Atlanta’s 7 Stages theater company, which begins a new era of leadership on Jan. 1, is days away from a Nov. 1 fundraising deadline of $25,000. As of Monday, the company needed only $2,000 more to meet that goal.

In a nod to its name, the theater is requesting donations in multiples of seven ($7, $77, $777, etc.). Donate HERE.

7 Stages was founded in 1979 by Del Hamilton and Faye Allen to create a professional home in which artists and audiences could focus on the social, political and spiritual values of contemporary culture. It emphasizes international work and supports the development of new plays, playwrights and methods of collaboration. Hamilton has served as artistic director (as well as acting and directing) ever since. Producing director Faye Allen has also been onstage with her Little Five Points company.


In January, Heidi S. Howard becomes artistic director and Mack Headrick becomes managing director. Both have been on the 7 Stages staff for more than a decade; Howard as education director and production manager, Headrick as director of finance and operations. They will be joined by Michael Haverty as associate artistic director. Haverty runs his own performance company, The Object Group, and recently won a Princess Grace Award recognizing his important place as an emerging talent on the nation’s performing arts scene.

7 Stages recently closed Dracula: The Rock Opera, the last show Hamilton will direct as artistic director. The remainder of its season, dubbed “The Revolution Is Inside,” includes:

Fat Boy by Teo Castellanos’ D-Project. Nov. 8-18. A social commentary on poverty, hunger and American consumerism using B-Boy style movement, music and spoken word.

7 Trumpets by Turnerworldaround Productions. Jan. 10-12. A new-play development project that looks at the natural, mystical and man-made occurrences of the number 7.

Angry Fags, a world premiere by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne. Feb. 21-March 17. The dark comedy asks “Is anyone really afraid of gay guys?” and explores the ideas of gay terrorism and political hypocrisy. Directed by Justin Anderson.

Lady Lay, a U.S. premiere by Berlin-based American playwright Lydia Stryk. April 25-May 19. A joy ride through life’s rules and regulations and one woman’s personal revolution. Howard directs.

For details, tickets and more information about 7 Stages, go HERE.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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