African Continuum is the only professional black theatre company in the nation’s capital. It began in 1989 as a coalition to assist the various small black community theatres improve the quality and visibility of their work. In 1995, the coalition transitioned into a theatre company whose primary goal was to offer professional-caliber productions of plays that would entertain, enlighten, and educate general audiences from an African American prospective.
The theatre has presented time-tested favorites such as Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and James Baldwin’s Amen Corner, as well as award winning premieres of works by contemporary African American playwrights, including Jennifer L. Nelson’s Torn from the Headlines and David Emerson Toney’s Kingdom. In 2005, African Continuum became the resident theatre company of the Atlas Performing Arts Center – a new venue that is helping to revitalize H Street NE, a historically African American community still rebuilding from the devastation of the 1960s race riots.
African Continuum Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a 2-minute walk from buses B2, X1, X2, and X9 at H Street NE/14th Street NE; and a 3-minute walk from bus X3 at Florida Avenue NE/14th Street NE and from bus X8 at Maryland Avenue NE/14th Street NE)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: 6–7 events per season with multiple performances of many
- Ticket Prices: Tickets are usually $25. Discounts sometimes available for students and seniors
- Group Discounts: Available for groups of 10 or more.