The Artie Awards (Buffalo's "Tony Awards") ceremony is still on hold, but the nominations are appearing, including Outstanding Production of a Play and of a Musical. Awards come at the end of the creative process, and tonight you can watch Donna Hoke's play in development, HEARTS OF STONE, streamed. But it all starts with a creative spark, and Ujima has a call for submissions to their August #ArtThatHeals showcase with the theme, "Black Lives Matter." See details on the Arties, HEARTS, and Ujima below.
2020 ARTIE NOMINATIONS FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Kiss of the Spider Woman, New Phoenix Theatre
Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Pipeline, Ujima Theatre Company
Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Irish Classical Theatre
To Kill a Mockingbird, Kavinoky Theatre
2020 ARTIE NOMINATIONS FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Fun Home, MusicalFare Theatre
Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre
Nine, Second Generation Theatre
Passing Strange, Ujima Theatre Company
Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre
In the play HEARTS OF STONE by Donna Hoke, a middle aged teacher, Lydia Stokes, is dreaming about dead psych patients…while she’s awake! She believes they need her help; her husband believes she’s out of her mind. Is there any way they can both be right? The very moving play, directed by Willow Jade Norton, and co-produced by Arts at the Palace (AATP) and Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF), streams live July 24-25, 2020, with additional recorded performances to be announced.
Watch Hearts of Stone at http://twitch.tv/wtheatrefestivalnc on July 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM EST and on July 25, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST. A talkback with Donna Hoke will take place directly after the play on July 24.
Tickets are donation-based. Suggested donation is $10 per show. Donations may be made be made at http://paypal.me/wtfestivalnc (noting Hearts of Stone in the memo). A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit the scholarship funds of Arts at the Palace and Women’s Theatre Festival.
Since its creation in 1978, Ujima has stood for the call for justice for all. In that spirit, and in "honor of our brothers and sisters fighting for their basic human rights in the Black Lives Matter movement," Ujima its dedicating their August #ArtThatHeals showcase to the theme, "Black Lives Matter."
They are looking for artists of "all mediums, ages, shapes, and sizes" to submit work to be shared with the community "in an effort to uplift and give voice to the many shades of this fight for justice."
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