Atlanta, Ga., July 7, 2009 ... The Anti-Defamation League today(ADL) announced that Theatrical Outfit, one of the oldest professional theater companies in Atlanta, has been designated the first No Place for Hate theater in the Southeast.
ADL's No Place for Hate initiative, which is now operating in some 150 schools in metro Atlanta, promotes respect for diversity and an end to bigotry and discrimination. ADL Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut said the decision to extend the No Place for Hate designation to a cultural institution was based on the fact that Theatrical Outfit has a long history of producing plays that emphasize racial understanding and reconciliation.
"Schools will always be ADL's primary venue for promoting diversity," said Nigut. "But our region's cultural institutions deserve recognition for the major role they play in illuminating our shared humanity and the divides caused by race, religion, sexual orientation and ethnic origin.
"Tom Key, Theatrical Outfit's Executive Artistic Director, is widely known for his deep commitment to producing plays that inspire and encourage us to live together in harmony, and so it's appropriate that his theater become the first No Place for Hate theater organization" Nigut said.
The designation comes as Theatrical Outfit is preparing for the opening of South African playwright Athol Fugard's classic drama Blood Knot, a play which the New York Times called "a deeply human experience and a symbolic statement on the anguish of apartheid."
Blood Knot, which features Atlanta actors Kenny Leon and Tom Key will run at Theatrical Outfit from July 10 thru August 2 at the Balzer Theatre at Herren's. 84 Luckie Street, Atlanta. For more information about the production, go to the Theatrical Outfit Website: www.theatricaloutfit.org.