Star Wars-Themed Comedy ALL CHILDISH THINGS at Aurora Theatre in October


Aurora Theatre continues the Brand Signature Series with the Star Wars-themed comedy, All Childish Things running October 3-27, 2013. In his mom’s basement in Cincinnati, Dave and his friends are plotting a caper that will deliver them from the Darth Vader-like clutches of life’s dark side. As die-hard Star Wars enthusiasts, Dave’s plan involves stealing a stash of coveted collectibles. Against Jabba-sized odds, their plan is so crazy, it just might work. This new comedy is more fun than a barrel of Wookies. The play is written by Joseph Zettelmaier, a Michigan-based playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play including All Childish Things.

About the Aurora Theatre Production

Fueled by fan conventions (like DragonCon), and technology-based industries, Science Fiction and “Geek” culture entertainment are extremely popular. Aurora is working to engage these fans, by planning several events that will make All Childish Things even more fun.  Aurora Theatre is even offering a FREE ticket to anyone with a DragonCon badge to preview performances on October 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. Reservations are required and tickets are subject to availability, therefore call or email to reserve a space: 678.226-6222 or

Storm Troopers will invade Aurora Theatre on Saturday, October 5 as the Georgia Garrison of the 501st Legion will appear in conjunction with performances that day. The 501st Legion is dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the “villainous” characters of the Star Wars galaxy and entertaining Star Wars fans with public appearances especially to benefit non-profits like Aurora Theatre. Folks will be able to pose for photos and mingle with these special guests following the matinee and prior to the evening performance on October 5.

Cosplay (short for costume play), is another way for science fiction and animation fans to express their appreciation for their passion. Aurora hates the thought of all of these great costumes sitting in a closet waiting for the next convention, so they invite folks to wear their favorite costumes to the theatre on October 11. Cosplay participants will get $10 off tickets to the show that Friday when they order online with the promo code: Cosplay. Then be sure to be in costume for the show that night.

Every Wednesday night at Aurora is Wine Down Wednesday and features a FREE pre-show wine tasting in the Aurora Theatre lobby in conjunction with Leslie the Wine Gal and Big Boat Wine Company. Wine Down Wednesday’s for All Childish Things are on October 9 and 16 from 6:30 through 8 p.m. Special selections of themed wines are featured at each event, and patrons may purchase a full pour of their favorites at the concession stand.

Once again, Aurora Theatre has assembled an array of Atlanta’s top talent for this production. The cast features many Aurora patron favorites including Bryan Brendle, Cara Mantella, Enoch King and Rob Cleveland, who was recently nominated for the Suzi Award for Best Actor in a play for his performance in Aurora’s Master Harold…and the boys. After recently completing the first Aurora Apprentice program, Michael Jared Tarver takes on the role of Dave Bullanski. The play is under the direction of self-proclaimed Geek, Scott Warren, who also directed the world premiere of Two Drink Minimum at Theatrical Outfit.

Producer Quote

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez talks about All Childish Things, “As a child of the 1970’s I experienced first-hand the cultural phenomenon that was Star Wars. I loved that the movie spawned a whole alternative genre of entertainment. Today, there are collectibles from that era that are as valuable as gold or diamonds. However, All Childish Things is not just for the fanatics, Like the popular series, The Big Bang Theory, the play takes a playful look at the modern ‘nerd,’ if you will. Whether you love Star Wars or just love to rib people who love Star Wars, this play is a great night of laughs.”

Programming in Aurora Theatre’s 18th Season Brand Signature Series is possible through generous support from BrandBank and BrandMortgage. All Childish Things is sponsored by Peach State Federal Credit Union.

Cast & Crew

Michael Jared Tarver                                      Dave Bullanski
Enoch King                                                          Max Farley
Bryan Brendle                                                   Carter Sloan
Cara Mantella                                                    Kendra Johnson
Rob Cleveland                                                   The Big Man

Anthony P. Rodriguez                                    Producing Artistic Director
Ann-Carol Pence                                              Associate Producer
Scott Warren                                                     Director
Kat Tierney                                                         Stage Manager
Katie Chambers                                                Assistant Stage Manager/SM Apprentice
Tommy Cox                                                        Set Designer
Abby Parker                                                       Costume Designer
Ben Tilley                                                             Lighting Designer
Thom Jenkins                                                    Sound Designer
Elisabeth Cooper                                              Props Designer
Katie Pelkey                                                       Company Manager
James Helms                                                      Technical Director
Daniel Terry                                                        Asst Technical Director/Sound Associate
Sarah Thomson                                                 Scenic Artist

All Childish Things  By Joseph Zettelmaier
October 3 through 27, 2013

Wednesday–Saturday at 8 p.m.*
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets $20 to $30

Wednesday Discount Matinee
October 23 at 10 a.m.
Tickets $16

*No Wednesday evening performance on October 23