Aurora Theatre begins the 2011-2012 Harvel Lab Series with Glen Berger’s profoundly funny Underneath the Lintel September 15 to October 2, 2011. Re-named this year, the Harvel Lab Series is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Lonnie Harvel, Vice President of Information Technology at Georgia Gwinnett College. An artistic visionary, Dr. Harvel helped establish a cultural partnership between Georgia Gwinnett College and Aurora Theatre. Through the generous support of this sponsor, the Harvel Lab Series features contemporary works fueled by innovation, creativity, and inspiration.
Underneath the Lintel features stage and screen star Steve Coulter as a quirky Dutch librarian who turns into a globe-trotting detective when he becomes obsessed about a book, 113 years overdue. Driven by his burning curiosity, he sets out on a mysterious adventure, which leads him to an almost forgotten participant in The Crucifixion. Underneath the Lintel won a 2001 Ovation Award (Los Angeles), the 2003 Sterling Award (Edmonton) for Best Play, and was selected as one of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Plays of 2001. This performance should be especially popular with church groups.
Aurora Theatre has secured the creative team from the highly acclaimed run of Underneath the Lintel in 2003 for the Actors Theatre of Atlanta. That production was chosen Best Play of the Year by Creative Loafing in 2003, recognized as one of the Top 10 Plays of the Year by the AJC and Creative Loafing named Steve Coulter as Best Male Actor for his performance. At the helm, Jay Freer, has directed at Alliance Theatre, Theatrical Outfit and Actors Theatre of Atlanta which he co-founded and operated from 2000-2006. Starring as the Librarian is Steve Coulter; an Atlanta-based actor who has performed in regional theatres across the country including Aurora Theatre’s hit comedy Sirens last January. Most folks will recognize Steve from his work in film and television including: Prison Break, Army Wives, Madea’s Family Reunion and The People v. Leo Frank on PBS.
About the Playwright—Glen Berger
Glen Berger most recently co-wrote the book for the highly publicized Spider Man: Turn off the Dark. Other plays include: O Lovely Glowworm (Portland Drammy Best Script Award) and Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22 (L.A. Weekly Best Play Award). Glen has also collaborated on two other new musicals: On Words and Onwards and Loewe Award winner A Night in the Old Marketplace, with commissions from theatres including Berkley Rep and the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. In television, Glen has won two Emmys (12 nominations) and has written more than 200 episodes for children’s television seen on PBS, NBC and the BBC including “Arthur,” “Curious George” and “Peep.” He was the head writer for all five seasons of “Fetch with Ruff Ruffman.” He is a New Dramatists alumnus. Underneath the Lintel (ran for more than 450 performances Off-Broadway, 150 productions worldwide) which won the 2001 Ovation Award for Best Play.
Underneath the Lintel
By Glen Berger
September 15 to October 2, 2011
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm
City of Lawrenceville Free Parking Deck attached to Aurora Theatre:
153 Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Cast and Crew
Steve Coulter – The Librarian
Anthony Rodriguez – Producing Artistic Director
Ann-Carol Pence – Associate Producer and Musical Consultant
Jay Freer – Director
Britt Hultgren Ramroop – Production Manager
James M. Helms – Technical Director
Jay Freer – Costume, Sound and Props Design
Maureen Downs – Stage Manager
Sarah Thomson – Scenic Artist
The Harvel Lab Series
Generously sponsored by Georgia Gwinnett College, the Harvel Lab Series includes 3 shows: Underneath the Lintel, from the prestigious Humana Festival Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a thriller set in the world of video gamers and zombies, and El Insólito Caso de Miss Piña Colada/The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada, produced as a part of Teatro Del Sol, Aurora Theatre’s Spanish language theatre initiative.
For tickets or more information call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.