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True Colors Theatre Company Presents The Wiz June 13 – July 2, 2023 at The Southwest Arts Center in South Fulton / Atlanta, Georgia

Directed by “Sistas” Star Brian Jordan Jr. with Atlanta Native Taloria Merricks As Dorothy

Atlanta, Georgia – True Colors Theatre Company will present “The Wiz” from June 13, 2023 through July 2, 2023 at the Southwest Arts Center at 915 New Hope Road SW in Atlanta, Georgia 30331-7235. Director Brian Jordan Jr., who stars in Tyler Perry’s “Sistas” on BET, has chosen Atlanta native and former True Colors monologue competition winner Taloria Merricks to play Dorothy.

Billed as “Atlanta’s Own Wiz,” the musical will showcase a stellar cast that, in addition to Merricks, includes singer-songwriter and actor Q. Parker as Tinman, noted gospel singer Latrice Pace as Aunt Em/Glinda and actress and producer Tina Fears as Addaperle/Evillene.

“This is our unique interpretation of the classic story that we hope will delight audiences,” said True Colors Artistic Director Jamil Jude. “We are so fortunate to have Brian Jordan Jr. as our director and we have assembled an incredible cast of local talent for the production.”

“I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this show especially because of my deep appreciation of the passion and commitment True Colors Theatre brings to any production,” said Jordan. “We want to bring a new and exciting contemporary approach to The Wiz that makes the story not only a classic, but also a reflection of modern-day life.”

Merricks has grown up in the True Colors family, having won the theater’s Atlanta and national monologue competitions in 2021. She was most recently seen in Out Front Theatre’s “All the Natalie Portmans.”

“This is the best homecoming I could ask for, starring in The Wiz for one of the country’s leading Black theater companies in my hometown,” said Merricks. “With Brian’s direction and an awesome cast, I can’t wait to get on stage.”

Once a staple of True Colors, the production of The Wiz will mark 16 years years since the company has performed the musical. For information on tickets, please visit: . For information on True Colors Theatre, please visit www.truecolorstheatre.org.

About True Colors Theatre Company

True Colors Theatre Company is a nonprofit regional theater company based in Atlanta, Georgia. True Colors Theatre Company’s mission is to celebrate the rich tradition of Black storytelling while giving voice to bold artists from all cultures. We add dimension and relevance to our work on the stage through community events and education programming. The vision of Artistic Director Jamil Jude is for the company to “thrive at the intersection of artistic excellence and civic engagement.” For more information on True Colors, visit www.truecolorstheatre.org.

Last updated on June 2, 2023

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