by Martin Brady
The Destiny Theatre Experience leads off the first two weekends of this seventh annual local celebration of African-American stage artistry with Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine. It’s a sad tale of a businesswoman whose husband wrecks her financially, which forces her to move back to her family in Brooklyn, where her life only spins further out of control. Shawn Whitsell directs a cast featuring Jene India, Kysa Siovan, Molly Breen, Jimmie Hill, Tamiko Robinson and Nikki Campbell.
From Sept. 14-16, Michael L. Walker and Dream 7 Productions present Walker’s original script Redemption, and the following weekend (Sept. 20-22) Sista Style Productions sponsors performances of Stand, Nashville playwright Jim Reyland’s two-character drama starring Barry Scott and Chip Arnold that draws attention to the problem of homelessness. (See the Scene’s Aug. 23 cover story, “Taking a Stand.”)
On Sept. 29, the festival closes with A Song for Coretta, Pearl Cleage’s tribute to Coretta Scott King, directed by Keith Franklin, artistic director of Atlanta’s New African Grove Theatre Company. The festival also features script readings and various other programming.