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Southern Writers Onstage Goes ‘Beyond Black And White’ In 6th Year

Southern Writers Onstage series offers authors and actors the opportunity to give dramatic readings on Theatrical Outfit's stage.
Southern Writers Onstage series offers authors and actors the opportunity to give dramatic readings on Theatrical Outfit's stage.
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Southern Writers Onstage pairs literature with theater.

Pearl McHaney is the Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature at Georgia State University and curates the series, offering authors and actors the opportunity to give dramatic readings on Theatrical Outfit’s stage.

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This year, the theme is “Beyond Black and White” and explores the Southern experiences of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Chinese American and Native American authors.

“These stories offer the opportunity to learn about others as well as ourselves,” said McHaney in an interview with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. “I always have believed that literature provides a safe space for things that are different and things that are challenging.”

There are four readings, all presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Humanities. They take place at Theatrical Outfit’s Balzer Theater at Herren’s at noon.

  • On Jan. 23, Carmen Agra Deedy will present excerpts from her own work “Growing Up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia.”
  • On Jan. 30, actress Diany Rodriquez will read excerpts from Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Cruel Country.”
  • On Feb. 27, actor Ryan Vo will read excerpts from two works: John Jung’s “Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South” and Eddie Huang’s “Fresh Off the Boat.”
  • On March 6, Emory Professor Craig Womack, a Muscogee Creek-Cherokee, will read from his own novel “Drowning in Fire.”