SOURCE: Griot's Fire Productions, LLC

Griot's Fire Productions, LLC

March 21, 2011 01:27 ET

Griot's Fire Productions Debuts American Theater Classic With African American Twist

Opening Night Performance of Eugene O'Neill's Classic, "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" Features a Special Reception Hosted by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) -   Eugene O'Neill's classic, autobiographical play, "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" debuts for the first-time ever with an all African-American cast, beginning March 24th at the Atlanta 14th Street Playhouse. Charles Reed and Griot's Fire Productions will showcase one of the most significant works of the American Theater. A glimpse into O'Neill's life with a drug-addicted mother and alcoholic father, the work highlights "the space of one day, from morning until midnight, the family background which created the elusive yet magnificent talent of the author."

Charles Reed is dedicated to the Arts community much like his brother, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed who launched the Midtown Festival of the Arts last Fall to celebrate Midtown Atlanta's diverse arts and entertainment offerings. Reed is the former Producing Artistic Director of The Renaissance Project Ensemble Theatre in Atlanta; having served from 1999 to 2005. His regional directing credits include; Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Dreamgirls, As Bees In Honey Drown, Oedipus Rex, The Amen Corner, Pillow Man, The Wiz, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow and Macbeth. The local playwright, director and actor Charles Reed and Griot's Fire Productions are devoted to producing exciting, innovative and diverse works for film, television and theater. It seeks to bring stories to life by creating emotional connections with audiences and presenting classic and contemporary theatrical works. Mark Walker of Griot's Fire Productions, states the group wants to share classic theater with the Atlanta Arts' community, theater lovers, and diverse communities by telling the stories "in our voice" as they can be appreciated by all.

The show will run March 24 - 27 and April 1 - 3 at the 14th Street Playhouse, Stage 2. The opening night performance on Thursday, March 24th will feature a special reception hosted by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

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