Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Announces the 2012/13 Season

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Atlanta's Alliance TheatreAtlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre, recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award®, and Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth are proud to announce the 2012/13 Season for the Alliance Stage, Hertz Stage and Theatre for Youth and Families series. The 44th season includes exciting world premieres, international partnerships, and world class performers. The Alliance also announces the recipient of its ninth Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. The Alliance/Kendeda competition has been praised for its support of new playwrights, with the winning play receiving a full production as part of the Hertz Stage series.

“Every season, we strive to offer you eleven adventures. To worlds beyond and worlds within,” said Booth. “The 2012/13 season includes journeys to Paris, to love, to family, to clarity, and more. Great adventures. You make the journey complete. We ask you to be a part of the experience with us.”

The 2012/13 Season boasts four extraordinary musicals and four world premieres. Honoring the theatre’s mission to set the highest artistic standards while creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people, the Alliance continues to produce work by, for and about Atlanta.

The 2012/13 Alliance Stage Season will open on September 5, 2012 with What I Learned in Paris, a world premiere by Atlanta author and playwright Pearl Cleage. Cleage serves as the current Alliance Artist in Dialogue, a two year residency at the theatre, where she acts as an advocate and ambassador for community dialogue and engagement. Cleage is also involved with the Alliance Theatre’s High School Collision Project, where students have the opportunity to work with a playwright for two weeks to develop a new work based on a classic text. The Alliance is honored that Cleage has found a home from which to develop new work. Her play The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years opened at the Alliance Theatre during its 2010/11 Season to overwhelming acclaim from the community and critics alike.

The 2012/13 Hertz Stage Season will open on October 5, 2012 with Apples & Oranges, a world premiere by Atlanta native Alfred Uhry. Uhry is best known for his plays Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (which also received its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre as part of its 1996/97 season and won the 1997 Tony Award® for Best Play, with two Tony® nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play and Tony® nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play). Uhry is one of the few writers to receive an Academy Award, a Tony Award® (2), and the Pulitzer Prize for dramatic writing. This new work is his first stage adaptation, and is based on the book Apples & Oranges by Marie Brenner.

The Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and subsequent world premiere for Bike America, a new play by graduate student Mike Lew. Four finalists of the competition will receive staged readings as part of the Alliance’s Festival of New Plays which will culminate with the opening of Bike America on the Hertz Stage on February 1, 2013.

The 2012/13 Season will close with the American premiere of Zorro, a musical sensation with music by The Gipsy Kings. Zorro has delighted audiences in Europe and London’s West End, and now makes its American debut at the Alliance. Zorro opens on the Alliance Stage on April 3, 2013.

ALLIANCE STAGE SERIES

Be Romanced: What I Learned In Paris (world premiere)
Written by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Susan V. Booth
Performance Dates: September 5 – 30, 2012

Mini-skirts and bell bottoms were on sale downtown for $8.87; Stevie Wonder was on the radio singing Livin’ for the City, and change was in the air from Buckhead to Butler Street. Pearl Cleage’s sparkling new romantic comedy takes us back to 1973 and weaves a tale of passion and politics that could only happen in Atlanta. A world premiere by the best-selling novelist and author of the 2010 Alliance hit, The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years. Sometimes you need to leave what you know to find what you need.

Be Transfixed: Next to Normal (musical)
Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed Scott Schwartz
Music by Tom Kitt
Performance Dates: October 17 – November 11, 2012

One of the most powerful stage experiences of recent years, this Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winning musical mines the humor and pathos of a suburban family grappling with mental illness. Mom, Diana, wakes up and starts making sandwiches one morning for her husband, her 16 year-old daughter and soon-to-be 18 year-old son…a lot of sandwiches….a kitchen full of sandwiches. As Diana embarks on yet another round of treatment, family secrets emerge that force audiences to question the very idea of normal. This brilliant theatrical experience will leave you on edge of your seat.

Be Joyous: A Christmas Carol
Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by David H. Bell
Directed by Rosemary Newcott
Performance Dates: November 23 – December 23, 2012

Celebrate Atlanta’s finest actors in this magnificent staging of Charles Dicken’s classic Christmas tale. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts offering perspective: his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. A magical tradition for the whole family, and a great way to see the work of Atlanta’s best actors portraying Dickens’s beloved characters.

Be True: Good People
Written by David Lindsay Abaire
Directed by Susan V. Booth
Performance Dates: January 16 – February 10, 2013

Welcome to Southie, an Irish-American Boston neighborhood where getting out is the dream. Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction with a disabled daughter to care for, Margie approaches a high school boyfriend who made it up and out and into his own medical practice. A clash of class and values, American dreams and “doing the right thing,” in this funny but fierce Broadway hit and Tony Award® nominee that will leave you talking long after the show.

