Pluto Opens at Actor’s Express


Actor's Express TheaterActor’s Express is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Pluto, by Steve Yockey, directed by Melissa Foulger. Actor’s Express is the beginning of its National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The production opens on Saturday night, November 2, 2013, 8 p.m. curtain, preview performances are October 31 and November 1, and the ever-popular pay-what-you-want sneak peek, “Director’s Rough Cut”, is Wednesday, October 30.

The show features Atlanta Favorite Kathleen Wattis, and introduces LA’s Wyatt Fenner to Atlanta. Four Play Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now, at the box office (404-607-7469) or online at Subscriptions are available as low as $55, preview tickets are $15, and single tickets start at $26; student and senior discounts available. Actor’s Express is located at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. The King Plow Arts Center parking lot is under construction, but there are alternate lots and often shuttles and/or valet. Please visit the website and click on PLAN YOUR VISIT for up-to-the-minute information.

Actor’s Express Artistic Director, Freddie Ashley said, “I have long loved Steve Yockey’s writing, but I think with Pluto he shows a maturity in his craft and in his voice that really catapults him to a new level.” He continues, “I was so proud to have produced Wolves last season and Octopus in 2008, and I’m ecstatic that we’re getting to introduce Pluto to the world. Rare is the play with the right balance of intelligence, heart and theatrical innovation – Pluto delivers on all three.”

As Actor’s Express did with Yockey’s Wolves, so too will Pluto begin its National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at Actor’s Express; it will then be performance at Forum Theatre (Washington, DC, February 20 – March 15, 2014), and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (Orlando, FL, February 27 – March 23, 2014).

Single parent Elizabeth Miller and her withdrawn son Bailey try to jump-start their relationship across the breakfast table in the wake of a local tragedy. With berserk appliances, shifting astronomy, and a talkative new family dog, Elizabeth can’t quite really “see” the person she needs to see most. What happens when we stop talking to each other and try to begin again?
“You certainly owe it to yourself to experience at least one Yockey show in your lifetime.”
–Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wyatt Fenner hails from Los Angeles and brings a hearty resume. He portrays Bailey in a moving, powerful performance. Kathleen Wattis, Elizabeth, is Bailey’s mother, and is a member of the AE family. Most recently, Kathleen was seen in Equus. Stephanie Friedman returns to the AE stage (seen in Spring Awakening) as Maxine, Bailey’s girlfriend. Alison Hastings is an Atlanta veteran, calling Dad’s Garage her home, and she makes her AE debut as Cerberus, the talkative family dog. And Joe Sykes, also a mainstay in Atlanta theatre, and at AE (most recently in Yockey’s Wolves) joins us as Death.

Tickets start at $26 and are available online at or by calling the box office at 404-607-SHOW (7496).
Senior and student discounts are available.
Tickets for preview performances start at $15 and are on sale now, as well.

EVERYONE’S FAVORITE! “Director’s Rough Cut”: pay-what-you-want performance, Wednesday, October 30, 8 p.m.