Horizon Theatre Presents Third Country Readings

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Atlanta's Horizon Theatre presents Third CountryHorizon Theatre continues its commitment to developing new plays from, for, and about the contemporary South with the world premiere of Third Country by Suehyla El-Attar, set to open September 20, 2013. The play is inspired by the Clarkston, Georgia community where thousands of refugees have been resettled over the last decade.

READINGS

Horizon will present two readings of Third Country during the workshop process, the first on Sunday, August 11th at the Clarkston Community Center and a second at Horizon on Monday, August 12th. Both readings will be followed by an open dialogue with the playwright and director to collect audience thoughts and feedback.

Third Country Reading, Clarkston Community Center
Sunday, August 11, 2013
6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Reading
3701 College Avenue, Clarkston, GA 30021

Third Country Reading, Horizon Theatre Company
Monday, August 12, 2013 7:30 p.m. Reading
1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

For more information about the Third Country readings, call the Horizon Theatre Box Office at 404.584.7450. Both readings are free and open to the public. Reservations are accepted but not required.

STORY

Nura, 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 must redefine and share our homes. A poignant new play from our own changing backyard.

PERFORMANCES TO BENEFIT LOCAL NONPROFITS

Horizon is partnering with four local nonprofits to raise funds and awareness for the Clarkston community and the Georgia refugee population. The preview performance on Tuesday, September 17 will benefit CDF: A Collective Action Initiative and the Rollins School of Public Health. The preview performance on Wednesday, September 18 will benefit Refugee Resettlement & Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA) and Refugee Family Services. More information and tickets for these special performances are available through these contacts:

CDF: A Collective Action Initiative

Jeremy Lewis, jeremy@cdfaction.org, 404.736.6602, www.cdfaction.org

Rollins School of Public Health

Kristin M. Unzicker, kunzick@emory.edu, 404.712.0672, www.sph.emory.edu

RRISA

Stephanie Jackson Ali, stephanie@rrisa.org, 404.622.2235 x268, www.rrisa.org

Refugee Family Services

Donielle Manning, dmanning@refugeefamilyservices.org, 404.844.5110, www.refugeefamilyservices.org

PLAYWRIGHT

Suehyla El-Attar

was born and raised in Starkville, MS, but is rooted in Atlanta as an actor/playwright. As a playwright, Suehyla has focused on scripts specifically made for teens, both in story and in characters. Her three world premieres for teen theatre were commissioned by Shiloh High School: Fish Bowl, Desperadoes, and The Fall of the Devil’s Blues. Her first professional script, The Perfect Prayer, had its world premiere with Horizon Theatre in 2006, and has enjoyed several productions across the United States. Suehyla has been a professional actor since the mid 2000’s, delving into film and television, recently. She has been seen at the Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre, 7 Stages, Dad’s Garage, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Synchronicity Theatre, and Essential Theatre.

CAST

Sasha   Marcie Millard
Nura   Cynthia Barker*
Mary Margaret   Tess Malis Kincaid*
Asad   Eric J. Little*
Malcolm   Tom Thon*
Charlie   Bill Murphy*

*Member of Actors Equity Association

CREATIVE TEAM
Director/Dramaturg Lisa Adler

TICKETING INFORMATION

Third Country runs September 20 to October 20, 2013 at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points/Inman Park (1083 Austin Avenue NE, 30307, corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues). General admission tickets for Third Country start at $20. Tickets may be ordered by phone at 404.584.7450 or online at www.horizontheatre.com. Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are subject to change. 8% sales tax will be added to all ticket orders. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating.