1105 Euclid Ave.
For more than 20 years, 7 Stages has taken more risks than any other Atlanta theater, with artistic director Del Hamilton moving headlong where other playhouses fear to tread. The past season was a representative year, featuring shows that moved and astonished (Sweat
), shows that baffled and perplexed (Jim Grimsley's In Berlin
) and one that did both at once (Black Battles With Dogs,
starring Ism'il Ibn-Conner, pictured). What's more, 7 Stages balances neighborhood with global concerns, exploring contemporary themes with both international artists and such homegrown talents as Grimsley, Rebecca Ranson and the exuberant Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta.