FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does this work?
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a HUGE celebration of heritage, arts and culture. This year festival dates are as follows:
ABTF Children's PlayFest: The first ever afro-centric play festival devoted to children. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at West End Performing Arts Center in Atlanta from 2pm - 7pm
The Festival of 40 Plays* in 4 Days: Thursday - Saturday, October 4-7, 2017. This event takes place all under one roof at the magnificent Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center. PSPAC is a 42,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility located in historic Decatur, GA (just 6 miles from downtown Atlanta)
Our Performances include:
Special Events include:
Q. Is there dining available on site?
Absolutely! The Backstage Cafe is open from 11am -10pm daily. We offer a nice selection of gourmet sandwiches, wings, juicy turkey burgers, Nathan's 100% beef hot dogs, and vegetarian options. Candy, chips and soft drinks are available as well. Premium wine and beer is available from 6pm - 10pm.
Q. How do I purchase tickets?
1. ONLINE: 24/7 via our online ticket page. The link is abtf.eventbrite.com You can then print your tickets at home or present the bar/query code at the door on your smart phone for scanning. (Warning: duplicate tickets will be voided.)
2. BOX OFFICE: Hours are 11am - 5pm during the festival. We accepted 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. Most patrons plan to attend 2-3 events per day.
Passes are available after 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, four (4) complimentary food/beverage tickets PLUS VIP admission for one to the Awards Ceremony and Gala. (Cost: $200)
Red (Industry) Pass: This is ideal for producers and directors seeking access to events. This pass includes unlimited access to Reader's Theatre of Original Works, Creative Conference, workshops and panels. Additionally, you can enjoy flash and go admission for any unsold seats at 5 mins before curtain (doors close 5 mins after curtain). This pass also includes VIP admission to the Awards Ceremony and Gala. (Cost: $150)
Gold Pass: This pass is ideal for students and/or artists who want to experience the festival on a budget. This pass includes unlimited access to Reader's Theatre of Original Works, Creative Conference, workshops and panels. It also includes "rush tickets" for any unsold seats for only $10 at the box office (4pm -5pm) the day of the show. (Cost: $95)
Q. Do you offer discounts for Seniors and/or Students?
Wednesday, October 4th is Student Day and we offer subsidized school performances and half price tickets for selected events.
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. Is the building ADA compliant?
Yes! The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center is fully accessible. Please let the host know if you need additional assistance upon arrival. We'll be happy to accommodate you.
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?
YES! 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 of 10+ 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. We add 7% local taxes and a small handling fee to cover printing, web, and online ticketing costs. 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 open during the festival from 11am to 10pm. We offer delicious yet light southern fare, wings, snacks and soft drinks for your convenience. The bar is open daily at 6pm. Nearby downtown Decatur is a popular restaurant district with over 30 restaurants.
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. Holiday Inn's signature breakfast is included in the rate. The address is 7846 Stonecrest Square, Lithonia, GA 30038. You can call 678-325-4830 for reservations before 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 venue:
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 "wuj5s" You candownload the app on your smart phone at Google Play or Apple.
The address is:
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center
3181 Rainbow Drive
Decatur, GA 30014
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. Join us for engaging workshops, panel discussions, community conversations and master classes.
Also...for the young (or young at heart) you can PARTY every night with the casts and other art lovers. We've got jazz, comedy, networking, a gala and dancing on the party schedule!
Q. I am interested in acting, producing/presenting my work or volunteering during the festival. How do I get involved?
Our submission period is January 1 - March 1 every year. We also host auditions and connect artists with producers and directors. Additionally, we offer a training and orientation for those who want to join our Ambassadors for the Arts. There are lots of ways to get involved. Join our email list and get connected! We'll be happy to provide more information as it becomes available.