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PICK – The Conciliation Lab’s "BlackList"

A celebration of Black voices in American theater on July 10 and 11.


As the pandemic increasingly feels relegated to the rearview mirror and public life resumes, Richmonders may find that a few things have changed during their social hibernation.

Last summer, Richmond theater company TheatreLab announced it would merge with The Conciliation Project, a social justice theater company aimed at addressing racial and social inequality. Though the merger process is still legally in process, the newly-formed The Conciliation Lab is hosting its first event ever later this week with “BlackList: A celebration of Black voices in American theater” on July 10 and 11.

First hosted by The Conciliation Project and TheatreLab in 2015, this two-day event will feature work from August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry, Suzan-Lori Parks and James Baldwin. On July 10, a “Black Market” featuring goods sold by Black, woman-owned businesses will be held, as will an open mic hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Black Theatre Association.

On July 11, a special performance by the Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company will take place, as well as an additional “BlackList” performance. The second night will close with the announcement of a scholarship in support of a current or college-bound African American theatre student, and the unveiling of The Conciliation Lab’s 2021-22 season.

Tickets are $10-20. For more information, visit