Steve Yockey and Out of Hand Premiere New Play to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association


blackberry winterOut of Hand Theater announces a 1-week workshop production of Blackberry Winter, a new play developed with playwright Steve Yockey and Atlanta favorite Carolyn Cook, playing at Horizon Theater Company April 14th – 19th, 2014. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association to assist with research and outreach.

The Play – A play for family and friends of Alzheimer’s patients, Blackberry Winter recounts one woman’s memories of caring for her aging mother and the challenging decisions regarding her care. The story unfolds through the invocation of a series of objects linked to specific memories. Interwoven with these stories is an evolving Twenty-First century creation myth for Alzheimer’s, an origin story about a white Egret who tries to protect the animals around her as they lose their memories to a blind, oblivious Mole. Both the myth and the structure of the play reflect the science behind Alzheimer’s: as the disease progresses, plaques and tangles spread through the brain, destroying neuron connections and the regions where memories are stored.

The Collaborators -Native Atlanta playwright and long-time Out of Hand company member Steve Yockey is collaborating with actors Carolyn Cook, Joe Sykes and Maia Knispel, director Adam Fristoe, Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, The Center for Chemical Evolution and leading Alzheimer’s expert Lary Walker to develop the script.

Why Alzheimer’s Disease?
“_Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone: 1 in 8 older Americans has Alzheimer’s today, and the number of people with Alzheimer’s is predicted to triple by 2050,_” says Co-Artistic Director, Ariel Fristoe.

Summary – Blackberry Winter by Steve Yockey is a new play about a daughter doing her very best to shepherd her mother in safety and comfort through the memory loss and dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Blackberry Winter will have a workshop production at Horizon Theatre April 14 – 19, 2014, where the audience will be invited to give feedback, learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, and share their own stories. “_Our audience and community are crucial members of our play development process,” says Director Adam Fristoe. “_We encourage anyone with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s to join us and help us address this difficult issue together.

About Out of Hand Theater and Steve Yockey Out of Hand Theater, founded in 2001, creates innovative new work, choosing the most interesting subjects, and then partnering with passionate experts to create compelling, intimate theatrical events, engaging communities around these subjects. Steve Yockey is a prolific American playwright, published by Samuel French. His plays have played all over the world, including Atlanta favorites, PLUTO, OCTOPUS and WOLVES. Blackberry Winter is Out of Hand’s 3rd collaboration with Steve, following HELP! and CARTOON.

Horizon Theater Company 1083 Austin Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30307 at the corner of Euclid & Austin Avenues (Little Five Points)

Tickets $15 ($5 goes to the Alzheimer’s Association) $10 for students, artists, educators, military and senior citizens Get Tickets at Press Contact – Adam Fristoe Telephone: 404.452.5970 Email Address: