Playmaking for Kids – at home!

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Synchronicity Theatre has launched Playmaking for Kids online!

For anyone with kids at home – there are great options for you for one-on-one sessions, fun group sessions for your child and friends, and daily free activities.

5 Ways to Play

Our weekly printable gives you an activity each day to do with your child.

Daily live-stream demonstrations – Mon, Wed & Fri at 10:30am, Tues, Thurs at 3:30pm.

STREAM DEMONSTRATION HERE!

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PFK April 13 – April 17 Printable

PFK March 30 – April 3 Printable

 

Solo & Group Playmaking classes, age 6-12

Join one of our Playmaking for Kids instructors for a virtual playmaking date, featuring drama games and activities!

Group classes: Up to 6 children  (minimum 4) – $60

11 AM and 2 PM daily, 45 minute class

Solo classes: Up to 2 children in one household – $35

1 PM and 4 PM daily, 45 minute class

To register, click here.

Playmaking for Toddler classes, age 3-5 – $15/child

Up to 10 children (with parents), minimum 3

Gather a group of up to 6 toddlers for an engaged, fun learning experience. Our instructors will incorporate creative movement and music to introduce the concept of storytelling to your young learners.

Tues and Thurs at 10 AM, 30 minute class

To register, click here.

A Letter to the Community: Local theatres respond to COVID-19

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To Our Local Theatre Fans, Friends, and Family:

Right now is an unprecedented time for our community, and the local theatre community will likely be hit especially hard. COVID-19 has caused a great deal of change, and we are all facing a tremendous amount of uncertainty. Currently, our leaders are making the hard but necessary choice to ban mass gatherings of people, and nobody is sure how long this may go on for. This directly affects theatres, as we will most likely be unable to host shows and sell tickets for an extended period of time.  Theatres are facing a major loss in revenue because of this. In addition to the impact on our organizations, the performers, artisans, and administrative staff of local theatres are also likely to have personal financial struggles through the coming weeks. 

We are coming to you now to ask for your continued support of local theatre, even as we temporarily shutter our doors. There are three easy ways you can help support us through these uncertain times: make a donation, buy a gift certificate, and talk to your legislators. 

Make a donation. All of the theatres listed in this letter are nonprofit organizations. That means that we re-invest any profits we make back into our mission, rather than paying shareholders. As nonprofit organizations, it also means we can accept tax-deductible donations!  This is by far the best thing you can do right now to support your local theatres. A pledge for monthly support is also a wonderful way to provide sustained support as we work to recover in the coming months. Finally, if you bought a ticket to a show that gets cancelled, consider turning the cost of that ticket into a donation, rather than asking for a refund. 

Buy a gift certificate. Many local theatres have the ability to issue gift certificates that patrons can use for future shows. Please check with the theatres you frequent, and inquire if they can sell a gift certificate. Treat your future self to a night of entertainment, and once life returns to normal we look forward to welcoming you into our theatres! 

-Talk to your legislators. In the coming weeks there will likely be bills put forth on the state and national levels for economic relief for those affected by COVID-19. Please reach out to your legislators and let them know that nonprofit arts organizations and artists should be included in these relief packages. 

We can make it through this together, but local theatres need your support to help weather this storm. Even once COVID-19 passes, theatres will still be facing financial gaps and tight budgets, and will likely be asking for your donation to offset our losses. Please have patience with us. We are all dedicated to bringing you amazing theatrical experiences 

We look forward to seeing you once again at our theatres. Until then, stay safe and healthy. 

This too shall pass. 

 

7 Stages

Actor’s Express

Alliance Theatre

Aris Theatre

Atlanta Lyric Theatre 

Aurora Theatre

Center for Puppetry Arts

City Springs Theatre

Dad’s Garage Theatre

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Horizon Theatre Company

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre

Out Front Theatre Company

Serenbe Playhouse

Stage Door Players

Synchronicity Theatre

Theatre Buford

Theatre du Reve

Theatrical Outfit

A Message from Synchronicity Theatre Regarding COVID-19

UPDATE: Synchronicity Theatre Announces Schedule Change to The Bluest Eye

Synchronicity Theatre’s bold voices series production of The Bluest Eye will now run from September 24 through October 17, 2021. The production is moving from its original dates in June 2021, due to the ongoing public health situation with COVID-19.

  • If you have “In the Theatre” tickets to The Bluest Eye, you can exchange your tickets to the new dates in Fall 2021, or refund them to the original payment method. To exchange your “In the Theatre” tickets or request a refund, please contact boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com or call 404.484.8636.
  • If you have “On the Screen” tickets to The Bluest Eye, your tickets will be automatically updated to the new Fall 2021 dates. Your ticket to stream the show online will be sent to you on October 1, 2021. This link will allow ticket buyers to watch the show on demand, at any time, between October 1, 2021 and October 17, 2021.
  • 2019-2020 Subscribers with either a 10-Ticket Flex Pass or Bold Voices Pass will receive four complimentary tickets for any Synchronicity Theatre Mainstage show during our 2021-2022 season. For more information, please email boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com.
  • 2020-2021 “On the Screen” Subscribers will still be sent a link to stream the show online on October 1, 2021. This link will allow ticket buyers to watch the show on demand, at any time, between October 1, 2021 and October 17, 2021. In addition, 2020-2021 “On the Screen” Subscribers will receive a discount to renew their subscription for the upcoming season.

