Broadsword @ Actor’s Express (Jan. 13 — Feb. 12) Former members of a heavy metal band called Broadsword reunite for a funeral, only to discover a mystery with the potential for changing their lives. Actor’s Express artistic director Freddie Ashley directs the world premiere of Marco Ramirez’s play, titled Broadsword — which might be the most authentic-sounding name of a fake head-banging band I’ve ever heard. The cast features Chris Kayser, Stacy Melich, Justin Welborn, Rial Ellsworth, Dolph Amick and Bryan Brendle, but the show reportedly emphasizes double-dealing twists over Spinal Tap-style buffoonery.
The 39 Steps @ Theatre in the Square (Jan. 19-Feb. 20) Patrick Barlow's high-spirited adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller form 1935 casts four actors (Jason MacDonald, Catherine Dyer, Bryan Mercer and Scott Warren) in more than 100 roles. As a wrongfully-accused innocent man tries to clear his name and uncover a conspiracy.
The Young Man From Atlanta @ Theatrical Outfit (Jan. 26-Feb. 30) Horton Foote won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this melancholy tale of a married couple in their sunset years — yet somehow, it's never received a full production in the ATL until now.
Peter Pan @ Pemberton Place: (Jan. 30-March 20) This lavish adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic sounds more Cirque du Soleil than children's theater, and will take place downtown in a "1300 seat theatre tent that features more than 15,000 square feet of CGI screens that are utilized throughout the production (it even displays more than 400 square miles of virtual London as the children fly to Neverland)." Expect a spectacle.
Fat Pig @ Aurora: Feb. 10-27 Aurora's GGC Lab Series continues with a characteristically confrontational play by Neil LaBute, who reportedly considers this script part of a "body image" trilogy with reasons to be pretty and The Shape of Things
Carapace @ Alliance Hertz Stage (Feb. 11-March 3) "A portrait of a flawed man on a collision course with fate one cold Minneapolis winter night, Carapace is the latest winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, identifying the best new American playwrights and bringing their work to Atlanta." Judith Ivey directs the world premiere by David Mitchell Robinson.
Superior Doughnuts @ Horizon Theatre (Feb. 25-March 27): A donut baker experiences a midlife crisis in this comedy from Tracy Letts, acclaimed playwright of Killer Joe and Bug. Chris Kayser will follow his run Broadsword by making the Donuts. Consider this an appetizer for the Alliance's August: Osage County in April.
August: Osage County @ Alliance Theatre (April 13-May 8) Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-winning hit play depicts a fractious family and friends locking horns at their matriarch's funeral. Susan V. Booth will reportedly direct an all-Atlanta cast, lead by Brenda Bynum.
Fool For Love @ True Colors (May 18-June 19) Jasmine Guy stars in this landmark Sam Shepard play about a pair of estranged lovers who can't quit each other.
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