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The New Black Fest's

Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 testaments

Hands Up Characters

A collection of plays written by Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi E. Kelley, NSangou Nkikam, Eric Holmes and Dennis Allen II


Directed by Quentin Talley


Three Performances:

November 19-21, 2020 at 8:00pm

This event will be presented virtually, streaming live from the Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square.

Learn more about live streaming in our FAQs

Tickets available now through BookTix

General Admission- $20 per viewing device, inclusive of all taxes and fees

Students and Educators- $10 per viewing device, inclusive of all taxes and fees

This show contains adult language and themes, including discussion of trauma to Black Americans, recommended for ages 16+

HANDS UP received its world premiere at Flashpoint Theatre Company at the University of the Arts on June 13, 2015, directed by Joanna Settle.

“The New Black Fest’s HANDS UP: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Following the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, among many others, The New Black Fest commissioned seven emerging Black playwrights to write a collection of monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of Black people in a culture of institutional profiling.

An incredible all-Black cast of Charlotte actors, under the direction of Quentin Talley, will bring these stories to life in this electric virtual theatre event. For three nights only, you will have a front row seat (from the comfort of your own home) as the artists perform live from the Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square.

The collection includes:

Superiority Fantasy by Nathan James
Holes in My Identity by Nathan Yungerberg
They Shootin! Or I Ain’t Neva Scared… by Idris Goodwin
Dead of Night… The Execution of… by Nambi E. Kelley
Abortion by NSangou Njikam
Walking Next to Michael Brown by Eric Micha Holmes
How I Feel by Dennis A. Allen II

This show contains adult language and themes, including discussion of trauma to Black Americans, recommended for ages 16+

Hands Up Characters

Meet the Playwrights

Meet the Cast and Creative Team

*Three Bone Theatre Debut

Stage Manager

Brianna Daniels

Set and Lighting Design

Ryan Maloney


Sound Design

Quentin Talley


Graphic Design

Becky Schultz



Will the actors really be live or am I just watching a video recording?

This is live theatre! The actors will be performing while you are watching. This is as close to the traditional live theatre experience as you can get.

Can I watch the show whenever I want?

The ticket you purchase will be for a single live performance. You will need to log in at the performance date and time to see the show. You will not have the option of watching it later. This is the magic of live theatre!

Do I need a ticket for each person who is watching the show?

Your ticket is for a single performance on a single device. So if you are watching together with family or friends, you only need to purchase one ticket. If there are multiple people who will be viewing on their own devices, then you will need a ticket for each device.

How do I access the show?

Once you purchase your ticket online, you will receive an e-mail with your StreamPass link. This link is unique to your order and will only work for the specific performance you selected. When it is time for the performance, click on the StreamPass link and you will be taken into the virtual lobby. The show will begin at 8:00pm, just sit back and enjoy!

Do I need to download an app or other special software to view the show?

Nope! All you need is a solid internet connection and your StreamPass link.

What types of devices can I use to view the show?

Any device with a screen and a solid internet connection will work. Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, smart TVs- all you need is the internet and your StreamPass link.


What is the running time for this production? Is there an intermission?

The total running time is ~ 2 hours. There is no intermission, but there will be 1-2 minutes of musical interlude between scenes.

Can I talk to the artists or other audience members before/during/after the show?

The pre-show lobby and the production will be set up as view-only. We may offer a talk back or virtual meet-and-greet after certain performances. Stay tuned for more details on these additional events.

Will there be a recording available?

No, this production will only be available for live viewing.

Can I pause the show?

Nope. We are trying to offer an experience as close to live theatre as possible, so the show will be performed live in real time. There will not be any option to pause/rewind.


Are snacks allowed?

Of course! It may be live theatre, but you are welcome to raid your fridge and eat or drink during the show. Bonus: you don't have to worry about noisy wrappers annoying the other audience members!

I'm being asked to create a BookTix account in order to purchase tickets. Do I really have to do this?

Yes, a BookTix account is required to purchase tickets to this event. The account ensures that your payment data is properly secured and ensures that the Patron Support team can help you if you lose your link or need to change your reservation.

What do I do if I never received my StreamPass link or I lost the e-mail?

Contact Patron Support by e-mailing Include your name, the e-mail address that you used when registering, and the name of the organization (Three Bone Theatre) and they will re-send the link.

My plans have changed! How do I request a refund or exchange?

You can submit a cancellation or exchange request up to two hours before your scheduled show time. Please complete the Exchanges and Refunds Form.

What precautions have been taken to protect the artists involved in this production?

The safety of our cast and crew is our top priority. This piece was chosen because it is uniquely well-suited to the current environment. We are able to control the amount of community exposure because each scene is a monologue featuring a single actor. Initial rehearsals are being held virtually. As the production gets closer and we switch to in-person rehearsals, the rehearsal room will be limited to essential personnel and one actor at a time. During tech rehearsals and performances in the Duke Energy Theatre we will have socially distant dressing areas and seating available for the artists. They will also have access to the lobby area for when their scene is complete. Each set piece will be sprayed with disinfectant between use. Actors will be responsible for handling their own props and will not share props. Entrances and exits will be coordinated to ensure there is no congregating in the wings. Masks will be required at all times for anyone who is not performing on stage. Temperature checks will be required at each in-person rehearsal or performance. 

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