Alliance Theatre Combines Art And Activism With New Black Fest’s Hands Up

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Alliance Theatre Combines Art And Activism With New Black Fest’s Hands Up

A theatre project telling the stories of Black America is on its way to the Alliance Theatre

There’s a new play on its way to Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Directed by Keith Arthur Bolden and Alexis Woodard, HANDS UP depicts the realities of Black America from the perspective of varying genders, sexual orientations, skin tones, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The play is split up across seven monologues written by seven Black playwrights. Originally commissioned in 2015 by the New Black Fest in response to a police officer fatally shooting an unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

The themes and stories within HANDS UP ring true today, perhaps even more so. We’ve watched the Black Lives Matter movement finally gain global momentum, as more horrific stories of police brutality and racism are brought to the forefront of our attention. The collection will include Superiority Fantasy by Nathan James; Holes in My Identity by Nathan Yungerberg; They Shootin! Or I Ain’t Neva Scared… by Idris Goodwin, and more!


With safety in mind and in close consultation with local health experts, the Alliance will require all audience members for HANDS UP to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of their performance and show proof of vaccination upon arrival. Unvaccinated audience members must show a negative COVID test for entry.

To check out the theatre’s full line-up, and get your tickets, click here. Alliance Theatre is located at 1280 Peachtree St NE, 30309.

See also: Hamilton Returns To Atlanta With Broadway Set To Take Over Fox Theatre

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