Aurora Theatre Opens Harvel Lab Series with Tigers Be Still


Barrett Doyle, Sarah Elizabeth Wallis, Abby Parker and Jayson Smith. Photo by Chris Bartelski

Aurora Theatre opens the 2012-2013 Harvel Lab Series sponsored by Georgia Gwinnett College with Tigers Be Still. This quirky, heartfelt comedy from Kim Rosenstock, one of the most exciting new voices in American theatre, runs September 13 through 30, 2012.

Tigers Be Still is a ferociously funny world of suburban dysfunction. Things are looking up for overly eager Sherry Wickman, a young woman with a master’s degree in art therapy who gets a job as a substitute art teacher. Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her drunken sister would get off the couch, her patient would do his take-home assignments, her new boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, life would be just perfect! The cast includes Sarah Elizabeth Wallis (Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Alliance Theatre) as the enthusiastic Sherry, Abby Parker (The Thing About Men, Horizon Theatre) as her pitiful sister Grace, Jayson Smith (Footloose [2011], motion picture) as Joseph the distraught principal at the school where she teaches and Barrett Doyle (100 Saints You Should Know, Actors Express) as his son Zack, Sherri’s first art therapy patient. At the helm is Atlanta’s busiest new director, Justin Anderson.

About the Playwright

Kim Rosenstock is a rising star in the world of entertainment, quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood writing for the hit television series New Girl. Tigers Be Still played Off-Broadway in 2010 at the Roundabout Theatre and is currently being produced at numerous regional theatres throughout the country. Ms. Rosenstock earned her MFA in playwriting under the mentorship of Paula Vogel at the Yale School of Drama where she was the recipient of the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship. Her work has been developed and produced by The Kennedy Center, Ars Nova, The Old Vic in association with The Public Theater, Voice and Vision, the New York Fringe Festival, Vital Theatre and New York Stage & Film. Her play, 99 Ways To F*** A Swan, was featured in Portland Center Stage’s 2009 JAW Playwrights Festival. She was the Artistic Director of the 2009 Yale Summer Cabaret where she produced several shows including Fly-By-Night, a new indie rock musical she co-wrote about star-crossed love and blackouts. From 2005-2007, she was Associate Producer of Ars Nova in New York City where she produced new works of music, comedy and theater. She earned her BA from Amherst College where she first began writing plays under the mentorship of Constance Congdon. She is originally from Baldwin, Long Island.

Producer Quote

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez on the Harvel Lab Series, “The relationship between Aurora Theatre and Georgia Gwinnett College is one of my most rewarding accomplishments. The Harvel Lab Series gives us the opportunity to produce the most exciting, contemporary plays and provides us with another opportunity to cultivate the next generation of theatergoers. With over 9000 students enrolled at GGC this year, we continue to expand the scope of services that we offer young adults interested in the performing arts. This type of outreach would not be possible without the continued support of GGC.”

“…Subtly funny dialogue and the vivid, truthful characters keep the play grounded in prickly emotional authenticity.” — New York Times

“Rosenstock writes clever comic dialogue in a voice that is too smart to be cute. There’s something both sad and wise, after all, about redefining a ‘mellow’ mood as meaning ‘paralyzed with depression.'” — Variety


Sarah Elizabeth Wallis as Sherry
Barrett Doyle as Zack
Jayson Smith as Joseph
Abby Parker as Grace

Creative Team

Anthony Rodriguez – Producer
Ann-Carol Pence – Associate Producer
Justin Anderson – Director
Kat Tierney – Stage Manager
Britt Hultgren Ramroop – Production Manager
James M. Helms – Lighting Designer/Technical Director
Daniel Terry – Sound Designer/Assistant Technical Director
Jeff Martin – Set Designer
Thalia Shepard – Costume Designer
Rachel Hamilton – Props Designer
Sarah Thomson – Scenic Artist

Tigers Be Still
By Kim Rosenstock
September 13 to 30, 2012
Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets $15

City of Lawrenceville FREE Parking Deck attached to Aurora Theatre:
153 Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

The Harvel Lab Series

Generously sponsored by Georgia Gwinnett College, The Harvel Lab Series includes 3 shows: Tigers Be Still, a quirky heartfelt comedy from one of the most exciting new voices in American theatre, Master Harold… and the boys, a classic drama set in the South African apartheid era, and Teatro Del Sol, Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre.