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Here we go!! The 11th Annual Atlanta Fringe Festival takes place June 5-11, 2023, featuring 28 artists performing live theatre, improv comedy, puppetry, magic, storytelling, and more.
Here is a (small) Sample of the Events Exploding in Our Venues!
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Theatre - Mature Audience - 50 minutes
June 9 and 10
Neighborhood Church (Gathering Place)
“Illegal In Florida” walks us through what’s going on south of our Georgia border with a lot of humor, a little drama, a small serving of joy and a satisfying serving of revenge. Plus it lets Florida Man tell his story in all his mullet-headed magnificence. Pull on your best crocs and elastic waist board shorts and come have a great time at “Illegal in Florida”.
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Upline: It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
New York-based, Atlanta-bred Megan Stern is excited to bring her solo comedy Upline: It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity to her hometown as part of the 2023 Atlanta Fringe Festival.
Upline is a ridiculous ride through the world of Varmon - the fictional multi-level marketing beauty empire that promises both flawless skin and financial freedom. By the end of this award-winning satirical solo show, you’ll be ready to sign up and become a Varmonista yourself. Just remember … it’s not a pyramid scheme. The show will be presented at Neighborhood Church on June 9 and 10. Run time is 60 minutes, with $15 tickets available at the door or online at www.AtlantaFringe.org
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IN THE BEGINNING
June 8 and 10
7 Stages Backstage
Grackle Jack Productions is excited to present, In The Beginning, as a part of the 2023 Atlanta Fringe Festival.
In this Garden, we're starting over. Inflatable friends. Ballet. Apocalyptic disco. In The Beginning is a wonderfully weird and wildly ridiculous one woman comedy that reimagines Genesis from a whole new perspective, one free from shame, rejection, and labels. Shows take place Thursday June 8th at 8 pm and Saturday June 10th at 2 pm and 8 pm at 7 Stages Backstage (1105 Euclid Ave NE). 17 and up. Run time is 60 minutes. Tickets are $15, available at the door and online at AtlantaFringe.org.
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magic & mentalism for the curious
Magic/Mentalism - General Audience - 45 minutes
June 8 and June 10
Neighborhood Church Cummunity Stage
Over the past two decades, magician and mentalist Joe M. Turner has performed on six continents and made dozens of national and international television appearances. His work has taken him from the Hollywood Magic Castle, to the Chicago Magic Lounge, to Monday Night Magic in New York, to the London Palladium. Together, you and he will create shared moments of unreality that support the claim he made in his TEDx talk: things don't have to be possible in order to be experienced.
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Puppetry - Mature Audience - 45 minutes
June 9 and 10
7 Stages Mainstage
Madhouse is a theatrical puppet show, sensory experience, noise concert, and storytelling experiment drawing from Nellie Bly's reporting on Blackwell's Asylum and modern day personal narrative from people impacted by institutional and carceral systems.
A team of local puppeteers, writers, theatre makers, musicians, comedians, storytellers, artists, builders, and many many community members impacted by institutional and carceral violence have collaborated on this project. This is a world premiere and a workshop performance, by which I mean very experimental and pretty ambitious for a thing we're making because we really want to. So it will either be really cool like I'm picturing, or really really off-putting but still high effort and memorable!!
This is a serious show, because this is a serious subject, but we're funny people who like to have a good time. We hope we give you sights and sounds and a cool sensory experience to get you through your time with us alright.
That said, this show is best suited for people who are interested in engaging with heavy subject matter and close personal accounts relating to incarceration and institutionalization, wrongful death, state violence, and there is no shame in tapping out/coming back in if needed. As many of the creators have close experiences with the subject matter, we are interested in making this experience as accessible as we can to those who may have strong reactions to the subject matter. We endeavor to be honest and clear without being overly literal or unnecessarily graphic in our presentation.
by Adrenaline Entertainment
Comedy - Mature Audience - 40 minutes
June 9, 10, 11
7 Stages Main Stage
Kurt and Rachel have been dating for two and a half weeks. As they have a "getting to know you" date in the park, they are surrounded by a cornucopia of activities - a live musician, a dance teacher and student, two badminton players, and an exercise boot camp. Seemingly random strangers, the background doubles into the inner thoughts of our two main characters. Does our subconscious affect our reality, or does our reality affect our subconscious?
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Avanti Da Vinci
Written and directed by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines
PUPPET SHOWS | AGES 16+ | CENTER
The Italian Dark Defender: Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, and architect by day. Caped crusader by night.
Set in the world of the Italian Renaissance where art and science flourish, so does tyranny, treachery, incest, and murder. One man, one genius, stood alone to protect and defend the innocent, Leonardo Da Vinci.
This farcical melodrama explores DaVinci as a masked crime fighter using his inventions as machines to save his city. Unknown to many before now, Da Vinci dons the disguise of “Renaissance Man”, a defender of truth, justice, and the Italian way.
“Considering Ludwig’s track record as one of the most original and charmingly demented figures in his field, this loose blend of Renaissance mythology and over-the-top comic chaos promises to be one of the more notable theatrical events of the season.” – Wendell Brock, AJC.
