Over in Edgewood this past weekend, an eventful showcase occurred at the Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. Saturday night featured the third weekend of the world-premier production of Black Nerd by Dad’s Writer and Improviser Jon Carr.
The play as a whole was extremely entertaining and maintained a subtle seriousness concerning cultural issues within the black community. Throughout the course of the play, Marcus consistently breaks the fourth wall to comment on many of these issues while also voicing his own opinions on the prejudices of being a “black nerd”.
Director Tiffany Porter explained, “My goal in directing this piece was to have people see a piece of their own life….It is a story about acceptance of self.”
Marcus was played by Dad’s Garage Rookie Avery Sharpe, and included an ensemble cast of Dad’s Improvisers and many talented Atlanta actors and actresses.
The final showings will be August 2nd-4th , so you should definitely plan on attending if you haven’t already.*
That same evening also marked the 23rd Birthday of Dad’s Garage, and featured a “Birthday Edition” of TheatreSports.
TheatreSports is Dad’s longest running improv show, and consists of two teams ready to compete in a variety of improv games. Suggestions for themes are asked from the audience which can then be used once or throughout each game.
I am honored to say that my “popcorn” suggestion was used in many of the games that evening which truly touched my Gnomey heart.
To conclude my weekend at Dad’s, the Giant King and I attended the annual “Daddy Awards”.
The Daddy Awards focus on awarding specific Dad’s Garage writers, improvisers, and staff members. through submitted votes. Some of these awards included: Hannah Aslesen for Rookie of the Year, Andy Coen for Best Male Lead and Karen Cassady for Best Female Lead.
Black Nerd was also the winner for Best Original Script while Tiffany Porter won Best Director.
All and all, Dad’s Garage and the Dad’s Family provided an amazing summer weekend for myself, and know more will come.
*Click Here To Purchase Tickets For Black Nerd