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SecondStage: Festival of One Acts 2020

March 4 - 8, 2020

About the One Acts

The SecondStage season celebrates theatre in all its forms with our 3rd annual Festival of One Acts (March 4-8). This collection of short plays will be performed at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center.


Sentences and Words by Cynthia L. Cooper

Directed by Dianna Brown Shaw


Karla - NorQuina Rieves

Maggie - Vickie Davis


A defense lawyer pleads to keep her client from the death penalty to the mother of the man whom her client killed.


Thank Goodness for Hats by Melissa Grantham

Directed by Carol DeVelice


Maggie - Alexandra Smith

Margaret - Vickie Davis

Harriet - Angie Bella Mamola

Betsy - Sarah Kathryn Bonds


Maggie takes us through her family tree, one hat at a time.


One Lane Bridge by Stephen Gregg

Coordinated by Kiera Gillock


Eli - D'Mar Tarront-Milton

Samantha - Melissa Grantham

Narrators - Bonita Batton, LaQuenteshia Whitfield,

Angie Bella Mamola, & Vickie Davis


Eli takes friend of a friend Samantha on an errand as they swap ghost stories.


Performances will be held at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Parking for the venue is located on Greensboro Ave and 7th Street, with additional parking located at the municipal parking deck located on 7th and 23rd. 


Wednesday, March 4 @ 8:00 p.m.*

*Join us at 6:30 p.m. for a free staged-reading performance by Improbable Fictions

Thursday, March 5 @ 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6 @ 7:30 p.m.*

*Join us for the Canstructions gallery opening, starting at 5:00 p.m. in the DWCAC

Saturday, March 7 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 8 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Improbable Fictions

From the Improbable Fictions website:

"What’s an Improbable Fiction? Ask Fabian of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night:

If this were play’d upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction. (TN 3.4.69)"


Join us early on opening night for a free staged reading of Richard III by William Shakepeare, cut and directed by Angeline Morris. This 16th century classic follows the rise and reign of one England's most notorious monarchs.


Wednesday, March 4th

Start: 6:30 p.m.

Runtime: 90 minutes

The Art on Display

During the run of the Festival, you'll be able to view the artwork put together as part of the 7th Annual Tuscaloosa Can! event, hosted by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center.


In a continued response to the persistent concern of food insecurity in the lives of citizens in West Alabama, the ​2020 Tuscaloosa Can! event will feature over 20 school teams creating large sculptures made from canned food items. After the structures are built, the creations remain on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the viewing, all food is donated to the West Alabama Food Bank.


Since 2014, Tuscaloosa City students and schools have raised over 30 tons of food for the West Alabama Food Bank through similar projects. This year’s structures will be on display March 3 - 6 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center and the Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room. Gallery Hours in both spaces are weekdays 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To access the Greensboro Room displays, enter through The Arts Council offices in the PARA Bldg. at 614 Greensboro Ave.


Join us on Friday! Awards will be presented to school teams at the First Friday Art Walk event held on Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the public is encouraged to attend the awards and complete the First Friday Art Walk after viewing the structures.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center (DWCAC) is located in the former Allen & Jemison Warehouse Co. building located on the corner of 7th Street and Greensboro Avenue on the same block as the Bama Theatre. The venue is managed by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, who are acting as co-presenters of this production. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the running time of the production?
    The entire presentation will last approximately 60 minutes, including a 15 minutes intermission.
  • Will there be an intermission?
    Yes, there will be a 15-minute intermission. Concessions will be sold.
  • Should I bring the kids?
    These plays are not recommended for children under 11.
  • What themes are explored in the play?
    The plays explores themes including historical events, ghost stories, death, murder, and the death penalty.
  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?
    Mild language is used.
  • Does the play contain violence?
    Violence is mentioned, but shown on stage.
  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?
    There is no tabacoo or drug use, and alcohol use mentioned.
  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations?
    The plays do not contain any nudity or other adult situations.

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Friday: 9am-12pm
One hour prior to performances

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Tuscaloosa, AL 35405


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