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ACT's annual festival in observance of DC Black Pride Weekend returned with a "Reader's Theater" festival of new short plays putting LGBTQ+ lives center stage!
They showed up -- and showed OUT!
Washington’s African American Collective Theater (ACT) entered its fourth decade with the latest installment of a program that has become an annual spring tradition in the District. After a return to post-pandemic live performances last year for its 30th anniversary, ACT once again headed back onstage with a one day, two-performance reading festival of new, LGBTQ+ themed, short plays written by Founding Artistic Director, Alan Sharpe.
“It was great to be back in front of a live audience last May!” enthuses Sharpe. “And we looked forward to repeating that excitement and energy with this year’s festival – consisting of two different programs mixing drama, comedy and a dash of romance with the collective title, OUT With IT!
Over twenty talented, local “ACT’ers” – some familiar faces, some new – presented Readers Theater-type performances of the plays, on Sunday, May 28, 2023, with a matinee at 4 pm and a different show that evening at 7 pm. Audiences could choose either show…or stay and enjoy both. At right,4 pm performance photography by ACT Photographer/Archivist, Omar (kb).
Inspired by, and mounted in observance of, DC Black Pride Weekend, the festival unfolded downtown at the Undercroft Theater, in the lower level of the Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church at 900 Mount Vernon Place, conveniently located diagonally across the street from the Ramada Renaissance – host hotel for the 2023 DC Black Pride Weekend.
ACT was especially proud to have its OUT with IT! performances included among the “Official” events for the weekend by the Center for Black Equity and DC Black Pride.