentrifying, threatening the cultural heart of black Pittsburgh. Slated for demolition is Memphis' diner, the last refuge for a makeshift family of wounded souls who have all but given up. It takes a newcomer named Sterling - a young convict with a heart that lives up to his name - to change the rules of the game. Unknowingly, the regulars take up a fight that carries them headlong into the Civil Rights Movement. Two Trains Running is an inspiring story about the protest that changed a nation.
Shakin' the Rafters
Written and Directed by David H. Bell
Music by Robert Deason
July 12 - August 4, 2013
Previews: July 9 - 11, 2013
Venue: 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th Street, Atlanta, Ga.
The story of the four Simmons sisters - a gospel group touring the South in 1963. When they attempt to win the South East Gospel Convention for the honor of singing for DR. Martin Luther King, Jr in Washington D.C., family rivalries, secrets, and resentments erupt during the stress of the competition. Yet, in spite of all their tensions, disappointments, and triumphs, they always find their way back to each other through the music they sing.
True Colors Theatre Company is a National Theatre Company based in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Founded by Artistic Director Kenny Leon, and Managing Director Jane Bishop, True Colors strives to be an important voice in the American discussion of diversity including plays and playwrights from various times, cultures and perspectives.