COMEDY, HISTORY, AMERICA
600 years of history in 6000 seconds … history will never be the same! From Washington to Watergate, from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order – The Complete History of America (Abridged) is a roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters — it’s what you’ve done with it!
FRIENDSHIP, RACE, LOVE
Driving Miss Daisy was both a Broadway hit and Pulitzer prize winner for drama as well as an Academy Award-winning film. Set against the historical backdrop of Atlanta’s development through the mid-20th century, the story of aging Southern matron Daisy Werthan, her long-suffering son Boolie, and her chauffeur Hoke Colburn unfolds over 25 years of friendship, loss, racial tension, and ultimately love. This much-beloved story of an unlikely friendship is the play most associated with our late Artistic Director and Co-founder Bob Farley.
Gather 'round, groundlings! Shakespeare on Draught is back at Orpheus Brewing for their fastest, furiousest production yet: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS! Two sets of twins separated at birth by a shipwreck have both miraculously ended up in Ephesus at the same time. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio are new to town but are constantly confused for the Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus. Everywhere the brothers go, they sow chaos and confusion. Can the the twins survive angry merchants, confused lovers, and their own sense of madness to find the truth and piece a family back together?
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!
COMEDY, NERDS, SCI-FI
Your favorite Dad's Garage show for nerds, by nerds, about nerds is getting a legendary remount! Wrath of Con is a scripted comedy exploring the eccentric, outlandish, and yet - exceptionally human realm of sci-fi fandom. Luckily, here at Dad's Garage, we have first hand experience with this subject matter... on account of the fact that we're all giant nerds. Get ready for amazing musical numbers, "celebrity" sightings, and a ridiculous amount of references all rolled into one show!
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.
CLASSIC, JOURNEY, IDENTITY
Dorothy Gale, a young farm girl, dreams of more when suddenly she and her dog Toto are swept away to the magical land of Oz. Now on a journey to get home, she comes across new friends such as the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, all hoping to meet the Wizard of Oz. The timeless classic movie brought to stage with songs like: “Over The Rainbow,” “If I Only Had A Brain,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard,” “If I Were King of the Forest,” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz.”
COMEDY, DANCE, LADIES NIGHT
LITTLE BLACK DRESS, the fearlessly funny ladies’ night musical makes for one wild and unforgettable evening with its hilarious show-stopping musical numbers, Magic Mike-influenced dancing and loads of improvised audience mayhem!
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".
CLASSIC, HOLLYWOOD, ROCK-N-ROLL
Rosemary’s journey starts with her simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life while her career is fading during the advent of rock-and-roll. Tenderly includes classic standards by Irving Berlin, Jerry Ross, Harold Arlen, and many others – with songs such as Tenderly, Mambo Italiano, Sisters, White Christmas and more.
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.
ACCEPTANCE, COMMUNITY, DANCE
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the “pleasantly plump” teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire: to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. She’s a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart who sets out to follow her extraordinary dreams and win the boy she loves. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, this family-friendly show is piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. Hairspray is the ultimate feel-good musical!
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.
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.
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!
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!
ADVENTURE, FAMILY FRIENDLY
Pocahontas breathes new life into the story of America’s first heroine. Meet Pocahontas just before she is set to leave her beloved home to begin a new chapter with husband, John Rolfe, in England. Now married to Rolfe and kept away from her people, Pocahontas yearns to revisit her homeland. Pocahontas illuminates the role that Virginia’s unique vegetation, waterways, and animals played in her day-to-day life. She explores self-reflection and healing by reconnecting to her past. Her encounters on this journey teach us to appreciate life’s gifts in the present, before she sets sail for her future.