To purchase tickets for The Bluest Eye, please contact the Synchronicity Theatre Box Office at 404.484.8636 or boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com, or visit synchrotheatre.com.

Synchronicity Theatre will soon announce plans for “On the Screen” and “In the Theatre” events for June 2021.

THE BLUEST EYE

September 24 – October 17, 2021

Adapted by Lydia R. Diamond

From the book by Toni Morrison

Directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden

Join us in honoring Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison in Synchronicity Theatre’s production of The Bluest Eye. Adapted for the stage by Lydia R. Diamond, this is the powerful story of Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl who believes that all the obstacles in her life could be overcome if she just had blue eyes. Gripping, thoughtful, and stunning, The Bluest Eye offers a poignant experience for audience members familiar and unfamiliar with this classic novel.

Wednesday at 8:00pm

Thursday at 8:00pm

Friday at 8:00pm

Saturday at 8:00pm

Sunday at 5:00pm

Special Performances: Preview performance at 8 p.m. on Thursday

September 23 Pay-what-you-can night each Wednesday, and at 8 p.m. PWYC Industry Night Monday 9/27 Virtual school performances available.

IN THE THEATRE tickets $35

ON THE SCREEN tickets $10

Tickets and information are available at synchrotheatre.com or by contacting the Box Office at 404.484.8636 or boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com.

UPDATE: AUGUST 31, 2020: COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION REGARDING 2020 – 2021 SEASON

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Synchronicity Theatre is part of a task force for re-opening arts venues partnering with the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and will be implementing safety protocols based on their detailed recommendations.

We are also meeting bi-weekly with arts leaders across the metro area and across the country, to share up-to-date data and re-opening ideas.  Synchronicity staff uses the ‘testing positivity’ number from the Department of Public Health to guide weekly benchmarking meetings.  Synchronicity will have live performances only after a minimum of one week with Georgia’s positivity rate at 8% or lower. 72 hours before every production, we will notify you if we have decided to cancel the “In the Theatre” performances. This decision will be made if the COVID-19 test positivity rate’s 7-day average is higher than 8% in the metro-Atlanta area as determined by Georgia Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 status report.

The staff and Board of Directors are currently finalizing the plans to create safer spaces for audiences, artists, and staff.  These include:

  • Required masks for audiences and all staff;
  • Regular COVID-19 testing and daily safety screening of a range of symptoms for artists and front of house staff;
  • New cleaning procedures including sanitizer stations and shields for box office counters;
  • Reduced overall seating capacity, detailed new physically-distanced and timed seating procedures and maps, and streamlined entrances and exits to reduce contact;
  • Venue improvements that will increase exterior air-intake, and the addition of HEPA filtration for higher air exchange rates.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you On the Screen throughout the whole season, and ‘In the Theatre’ whenever possible.

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER

Synchronicity Theatre’s staff and administration weighed the option to offer live theatre experiences very carefully and determined that the less-risky, safer approach is to use data and the recommendations of health care providers and scientists to make informed decisions about the best ways to protect the health and well-being of our actors, audiences, staff and crews. We have decided to offer extremely-limited live viewing opportunities, and reserve the right to cancel “In the Theatre“ performances if certain criteria are not met.  Our commitment to providing a space for audiences to come together live with our artists, whenever we are able to do so, reflects our mission to use theatre to build community.

72 hours before every production, we will notify you if we have decided to cancel the “In the Theatre” performances. This decision will be made if the COVID-19 test positivity rate’s 7-day average is higher than 8% in the metro-Atlanta area as determined by Georgia Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 status report. We will inform you of any changes that will be made to programming. All “In the Theatre” ticket confirmations for the 2020-2021 season will also include a link to digitally stream the performance, and can be exchanged for “In the Theatre” tickets to another 2020-2021 show. 

Our theatre entrances and exits have been streamlined to reduce group contact in our lobby area, and to allow for safer seating options. The night of the performance, our House Managers will reserve seating based on protocol established by the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing ensuring at least six feet of distance. The audience will be capped and seated, one-by-one according to these specifications.

We require all audience members to wear masks and keep safe social distance, and they are encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently. No walk-ups will be permitted the evening of the performance. All tickets must be reserved online in advance of the performance.

If you have concerns about viewing our performances in our theatre space, we encourage you to choose the “On the Screen” ticket option to receive a link to stream our performances at any time.

We appreciate the patience from our Synchronicity community in regards to these evolving circumstances. Please review all the COVID-19 precautions and requirements for our 2020-2021 season here.

