2022 Alliance/Kendeda Week

The Alliance Theatre is pleased to present the four finalists of the 2022 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition in free, staged readings, as part of Alliance/Kendeda Week celebrating new works.  RSVPs are requested.  

NET OF WORTH
Monday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Rehearsal Hall A at Alliance Theatre
Memorial Arts Building, 3rd Floor
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

By Carlyn Flint, USC
Directed by Matt Torney

Sam is living in an expensive American city, struggling to make enough money to prove to his girlfriend (and her mother) that he can “provide”. In a series of catastrophic misunderstandings, Sam loses his job, his girlfriend, and his home all at once. Left with nothing but a few coins in his pocket, he relies on the wisdom and generosity of an eclectic trio living under a bridge. But when a missing $5,000 dollars surfaces, generosity is challenged by a deep need for self-preservation. Net of Worth explores the question: can anyone ever truly escape the tyranny of money?

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WHERE THE LOVELIGHT GLEAMS
Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
Rehearsal Hall A at Alliance Theatre
Memorial Arts Building, 3rd Floor
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

By Kyle J. McCloskey, UCLA
Directed by Keith Arthur Bolden

On Christmas Eve, three incarcerated women as part of the California Conservation Program traverse the Southern California Woods, securing the land against the threat of wildfires. As their shift continues, they begin to ask questions of faith, sexuality, justice, and grace. Tensions rise, bonds are tested, and we the audience are left to ask: what exactly is a human life worth?

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DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
Rehearsal Hall A at Alliance Theatre
Memorial Arts Building, 3rd Floor
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

By Alanna Coby, New York University
Directed by Lauren Morris

A Connecticut Women for Life meeting is interrupted by a young mother who needs help. Elsewhere in history, a group of wealthy Londoners write a dictionary of slang so they can speak the unspeakable in front of their wives and daughters, and a New England tea party devolves into an intervention when the lady of the house must fire the indiscreet help. 

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CULTURE SHOCK
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 p.m.
Rehearsal Hall 3 at Alliance Theatre
Memorial Arts Building
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

By Gloria Majule, Yale University
Directed by January LaVoy

Two African students, Zahra from Tanzania and Hawi from Kenya, start school in an Ivy League institution. They are placed in Salama House, an all-black dorm and affinity space for black students.  Faced with cultural, academic and economic challenges, Zahra and Hawi try to make it through Freshman Year, while facing the reality of what it means to be Black in America.

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COVID Safety Protocols

  • Audience members will be required to wear face masks at all times while indoors
  • Food and beverage will not be allowed inside the performance spaces - Rehearsal Hall A and Rehearsal Hall 3

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