The Conciliation Lab Announces First Season: The Truth & The Lie

By | August 1, 2021

The Conciliation Lab, the new company formed from the merger of TheatreLAB and The Conciliation Project, announces their first season: “The Truth & The Lie.”

Opening the season is THE NICETIES by Eleanor Burgess, directed by Co-Artistic Director, Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates. “Zoe, a Black student at a liberal arts college, is called into her white professor’s office to discuss her paper about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution. Her thesis? ‘If history is written by the victors, who tells the story of the oppressed?’ What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history, and power.” Opening in September at The Basement.

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN by Young Jean Lee, directed by Kelsey Cordrey. “When personal identity is essential and privilege is a problem, what is a straight white man to do? Raucous, surprising and fearless – experimental playwright Young Jean Lee takes an outside look at the traditional father/son play narrative, shedding new and often hilarious light on a story we think we know all too well.” Opening in December at The Basement.

August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM “It’s 1927 and Ma Rainey, the “Mother of the Blues,” is recording new sides of old favorites in a rundown studio in Chicago. Fiery and determined, Ma Rainey fights to retain control over her music, while her cocky trumpet player Levee dreams of making his own name in the business. More than music goes down in August Wilson’s riveting portrayal of rage, racism, self-hatred and exploitation.” Opening in April at The Basement.

Closing out the season is SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, directed by Co-Artistic Director, Deejay Gray. “In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, oblivious of the financial devastation looming in their near future. Based on Nottage’s extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline.” Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Co-produced by 5th Wall Theatre. Opening in June at The Basement.

Season Subscriptions are now available at TheConciliationLab.org – Early Ticket Access, Free Ticket Exchanges, Priority Seating, AND Discounts To Special Events! Get yours today – “Early Bird” Pricing ends September 1st.

For more information about The Conciliation Lab’s first season, The Truth & The Lie, or their other upcoming programming, please contact Co-Artistic Director, Deejay Gray at deejay@theatrelabrva.org

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