REVISED SHOW DATES: August 28 - September 7, 2014

Gee's Bend, winner of the American Theater Critics Association 2008 New Play Award, explores the turbulent history of African-Americans in the Deep South during the 20th century.  The heart of the story resides in the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there.  Beginning in 1939, we follow Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie’s husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife and the Civil Rights movement.  Remarkably, playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder manages to pay homage to the gifted women of Gee's Bend while exploring the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art.  Interwoven with gospel music, Gee's Bend is a deeply personal story of family, self-discovery, and artistic expression.  

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DALLAS, TEXAS - The African American Repertory Theater (AART) is pleased to announce its seventh season line up.  AART will produce four award-winning main stage productions, including three regional premieres, one of which will be performed at the Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District as part of The Elevator Project.   The other three productions will be produced at the KD Studio Theatre.  Performances throughout the season are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Gee’s Bend (August 29 – September 7, 2014, previews August 28st)
by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

(Regional Premiere)
Location:  KD Studio Theatre – Dallas, Texas  

Awards:
Winner of the American Theater Critics Association New Play Award (2008)  

Synopsis:
Gee's Bend, explores the turbulent history of African-Americans in the Deep South during the 20th century.  The heart of the story resides in the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there.  Beginning in 1939, we follow Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie’s husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife and the Civil Rights movement.  Remarkably, playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder manages to pay homage to the gifted women of Gee's Bend while exploring the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art.  Interwoven with gospel music, Gee's Bend is a deeply personal story of family, self-discovery, and artistic expression.  

Detroit ’67
(October 31 – November 23, 2014, previews October 30th )
by Dominique Morisseau (Regional Premiere)

Location:  KD Studio Theatre – Dallas, Texas
 

Awards:
Winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

Synopsis: It's 1967 in Detroit, Michigan and Motown music is getting the party started.  Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning the basement of their late parent’s home into an after-hours joint. Tensions mount when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives and the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots.  

Miss Evers Boys
(February 20 - March 8, 2015, previews February 19th) by David Feldshuh

Location:  KD Studio Theatre – Dallas, Texas

Awards:
Winner of the New American Play Award Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama
     
Synopsis:
Miss Evers' Boys explores the moral, ethical, and medical dilemmas faced by those involved in one of the most notorious medical secrets in American history, the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, performed by the United States government from 1932 to 1972.  This powerful drama is a fictional account based on this shocking study. As the story unfolds, Nurse Evers wrestles with her loyalty to the institute's doctors while her band of patients fight to live through the power of music and dance.    

Radio Golf
(May 22 – June 7, 2015 / previews May 21st) by August Wilson
(Regional Premiere) Location:  Wyly Theatre, Dallas Arts District  

Awards:
Winner! 2007 New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Play 
Nominee! 2007 Tony Award, Best Play 
Nominee! 2007 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play  

Synopsis:
Harmond Wilks, an Ivy League-educated lawyer with an educated and ambitious wife, plans to redevelop a poverty-stricken section of Pittsburgh with his business partner and friend, Roosevelt Hicks, while preparing for his candidacy to become Pittsburgh’s first black mayor. Plans change when the owner of an old property in the middle of the redevelopment area refuses to give up his home, which has a more significant past than Harmond or Roosevelt could have ever imagined, prompting Harmond to confront the past. 


LOCATION for First 3 Shows:
Gee's Bend          (Aug. 21 - Sept. 7, 2014)
Detroit '67            (Oct. 30 - Nov. 23, 2014)
Miss Evers' Boys  (Feb. 20 - Mar. 8, 2015)

LOCATION for Radio Golf by August Wilson
May 21 - June 7, 2015

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Irma P. HallThank you for your support of AART during our first six seasons!  In our sixth year we reached new heights. The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez and Joe Turners Come and Gone by August Wilson were all time fan favorites and received much critical success.  Our production of homeschooled by Jonathan Norton marked the first time an original work was produced by AART!  homeschooled was funded by the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund.  Many thanks to TACA and the Donna Wilhelm family for your support!  In fiscal 2015 we plan to take AART to new heights  and with your support it can happen! The founders and our Board of Directors invite you to stay connected with AART by joining our mailing list and becoming a fan on our face book page and twitter.  To renew your patronage, click on our donation link.  AART is a 501C3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.   Thank you for your continued support of AART.

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MISSION STATEMENT:

To produce engaging, culturally diverse theater from an African American        perspective while educating our community on African American history and the arts.


                          African-American Repertory Theater’s goals are:

To create opportunity for African American artists, while exercising non-traditional    casting to create an all-inclusive tapestry reflective of the members of our community.

To produce quality cross cultural theater that will enhance the values of the African American community.

To educate our youth and the community at large to foster a greater awareness of African American history and the arts.   

To encourage collaborative efforts between organizations from a variety of sectors to leave a lasting impact on our society.

To use the arts to dispel the stereotypes of the African American community and other cultures.
                                   

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         AART is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and all contributions are tax deductable. 
 

                                               CONTACT INFO:

                                             AART
                                             P.O. Box 608
                                             DeSoto, Texas 75123
                                             (972) 572-0998
                                             art.reptheater@gmail.com


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