Horizon Theatre Announces 29th Season of Contemporary Plays

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Horizon TheatreFresh, provocative and spell-binding, Horizon Theatre Company is excited to announce its 29th season of contemporary theatre. The new lineup features an audience favorite back by popular demand, two Atlanta premieres of new American plays, and a world premiere commissioned through Horizon’s popular New South Play Festival. Horizon’s intimate 172-seat theatre can be found in Atlanta’s funky Little Five Points district.

The season opened January 11, 2013 with an encore production of Horizon’s sold-out summer hit The Waffle Palace by local playwrights Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee. Inspired by real life events at Waffle House restaurants, ArtsATL praised the show as “an easy-to-eat mixture of the funny, familiar, corny, nostalgic, and odd,” perfect for theatre-goers and Waffle House regulars alike. The production is directed by Lisa and Jeff Adler and is playing now through March 17, 2013.

In May, Horizon will stage the Atlanta premiere of Karen Zacarías’ The Book Club Play. A delightful new comedy following a tight-knit group of friends’ cherished book club, the play is full of zany characters and literary laughs. The Book Club Play takes the stage May 17 to June 23, 2013.

The summer continues with a second Atlanta premiere, every tongue confess by Marcus Gardley. Gardley was a finalist in the first Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition at the Alliance Theatre in 2005 and was recently awarded a playwriting residency at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago by the Mellon Foundation. The summer heat is rising and flames fly high in Gardley’s fantastical whodunit that blends myth, miracle, and magical realism. Thomas W. Jones II returns to Horizon to direct this intergenerational tale wrapped in combustible comedy and sweat-soaked gospel music running July 12 to August 25, 2013.

Horizon’s 2013 main stage season concludes with the world premiere of Third Country by Suehyla El-Attar. Third Country is the story of a refugee and the resettlement worker who is her guide to a strange new home in a small Southern town. El-Attar, author of Horizon’s The Perfect Prayer, was inspired by events in nearby Clarkston, Georgia, a community brought to national attention by the Fugees, a soccer team of refugee boys, and the best-selling book Outcasts United. This poignant new play looks at what happens when we are forced to redefine and share our homes. Third Country is commissioned by Horizon as part of its New South Play Festival and runs September 20 to October 20, 2013.

To close out 2013, Horizon invites audiences to celebrate the holidays with the red-hot sensation The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris starring Harold M. Leaver as Crumpet, back for its 15th year. And for families Horizon stages the 6th production of Madeline’s Christmas, an adorable adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans classic storybook starring 24 local girls performing alongside professional actors.

Season tickets are on sale now for Horizon’s four-play season with package prices ranging from $35 to $100. Subscriber perks include a reserved seating section, free Wild Card passes for friends, and discounts to The Santaland Diaries and other special events. Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased by phone at 404.584.7450 or online at horizontheatre.com.

ABOUT THE PLAYS

The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered, and Scattered 24/7/365
By Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee
January 11 to March 17, 2013

“Indelible zaniness!” – Atlanta Journal Constitution

From births to marriages, to police chases and lottery wins, anything can happen at 3 AM in the Waffle Palace. Inspired by amazing real life events at Waffle House restaurants, Larson and Lee let loose with this roller coaster of humor and imagination in which John Pickett and his staff battle to keep their Midtown diner open against heavy odds. The Waffle Palace: where everyone is welcome and the only unforgivable sins are throwing waffles and under-tipping.

 

The Book Club Play
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Jeff Adler
May 17 to June 23, 2013

“Karen Zacarías…has an undeniable gift for comedy.” – Washingtonian

Ana lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job, and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished gathering becomes the subject of a documentary film and a provocative new member joins the circle, things begin to heat up and more truths are told than anyone bargained for. A delightful new comedy about life, love, literature, and the side-splitting results when friends start reading between the lines.

 

every tongue confess
By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Thomas W. Jones II
July 12 to August 25, 2013

“Gardley’s script combines humor with raw, searing emotion.” – Washingtonian

The summer heat is rising and flames are flying high in this fantastical whodunit. Wrapped in combustible comedy and the sweat-soaked music of the Deep South, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Gardley blends ancient myth and magical realism with the local TV news to create a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged, and the truth cannot escape.

 

Third Country
By Suehyla El-Attar
Directed by Lisa Adler
September 20 to October 20, 2013

“We are a soccer ball, we are refugees….Our only goal is to find home.”

Noura, a refugee, clings to her soccer ball like a lifeline as she meets Sasha, a resettlement worker who is her guide to a strange new home in this small Southern town. Playwright Suehyla El-Attar (Horizon’s The Perfect Prayer) was inspired by real life events in nearby Clarkston, Georgia, where thousands of refugees from around the world have been resettled over the last decade. With wit and optimism, she looks at a community in transition, and what happens when we are forced to redefine and share our homes. A poignant new play from our own changing backyard.