UPDATE MAY 18, 2020: THE BLUEST EYE RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 2021

Due to evolving public health risks related to COVID-19 and out of concern for the well-being of our actors, crew, staff, and audience members, we have rescheduled Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye to June 2021. The show will now run from June 3 to June 27, 2021.

If you have tickets to The Bluest Eye, you can exchange your tickets to the new dates in June 2021, or refund them to the original payment method.

If you can no longer attend this show, please consider donating your ticket. You don’t have to do anything. Just sit back, and enjoy knowing that your money will help Synchronicity Theatre during this unexpected time. Please contact the box office at 404.484.8636 or email boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com with inquiries.

2019-2020 Subscribers with either a 10-Ticket Flex Pass or Bold Voices Pass will receive two complimentary tickets for any Synchronicity Theatre Mainstage show during our 2020-2021 season. For more information, please email boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com.

For any inquiries, please contact the box office at 404.484.8636. or email boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com.

UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020: SYNCHRONICITY THEATRE MARCH AND APRIL PERFORMANCES CANCELLED OR POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Due to evolving public health risks related to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, and out of concern for the well-being of our actors, crew, staff, and audience members, we are cancelling performances of Wayfinding. Our Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds Tour will be postponed as well as our 2020 Women in the Arts and Business Luncheon. New dates for those events will be announced soon.

  • If you have tickets to Wayfinding, please consider donating your ticket. You don’t have to do anything. Just sit back, and enjoy knowing that your money will help Synchronicity Theatre during this unexpected time. Tickets can be exchanged for an upcoming performance or refunded to the original payment method. Please contact the box office at 404.484.8636 or email boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com with inquiries.
  • Tickets for Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds will be refunded to the original payment method. Please look out for an announcement regarding rescheduled dates.
  • Tickets for the 2020 Women in the Arts and Business Luncheon will be honored for the rescheduled date, to be announced soon.

For any inquiries, please contact the box office at 404.484.8636. or email boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com.

We want everyone to be as safe as possible, and it has been recommended by the CDC that we suspend all public events over 50 people to lessen the risk of exposure. Please keep monitoring our website and social media accounts, and be on the look out for email updates. Safeguard yourself and your loved ones, and thank you for being a part of the Synchronicity Theatre community.

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MARCH 11, 2020: We care about your well-being, and that’s why we’re writing to let you know that Synchronicity Theatre is closely following updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

At present, all performances and events are taking place as scheduled, and all standard ticketing policies are in effect. Tickets can be exchanged for upcoming performances. Our theatre is thoroughly cleaned after each performance, and our staff is presently undertaking additional cleaning and safety measures, including frequent hand-washing.

We strongly recommend that every patron follow the preventive guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), outlined below. For the well-being of your fellow patrons, if you feel ill, please stay home.

We are following guidelines provided by the Metro Atlanta Health Department. At this time, the city has not recommended canceling public events.

If you have questions or would like to know more about how we are responding to any new developments in the outbreak, please visit our website. This page will be updated regularly. And if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at boxoffice@synchrotheatre.com or call us at 404.484.8636.

A Note from Playwright Whitney Rowland

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The ensemble cast of Wayfinding.

I wrote the original draft of Wayfinding in the summer of 2016, when I was between my first and second years of an MFA at Carnegie Mellon. It was to be my final thesis play – a perfect little showcase of my newly polished dramatic voice. You know, no pressure. So I spent the first half of that summer hunting for ideas. I read books. I saw performances. I wandered through museums and parks and malls and airports. Lots and lots of airports. I’d been fortunate enough to be invited to several cross-country conferences and festivals that summer and, given the fact that I was a poor student artist, that meant my flights had some exceptionally long layovers.

I was on my way to Alaska, trapped in the Seattle airport for twelve hours. I couldn’t find anywhere comfortable to sleep, so I popped in my earbuds and cued up a podcast: 99% Invisible, Episode 126: “Walk This Way.” It was all about how architecture can be used as a modern wayfinding tool. Counters at an angle. Patterns in the tile. Angles in the skylights. All of it working together like an invisible hand, subtly steering people toward their destinations.

I thought this was fascinating. And since I had 11 more hours to burn, I decided to do a little experiment. I planted myself in a central space in the terminal, turned off my mind, and just let the space tell me where to go. I spent hours in this pursuit, wandering halls and weaving through crowds, usually ending up at a Starbucks or Sbarro. But the exercise became a kind of walking meditation on fate, choice, and the way our lives are constantly and invisibly shaped by the circumstances that surround us. From that concept, this play was born.

In the years since, Wayfinding has seen several huge rewrites, bringing the script to its current state: a darkly funny, full-of-heart, melancholic comedy. I sincerely hope you enjoy watching this play as much as I’ve enjoyed developing it with the brilliant artists here at Synchronicity.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for giving life to this weird little new work.

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Whitney Rowland