This week, PEARL MCHANEY, of Georgia State University, shares opportunities in Atlanta to step outside of the ordinary and into a good book.
By Pearl McHaney
Reading can be a private affair, but it can also be a significant factor in community engagement. The Southern Writers Onstage series, a happy collaboration of Georgia State University’s Center for Collaborative and International Arts and the Department of English, Theatrical Outfit, and Georgia Humanities, enlivens stories through performance. For one hour, young students, seniors from a community center in Fairburn, a few businesspeople, book clubbers, my neighbors from Decatur, actors and theater aficionados, a church pastor, one or two professors from Georgia State, a Healey Building resident, people seeking respite from their work — a heterogeneous group — gather in the Balzer Theater at Herren’s on Luckie Street, a storied place itself as the first downtown restaurant to integrate its tables. When one walks through the doors into the theater, views the lone podium on the stage transformed for a production by Theatrical Outfit, and sits, the crush of politics, decision making, and the business of daily work is replaced by a gentle hush.