COMEDY, NEIL SIMON
Highly thought to be the funniest of Simon’s biography plays and inspired by the playwright's youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman "Max Prince".
FAMILY FRIENDLY, STORYTELLING, FAMILY
Coming direct from Broadway, Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece about a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. It celebrates the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
SHAKESPEARE, COMEDY, LOVERS, FARIES
Two pairs of lovers (one requited, one...well, it's complicated) and a rag-tag group of thespians find themselves lost in the woods right as the fairy kingdom is turned on its head by its quarreling leaders. Nature will never be the same! Lord what fools these mortals be!
MYSTERY, THRILLER, RACE
Greed, corruption and Jim Crow intertwine in the tense thriller East Texas Hot Links. It’s 1955 in the piney woods of East Texas, and Charlesetta’s Top O’ the Hill Cafe is one of the only public places where black locals can gather for comfort, solace and companionship. In a community dominated by the Ku Klux Klan, young black men have begun disappearing and turning up dead. On one hot summer night, the patrons of the Top O’ the Hill must join forces to protect one of their own. When danger comes knocking, the unthinkable happens, with dire consequences for all involved. Both a riveting mystery and a compelling character study reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, East Texas Hot Links is coming to the stage at Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center.
COMEDY, FAMILY, DRAMA
All hell (and a little bit of heaven) breaks loose when Elijah Beckford, a prominent southern black undertaker, approaches his wealthy white cousins, Charlie and Elizabeth Beckford, and demands to be buried in “the family cemetery.” SWEET WATER TASTE is an award-winning comedy-drama making its Southeastern premiere at Horizon Theatre Company this summer.
VIETNAM WAR, PROTEST, FREE LOVE
For our Tenth Anniversary Season, we will revive the Tony-winning rock musical in a brand new, larger than life production. During Season Four, Hair was a game-changing show for Serenbe Playhouse, and there is no better time to revive it than in 2019 with the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock!
GO-GO’S, COMEDY, LGBT, MEDIEVAL
Direct from Broadway! If you want to be part of THE party of the summer, get thee to Actor’s Express for the hilarious, sexy Broadway hit Head Over Heels, featuring the music of the iconic 80s band The Go-Go’s! Full of campy fun and romantic entanglements, this wildly entertaining musical romp follows the royal family of mythical Arcadia on a madcap journey to save their kingdom and follow their hearts. Featuring such beloved Go-Go’s hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation” and Belinda Carlisle's “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You,” Head Over Heels will leave you laughing out loud and humming along!
CREATION, LOVE, FORGIVENESS
This season Aurora Theatre is going Old Testament with their season opening musical CHILDREN OF EDEN. With music from the great American composer who brought us Wicked and Pippin comes the epic masterpiece that sets the Book of Genesis soaring. The musical encompasses the story of creation as well as the great flood, but also examines the complex love between parents and children. Don’t miss this tale of love, family, and the power of forgiveness.
COMING OF AGE, SEX, DISCOVERY, R-RATED
An exhilarating journey of teenage self-discovery, lost innocence and coming-of-age. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, Spring Awakening is a provocative exploration of the journey from adolescence to adulthood told through an electrifying contemporary musical with a pop/rock score. Based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play of the same name, it follows the interweaving lives of a group of German teenagers as they navigate issues of sexuality, morality, and adulthood. Although set in late-19th century Germany, the angst, emotion, desire and romance still ring true today. Note: This is an R-rated musical for language, mature themes, and strong sexual content.
POP LEGEND, FINDING A VOICE
An inspiring, music-filled, multimedia experience chronicling the life and spiritual journey of Atlanta icon Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, controversial member of the 90s pop music phenomenon, TLC.The story focuses on a young woman of color and the challenges that she encounters as she embarks on a journey to find her artistic voice and spiritual purpose. 2 The Left allows the audience to take a glimpse at the woman behind the legend and discover how her path might mirror our own.
HARRY POTTER, COMEDY, PARODY
The Make Mom Proud Project, producers of last year’s well-received MEASURE 4 MEASURE, bring to Atlanta the off-Broadway smash hit PUFFS, a parody play following the adventures of some minor characters, the Puffs, during the epic story of a certain boy wizard. Come check out this alternately silly and heartwarming play that’s intended for anyone who was never really meant to save the world.
COMEDY, HIJINX, SECRETS
All Rowena Tuttle wants is a place in polite society. But as a cisgender heterosexual white woman, no one finds her interesting anymore. If she wants to gain admission for her daughter into the uber-exclusive School for Young People, she's going to require a more compelling personal narrative, and a more diverse group of friends. Aided with significant hesitation by her husband and her personal assistant, Rowena sets her sights on Atlanta's most powerful lesbian couple, determined to forge a friendship. But just before the lesbians arrive, Rowena's past catches up with her: Her long-presumed-dead mother arrives on her doorstep with a mutant farm animal and a passel of inconvenient truths. Then they find the ransom note. Rowena's daughter has been kidnapped. But Rowena Tuttle will not be deterred. There are still lesbians to entertain.
