Friday, August 19, 2016

Upcoming at Atlas


Upcoming at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Atlas is located at 1333 H Street NE. Search programs and buy tickets here.

Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout | Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
August 25- September 25, 2016
"It’s March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and Louis Armstrong has just played one of the final performances of his extraordinary career. Backstage, he recounts events that transformed him into the world-famous “Satchmo.” With no-nonsense manager Joe Glaser, his Jewish manager,at his side, and Miles Davis, his fiercest colleague and critic, challenging his standing in African American culture, Armstrong keeps steady through an era of enormous social change… but at what cost? The absorbing, uplifting Off-Broadway hit and now regional theater power-house about the music, struggles and triumphs of the man who invented jazz. Armstrong as you’ve never seen him; hilarious, moving, and breathtakingly human." -- via Atlas Performing Arts Center
Milk Like Sugar by Kristen Greenidge | Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
November 2-27, 2016
"It is Annie Desmond’s sixteenth birthday and her friends have decided to help her celebrate in style, complete with a brand new tattoo. Before her special night is over, however, Annie and her friends enter into a life altering pact. When Annie tries to make good on her promise to her friends, she is forced to take a good look at the world that surrounds her. She befriends Malik, who promises a bright future, and Keera, whose evangelical leanings inspire Annie in a way her young parents have not been able to do. In the end Annie’s choices propel her onto an irreversible path in this story that combines wit, poetry, and hope. Winner, 2012 Obie Award for Playwriting." -- via Atlas Performing Arts Center
Charm by Philip Dawkins | Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
January 4-29, 2017
"The colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Mama attempts to share her rules of proper behavior with a youth group ranging in sexuality, race and gender identity from a Latina transwoman to a cisgendered straight black couple to a gay suburban teen. Though her students initially struggle to see how etiquette relates to their daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama’s powerful love and unapologetic attitude eventually win them over. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen at Center on Halsted, Charm carries a message of peace and dignity, as Mama and her students must ultimately find a new way to respect each other and to redefine what “having charm” means." -- via Atlas Performing Arts Center