Political Thriller Warrior Class at the Alliance Theatre


The Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce its production of Warrior Class, a contemporary political thriller and Off-Broadway hit by Kenneth Lin, winner of the 2006 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition for his play said Said.  Described by The New York Times as “absorbing,” WARRIOR CLASS tells the story of an Asian-American potential political star being groomed for a big Republican race in New York City.  But when someone from his past threatens to reveal a college transgression, he must decide how far he’ll go to keep the incident out of the public eye. Whatever his decision, the consequences may be costly. WARRIOR CLASS will run on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre October 25 to November 17, 2013.  Opening night is Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

Warrior Classis the second production in the Alliance’s 10th Anniversary Season of the Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition.  The Alliance is thrilled to play a role in the development of new American playwrights through its commitment to the competition, which provides developmental opportunities and readings for all finalists as well as a full production for one winning play each season.  Over the lifetime of the competition the Alliance has recognized and supported early career playwrights who have gone on to have highly successful careers in theatre.  Since his time at the Alliance, Kenneth Lin has written more than seven plays that have had multiple productions all around the country.   He is also a writer on the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, “House of Cards.”

“It is hard to articulate what it feels like to return to the place where one was born.  The Alliance changed my life; the Alliance gave me my start; the Alliance placed me among some of the best young writers of my generation,” said playwright Kenneth Lin.  “However, today as I take a moment to reflect on a career and a life that would not have existed without this theater and this competition, I am met with the unspeakable feeling of returning home and finding home even more beautiful in contrast to everything that I’ve seen in a magnificent journey abroad.  There are no words for this.  I wish everyone could feel this way once in their lives.”

Warrior Class is led by Director Eric Ting, Associate Artistic Director at Long Wharf Theatre.  His recent directing credits include We Are Proud to Present a Presentation (Soho Rep and Victory Gardens), Miriam (BAM Next Wave) and Clybourne Park (Long Wharf)Others in the creative team include Set Designer Mimi Lien, LX Designer Matthew Richards, Costume Designer Sydney Roberts, and Sound Designer Kendall Simpson.

The cast features Clayton Landey as political-fixer Nathan Berkshire, Moses Villarama (Regional: King Lear, Amadeus) as the up and coming political star Julius Weishan Lee, and Carrie Walrond Hood (Alliance Theatre: No Exit) as Lee’s former girl friend Holly Lillian Eames.

Performances of Warrior Class are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., October 25 – November 17, 2013.  Opening Night is October 30, 2013.  There will be no 2:30pm performance on October 26.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404-733-5000.  Tickets are also available online at www.alliancetheatre.org/warriorclassDiscounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690.  Discounted rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students.  The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown.

Warrior Class is part of the Turner Series on the Hertz Stage.  This season is also sponsored by The Home Depot.

The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition is supported by a 2005 gift by the Kendeda Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

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