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Gabriel and Jessie Dean 

Writer and director of Iron Moon

A young married couple, Gabriel and Jessie Dean frequently extend their partnership to the local theater scene. They co-founded Relativity Theater Concern in 2003, and as actors shared the stage in Aurora Theatre's Lucky Stiff last year. Jessie currently directs the world premiere of Gabriel's play Iron Moon in the studio space of Aurora Theatre's new Lawrenceville playhouse through Sept. 8. (Full disclosure: Gabriel Dean is a former Creative Loafing intern.)

The Decemberists: "Gabriel saw them live earlier in the summer and I had to hear how much it rocked secondhand. I was busy directing his play that evening and couldn't go. He did bring me a T-shirt, though," Jessie says.

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama: "It's not a strikingly brilliant prose style, but I like to attempt to know as much as possible about my Democratic candidates. I don't find the GOP candidates very interesting. I'll probably read a Hillary book next," Gabriel says.

Jitlada: "The best Thai food in Atlanta. It has become our comfort food. Make sure to get the tom ka kai (coconut soup) and the Thai iced tea. It's been the best under-$30 date we can go on when we get a chance."

"Arrested Development": "When we need a good laugh at home, we reach for an episode on DVD. We still can't believe they cancelled a show that was that funny. Sign the petition to bring it back:"

Churchill Grounds: "It's a great way to wind down after rehearsal (if you can stay up that late). Go early on a Thursday night to grab a few drinks in the Whisper Room and then head on into the main hall for a cheap seat to see some hot jazz. Sit on the right side of the stage for a better view."

Il Postino: "When we first met, we both individually loved the film Il Postino. Then we saw it together and it remains our collective favorite. It tells the story of Mario, a mailman on a small island in the Mediterranean, who befriends the exiled poet Pablo Neruda. Some nights all we need is a bottle of wine and a good book of Neruda's poetry."

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