FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL INFORMATION



Q. How does this work?


The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival offers over 40 Plays and Special Events for a 4 day celebration!  


Plays include:

  • Our popular Readers Theatre Series of Original Works
  • Full-length Performances including solo performances, comedies, musicals, dramas, etc.
  • Children's PlayFest (Saturday, September 30, 2017), Senior Day, Family Day and School Performances


Special Events include:

  • A Creative Conference
  • Open Closing Cafe' Parties & Networking
  • Late Night Comedy/Talent Showcase
  • Gala & Awards Ceremony
  • International Vendor's Market
  • Lounge & Cafe for onsite Dining



Q. How do I purchase tickets?


You can purchase tickets or multiple event access passes two ways:


A. ONLINE: 24/7 via our online ticket page. The link is abtf.eventbrite.com  


B. BOX OFFICE: Our Box Office is open each day of the festival from 11am - 5pm. NOTE: We accept CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS ONLY.  CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED for safety and security reasons. 


We STRONGLY recommend you pre-purchase your tickets online to avoid box office lines and sold out shows.  Please join our mailing list for "insider" information and updates. 



Q. What's the difference between a ticket and a pass? 


Tickets are available for purchase a la carte' (or pay-as-you-go) on June 15th.


Passes are available on Feb. 1st  for those who want to immerse themselves in the full marathon experience while enjoying flash and go admission, front of the house seating and many of the perks that go along with being a pass holder. 



Q. I'm interested in getting a pass. Can you explain the benefits and perks? 


There are three types of passes available: 


Black Card: This pass provides VIP access to all 40+ events. We bestow full benefits for real theatre lovers including flash and go access, reserved front of the house seating until 5 mins before curtain, complimentary food and beverage tickets PLUS the Awards Ceremony and Gala. (Cost: $200)


Red (Industry) Pass: This is ideal for producers and directors seeking access to events. Enjoy flash and go admission for any unsold seats at 5 mins before curtain. This pass also includes VIP access the Awards Ceremony and Gala and a admission to the Producer's Reception. (Cost: $150)


Gold Pass: This pass is ideal for students and/or artists who want to experience the festival on a budget. Includes rush tickets for any unsold seats for only $10 at the box office (11am - 5pm) the day of the show.  (Cost: $75)



Q. Do you offer discounts for Seniors and/or Students?


Yes!

Friday, October 6th is Senior Day and we offer a half-price preview show and free events from 10am - 4pm.  

Wednesday, October 4th is Student Day and we offer subsidized and half price tickets for selected performances.

 


Q. Is the Festival family friendly?


Absolutely!  Most early daytime events are general audiences. We provide a suitability guide on each performance so you can gauge based on your personal preference.  



Q. What is Reader's Theatre?. It's a series of "readings" of original works. This is a very popular literary event that's fun for all involved.  If time permits, the audience has the opportunity to meet the playwright, ask questions and provide feedback about their work. 



Q. Do I save if I purchase tickets in advance?


Box Office tickets are slightly higher depending on the show ($0.50 - $2). We are a "green" company  so we encourage you to use your smart phone and present query/bar code at the door for scanning.  This will way you avoid long ticket lines and the inconvenience of sold out performances. If you prefer to use our box office, the hours are 11am - 5pm during the festival. 



Q. Do you offer group discounts?


Yes!  The festival is so much fun with a group.  Organize a group of friends for one day or the entire event, then  CONTACT US for great deals.



Q. Why is there a tax and service fee charge for each ticket?


While our prime aim is to keep tickets affordable, there are some costs that we just can't get around. The fee includes 7% local taxes, printing, web fees, online ticketing services, etc. However, we proudly maintain that because of our dedicated staff of volunteers, we are able to keep these costs substantially lower than other events of this magnitude.



Q. Is there a phone number to call and ask questions?


This is the part where we need your cooperation and patience. The volume of calls is TREMENDOUS and would require a staff of operators and the installation of expensive equipment that has to be maintained all year.  Remember although this is a huge celebration of theatre, it's a community event that's 100% volunteer driven.  Our goal is to keep things affordable! 


Contact us by email and we'll be happy to respond to your questions within 24-48 hours. However during the week of the festival feel free to stop by guest relations, pick up a schedule and ask any questions.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE VENUE. THEY CAN ONLY PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION! 



DINING, PARKING, AND TRANSPORTATION


Q. Can you recommend any restaurants in the area?


For your convenience, our own concessions will be available on the premises and will be open during the festival from 10am to 10pm. We offer delicious yet light southern fare, snacks and soft drinks for your convenience. The bar is open daily at 5pm. 



Q. Is there a host hotel nearby?  I live out of town.


Yes. We have a host hotel with negotiated rates from October 3-8 with Holiday Inn Express and Suites  the nicest affordable option near the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.  The address is 7846 Stonecrest Square, Lithonia, GA 30038. You can call 678-325-4830 for reservations by September 15th and ask for the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival special rate!  If you prefer to stay downtown (15 mins from venue), there are lots of options on the web. 



Q. What about transportation and parking?


There are three ways to get to the Festival:


1. By Car...Parking is FREE! 


2. Public Transportation: MARTA rail station and bus lines are is just a short walk from the venues. Please check with itsMarta.com for scheduling and information.


3. Car Service: Uber and Lyft care services are popular in Atlanta. Uber is also offering $20 off your first ride if you use the promo code "wuj5sYou candownload the app on your smart phone at Google Play or Apple. 




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Q. I am interested in producing my play at the festival. How do I get involved?


Our submission period is January 1 - March 1 every year. Join our mailing list and receive notifications and reminders.  



Q. What types of events are available in addition to seeing the plays?


We are so glad you asked!  There are over 40 events happening during the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival including THE BEST shopping ever at our International Vendor's Market!  For those looking for professional development, we offer a Creative Conference.  Also...for the young or young at heart, you can PARTY every night with the casts and other art lovers. We got jazz, comedy, networking, a gala and dancing on the party schedule!