Common Ground Theatre

2022/2023 Season Theatre-in-Residence

Common Ground Theatre presents STILL WE RISE

La Jolla Playhouse 2022/2023 Season Theatre-in-Residence
Common Ground Theatre presents

Still We Rise

Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 pm
Shank Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse
Tickets just $25!

Common Ground Theatre will kick off their residency with Still We Rise, a celebration concert of music and poetry. This poetry and jazz-infused concert features work by such historic Black poets as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and Amanda Gorman, along with music by Rob Thorsen Jazz Trio.

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Common Ground Theatre

About Common Ground Theatre

Artistic Director: Yolanda Franklin

Common Ground Theatre has made a broad and important impact in San Diego County. It is the only theatre in the San Diego area whose primary goal is to regularly and consistently offer high quality classic and new works by and about Black people. It provides theatrical productions at a low price in an area that has a dearth of arts and cultural opportunities for its residents. It develops budding Black artistic talent which supplies a core group of performers not only for Common Ground Theatre productions, but for many other theatres in the San Diego area. Most of the African American actors who have performed at other theatres in the San Diego region were first trained and developed by Common Ground Theatre. Common Ground provides employment for Black actors and other actors in the San Diego area. During the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic and the violent and deadly attacks against Blacks revealing the continued racial injustice, Common Ground Theatre’s board members and Executive Artistic Director Yolanda Franklin have participated and provided leadership. In the past two years they have played a central role in Zoom presentations and discussions regarding the role of San Diego’s theatre community in combatting social, cultural, racial, and artistic injustice.

As the major Black theatre in San Diego, Common Ground Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Yolanda Franklin is frequently called upon to provide leadership in the arts and cultural community, to network and collaborate with other arts and cultural organizations, and to help to provide solutions to healing the local and national racial divide. Ms. Franklin focused the theme of their 2020-2021 Season on “Uplifting Black Voices: Raising Our Consciousness to a Higher Level.” The first production during was “Dinner and a Zoom,” a series of four plays focusing on new one-act plays by Black women, directed by Franklin and presented in collaboration with Moxie Theatre. The next series, performed in December 2020 highlights three contemporary plays by Black men. Other digital performances for January through June 2021 included new original digital short plays focused on Black mental health, senior citizens, LGBQT, biracial issues, Black youth issues, and human rights. The 2021-2022 Season focused on the same theme: “Continuing To Raise Our Consciousness To A Higher Level” with a co-production with Diversionary Theatre of One In Two, by Donja Love in August of 2021. This was followed by a first-time collaboration between Common Ground and Playwrights Projects for the community in September 2021. They then hosted Common Ground’s Black History and Juneteenth events in the Market Creek Plaza in collaboration with Jacob’s Center For Neighborhood Innovation.

Now Common Ground Theatre is excited to present its 59th Season, July 2022-June 2023, which includes a year-long residency at La Jolla Playhouse.

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Upcoming Events

Uplifting Black Voices Play Reading Series

A monthly short play reading series from playwrights who identify as black and/or intersect with blackness. Three of these plays will be hosted at La Jolla Playhouse on the second Saturday of the month. Full series includes plays for/about: Black Men, Black Women, Mature Blackness – Seasoned With Sage, Black Youth – Beyond The SandBox, Black Humanity, and Mental Health in the black community.

Black Love - Play Reading Series & Panel Discussion

A workshop production of the new play Sense of Love by Sheryl Mallory Johnson, which centers around a black couple, who come from two very different neighborhoods in San Diego – Carlsbad and Southeast.

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