Atlanta, GA – A well known and diverse form of art, a well written and produced play has the ability to make viewers rethink the way in which they see themselves and the world around them. Stage plays are also a great way for actors and actresses and writers and directors to express their own world views and explore the human narrative. Writer and director Shannon Dada’s newest play does just that by sharing the emotional stories of eight black women who represent different intersections of Black Identity.
The play has been garnering rave reviews since its initial debut. “It was an emotional roller coaster that ended in hope, unity, and joy for me,” says Michelle Glover, Black Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Other reviews commend the play for the self discovery and cultural journey that the writing and characters bring to the stage. Shannon Dada, writer and director of No Name, promotes and supports brave works of performing arts both by and for black women in a number of ways. Her founding of the production company Evoladad is just one of the ways in which she is helping black actresses to break through typical casting stereotypes.
The play – “No Name” was first shown on February 3rd and sold out after just two caps. The debut stage production from the Atlanta based production company Evoladad Productions has continued to be a smash hit in the industry. The play follows the stories and histories of eight women of color as they fight to establish their own identities both through and apart from their past selves. Coming from places of jealousy, egotism, insecurity, and conflicts over colorism, the women are readjusted to community thinking with the help and tough love of two wise older black women. No Name is insightful and filled with a message of embracing love for each other and a vibrant sisterhood through love and the sharing of stories.
To further explain her own journey as a black female and the influences that have led her to creating her groundbreaking play, Dada also filmed a short No Name – Director’s Journey segment. During this, Dada speaks of the lack of diversity that she herself experienced growing up and the dissent and conflict between black women that prevents them from forming a common bond. Shannon Dada used the choreopoem format for her piece, which focuses on aspects of poetry, dance, song, and music. Choreopoems are often used to illuminate the commonalities and differences between people in a way that draws an emotional response from the audience.
The Evoladad Productions studio is located in Atlanta, Georgia. To learn more about Shannon Dada and her works to empower and support women of color, visit http://www.evoladadtheater.com/ or follow Dada’s new podcast segments.
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