BLACK LIVES MATTER, ISOLATION, ANGER
Lynchburg, Virginia, on the former site of a cotton mill. Fourteen-year-old Ruffrino is struggling to make sense of his place in an impoverished world filled with seemingly random killings of young black men. As his anger towards reality grows, he moves further away from his family. Losing himself online, Ruffrino's world sinks around him while he battles to wake up the zombies and prove by any means necessary that Black Lives Matter.
REVUE, 30s & 40S, NIGHT CLUB
The Cotton Club Revue is a foot stomping, swinging Jive, good time as you sing along to the hep sounds of the Cotton Club, New York’s historically famous Night Club. This musical revue takes you back to Harlem in the 1930’s & 40’s with hit songs like: TAKE THE A TRAIN, A TISKET A TASKET, MINNE THE MOOCHER, HI DEE HO, STORMY WEATHER and more. You will envision the Cotton Club stars such as: Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers and those famous Cotton Club dancers. Beautiful costumes, flashy choreography, amazing voices, under the direction of Emmy nominated producer/songwriter, Stepp Stewart .
WARFARE, REALITY, DUTY
An unexpected pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilots career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.
CLASSIC, BROADWAY, NOSTALGIA
Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—”Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
COMEDY, DISCO, SURVIVAL
It's 1979, and New York's hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they've lost... or at least escape the killer rats.
SHAKESPEARE, TRAGEDY, JEALOUSY
Shakespeare’s Othello is one of his most intimate and devastating tragedies of all. It is a story about society, status and the nature of the outsider – but it is also a story about the love and trust between friends, and between men and women.
HARRY POTTER, PARODY, HEROES
Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is an Off-Broadway comedy by Matt Cox that follows a group of magic misfits during the times of a certain boy wizard. This play brands itself as funny, intelligent, heartwarming and for anyone who ever felt like they weren’t the hero in their own story. Three Puffs, who believe they aren’t Puffs, find that rely on each other to tackle school while playing the underdog in the well-known heroic tale. Along with a cast of multiple Puffs and familiar faces such as, “Blondo Malfoy”, “The Headmaster”, and “Voldy”—we invite you to discover the untold story of the “losers” who embrace being badgers and strive to be “third or nothing!”
FAIRY TALES, COMEDY, HEROINES
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight.
RIVALRY, LEGENDS, BEAUTY
Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their rivalry was relentless and legendary.
COMEDY, ALL THE SHAKESPEARE
An irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard's plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours! Titus Andronicus becomes a cooking show, all the Histories are performed as a football game, and we go NUTS with Hamlet. All of this performed by THREE ACTORS. It took ASC, with hundreds of actors, 26 years to complete Shakespeare's works the first time (this last time through, it only took us 8!) These three nerds will do 'em all in an evening. Show offs.
LIFE, DEATH, TRAGEDY, COMPASSION
One cast. Two essential American stories. Considered by many to be the greatest American play ever, Our Town depicts the town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager character and performed with minimal props and sets, this classic chronicles the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in theatre – die.
In 1998, a university student named Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a prairie fence outside Laramie, Wyoming. When he died days later, the world learned Shepard was targeted because he was gay. A breathtaking collage of the local residents, The Laramie Project is virtuously determined to find the light in an event of harrowing darkness and exposes the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
SHAKESPEARE, REIMAGINED, ALL BLACK CAST
Featuring an all black cast, this production of Hamlet will inspire, excite, and empower. In our One Act adaptation , we use live music, cultural influence and dance to tell the classic Shakespearean story reinvented.
FESTIVAL, NEW WORKS, PREMIERES
Now entering their 4th year, the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival is becoming the premiere musical theatre festival in the Southeast. In just 3 years, they have presented 11 new musicals over 9 days, in 3 venues, to more than 1,200 patrons! They remain committed to providing actors, directors, music directors, choreographers, designers, and technicians with opportunities to develop their craft.
SPECIAL EVENT, OUTDOOR, READING
On the second Sunday of each month, May through October, a new original play will be unveiled amid the relaxing backdrop of beautiful Dunwoody Nature Center. Each play was written by a nationally known writer who calls Atlanta home.
FESTIVAL, PLAYS, NEW WORKS
Named Best New Play Incubator by Atlanta Magazine in 2018, Essential Theatre has given Georgia playwrights a voice for the past twenty-one years, producing 30+ World Premieres and helping launch the careers of nation-wide successes like Topher Payne and Lauren Gunderson. The 2019 Essential Theatre Play Festival premieres the work of two brand-new talents: Emily McClain’s Slaying Holofernes and Ben Thorpe’s Babyshower for the Antichrist.