The place: Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

The time: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

The reason: The Every 28 Hours Plays.

CROP - 28hrplaysEvery 28 Hours
 is a national collaboration of theater artists gathering for one night to read works inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Every 28 Hours is a collection of 75 one-minute plays that will be performed across the country throughout the month. 

The free event is a collaboration between Actor’s Express, the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta University Center — and you’re invited. The title comes from a statistic: that every 28 hours in the United States, a black person is killed by a vigilante, a security guard or the police.

A community conversation will take place after the performance. Paid parking is available in the Morehouse and Spelman College parking decks. Morehouse and the King Chapel are at 830 Westview Drive S.W. 

Similar readings are happening this month in Ashland and Portland, Ore.; Palo Alto, Calif; Los Angeles; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Asheville, N.C.; San Francisco; New Haven, Conn.; Louisville, Ky.; Austin, Texas; Iowa City, Iowa; Princeton, N.J.; and Key Biscayne, Fla.

The planning committee for the Atlanta event includes Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, an educator and the co-founder of Soulploitation Creative Works/Acting Up!; Keith Arthur Bolden, an actor and professor of drama at Spelman College; actors Lee Osorio and Rodney Witherspoon; actor, director and educator Freddie Ashley, artistic director at Actor’s Express; and Andrew Williams.

Local directors working on the project include Aku Kadogo, Joan McCarty, David Kote, Angela Farr Schiller, Cleo House Jr., Leora Morris, Paris Crayton III, Donya Washington and Moss-Bouldin.

For a bigger picture on the Every 28 Hours project, go HERE.