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Out of Hand Theater returns to its social activism ways virtually this Sunday (April 19) with what it calls “Equitable Dinners: Lift Every Voice.” If you remember, the theater company hosted 120 Decatur Dinners for 1,200 attendees in homes, community centers and houses of worship in August. The topic: race and equity.

The goal then, as now, is to have neighbors sit down, share a meal, share stories and talk honestly to learn what divides us and what brings us together. Gatherings the next five months will, of course, be virtual. All will deal with some aspect of race and equity. The events feature theater, experts in their various fields and an opportunity to connect with neighbors locally and globally in a safe way that doesn’t require face masks.

This Sunday (5–6:30 p.m.) brings a frank conversation on equity and public health, with family physician and epidemiologist Camara Phyllis Jones. Before the chat, Atlanta actor Danielle Deadwyler will perform a 10-minute piece from playwright Gabrielle Fulton Ponder. You’re asked to register in advance by using THIS LINK.

Danielle Deadwyler

Danielle Deadwyler

The Equitable Dinners series continues at the same time every third Thursday of the month through August. The lineup:

  • MAY 17. Food security, with a piece by playwright Amina McIntyre.
  • JUNE 21. Economics, with a piece by playwright Avery Sharpe.
  • JULY 19. Education, with a piece by playwright Lee Nowell.
  • AUGUST 16. Housing, with a piece by playwright Dana L. Stringer.

In addition, Out of Hand is organizing Equitable Dinners Atlanta for September with partners that include the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the King Center, Civic Dinners and Atlanta Public Schools. It plans to host 5o0 virtual dinners for a total of 5,000 people in a Zoom room near you. Each room will have a facilitated conversation about race and equity, launched by a short play written for the occasion.

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