Four plays will get bare-bones productions in Atlanta over the next eight months.

Encore previously announced the titles of Synchronicity Theatre’s 2019-2020 Stripped Bare Arts Incubator Project participants and now for a deep dive into each piece! Below, check out all the details on the plays and playwrights!

Stripped Bare Playwrights
Top: Shernā Ann Phillips, Abraham Johnson
Bottom: Elizabeth Dinkova, Valeka J Holt

The Unbound Trilogy

By Shernā Ann Phillips
Visual Art By Dr. Lisa Whittington
September 17 – 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The Unbound Trilogy features short African-American slice-of-life stories set in a controversial visual art gallery:

Play 1: Ebb & Flow An unrefined slam poet pursues a sophisticated philosophy professor on opening night, and a battle of the sexes “ebbs and flows.”

Play 2: Tison Tucker – When a 17-year-old activist confronts the gallery’s owner, she uncovers secret ties to slain visual artist Tison Tucker.

Play 3: As Purple is to Lavender – As they reflect on the controversy behind a white woman curating the visual art exhibit of a black man slain by police, a feminist and womanist unleash blistering honesty that tests their decades-long friendship.

About Shernā Ann Phillips
Shernā Ann Phillips (“Sher-nay”) is a writer and performer from Baltimore, Maryland and based in Atlanta, Georgia. An instructor and scholar, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Morgan State University and teaches English 1101 within the University System of Georgia. A screenwriter, her first feature-length script, Induction, advanced to the second round of the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and placed in the Top 15% in the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. As a playwright, her work has entertained audiences in festivals, universities and black box theaters in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City. In June 2019, she directed and produced a Southeastern tour of her award-winning, all-women, multicultural choreopoem, Double X, with stops in Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga. She is a communications officer at Atlanta Public Schools and a board member at Strand Theater Company, Baltimore’s only women-centric theater devotedly solely to promoting women’s voices on the stage. More information is available at www.shernation.com | IG: @Shernannigans

What the Woolf Wore

By Abraham Johnson
November 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 

After Harold’s Halloween party is abruptly cancelled, two couples – Marti with Georgia and Nik with Hon – have to fake smiles, finish their guacamole, and avoid the breakup conversation hanging over them – until drinks start flowing and the games begin. Will the shattered glass and ghosts of their pasts tear apart their current relationships? Is “The Monster Mash” the queer anthem we need for 2019? Come find the answers to these questions and more in this remix of the queer theatre canon.

About Abraham Johnson
Abraham Johnson is a Georgia playwright who writes about modern queerness, spirituality, and how being a person is hilariously, wonderfully terrible. He has been named a two-time Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow, a two-time finalist for residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a resident at the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and an undergraduate Research Fellow at the University of Georgia. Around Atlanta, their work has been developed or produced with Horizon Theatre, Out of Box Theatre, Essential Theatre, Lionheart Theatre, the Classic City Fringe Festival, and now Synchronicity Theatre. They have also published works with the Howlround Theatre Commons, Hello Mr. magazine, Athens Playwrights’ Workshop Press, and the Lambda Literary EMERGE Anthologies. Abe loves libraries, long showers, and uses any pronouns. 

The Gun Show

By Elizabeth Dinkova
January 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The Gun Show is an unnerving look at American culture through the buying and selling of firearms. Two outsiders from Atlanta journey to one of the South’s largest gun shows. There, they encounter a spectrum of beliefs and stories that make up America’s obsession with guns. In this participatory theater experience, audience members will encounter a curated presentation of views on gun legislation, and attempt to find common ground and solutions to a national crisis. 

About Elizabeth Dinkova
Elizabeth Dinkova is a director and writer from Sandanski, Bulgaria and a graduate of the M.F.A. Directing program at the Yale School of Drama, where she received the Julian Milton Kaufman prize for Directing. She was the 2017-2018 Yale Directing Fellow at the Alliance Theatre. Upcoming projects include TIT co-written with Jesse Rasmussen at the 7 Stages Home Brew Festival; Rage, adapted from Stephen King’s novel at Quinnipiac University; and BULGARIA! REVOLT! co-created with Miranda Rose Hall at Single Carrot Theatre. Since moving to Atlanta, Elizabeth has directed a BRAVE New Works Festival workshop of Road to a Dream, Mark Valdez’s Alliance-commissioned new play about Buford Highway, and her adaptation of The Seagull at Serenbe Playhouse. Other recent productions include the opera Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck at Bel Cantanti Opera, and The Congresswomen inspired by Aristophanes with original music by Stew (Passing Strange).

I’m a Motherf*#%ing Super Star: So Where Are My Babies?

By Valeka J Holt
May 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

An ambitious D.C. stage actress with dreams to take over Hollywood and Broadway is finally starting to see the fruits of her labor. After several years of trying to conceive a baby with her loving husband, and blaming herself for the unsuccessful attempts, her dream of motherhood is “tick-tocking away.” But, during an exploratory appointment, one doctor makes an eye-opening, life-changing observation: “Maybe it’s not you.” Pushed to the extreme, will Valeka trust herself and choose her career, or will she have faith that God will deliver it all?

About Valeka J Holt
Valeka J Holt, affectionately known as “V,” is a critically acclaimed actress, director, professor, playwright, socialite, producer, casting director and digital content creator. V stars as Eileen, and is the lead casting director, in Dewey Ortiz Jr.’s The Runaways, the award-winning short and 2019 official selection at the BronzeLens Film Festival. Her workshop performance at the Barbican Center in London received seven out of five stars. The show has an upcoming staged reading this fall in Philadelphia as a part of The Bridge PHL Festival. As a recent Atlanta transplant, V has become a member of Working Title Playwrights, has screened her award-winning film First Love at Screening Room ATL, and has participated in workshops and readings at True Colors, Alliance and Horizon Theatre Companies. More information at @valekajholt.


About Stripped Bare Arts Incubator Project

Stripped Bare focuses on projects that emphasize words and ideas, with minimal technical elements, and encourages artists to think about the essentials of theatre “stripped of” intricate sets, lights, props, sound design, and costumes. The focus is on actors, words, passion, and ideas. Each selected project will get up to three days in Synchronicity Theatre’s performance space. The participants will receive a technician, producer and/or facility manager, house manager, and a box office staffer for each performance. Each project will also receive marketing support and mention on Synchronicity’s website. Learn more about Stripped Bare experiences and projects at https://synchrotheatre.wordpress.com/category/stripped-bare/.

About Synchronicity Theatre

Synchronicity Theatre produces smart, gutsy, bold theatre that sparks community connections, uplifts the voices of women and girls, forges long-term and effective community partnerships, and develops new work. Synchronicity reaches nearly 14,000 patrons a year through its season of plays for adults (Bold Voices) and families (Family Series); community outreach; and educational programming, including Playmaking for Kids (PFK) and the award-winning Playmaking for Girls (PFG). An intimate theatre in the heart of midtown at Peachtree Pointe became Synchronicity’s home for its main stage productions in the summer of 2014. The theatre also serves as a rental venue for independent film, dance, theatre and other projects. The Company recently opened the Synchronicity Annex, a new office, class, event and rehearsal space in Piedmont Heights, Atlanta.

About Sally Henry

A writer with a passion for building relationships and telling people's stories, Sally Henry is a freelance arts and entertainment journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has been featured on BroadwayWorld.com, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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