Productions include a world premiere and the revival of two audience favorites
Synchronicity Theatre announces its exciting 15th anniversary season! Complete with a world premiere, new work development and the remount of two beloved productions, the 15th season promises to bring a year full of diverse entertainment to the stage. The season will kick off in October with the world premiere of The Minotaur. Synchronicity Theatre is dedicated to activating our community toward social change through powerful, transformative theatrical experiences.
Starting in October, Synchronicity Theatre will take the stage by opening the world premiere of Anna Zeigler’s The Minotaur. Zeigler presents the classic myth from the perspective of its characters, who must resurrect and relive their story each time the myth is invoked. This smart retelling bears the double-edged sword of the 21st century: modern technology both advances and complicates the story, and the traditional chorus is imagined as Western society stereotypes—a priest, a rabbi, and a lawyer (and yes, they tell a “walk into a bar” joke). As the characters struggle to assert their agency against the confines of a story whose ending was written long ago, the ever-looming darkness of a future unknown simultaneously fights to keep them in their place. The Minotaur balances witty vernacular and beautiful narrative with a stirring and touching story, creating a refreshingly intimate theatrical experience. The Minotaur opens October 26, 2012 and performs through November 11, 2012 at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points.
Frog and Toad “hop from the page to the stage” when Synchronicity Theatre brings a delightful audience favorite to the stage for the holiday season: A Year with Frog and Toad, performs December 7 through December 30 at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown. Winner of 4 lauded Suzi Bass Awards including best musical and best director of a musical (Clint Thornton), Synchronicity’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad brings Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters to life in a whimsical and irresistible retelling for audiences of all ages. The Tony-nominated musical follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. Synchronicity’s 2012 production will be brought to life by the original award winning director and cast including Bryan Mercer as Frog and Spencer Stephens as Toad.
Over the river and through the bayou, Synchronicity’s brilliant Petite Rouge shines again on stage in the spring of 2013. Featuring members of the acclaimed original cast and directed by Atlanta’s own Justin Anderson, Petite Rouge is part fairy tale, part adventure and all fun for family audiences. A swamp chorus sings backup in this foot-stomping musical steeped in hot sauce. Imagine the story of a Cajun Red Riding Hood with a big, bad gator in the wolf role, and a wild chase through Mardi Gras – all told to the tune of rollicking zydeco, a truly unique style of American folk music originating from Southern Louisiana. Petite Rouge opens as a co-production for school audiences with Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville before performing for Atlanta audiences at Horizon Theatre March 29through April 21, 2013.
The theatre season continues with the development of a new play by Lee Nowell. Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project: An investigation of our deeply-held beliefs on the death penalty, connects Synchronicity’s socially conscious patrons to a larger community through theatre. Plans include public discussion events, social media dialogue and more. In addition, Synchronicity will continue its work in the juvenile detention systems with their acclaimed Playmaking for Girls program with a performance open to the public in June. Season special events include the popular annual Women in the Arts Panel Luncheon to be held in February. Details will be announced soon.
For tickets or more information on Synchronicity Theatre, their programming and events, visit www.synchrotheatre.com or call 404-974-3292.