Photos courtesy of Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Mark your calendars on Feb. 9 – 26 for a journey into the past and present.

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia with a cargo of 20 to 30 enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the source of so much that still defines the United States.

This one-act festival features eight commissions by local and national playwrights that weave together stories that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America. Each play is no longer than 20 minutes and is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Nikole Hannah-Jones’ The 1619 Project. Presented by The All Stars Project & Dallas Truth Racial Healing and Transformation. Ticket are available online at or by calling the Bishop Arts Theatre Center ticket office at 214-948-0716.

Charity Chukwu is the copy editor and social media manager at The Dallas Examiner. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a Bachelor of Journalism concentrating in copyediting...

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