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Out of Hand theater is partnering with Actor’s Express and True Colors Theatre Company for a one-night benefit reading of Robert Schenkkan’s The Investigation: A Crime in 10 Acts, a 70-minute adaptation of the Mueller Report. See it at 7 p.m. Monday, August 19, at Actor’s Express. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigration Freedom Initiative and Planned Parenthood Southeast.

Schenkkan won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Kentucky Cycle and a 2014 Tony Award for All the Way, which depicts President Lyndon B. Johnson’s strong-arm tactics in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. True Colors artistic director Jamil Jude directs.

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“Lesbians” in development begins Out of Box Beta series

Out of Box Theatre has launched what it’s calling its Beta Test Series with a developmental production of Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s Entertaining Lesbians. The comedy is about a cisgender heterosexual white woman who learns that no one finds her interesting. Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. August 15–17. Notable cast members include Matthew Busch (also Out of Box associate artistic director), Amanda Cucher and Parris Sarter. Tickets: $25.

Each August, a Beta Test play will get a fully staged workshop (sets, costumes, lights, etc.). Actors will be given cuts and new pages each night and likely will perform with scripts in hand. The process allows the playwright to continue refining and rewriting with the benefit of audience response, Payne says. The series grew out of Payne’s off-Broadway experience with his dark comedy Perfect Arrangement in 2015.

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Out Front wants Georgia playwrights for Spectrum series

Out Front Theatre’s Spectrum Spotlight Series was born as a way to bring more queer-oriented work to the stage. In two years, it has produced six readings and a public workshop. Now it’s refocusing. This season, the West Midtown company is looking for Georgia-based playwrights only. Two selected pieces will get three days of rehearsal time with a director, a full cast of professional actors and a public reading. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. September 16. Details HERE. For questions, contact literary manager Justin Kalin.

Out Front was founded in 2016 to tell stories that reflect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intergender and allied experiences.

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Say hello to Four Directions apprentice company

Four companies — 7 StagesART Station, True Colors Theatre Company and Out Front Theatre Company — have created an apprentice program to train up-and-coming arts professionals.

Apprentices chosen for the Four Directions project will rotate through the companies in the course of one year, working alongside professionals involved in community engagement, equity, diversity and inclusion. Find an application HERE. Prospective apprentices also must email a cover letter, ré​sumé and references (at least three, both personal and professional) HERE. The application deadline is September 2.

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Atlanta directors Newcott, Ashley collect awards

Rosemary Newcott

Director-actor Rosemary Newcott left the Alliance Theatre last spring after more than 20 years on staff, primarily as the artistic director of theater for youth and families. She’s been collecting awards ever since, in addition to pursuing a freelance career. She has received the Harold Oaks Award for Sustained Excellence from Theatre for Young Audiences/USA and the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance of Theatre & Education. . . . Freddie Ashley, artistic director of Actor’s Express, received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Medallion of Excellence earlier this month, at the conclusion of the 2019 MFA Playwrights’ Workshop in Washington, D.C.

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