TO is excited to announce Downtown Dialogues – a four-part series of digital readings, each followed by a live video podcast in which a panel of experts and special guests dive deep into the play and its themes hosted by journalist and writer Gail O’Neill. To enable access to our whole community, all four of these readings and the Downtown Dialogues podcast are free of charge. Tickets to these one night only events are available in advance, and booking is strongly encouraged!
THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood
September 24, 2020 at 7pm (VIP pre show at 6:30pm)
“A richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work” — The Independent (London)
In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden, and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple’s equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood’s latest is a taut thriller about responsibility and reparation—what one generation owes the next.
FLEX by Candrice Jones
October 8, 2020 at 7pm (VIP pre show at 6:30pm)
Developed at the Humana 2020 Festival of New American Plays
A powerful new play about swagger, determination and sticking together. It’s 1997 and the WNBA is changing the game. Every player on Plainnole’s Lady Train basketball team now dreams of going pro — but first, they’ll have to navigate the pressures of being young, black and female in rural Arkansas. Candrice Jones’s adrenaline packed play about a high school basketball team explores the fierce strength of young black women in the South and what it means to be part of a team.
EUREKA DAY by Jonathan Spector
October 21, 2020 at 7pm (VIP pre show at 6:30pm) – NEW DATE
“One of the funniest plays to open this year” – The New York Times
At Eureka Day Charter School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus and diversity of opinion is valued. But when a mumps outbreak hits the school, the board of parent-directors find themselves confronting one of the central questions of our time: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts? This achingly hilarious comedy of manners shows just how thorny conversations about vaccination can be.
STEW by Zora Howard
November 12, 2020 at 7pm (VIP pre show at 6:30pm)
“A captivating story that’s intimate, funny, and heartbreaking in equal measure”— The New Yorker
In Zora Howard’s STEW, Mama is up early to prepare an important meal and, even with her family on hand to help, time is running short. In between cutting celery, garlic, and red peppers, tense secrets are revealed among the three generations of black women. This beautiful and powerful play celebrates the joys and complexities of family life and how to balance old grievances and new revelations with making sure dinner is ready on time.
All four of these readings and the Downtown Dialogues podcast are free of charge. Tickets to these one night only events are available in advance, and booking is strongly encouraged! Want to upgrade your experience? Purchase a DOWNTOWN DIALOGUES VIP PACKAGE that gains you access to an exclusive pre show conversation with Artistic Director Matt Torney.
Miss holding a Playbill? We have you covered with our digital Playbills.
Click below to learn about the production, cast, creative of each reading.
Did you miss a Downtown Dialogue? Or maybe you just want to rewatch?
Now all Post-Show Dialogues are available for listening on Spotify or watching on YouTube.
Rose in THE CHILDREN
Robin in THE CHILDREN
Hazel in THE CHILDREN
ASHA BASHA DUNIANI *
Starra Jones in FLEX
KRISTIN JETER *
Donna Cunningham in FLEX
KEARA JONES *
April Jenkins in FLEX
Cherise Howard in FLEX
APRIL PARKER JONES *
Coach Francine Pace in FLEX
JAZMINE STEWART *
Sidney Brown in FLEX
ANDREW BENATOR *
Eli in EUREKA DAY
KIMIYE CORWIN *
Meike in EUREKA DAY
BRIAN KURLANDER *
Don in EUREKA DAY
CANDY MCLELLAN *
Carina in EUREKA DAY
COURTNEY PATTERSON *
Suzanne in EUREKA DAY
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
SUSAN V. BOOTH
Director of THE CHILDREN
Director of FLEX
Director of EUREKA DAY
Director of STEW
Host of DOWNTOWN DIALOGUES
Gail O’Neill is a writer for ArtsATL.org, where she covers arts and culture in Atlanta. She is the host and co-producer of Collective Knowledge— a weekly series of conversations with artists, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders— which can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook and TheA Network.
Most recognizable for her work in fashion, Gail spent 10 years circling the globe as a model before joining CBS News in New York City as a features reporter. After relocating to Atlanta in 2000, she hosted a travel show for CNN, and subsequently hosted several series and specials for HGTV— including Mission: Organization, Christmas at the White House and Behind the Design of HGTV’s Dream Home.