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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More 2012-13 season announcements rolling in

Georgia Shakespeare revives its outdoor performance series Shakespeare in the Park in 2012
  • Joeff Davis
  • Georgia Shakespeare revives its outdoor performance series 'Shakespeare in the Park' in 2012
It's that time of year when the inbox starts to pile up with season announcements from local theaters and arts institutions. The Atlanta Opera announced its upcoming 2012-13 slate earlier this week, and now we have the Alliance Theatre and Georgia Shakespeare to add to the list.

In January, Georgia Shakespeare announced the return of its much loved Shake at the Lake series thanks to a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Loridans Foundation. The outdoor performance series will be reborn as Shakespeare in the Park and relocated to Piedmont Park's Legacy Fountain from Lake Clara Meer. The Tempest kicks things off and will run May 9-13. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Bring snacks. The company, which, like many other local theaters, has faced its share of financial obstacles in recent months, continues its lineup in with Illyria: a Twelfth Night Musical (June 6 - Aug. 5); Much Ado About Nothing (June 21 - Aug. 4); an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (July 5 - Aug. 3); a musical adaption of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Emperor and the Nightingale (July 14 - Aug. 3); and a staging of Macbeth (Oct. 4 - 28) inspired by Orson Welles' 1936 Voodoo Macbeth and presented in partnership with the National Black Arts Festival.

The Alliance Theatre opens its 2012-13 season Sept. 5 with the world premiere of Pearl Cleage's What I Learned in Paris and includes three other world premieres and four musicals. The Hertz Stage opens Oct. 5 with a world premiere of Apples & Oranges, a stage adaptation of Marie Brenner's book of the same name by local talent Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo).

The full listings for the main and Hertz Stages from the press release:


Be Romanced: WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS (world premiere)
Written by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Susan V. Booth
Performance Dates: September 5 - 30, 2012
Mini-skirts and bell bottoms were on sale downtown for $8.87; Stevie Wonder was on the radio singing Livin' for the City, and change was in the air from Buckhead to Butler Street. Pearl Cleage's sparkling new romantic comedy takes us back to 1973 and weaves a tale of passion and politics that could only happen in Atlanta. A world premiere by the best-selling novelist and author of the 2010 Alliance hit, The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years. Sometimes you need to leave what you know to find what you need.

Be Transfixed: NEXT TO NORMAL (musical)
Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed Scott Schwartz
Music by Tom Kitt,
Performance Dates: October 17 - November 11, 2012
One of the most powerful stage experiences of recent years, this Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winning musical mines the humor and pathos of a suburban family grappling with mental illness. Mom, Diana, wakes up and starts making sandwiches one morning for her husband, her 16 year-old daughter and soon-to-be 18 year-old son... a lot of sandwiches... .a kitchen full of sandwiches. As Diana embarks on yet another round of treatment, family secrets emerge that force audiences to question the very idea of normal. This brilliant theatrical experience will leave you on edge of your seat.

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by David H. Bell
Directed by Rosemary Newcott
Performance Dates: November 23 - December 23, 2012
Celebrate Atlanta's finest actors in this magnificent staging of Charles Dicken's classic Christmas tale. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts offering perspective: his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. A magical tradition for the whole family, and a great way to see the work of Atlanta's best actors portraying Dickens's beloved characters.

Written by David Lindsay Abaire
Directed by Susan V. Booth
Performance Dates: January 16 - February 10, 2013
Welcome to Southie, an Irish-American Boston neighborhood where getting out is the dream. Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction with a disabled daughter to care for, Margie approaches a high school boyfriend who made it up and out and into his own medical practice. A clash of class and values, American dreams and "doing the right thing," in this funny but fierce Broadway hit and Tony Award® nominee that will leave you talking long after the show.

Be Delighted: ZORRO (musical)
Book by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson
Lyrics by Stephen Clark
Music by The Gipsy Kings and John Cameron
Performance Dates: April 3 - May 5, 2013
From the old American west comes the legend of Zorro, a fighter of corruption and lover of beautiful women. When Don Diego comes home from Spain, he finds his father dead and his brother running Los Angeles - badly. Don Diego's foppish exterior hides the soul of a desert fox - Zorro! A deliciously fun extravaganza that conquered audiences throughout Europe and London's West End, this wonderful musical features songs by the Gipsy Kings in a new American adaptation.


Be Moved: APPLES & ORANGES (world premiere)
By Alfred Uhry
Based on the book by Marie Brenner
Adaptation originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club
Directed by Lynne Meadow
Performance Dates: October 5 - 28, 2012
Carl and his journalist sister have never seen eye to eye or been anything alike. But when he uncharacteristically asks for her help, she begins to spend more time with her odd duck of a sibling. Amid political divides, a rotating cast of girlfriends and Carl's uniquely Jewish Western Manhood, Carl's sister experiences the extremes of family love. Exquisitely written world premiere by Atlanta's own Alfred Uhry, Tony®, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize recipient, author of Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

Book, music and lyrics by Mary Brienza, Kathryn Markey and Leenya Rideout
Directed by Susan V. Booth
Performance Dates: November 30 - December 23, 2012
The Hertz Stage will be Decidedly transformed into a Christmas honky tonk for the Chalks, an all sister Country and Western band permanently down on their luck at the local dive. Never able to live up to their own talent, they travel the country at the mercy of their sister/wife swapping manager. Spend an evening with their music, their stories, their really big hair - and you might even find yourself part of the show.

Be Energized - 2013 Alliance/Kendeda winner: BIKE AMERICA (world premiere)
By Mike Lew
Performance Dates: February 1 - 24, 2013
Penny is damaged. She doesn't know who she is or her place in the world. So she drops everything to go on a cross-country bike trip from Boston, MA to Santa Barbara, CA. Along the way Penny meets a colorful crew of bikers, from the lesbian couple who've decided to get a marriage license in every state they hit on the trip to the mysterious Man with the Van who transports their stuff. As the bikers travel through iconic towns across the country from the deep North down to the deep South (and the highways between them), Bike America captures the restlessness of a millennial generation that will go to any length to find a place that always seems just out of reach.

Written by Mathew Lopez
Directed by Alex Greenfield
Performance Dates: March 8 - April 7, 2013
April 13, 1865, Richmond, Virginia, the story begins. Wounded Jewish Confederate soldier, Caleb DeLeon stumbles home. There to greet him are his family's former slaves Simon and John, and a cobbled together Sader. Caught in a moment as everything changes, but the past's hold remains primal, Caleb and the men celebrate Passover together where secrets are revealed and the plot twists and turns.

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