True Colors Theatre Company Presents Same Time Next Year

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True Colors Theatre Company is proud to announce the upcoming production of Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy, Same Time Next Year directed by Chris Coleman and starring Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad and Tony Award Nominee Kenny Leon. Same Time Next Year will run from July 8 through August 3, 2014 at Fulton County’s Southwest Arts Center located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331.

The fresh, touching, and hilariously funny story of lovers Doris and George, married – to other people – who meet by chance while on separate business trips in 1951. The pair vow to rendezvous each year in the same place, and end up finding a connection that transcends the initial spark of passion to span a quarter of a century’s worth of love, loss, joy, conflict, but ultimately a common ground that sustains their unique friendship. Same Time, Next Year is a delicious tryst about the complexities of human relationships and the phenomenon of love.

“Delicious wit, compassion, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia.”-The New York Times

Tickets and information can be found at http://www.truecolorstheatre.org.
July 8 – August 3, 2014
Performances are Wednesday – Saturday at 8 and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30
Weekday Matinee: July 23, 2014 at 11 AM
Additional Sunday Evening Performance: July 27, 2014 at 7 PM
No performances: Friday, July 25, 2014 @ 8 PM or Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 2:30 PM
Venue: Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331
TICKETS: $15 -$60

Tickets are available by contacting Ticket Alternative @ 1.877.725.8849 or www.ticketalternative.com or through the True Colors website at www.truecolorstheatre.org.

Group Sales for groups of 10 or more are available by contacting True Colors’ Group Sales department at 404.532.1901.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
BERNARD SLADE born in Toronto, Canada in 1930, is one of Hollywood’s most prolific writers. After writing over twenty one-hour television shows for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, where he began his career in Hollywood as a writer and story editor on Bewitched, (where he introduced the world to Aunt Clara). He has created eight television series: Love On A Rooftop, The Flying Nun, The Partridge Family, Getting Together, Bridget Loves Bernie, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, The Girl With Something Extra, and Good Heavens. As a Broadway playwright, he made his debut writing Same Time Next Year, which was nominated for a Tony Award, won a Drama Desk Award and has been presented in over 40 languages worldwide. His screenplay for the movie was nominated for an Academy Award. His next play, Tribute, starred Jack Lemmon on both stage and screen. Other plays include Romantic Comedy, Special Occasions, Fatal Attraction, An Act of the Imagination, Return Engagements, Every Time I See You, and a sequel to Same Time Next Year, titled Same Time, Another Year.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
CHRIS COLEMAN joined Portland Center Stage as Artistic Director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in the basement of an old church in 1988. Favorite PCS directing assignments include: Clybourne Park, Sweeney Todd, Anna Karenina, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (which he also adapted), Oklahoma!, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Crazy Enough, Cabaret, Beard of Avon, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, King Lear, Flesh and Blood, Man and Superman, Outrage, and The Devils. Chris has directed at theaters across the country, including Actors Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT Theatre, The Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage in Baltimore. A native Atlantan, Chris holds a B.F.A. from Baylor University and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon. He currently chairs the Creative Advocacy Network board, and serves on boards for the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies.

CAST
PHYLICIA RASHAD Ms. Rashad has directed Paul Stovall’s Immediate Family at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun at Ebony Repertory Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in LA, and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at Seattle Repertory Company. Broadway: August Osage County, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Cymbeline, (Lincoln Center Theatre,)August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean (Tony nomination), A Raisin in the Sun (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, The Wiz. Off-Broadway: The Story, Helen, Everybody’s Ruby, Blue, Bernarda Alba. Regional theater: Every Tongue Confess, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Medea. Films: Good Deeds. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Frankie and Alice, Just Wright, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, Loving Jezebel, The Visit. Films for TV: Steel Magnolias, A Raisin In The Sun (NAACP Image Award, Emmy and SAG nominations) The Old Settler, Free of Eden. TV series: The Cosby Show, Cosby. BFA degree from the College of Fine Arts at Howard University.

KENNY LEON Tony-nominated director and Julia Hansen Award winner Kenny Leon is an acclaimed film and theater director. He is the first African-American director to have two shows running on Broadway simultaneously with The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett; and Stick Fly, produced by Alicia Keys. In 2010, his hit Broadway production of Fences garnered 10 Tony Nominations including Best Director and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor and Best Actress. Other Broadway credits include Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean and the Tony winning revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the television adaptation of which garnered Kenny Leon a Best Director nomination by the DGA. Prior to co-founding Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, he served 11 years as Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre. Other directorial credits include Toni Morrison’s opera Margaret Garner, the world premiere of Flashdance: The Musical, Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” World Tour and the August Wilson Century Cycle at the Kennedy Center, for which he was Artistic Director. He has directed extensively throughout the US, including Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Boston’s Huntington Theatre, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group and New York’s Public Theatre. Recently, Mr. Leon directed the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s Every Tongue Confess starring Phylicia Rashad at Arena Stage in D.C. and the theatre world premier of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner under his True Colors Theatre banner. Hi recent film remake, Steel Magnolias, for Lifetime and Sony Pictures premiered to 6.5 million viewers, the third highest watched program in the network’s history.

True Colors Theatre Company is a national theatre company based in Atlanta. Founded by Artistic Director Kenny
Leon, and Managing Director Jane Bishop, True Colors strives to be an important voice in the American discussion
of diversity including plays and playwrights from various times, cultures and perspectives.