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Lane, Yarbrough, Stewart, and Vereen.

Synchronicity Reveals Stripped Bare Arts Incubator Project Lineup

Chris Lane, Emma Yarbrough, John Clarence Stewart, and Thulani Vereen will each develop a new work with the Atlanta company.

ATLANTA: Synchronicity Theatre has announced the lineup for the 2023-24 Stripped Bare Arts Incubator Project. The series focuses on projects with minimal technical elements. This year’s lineup includes Coming Home to Roost by Chris Lane, Day by Emma Yarbrough, Soft As It Began by John Clarence Stewart, and Mosaka’s Travel by Thulani Vereen. All performances will be free.

Coming Home to Roost (Nov. 15) is a Theatre for Young Audiences play that follows the life of an adopted ostrich, Cay, who goes on a journey to learn about self-worth. Lane, a DJ, sound designer, audio engineer, and music producer is the CEO of Multiband Studios.

Day (Jan. 6, 2024) follows one woman’s journey through grief, chronic illness, and untameable joy through clowning and storytelling. Yarbrough, an immersive theatremaker and clown who is a senior producer at the Story Collider, has crafted this as an offering to the memory of her Aunt Day, whom she lost in an act of violence.

Soft As It Began (Feb. 21, 2024) is a one-man ritual of monologue, music, and movement that traces journey of Black manhood in America. Actor and playwright Stewart was inspired to write it after the death of his father. The show will be produced by Emily Kleypas, with dramaturgy by Addae Afura Moon.

Mosaka’s Travel (April 17, 2024) is a theatrical dance work that follows a courageous South African girl as she breaks free from the shackles of apartheid. The narrative unravels the coming-of-age story of Vereen’s mother, Dorothy Mosaka. Vereen is a choreographer and software engineer who uses dance as a vehicle to unlock new innovations.

Arts Incubator projects receive up to three days in Synchronicity’s performance space with a technician, house manager, and producer and/or facility manager. Each project also receives marketing support from Synchronicity.

Synchronicity Theatre aims to produce smart, gutsy, bold theatre that sparks community connections, uplifts the voices of women and girls, and forges long-term community partnerships. The theatre also serves as a rental venue for independent film, dance, theatre, and other projects. As of 2020, the theatre had a budget of approximately $730,200.

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