Back by popular demand, book clubs take the spotlight in the New Year with the return of The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías at Horizon Theatre. This “delightful, fresh comedy,” as heralded by Talkin’ Broadway, follows a tight-knit book club bound for pandemonium when it becomes the focus of a documentary film. The Book Club Play runs January 17 to February 23, 2014. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 3 PM and 8:30 PM, and Sunday at 5 PM. Tickets are $25-$30. Tickets and information are available at horizontheatre.com or 404.584.7450.Back by popular demand, the Atlanta premiere of this hilarious comedy about a book club bound for pandemonium received a Suzi Bass nomination for Outstanding Ensemble.
“Our audience’s response to the play this past summer was overwhelming – we sold-out the whole run, and the production was nominated for a Suzi Award for Best Ensemble. We’re thrilled to be bringing it back to warm up the winter with laughter at Horizon,” says Horizon’s Co-Artistic/Producing Director, Lisa Adler. “If you’ve ever been in a book club (or know people who are) you’ll love laughing with this quirky group of long-time friends as everything goes haywire. This is the kind of smart romp that has become Horizon’s trademark, and we’re again unleashing an ensemble of Atlanta’s most talented comic actors on our stage.”
Ana lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job, and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished circle becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new books titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium. Will their beloved book club survive? Sprinkled with wit, joy, and novels galore, laughter meets literature in this delightful new comedy about books, the people who love them, and the side-splitting results when friends start reading between the lines.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
An outstanding ensemble cast of Atlanta favorites is led by Wendy Melkonian, acclaimed for her performance in Becky’s New Car at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. She returns as Type A book club organizer and local newspaper columnist Ana. Bryan Brendle reunites with the cast as Ana’s handsome husband Rob who loves the wine and food, but can’t quite make it through the books. Maria Rodriguez- Sager is Jen, the down-to-earth heart of the club. Jen’s best friend and other long-time club member is Will, a well-dressed historian played by John Benzinger. The book club’s newest member is Ana’s young, hip protégé, Lily, played by Danielle Deadwyler, seen at Horizon in Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, and rounding out the club is meeting-crasher Alex, played by long-time Dad’s Garage improviser Dan Triandiflou.
Suzi-Award winning set designers Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay (Time Stands Still, The Waffle Palace, Avenue Q) again create a chic, in-town bungalow, Ana’s home where the book club holds its meetings. Resident lighting designer Mary Parker (Time Stands Still, The Waffle Palace, Avenue Q) and sound designer Thom Jenkins are back again as part of the creative team. Costume designer Abby Parker (Horizon’s The Santaland Diaries, Synchronicity’s Petite Rouge), props designer Kate Bidwell LaFoy (The Santaland Diaries), and projection designer Jon Summers (Theatrical Outfit’s Fly) round out the stellar design team.
BRING YOUR BOOK CLUB!
The Book Club Play is the perfect outing for your book club or group of friends! What’s your favorite book and how did it change your life? What does it say about who you are? Don’t miss this entertaining comedy about the joys of reading and friendship. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Horizon has a lounge space available for rental for pre-show gatherings. Contact Marketing & PR Manager, Kelundra Smith at 404.523.1477 x111 for more information.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m.
General admission tickets are $25-$30*. Tickets may be ordered by phone at 404.584.7450 or online at horizontheatre.com.
Group rates are available. Call 404.523.1477 x111 for more information.
*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. Group pricing available – call for more information.