For the fourth consecutive year, the Athens Area Paine College Club, in alliance with theEtheridge Arts Ensemble of Marietta, has brought to the Morton Theatre an acclaimed play by a noted African American playwright. On October 5, 2019, the Ensemble performed August Wilson’s THE PIANO LESSON, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Last year the group presented Wilson’s FENCES; in 2017 they performed Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN, and in 2016, Pearl Cleage’s FLYIN’ WEST.
Proceeds benefit Paine College and the United Negro College Fund.
Founded in 1882, Paine is one of nine accredited HBCUs in Georgia. It was founded by Methodist church leaders, black and white, with donations — including pennies from former slaves. The College was the brainchild of Bishop Lucius Henry, a former slave who spent his childhood in Athens as the property of a University of Georgia professor.
The United Negro College Fund makes college a reality for students who otherwise couldn’t afford higher education. The UNCF provides scholarship money and other financial support to 38 of the country’s 101 HBCUs — Historically Black Colleges and Universities.Since its founding seven decades ago, the fund has helped more than 450,000 students attend college.
Other sponsors of this year's performance and campaign included Michael L. Thurmond and Radio Station WXAG; The Morton Theatre Corporation; Athens Downtown Development Authority; Russell and Airee Edwards of Agora Vintage; Spencer Frye and Athens Habitat for Humanity; and Heather Benham and the Athens Land Trust.
Your continued support is very much appreciated. Donate via PayPal above, or mail tax-deductible contribution to Athens Area Paine College Club, PO Box 49766, Athens, GA 30604
Thanks for supporting diversity in local theater and making college possible for capable students.