Sol Series

The mission of our Sol Series is to amplify the voices of people of color and diversity by bringing forward important stories of heritage, culture, and diverse perspectives to the American theatre scene and the souls of all mankind. Its goal is not just to produce BIPOC Stories, but also to make theater programs and education accessible to marginalized people in our community, and to hold monthly Town Hall meetings to facilitate important conversations. Working hand in hand with our youth programming, we incorporate BIPOC education into our Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, so the next generation can be free of the systemic issues that have plagued our society since the dawn of this country.

Curated by Najee A. Brown, prolific playwright and activist, the Sol Series is not just a major component of our Mainstage programming. It spans our entire community, with initiatives such as “Savor the Sol”, a collaborative community kitchen project intended to infuse food, culture, and relief during hard times. Created through a partnership with The Black Trumpet, a local foodie destination, Savor the Sol is an effort designed to feed a community in need, body and soul, with good, nutritious, and culturally significant food in an affordable way during the pandemic we are all living through together.

Seacoast Repertory Theatre is dedicated to attracting and hiring more BIPOC employees, independent contractors, performers, and designers, not just for our Sol Series, but throughout every branch of our organization. Diversity in casting and production teams is not limited to skin color or racial background, but includes a rainbow of gender identity, sexual identity, and disability. Being inclusive of a broad spectrum of identities is not to us a “creative concept”, but simply a reflection of the world around us that we have found to be deeply appreciated by our audiences. At Seacoast Repertory Theatre, it is our goal to normalize “untraditional” casting, create an environment that celebrates the stories of all people, and present work with original viewpoints that challenges the expectations of our core demographic.


 

2021 Sol Series Season:

 

Town Hall

Giving marginalized voices and allies a safe space for frank, open, and honest conversations on race, community and diversity in our modern world. Come join the conversation, in person or online!

Also available via live stream!

New SZN

The Sol Series presents New SZN! Featuring up and coming diverse artists from the Seacoast, Boston, NYC and beyond.  Music, dance, spoken word, performance art & more!

Hosted by Sol Series Curator Najee Brown

Also available via live stream!

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

September 29 – November 3

Sol Series Mainstage!

The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. Interlaced with more than a dozen musical numbers are salty, often humorous, reminiscences, projecting a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.


 

Proud Sponsor of The Sol Series!