Actor’s Express Stages World Premiere of Serial Black Face

Actor’s Express continues its 2015-2016 season with the world premiere of Janine Nabers’ , a gripping drama set against the backdrop of the Atlanta Child Murders of the late 1970s, running April 2-24. The play was named the winner of the 2014 Yale Drama Series by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman who said of the playwright, “Janine Nabers is an extraordinary writer – powerful and funny and brave.” Nabers is an alumna of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley will direct the world premiere.

Performances of are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets start at $26 and may be purchased online at or by calling 404-607-7469.

Serial Black Face
By Janine Nabers
April 2-24, 2016

Atlanta, 1979. The Atlanta Child Murders grip the entire city. Single mother Vivian copes with the disappearance of her young son while working tirelessly to give a fresh start to her troubled teenage daughter. When a handsome stranger enters her life with promises of new love, she soon learns that nothing is as it seems. This award-winning play by one of American’s most promising young playwrights pulses to life with extraordinary grace and raw emotional power.

Previews: March 30 – April 1, 2016 at 8 PM, $20
Opening Night: April 2, 2016 at 8 PM, $40
Regular Performances: April 3-24, 2016

Tickets for regular performances start at $26. Performance times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.

Purchase tickets online at or by calling 404-607-7469. Group pricing is available. For info, email

*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Order early for best pricing. 8% sales tax will be added to all orders. 

A native of Houston, Texas, Janine Nabers is a 2013 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship at Juilliard and winner of the 2014 Yale Drama Series Prize for her play “Serial Black Face.” She currently writes for Bravo’s first scripted series under Marti Noxon. Her play premiered in August 2013 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Janine won the 2013 NYFA Playwriting fellowship and was the 2013-2014 AETNA Playwriting Fellow at Hartford Stage, a 2012-2013 New York Theatre Workshop Playwriting Fellow, and Page 73’s 2011 Playwriting Fellow. She is an alumna of the Ars Nova Play Group, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship, the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and the 2010 and 2011 Sundance Theatre Labs, and is also a member of the MCC Playwrights Coalition and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. Presently Janine is working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, the Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage, and Berkeley Rep. Her new musical was developed as the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival fellowship musical and was part of the 2013 Yale Institute for Musical Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club’s 7@7 series, and the Theatreworks New Works Now Festival.

Tinashe Kajese* - Vivian
Imani Guy Duckette - Latoya
Gilbert Glenn Brown* - Hugh
Drea Lewis* - Gladys
Kelli Winans - Damita
Brian Hatch - Jimmy/Micky/Police Officer
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Freddie Ashley - Director
Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay - Scenic & Costume Designers
Rebecca M. K. Makus - Lighting Designer
Joel Abbott - Sound Designer
Kimberly Townsend - Properties Designer
Emma Palmer McVey - Stage Manager
Clifton Guterman - Assistant Director & National New Play Network Producer in Residence
Sheila Oliver - Casting Director

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Since our founding in 1988, we have sought to nurture the next generation of playwrights through workshops, readings, and full productions of new plays; to develop and nurture Atlanta's artistic community through theatre training; to catalyze the dialogue essential to the vitality of our neighborhood and our city; and to enhance Atlanta's reputation nationally as a thriving center for live performance.

Actor’s Express is located on the west side of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.