Georgia Ensemble Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season Lineup

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Atlanta's Georgia Ensemble TheatreA packed audience at tonight’s opening performance of Hello Dolly! was treated to the official announcement from Artistic Director Robert J. Farley of Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s (GET) 2013-2014 Season. The selections are: Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America written and adapted by Peter Glazer, Deathrap by Ira Levin, the world premiere of The Only Light in Reno by Topher Payne, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, and Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Georgia Ensemble Theatre is the Official Resident Professional Theatre Company at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center in historic Roswell, Georgia.

Farley said of the 2013-2014 season: “All of us at Georgia Ensemble Theatre are proud to launch our third decade of professional theatre with this exciting lineup of outstanding plays and musicals. These productions continue GET’s rich history of providing a variety of genres for the benefit of our metro Atlanta audience, while honoring the Theatre’s passion to produce a new work for the American theatre each season. This new season is filled with the newest and the traditional in musical theatre, plenty of comedy, an American classic, and a World Premiere.”

The Plays:

September 5-22, 2013
Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America – Musical
Written and Adapted by Peter Glazer

Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 21st season will open with a celebration of the music by America’s beloved open-hearted troubadour, John Denver. His songs make up much of the soundscape of the 60’s and 70’s, with their honesty, passion, and love of nature and mankind. Twenty-nine of Denver’s songs, including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on my Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Calypso” and more are rediscovered and reinvented with this nostalgic and exciting musical.

November 7-24, 2013
Deathtrap – Thriller
By Ira Levin

Go ahead, scream a little – it’s good for you. This wickedly clever thriller is filled with twists, turns, shocking moments and plenty of laughter. Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell when he receives a script from a student. Sidney devises a devilish plan, with his wife’s help, to collaborate with the student. We soon discover that the playwright is prepared to go to any lengths to alter his fortunes, even murder. What “Psycho” did for the movies, Deathtrap did for the theatre – this is a must see!

January 9-26, 2014
The Only Light in Reno – World Premiere Comedy
By Topher Payne

GET audiences’ favorite Atlanta playwright is back fast on the heels of his successes here with Tokens of Affection and Swell Party. This brand new play is set in Reno in August of 1960. It is 106 degrees outside. Filming on “The Misfits” is hopelessly behind schedule, with no end in sight. The Sierra Mountains are on fire, and Reno is in total blackout. Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift are playing board games with an accused murderess, and Marilyn Monroe is locked in the bathroom. The hilarious story of when Hollywood came to The Biggest Little City in the World, and everything went up in flames.

February 27-March 16, 2014
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – Jazz Age Classic
Adapted for the Stage by Simon Levy

We are so excited to bring this thrilling literary classic to our stage. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel of obsession, greed and danger, and in Simon Levy’s adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.

April 10-27, 2014
Camelot – Blockbuster Musical
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner Music by Frederick Loewe

Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 21st season blockbuster finale will be the wildly popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Camelot. King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Lancelot, Merlyn, and the Knights of the Round Table are on their mythic quest for right and honor and justice. Along the way, they find love, broken hearts, intrigue and betrayal. Featuring many of Broadway’s most well-loved songs, including “The Lusty Month of May,” “How to Handle a Woman,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “What Do the Simple Folk Do?”

2013-2014 Season Subscriptions are available now by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260. Early-Bird Pricing is available through May 17, 2013. 770-641-1260; www.get.org.