Creating theatre has always required the ability to be nimble, fluid and adaptable and that has never been more true than it is now. Despite all the challenges we have collectively faced since March 2020, we choose to continue to move forward with our work, because in many ways it is more critical than ever that we continue to tell our stories.
The current climate of book banning, revisionist history, threats to voting rights, women's rights and a serious push from those determined to take us back to before Reconstruction, demands that we survive to tell the stories of those who fought those long ago battles so that our present and future will be one of progress and not re-gress. It demands that we continue to explore American history in all its incarnations, honestly and that we make sure the work & the lives of W.E.B. Du Bois, Lorraine Hansberry, Ida B. Wells, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many others, were not in vain.
It demands that we tell stories from diverse voices and share those stories with you in an array of theatrical forms; be it Live Theatre, Digital Theatre, Storytelling, Podcasts or Retrospectives. It demands that we continue to provide a platform for artists to share their creativity.
Our 2022 programing includes our Play Reading Series which kicks off February 27th, HERstory on March 27th, and External Forces @ A Noise Within on May 21st & 22nd. Summer brings the Deborah Charles Literary Series, Sum Poetry & Company Picnic. The Fall features the return of the 10 Minute Play Festival, including films and youth plays this year and more. Specific details and dates are forthcoming.
We are also looking to expand our family and invite you to join us however it best suits you, i.e. becoming a Company Member, Advisory Board Member, doing an Internship or becoming a TST Community Partner. If interested, contact us.
All of our digital programming is now on our TSTPRTEAM YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe and catch up on anything you missed.
You are the reason we keep on keeping on and we look forward to seeing you this year!
Until next time,
Nancy Cheryll Davis-Bellamy
Welcome to the Towne Street Theatre's 29th year of providing theatre as a service to the Community.
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The Towne Street Theatre’s mission is to continue to be a theatre that creates, develops and produces original work that is reflective of the Black experience and perspective for theater and film. These experiences, whether historical, contemporary, or futuristic, define our cultural aesthetic. The artistic vision of the theatre is broad in nature, but microscopic by design.
Our mission is to provide a home for a diverse group of artists, primarily African American, to be free in their efforts to create and explore theatre without the constraints that are sometimes placed on them due to being against the backdrop of Hollywood. TST is committed to remaining a place where social justice conditions are continually explored, dismantled, and acknowledged because we strongly believe in the healing power of art. We also produce a “Black Classics” series that revives the work of seldom produced published playwrights such as Charlie Russell, Loften Mitchell, Alice Childress, P.J. Gibson, Steve Carter, Georgia Douglas Johnson and others. This is to salute and acknowledge those who have come before us and their place in the history of the American theater. These productions also educate audience members, as well as younger cast members, who may not be as familiar with these playwrights and their work. We remain committed to being an oasis for artists and audiences looking for work that represents them and their experiences, as well as those seeking something new and different.
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