7 Stages collaborates with local, national, and international artists to initiate and develop performance.

Creations that exhibit promise, stimulation and provocation become a part of our Home Brew Series. Enjoy performances and readings from never-before-seen projects in various stages of their creation.

During the 2015-16 season, the following FREE presentations will take place:

Oct. 24 at 2 PM with Johnny Drago’s Blood for Blood

Dec. 12 at 2 PM with Richard Garner’s and Lee Nowell’s The Commission

Jan. 16 at 2 PM with Theroun Patterson’s RED SUMMER

Feb. 25 at 2 PM with Michael Haverty, Ofir Nahari, Margaret Baldwin, and Ismail Ibn Connor’s The Followers
*This event takes place at Kennesaw State University

Mar. 19 at 2 PM with Tara Ochs’ and Heidi S. Howard’s White Woman in Progress

April 30 at 2 PM with The Pacha Mamas’ A Touch of Goddesspell

May 14 at 2 PM with Heidi S. Howard, Theresa Davis, Jed Drummond, and Dorothy Bell’s Fahrenheit 451

For more information on how you can be a part of the Home Brew Series, please contact  Heidi S. Howard or Michael Haverty.

The Big Read is a program run by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

This year we are giving away copies of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 as part of The Big Read.

Receiving a free copy of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a commitment to submitting an artistic response to the novel. We’ll be leading creative response workshops (Book Clubs), bringing in keynote speakers, all in the service of spreading knowledge and a love for literature.

Categories of artistic response: visual art, literary art (graphic novel, poetry), music (instrumental, song), or performance (theatre, dance, spoken word).

Dates for Book Clubs at Decatur Library (215 Sycamore St in Decatur) are:
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
* Possible additional book clubs at Gwinnett and Fulton Libraries

At each Book Club meeting there will be a discussion of the book on specific topics led by singer, performer, and teaching artist Dorothy Bell, with Artistic Director Heidi s Howard. We will also be able to discuss artistic responses, with proposals for responses being due at final club meeting. Responses will be curated the week of the last Home Brew (May 14, 2016).
Example discussion topics: themes, resonance and impact, evolution of characters, point of view. How are the themes/stories in the novel relevant to today’s current events?

To download a Reader’s Guide, click here!