your guide to what's showing in Atlanta and beyond
Becoming Nancy | Sept 6 - Oct 6
It’s 1979 in the south London suburb of East Dulwich and David Starr is unquestionably one of the smartest, most talented kids in the 12th grade – he’s got a wild imagination, a vocal range to die for, and a bedroom plastered with posters of his beloved pop idols: Blondie, Sting, and Kate Bush. But smarts, talent, and great taste in music may not be enough to get him through secondary school, where, to his great surprise, he’s just been given the female lead in the school play. The unconventional casting sends shockwaves through David’s small town, first with David, and then with his parents, his aunt, and his classmates. Before long, it seems like everybody has an opinion on whether David should go on with the show. Becoming Nancy is the huge-hearted new musical that weaves a story of family bonds, first loves, and the courage it takes to find your own spotlight.
In the Heights | Sept 13 - Oct 6
Usnavi, a first generation Dominican-American corner bodega owner, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses. In Washington Heights, community is everything, and we see how each of these individuals struggles to survive and how these same individuals come together as a community to mourn their losses and rejoice in their triumphs. Over the course of the show, we see the hard-working residents of Washington Heights grapple with love and lust, identity and racism, all while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever. This revolutionary new musical combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots, and to celebrate the community from which you grew.
Skintight | Sept 18 - Oct 13
When Jodi Isaac flies across the country to visit her famous fashion mogul father for his 70th birthday, she finds that his posh downtown New York townhouse has a new resident: dad’s new boyfriend. Who is 20. And a porn star. This blistering new comedy by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) hilariously excoriates America’s obsession with youth, sex and physical beauty.
The Roommate | Sept 19 - Oct 20
Fifty-something Sharon is a recently divorced busybody. Financially she needs a roommate to share her expenses. Emotionally she needs a roommate to break the isolation of her Iowa home. Enter Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, who is looking for a calm quiet place to hide from her past and start over. As Sharon begins to pick at Robyn’s secrets, things spiral out of control like a cross between Thelma and Louise and Breaking Bad.
The Savannah Sipping Society | Sept 20 - Oct 13
Four Southern women, all needing to escape their day-to-day routines, find themselves drawn together by fate—and an impromptu happy hour. Hilarious misadventures, heart breaking stories, and the occasional liquid refreshment lead the ladies to discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment.
Paradise Blue | Sept 24 - Oct 20
It’s 1949, and the new mayor of Detroit is working to get rid of the blight of the city—and to move African Americans out of Detroit’s Black Bottom. Blue, a gifted trumpeter, considers selling his once thriving family jazz club, leaving his beloved Pumpkin and her dreams aside. As Blue fights personal demons to better his life and maintain his sanity, his fellow band members, Corn and P-Sam, are stuck wondering where they fit into the plan to benefit from the changes in their neighborhood. Silver, a mysterious woman with a history, enters the scene with her own plans, turning the lives of everyone upside down. Set against a backdrop of gentrification and displacement, Paradise Blue encompasses the pain and suffering that accompany the erasure of Black history.
Chicago | Sept 20 - Oct 6
In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) | Sept 20 - Oct 13
An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Sept 20 - Oct 27
Tenacious and intelligent, Christopher is an autistic teenager who’s better at solving equations than navigating a world that’s stubbornly out of sync with how his mind works. After being wrongly accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog, he resolves to find the real culprit. But, when his investigation uncovers painful truths about his family, he dares to strike out on his own, embarking on a thrilling adventure that upturns his whole world.
Little Show of Horrors | Sept 20 - Oct 6
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about Seymour, hapless florist shop worker striving to make his life better and impress his coworker crush, Audrey. He discovers a mutant plant that feeds on human blood and flesh and by raising it, grows popular, but at a deadly price. This musical is based on the low-budget 1960 dark comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music is composed in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes like: "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour". Kick off your spooky season and don’t miss this cult classic planting itself on our stage!
The Sleepy Hollow Experience | Sept 27 - Nov 3
As autumn cools the steaming earth and leaves begin to turn, we’re bringing back our favorite fall fright fest: The Sleepy Hollow Experience. Following six sold out seasons and recognition as one of the ‘Top Five Halloween Plays in the Country’ by American Theatre Magazine, patrons will enjoy a fresh adaptation by Serenbe Playhouse’s Brian Clowdus. This immersive Halloween experience is sure to have heads rolling.
Frankenstein's Funeral | Oct 4 - Nov
Frankenstein’s Funeral takes audiences on a physical journey, guided by Mary Shelley, through her novel and the Gothic campus of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Halloween.
