On Stage and Off

Theater in Georgia

Political Works

Committed to producing activist art, many 7 Stages’ productions take on issues of political, social, and ethical significance. Quite a few of these plays premiered for the first time at 7 Stages. The theater company has worked with playwrights, composers, and choreographers to produce vivid new material, exploring subjects as widespread as the experience of soldiers during the Vietnam War (1964-73) in Wasted or the effects of global neo-colonialism on the Latin American economy in Bananaland. 7 Stages has been a dedicated ally to the LGBTQ community and was a proponent of the Black Arts Movement in Atlanta. Two plays examining race relations (Bang Bang Über Alles and Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical) gained widespread attention in the city, prompting counterprotests from the Ku Klux Klan and conservative officials, respectively.