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PICK – The Conciliation Lab’s "BlackList" 

A celebration of Black voices in American theater on July 10 and 11.

click to enlarge Morgan Howard from BlackList Lorraine Hansberry (2017).

Morgan Howard from BlackList Lorraine Hansberry (2017).

As the pandemic increasingly feels relegated to the rearview mirror and public life resumes, Richmonders may find that a few things have changed during their social hibernation.

Last summer, Richmond theater company TheatreLab announced it would merge with The Conciliation Project, a social justice theater company aimed at addressing racial and social inequality. Though the merger process is still legally in process, the newly-formed The Conciliation Lab is hosting its first event ever later this week with “BlackList: A celebration of Black voices in American theater” on July 10 and 11.

First hosted by The Conciliation Project and TheatreLab in 2015, this two-day event will feature work from August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry, Suzan-Lori Parks and James Baldwin. On July 10, a “Black Market” featuring goods sold by Black, woman-owned businesses will be held, as will an open mic hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Black Theatre Association.

On July 11, a special performance by the Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company will take place, as well as an additional “BlackList” performance. The second night will close with the announcement of a scholarship in support of a current or college-bound African American theatre student, and the unveiling of The Conciliation Lab’s 2021-22 season.

Tickets are $10-20. For more information, visit theconciliationlab.com.

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