In 1986, 7 Stages produced Bang Bang Uber Alles and received national attention when the Ku Klux Klan, in protest of the play’s anti-white supremacist themes, marched on the theatre in its first march within Atlanta city limits since the start of the Civil Rights Movement. This incident dramatically pointed up the fact that the mission of Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, who had co-founded the theatre as a haven for artists and audiences to address social, political, and spiritual issues present in their daily lives, had been fulfilled.
7 Stages first opened in 1979 in what had been a storefront at 430 Moreland Avenue in Little 5 Points. In 1984, the theatre expanded into the property next door, which had housed a pool hall. Three years later, it moved to its present home in the Euclid Avenue Arts Center, a renovated movie house. The theatre has produced 56 world premieres, 21 American premieres, and scores of regional premieres. Among the notables who have worked here are renowned director Joseph Chaikin and three of the (in)famous “NEA Four” performance artists: Karen Finley, Tim Miller, and Holly Hughes. In 1996, 7 Stages hosted athletes from all over the world during the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Through its continuing low-cost rental program, 7 Stages also serves as home base for emerging Atlanta theatre and dance companies that lack their own facilities; the Euclid Avenue building has two performance spaces, the Mainstage and the Back Stage Theatre.
7 Stages Information
- Venues: Performances are held at the Mainstage (202 seats) and Back Stage Theaters (a black box space seating 65–90). 7 Stages shares this facility with several other theater companies, including the Synchronicity Performance group, Out of Hand Theatre, Essential Theatre, and Teatre du Reve
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by public transportation, including the MARTA East-West line)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Schedule varies
- Ticket Prices: Tickets are usually $25, $15 for students, seniors and educators. Discounted offerings, including specially priced morning performances for school groups, are also offered
- Group Discounts: Group rates are available (10–49 at $12.50 each; $10 each for 50 or more)
- Subscriptions: The Seven-Play Season, Seven-Play Flex package, and Seven-Play Opening-Night Party subscription (including pre- and post- show receptions) are offered. Benefits include free parking, priority seating, local dining discounts, easy ticket exchanges, and discounts to other Atlanta theater companies. Subscribers save approximately 25% off the single ticket price.