creativity, culture, community
“In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta we are pleased to present a special reading of scenes from the powerful new play by Gabrielle Fulton,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “UPRISING is a complex look at the concept of freedom for African Americans during this tumultuous time. Join us for a riveting evening at this week’s downtown ArtsWalk at Gallery 72. You’ll have a chance to see the current exhibit, Art Against The Wall, curated by Radcliffe Bailey, and enjoy excerpts from the play read by Bernardine Mitchell, Cynthia D. Barker, Neal A. Ghant and Enoch Armando King who are starring in UPRISING. The event is Thursday, August 7 from 5:30-8 pm, with the reading at 6:30 pm. It is free and open to the public.”
As the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation is upon us, Gabrielle Fulton aims to examine notions of freedom as she develops her play UPRISING which reflects on liberty, self-determination, and sacrifice in a free black community during Secession Era America.
UPRISING takes a timeless look at liberty, sacrifice, and self-determination through the lens of a free black community during the aftermath of John Brown’s Raid. When Sal discovers a hypnotic revolutionary in the field, her world is turned upside down by his strong affection and the trouble on his tracks. Especially appropriate for the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation period, a woman journeys to become a self-actualized warrior of her heart during Secession Era America. Written by Gabrielle Fulton, directed by Tom Jones, with design concept by Dorothy O’Connor, music arranged & performed by Theodis Ealey, and dramaturgy by Laley Lippard.
Bernardine Mitchell began her career at the Alliance Theatre in 1977. She has performed nationally, internationally in many roles. Bernardine majored in Voice Performance and Musical Theatre at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. She has been a member of the Actor’s Equity Association since 1979.
Cynthia D. Barker is a proud member of AEA. She earned her Masters of Fine Art in Theatre from Wayne State University in 2008. Theatre credits include: Elemeno Pea, Third Country , Shakin’the Mess Outta Misery (Horizon Theatre), Macbeth (Georgia Shakespeare), Flyin’ West (Theatre in the Square), A Raisin in the Sun, Lakebottom Proper, Hamlet (Springer Opera House), A Christmas Carol, Honk! The Musical (Alliance Theatre), Women War (Synchronicity), for colored girls who considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Black Nativity (True Colors). Film/ TV: Rectify (Sundance TV), Ir/Reconcilable (short film), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS).
Neal A. Ghant has been a local actor in Atlanta for 20 years. Getting his start with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, he has since gone on to appear on stage and screen in a number of productions. Most recently “Race” at True Colors Theatre which has received 6 Atlanta Theatre Fan Award nominations. He has also been a part of the timeless Alliance Theatre Classic “A Christmas Carol” for over a decade and looks forward to returning this season. Next however, he’ll be right here at the Alliance for “Native Guard”. If you’re looking for Neal in the coming months on the Atlanta stage, you won’t have to look too far.”
Enoch Armando King Is happy to be a part of the inaugural Artists Lab. Recent credits: Every Tongue Confess, The Waffle Palace and Sheddin’ (HorizonTheatre) All Childish Things (Aurora Theater) Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Shakespeare Tavern) Macbeth (Georgia Shakespeare), The Ladies Man (Theatre in the Square), Two Trains Running, Fool For Love, The Colored Museum, Broke-ology (True Colors Theatre). TV Credits: The Watsons Go To Birmingham, House of Payne, BET’s Let’s Stay Together, Golden Corral, Wal-Mart and Ga. Lottery commercials.
With the opening of the new Gallery 72, the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs continues its commitment of presenting significant exhibitions of work by local, national and internationally acclaimed artists in public spaces. The gallery design by Stanley Beaman & Sears is progressive and incorporates the building’s pre-existing aesthetics alongside sculptural architectural features that produce a visually stunning and welcoming creative space. Gallery 72 is located in 2 City Plaza at 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. Regular gallery hours are 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
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