Having announced the first half of its 2011-2012 season, the Alliance Theatre ends the suspense by revealing the rest of the line-up, which includes the delayed world premiere musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by novelist Stephen King and rocker John Mellencamp. In 2008 the Alliance originally announced that Ghost Brothers would bow in its 2008-2009 season, only to subsequently drop the show from the slate. Here's the press release descriptions of the Alliance's "Final Four:"
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (April — May 2012)
One of the world's most popular authors and one of our most honored songwriters have created a riveting Southern gothic musical fraught with mystery, tragedy, and ghosts of the past, along with a roots and blues-tinged score that is sure to leave audiences asking for more. Stephen King’s script brings the power of suspense and John Mellencamp brings his original songs and new music to the Alliance production which will be directed by Artistic Director Susan v. Booth with musical direction by legendary producer T Bone Burnett.
In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him — or tear the McCandless family apart forever.
God of Carnage (January — February 2012)
Are you tired of dealing with other parents’ parenting skills? The ferocious comedy God of Carnage will be directed by former Alliance Associate Artistic Director Kent Gash featuring an African-American cast on the Alliance Stage. Written by Yasmina Reza with a translation by Christopher Hampton, God of Carnage is one of the most lauded plays of the decade having won the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Direction, Best Actress In A Play (Marcia Gay Harden) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Two baby teeth are broken on a school playground after a pair of nine year olds exchange words. But when their four civilized parents meet to resolve the fallout from this minor scuffle, all hell breaks loose. Values are tested, sides are taken, sides are retaken, and marriages go boom. By the end of the party, these four parents make their boys look like angels. From the playwright that brought Atlanta the unforgettable play Art comes a no-holds-barred new play with a worldwide pedigree — and a universal question — What makes you go over the edge?
Hertz Stage Productions
The Fairytales Lives of Russian Girls (January — February 2012)
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls is the eighth winner of the Alliance Theatre’s nationally recognized Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition written by emerging playwright Meg Miroshnik, from Yale School of Drama’s MFA Playwriting Program.
From the swirling domes of the church in St. Peter’s Square to the snow-swept landscapes that fill the city, Moscow seems like a fairy tale to twenty year old Annie, an American in search of her roots. But when the lines between Russian fairy tales and Annie’s reality start to blur - and then vanish — things get seriously dicey. This year’s Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner is a thrillingly imaginative and subversively sinister ride you won’t soon forget.
I Just Stopped By To See the Man (March — April 2012)
The Alliance is thrilled to bring Atlanta the intimate drama of Stephen Jeffreys’ I just Stopped By to See the Man directed by Ron OJ Parson, co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Onyx Theatre Ensemble of Chicago, on the Hertz Stage.
Deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, a man at the crossroads has put down his guitar and forsaken the blues. Rumors of his death only heighten his legend — for everyone except his
adult daughter, who has some secrets of her own. But when the temptation of fame in the form
of a young musician strides in from the night, everyone’s secrets are on the table. These three lost souls collide with a musical landscape choked with the loss and beauty of the Delta Blues — wrestling with the tension between where you come from and where you want to go.
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