Actor’s Express is kicking off their 24th season in August with teenage sexuality, baby-making, and 19th-century Germany with their production of Spring Awakening. Running from August 25th through October 1st, Spring Awakening focuses on the hardships of coming of age in Europe in the 1800s in a judgemental society. The Broadway version of the show has won multiple Tony Awards and even a Grammy for it’s soundtrack, definitely proving its entertainment value. If you think you may have heard of the show before, it may sound familiar because of Lea Michele, the actress who portrays Rachel Berry on the television show Glee. She and Glee castmate Jonathan Groff were the leads in the original Broadway cast in 2006 during its groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed first run.
Next on the roster for Actor’s Express is A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Running from October 27th to November 26th, the story revolves around a brother and sister who rely on eachother when orphaned on a rural Midwestern farm. Their dynamic is thrown off when another member works his way into their small family, paving the way for character devlopment, plot twists and a hell of a storyline. This play has gotten tremendous reviews from a recent production in Louisville and looks like it will be an instant hit in Atlanta.
Next Fall, which will be running next winter at Actor’s Express from January 12th to February 13th, will be the theater’s third production next season. This will be the Atlanta premiere of the Broadway production that debuted only last year. Next Fall follows a committed gay couple living in New York through their ups and downs. When an accident turns things for the worse, family is looked to for help and support. To quote theater critic David Cote, this is “the little play that could.”
From March 22nd to April 14th, Actor’s Express will be putting on their production of Tennesee William’s classic The Night of the Iguana. To celebrate William’s would-be 100th birthday, Actor’s Express has teamed up with Theater Emory to portray a former reverend who has gone off the deep end. Aside from the magnitude of Tennesee William’s importance in the theater world, you should see this one simply because Bette Davis played in the original Broadway cast.
Actor’s Express will be finishing off their 24th season with their rendition of Xanadu from May 10th through June 16th. How can you top a play based on an Olivia Newton-John rockin’ roller movie? Enough said.
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