Alliance Theatre Presents Free Performances for MLK Day

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Atlanta's Alliance TheatreCelebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Alliance Theatre with free public performances inspired by the Declaration of Independence. The Alliance Theatre, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), presents a free reading of Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness, an original script written by acclaimed author and playwright Pearl Cleage in collaboration with its high school Collision Project students. Created out of the Alliance Theatre Collision Project and inspired by the Declaration of Independence, this provocative piece uses the unique voice of teenagers to question issues of citizenship and diversity. The performances are part of the ADL’s annual No Place For Hate Summit, which will take place in a variety of locations on Monday, January 16, 2012.

 Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness
WHEN: Monday, January 16, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
WHERE: The Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center
RSVP for free tickets: 404-733-4749 or atedu@woodruffcenter.org

About ADL No Place for Hate Summit

In an effort to build bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, the No Place for Hate Summit provides participating students the chance to experience this powerful piece of theatre and then debrief after the performances to share their own dreams in breakout sessions facilitated by ADL leaders.

About the Collision Project

For three weeks each summer, the Alliance Theatre assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director. Through improvisational exercises, oral history, choreography, the individual performing talents they possess, and their writing, the teenagers create a new piece inspired by the classic text but perceived through their own utterly unique and contemporary prism. The Collision Project affords teens a unique theatrical experience and gives them ownership of a performance at the Alliance. It also gives students validity – confidence in their talents, strength for the future, and power in their decision. Through this dynamic project, metro Atlanta teens create theatre for and about themselves by “colliding” with a dramatic text, reinforcing the idea that theatre can address their particular ideas and feelings. Learn more at www.alliancetheatre.org (click on Education).