Evil Dead The Musical | Oct 4 - 20
“It’s an old tale. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times. Boy and his friends go on a week long vacation in the woods. Three friends turn into Kandarian demons. One friend is killed by a forest of evil trees. Two demons are killed by their boyfriends respectively, while one stays in the cellar trying to kill everything in sight. Like I said, pretty standard stuff.” –Ash
Mac Beth | Oct 4 - 27
On an autumn afternoon, in an empty lot outside the city, seven girls meet up to do a play. The girls are witches, ghosts, and kings. They hurl headlong into the unchecked passions of Macbeth—in Shakespeare’s original text—as the line between real life and blood fantasy quickly blurs. Through prophecies and smartphones, unexpected circumstances emerge from Shakespeare’s dark nightmare of ambition gone awry.
Small Mouth Sounds | Oct 4 - 27
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six strangers in search of serenity meet at a silent wellness retreat for what they hope will be a life-changing five-day experience. Guided by an unseen guru, they are challenged to abandon technology and reset. As they confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward and insightful humor, Small Mouth Sounds is a unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.
Julius Caesar | Oct 5 - 27
The Ides of March are come. The Tavern stage becomes ancient Rome in order to tell this unforgettable story of political intrigue, ambition, betrayal, conspiracy and murder. Was Caesar a god, a tyrant or just a man? Can murder ever be honorable? Full of some of the most famous speeches and poetry in the English language, lend us your ears. Experience Julius Caesar.
The Poe Experience | Oct 9 - Nov 3
After a sold out 2018, Poe is back to haunt The Wren's Nest! Venture through one of Atlanta’s most historic homes to become a part of Edgar Allan Poe’s four most famous and thrilling tales. You’ll experience a maddening visit from the Raven in the night and hear the harrowing story of the Tell-Tale Heart, become a witness to The Fall of the House of Usher and attend a haunted dinner party hosted by a most mysterious Red Masked presence. Come and experience each of these stories as they rise to life before your very eyes as you are enveloped by the mind of one of America’s most legendary writers in his very last days.
La Gringa | Oct 11 - 27
Introducing the new Teatro Latino at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square! Back by popular demand, Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square presents La Gringa to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! La Gringa is about a young woman’s search for her identity. María Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays and arrives with plans to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has had an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Once María is in Puerto Rico, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American – a gringa — and María considers this a betrayal. If she’s a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico – María concludes that she is nobody everywhere. Her uncle, Manolo, spiritually teaches her that identity isn’t based on superficial and external definitions, but rather is an essence that she has had all along in her heart.
39 Steps | Oct 11 - 27
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award Winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a talented cast of four), handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!
Veronica's Room | Oct 11 - 27
This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by it's dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys.Struck by Susan's strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. Once dressed in Veronica's clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica's room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?
Safety Net | Oct 16 - Nov 10
Chris Dove is the first-ever female fire captain in an Alabama town at war with opioids, and she’s facing it head-on, heart-out, and under scrutiny. Meanwhile, her spitfire-of-a-mother, Xenia, tries to conjure stability with bundt cake and Bible verses. When Chris’ mysterious childhood friend, Val, drifts into their lives, daughter and mother find themselves at a tipping point between what’s safe and what saves.
Zombie Prom | Oct 18 - Nov 2
This girl loves ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.
Jekyll & Hyde | Oct 18 - Nov 3
Based on the classic story and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar- and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over. An evocative tale of two halves of one man and two profoundly unique women who love him.
Girls Life | Oct 18 - Nov 9
Catey, Diana, and Janie are a modern day girl squad. They share drunken nights out and have intimate affairs with strangers, as they search to find meaning in a world that seems meaningless. From the critically acclaimed playwright Grant McGowen, GIRLS LIFE tells the story of three young women that just want to be girls. ***MATURE CONTENT***
Wicked | Oct 23 - Nov 17
Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”
La Cage aux Folles | Oct 24 - Nov 9
Georges is the owner of the La Cage Aux Folles nightclub, which features a drag show starring his partner and the love of his life, Albin. After twenty years of un-wedded bliss, Georges and his partner Albin face the hardest challenge of their relationship yet: meeting their son, Jean-Michel’s fiancé’s parents. Albin has always raised Jean-Michel, Georges’ biological son, as his own. But when Jean-Michel falls in love and becomes engaged to the daughter of an ultra-conservative, anti-gay politician, Georges feels compelled to try to present a more “traditional” family. When Albin tries and fails to take on a masculine persona in the role of Uncle Al, he gets more creative in order to find a way to be part of the “meet the parents” experience.
Night Must Fall | Oct 24 - Nov 10
The dark can be very seductive. Thrills, chills, twists and turns in a Halloween-perfect tale of suspense. We KNOW “whodunnit.” But who’s going to get it next?? Can ineffable charm exist with true evil? And can the good ever fall prey to that charm? This thriller will have you on the edge of your seat!