Independent Pop-up Theatre Set to Debut at Ponce City Market

RoleCall Theater will launch in Old Fourth Ward with the premiere of two short plays from local writers Ariell Lawrence and Charlotte Stauffer.
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RoleCall Theater, a pop-up theatre producing short-format plays and films written, directed, and starring Georgia talent, is set to debut at Ponce City Market this month.

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First in the queue are two short plays from Atlanta-based writers Ariell Lawrence and Charlotte Stauffer, with showings starting Thursday, February 13 (click here for ticket info).

“We’re taking a lot of inspiration from the nickelodeon-style theatres popular in the 1910s, which converted a small storefront in a popular part of town to create a convenient, accessible and affordable way for people to be entertained,” said RoleCall’s Founder Stephen Beehler in a press release.

With the purchase of a ticket where a percentage of sales go directly to the filmmakers, producers, and creatives behind each project, guests—up to 60—will gain access to original 15- to 20-minute live theatre performances or a thoughtfully curated block of short films depending on the day’s schedule.

Plus, both the theatre’s films and plays will be presented several times each evening, so guests can enjoy a convenient and accessible way to catch a pre- or post-dinner show.

In the weeks following, the theatre pop-up will begin offering additional programming, including writing classes for kids, teens, and adults through its sister organization Screenplay South.

“The South has such a unique, complicated, beautiful—and sometimes ugly—history,” continued Beehler.

“All of these elements are the perfect concoction for compelling stories with dynamic characters that audiences are sure to emotionally connect with.”

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