Be Delighted: Zorro (musical)
Book by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson
Lyrics by Stephen Clark
Music by The Gipsy Kings and John Cameron
Performance Dates: April 3 – May 5, 2013

From the old American west comes the legend of Zorro, a fighter of corruption and lover of beautiful women. When Don Diego comes home from Spain, he finds his father dead and his brother running Los Angeles–badly. Don Diego’s foppish exterior hides the soul of a desert fox – Zorro! A deliciously fun extravaganza that conquered audiences throughout Europe and London’s West End, this wonderful musical features songs by the Gipsy Kings in a new American adaptation.

HERTZ STAGE SERIES

Be Moved: Apples & Oranges (world premiere)
By Alfred Uhry
Based on the book by Marie Brenner
Adaptation originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club
Directed by Lynne Meadow
Performance Dates: October 5 – 28, 2012

Carl and his journalist sister have never seen eye to eye or been anything alike. But when he uncharacteristically asks for her help, she begins to spend more time with her odd duck of a sibling. Amid political divides, a rotating cast of girlfriends and Carl’s uniquely Jewish Western Manhood, Carl’s sister experiences the extremes of family love. Exquisitely written world premiere by Atlanta’s own Alfred Uhry, Tony®, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize recipient, author of Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

Be Rowdy: Holidays with the Chalks (musical)
Book, music and lyrics by Mary Brienza, Kathryn Markey and Leenya Rideout
Directed by Susan V. Booth
Performance Dates: November 30 – December 23, 2012

The Hertz Stage will be Decidedly transformed into a Christmas honky tonk for the Chalks, an all sister Country and Western band permanently down on their luck at the local dive. Never able to live up to their own talent, they travel the country at the mercy of their sister/wife swapping manager. Spend an evening with their music, their stories, their really big hair – and you might even find yourself part of the show.

Be Energized – 2013 Alliance/Kendeda winner: Bike America (world premiere)
By Mike Lew
Performance Dates: February 1 – 24, 2013

Penny is damaged. She doesn’t know who she is or her place in the world. So she drops everything to go on a cross-country bike trip from Boston, MA to Santa Barbara, CA. Along the way Penny meets a colorful crew of bikers, from the lesbian couple who’ve decided to get a marriage license in every state they hit on the trip to the mysterious Man with the Van who transports their stuff. As the bikers travel through iconic towns across the country from the deep North down to the deep South (and the highways between them), Bike America captures the restlessness of a millennial generation that will go to any length to find a place that always seems just out of reach.

Be On Edge: The Whipping Man
Written by Mathew Lopez
Directed by Alex Greenfield
Performance Dates: March 8 – April 7, 2013

April 13, 1865, Richmond, Virginia, the story begins. Wounded Jewish Confederate soldier, Caleb DeLeon stumbles home. There to greet him are his family’s former slaves Simon and John, and a cobbled together Sader. Caught in a moment as everything changes, but the past’s hold remains primal, Caleb and the men celebrate Passover together where secrets are revealed and the plot twists and turns.

ALLIANCE THEATRE FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES SERIES

Be Young: Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: Final Assembly (world premiere; musical)
Conceived and Directed by Rosemary Newcott
Performance Dates: October 27 – November 3, 2012

A unique theatre experience, based on writings by real Atlanta Middle School students. The show is an opportunity for audience participation, and for Middle School students to discover themselves onstage. What is a Tweenager? Where is the cool between betwixt and between? Find out in this one-of-a-kind show.

Be a Friend: Charlotte’s Web
Based on the story by E.B. White
Directed by Rosemary Newcott
Dramatized by Joseph Robinette
Performance Dates: February 20 – March 10, 2013

The beloved children’s classic comes to life through acrobatics. Rosemary Newcott directs the heart-warming tale of the pig, Wilbur and Charlotte, the spider whose clever planning saves him from becoming bacon. A touching family spectacle!

Be Inspired: Theatre For the Very Young
Discover Theatre for audiences 18 months to 3 years-old.

You’re never too young. Theatre that will have you on your feet and jumping around.

Season Tickets to the Alliance Theatre’s 2012/13 Season are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting alliancetheatre.org/season or calling 404-733-4600 (Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
Single tickets go on sale in mid-July, 2012.

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Visit alliancetheatre.org for more information and updates about the next season.