Hi there, kids!
First, an update on "Lend Me An Ear", the amazing production I was fortunate enough to be involved in, one week ago! What fun we had. I got to play "Laurine" in "A Logic Named Joe", an episode of the long-running 1950's radio-show, "Dimension X".
Director Jon Hayden is great, as are Doug Kaye and Barry Stoltze, veteran directors for this annual event, which is performed by area SAG/AFTRA/AEA talent, and benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The New American Shakespeare Tavern is generous in allowing us their marvelous space for rehearsals and performance.
The "Dick Tracy in B-Flat" was a stand-out piece! As was "Whispering Streets". I was unable to see every piece, since I had to be backstage to ready myself for my own performance, but was happy to get to see several of the sketches in our repertoire.
Special Thank-Yous to Kathy Higgins and hubby Dan, who came from faraway Marietta to see the show.
Dan Morrison, who attended, and supported with photos of some of my pals, afterwards--big THANK YOU!
I was thrilled to see pal Mack Anthony in attendance,(Mack worked alongside me at the old Academy Theatre here in Atlanta, in the mid-1980's), who now works as a teacher; he also sponsors the Gay-Straight Alliance, at Lakeside High School.
Speaking of gay....
Gay Pride was celebrated this past weekend in Atlanta, but.....
HotLanta is about to get a lot hotter!
The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival will be underway with events beginning with a dance for young LGBT tomorrow (Tuesday) night, a Wednesday evening poetry event at Charis Books & More(yours truly will be hosting) which will kick-off their 35th Anniversary as well, the fabulous Collin Kelley as a Featured Author at Outwrite Books on Thursday evening, Staceyann Chin and Manil Suri giving lectures at Emory on Friday, with their keynote speeches and an after-party on Friday night, all-day workshops and readings from local and national LGBT poets on Saturday, and the grand finale', parties and music, on Sunday!
And remember that the world-premiere of the award-winning play chosen by Larry Corse will be playing every night, Wednesday through Saturday, in Candler Park, at the First Existential Church(known as "First E.")There will be featured poets and performers before the play, each night, too!
Special shouts-out and props to all the AQLF Planning Committee Members who've made this year's Festival a winner:
Franklin Abbott, a true visionary.Collin Kelley and Megan Volpert, who are the dependable "backbones" of the AQLF and wonderful team-players, along with Cleo Creech, Cal Gough, Dustin Brookshire, Yolo Akili, Larry Corse.
For all the exciting details, hit the AQLF, below!
And find us on Facebook, too!
I have links to AQLF and Charis and Outwrite, see column labeled "Poets, Bloggers, and Others", to your right.
Enjoy the week!