Play about all-female battalion coming to Porter Sanford

8/22/2014, 7:23 a.m.
The 6888 Central Postal Battalion was the first African-American female battalion to arrive in Europe.

The fictional historical play “Six Triple Eight” will be on stage at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center this fall, and schools and art teachers can begin reserving tickets now.

The story of six black women who served in World War II, written by Mary McCallum, will be performed on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a “Talk Back.”

The play follows the 6888 Central Postal Battalion, the first African-American female battalion arriving in Europe. Under the direction of Maj. Clarissa Dixon, they are faced with a seemingly impossible task – to distribute 7 million pieces of undelivered mail to soldiers in three months.

A limited number of free and reduced tickets are available at www

.AtlantaBTF.org while the supply lasts. The play is part of an Oct. 9-12 festival. More than 200 artists and 3,000 patrons are expected to attend.

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival “Student Day” offers 400 tweens and teens the opportunity to see a live stage play and learn history through the cultural and educational event.

Canangela Robertson, a former DeKalb County teacher, who attended last year’s event and was impressed by the quality of the performance, said that the production will be a first-time theater experience for many students.

“Teachers have the opportunity to create lessons to incorporate the little-known history of African-American women and their service to our country in World War II,” she said.

The third annual Atlanta Black Theatre Festival offers 40 plays in four days in metro Atlanta covering every genre from dramas and musicals to comedies and classical plays.

A full event schedule is available at AtlantaBTF.org.

The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center is at 3181 Rainbow Drive.