Don’t miss this action-adventure story of Avanti Da Vinci.
For ages 16+. Contains slapstick violence, adult language, sexual situations, and raunchy humor. Not suitable for all audiences.
Location: Vincent Anthony Founder's Theater
Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM | Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM | Sundays at 5:00 PM
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre Reconceptualizes Andrew Lippa's JOHN & JEN
Cobb PARKS and the award-winning Jennie T. Anderson Theatre are turning the 1995 musical, JOHN & JEN, on its head. Typically staged with only two actors and a small band of three musicians, this streaming production will feature seven performers and an expanded orchestra of seven musicians.
The musical honors brothers and sisters, as well as parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990. The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre cast performers ranging in age from 7-years to adults. Artistic Director, Jono Davis, adds context, "Since this is a streaming production, we thought it would be a refreshing and creatively challenging opportunity to have age-appropriate actors accurately representing the characters as they are written in the script."
JOHN & JEN streams on-demand June 5 - 11. Stepping into the director's chair is Jessica De Maria, "The most wonderful thing about streaming theatre is how accessible it makes the art form. Streaming allows audiences to engage with theatre artists and with shows they may otherwise never have the opportunity to experience." She continues, "As highly as I value the human connection of a live theatrical experience, I think that there's something really magical about streaming something with a sort of infinite amount of people that may be on the other side of the planet, or next door."
Brandon L. Smith, who plays the adult iteration of John, adds his sentiments on the streaming of this production, "Streaming is still an important avenue of theatre because it reaches those lovers of art that may have a specific reason why they can’t go in person. It’s important to reach those patrons that like to watch from the comfort of their own home and it draws in those who have never been to a show or those who have only thought of plays/musicals to be done one way." Assistant director, Golbanoo Setayesh, adds, "It's also a different experience for our actors, who are channeling a different, more intimate performance than what we're used to seeing on stage. That, combined with our concept that shows the characters growing up, makes for a really special telling of this story."
Meaghan Paetkau returns to the stage as the adult iteration of Jen, after last being seen in the very first Anderson Theatre concert, GUYS & DOLLS. "JOHN & JEN is special to me as my first 'leading lady-type" principal part, happening in the theatre I grew up at: the Jennie T. My first show outside of a church was here when I was 7 years old, and I just continued to perform here from childhood to adulthood. It feels like a full circle moment in my career!"
JOHN & JEN stars Meaghan Paetkau, Brandon L. Smith, Nevaeh Riddle, Ian Thigpen, Hensley Ivy, T.J. Carthers, and Harmony Louisa Kraft. This concert-staging is directed by Jessica De Maria, assistant directed by Golbanoo Setayesh, music directed by John-Michael d'Haviland, director of photography and production managed by Bobby Johnston, stage managed by Megan Nye, costumes designed by Cole Spivia, props by Jono Davis and Golbanoo Setayesh, lighting designed by Michael Carver, sound designed by Daniel Pope, and production assisted by Mary Nye Bennett and Leo Thomasian.
In the Continuum
by Danai Gurira & Nikkole Salter
Directed by Valeka Jessica
June 2nd - 18th, 2023
A mirror with two faces. In The Continuum is a parallel story of two women who face the growing AIDS crisis in America and Africa. Alike in ways that cross the borders of both Central LA and Zimbabwe. In a weekend two women face a similar journey of life-altering truths and fervent denial.
OBIE award-winning and Pulitzer Prize nominated drama In the Continuum puts a human face on the devastating impact of AIDS in Africa and America through the lives of two unforgettably courageous women. Living worlds apart, one in South Central LA and the other in Zimbabwe, each experiences a kaleidoscopic weekend of life-changing revelations in this story of parallel denials and self-discoveries.
Sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation & the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition.
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Playmaking for Girls is an innovative theatre outreach program that empowers with-hope teen girls in the Metro Atlanta area.
Bring tissues, and prepare to feel all the feels, when our Playmaking for Girls participants showcase their original material based on their personal life experiences!
Join us at Cole Auditorium at Perimeter College for the moving culminating performance from our annual from Synchronicity's Playmaking for Girls program. Stick around after the show for an engaging post-show discussion and reception complete with drinks and snacks!
Playmaking for Girls is a year-long program. Explore the whole program by clicking below.
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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
By Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer
Directed by Heidi Cline McKerley
May 25, 2023 - Jun 18, 2023
Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. You’ll see an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines); this Olivier Award-winning comedy is a hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. If you loved Noises Off, Boeing, Boeing and Don’t Dress for Dinner, you are going to love this fall-down funny play that is so wrong… it’s right.
“A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY!” (The Daily Beast)
"COMIC GOLD!" (Variety)
“A GUT-BUSTING HIT,” (New York Times)
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Duende: A Cirque Show
June 9 - 11, 2023
An AKmē instant circus presentation from Akrosphere Aerial & Circus Arts
This summer experience a show that will take you on an artist’s journey from inspiration to realization of a completed work. Duende refers to the mystical or powerful force given off by a performer to draw in the audience. This company of acrobats will beguile you with their amazing skill on the different apparatus portraying personal stories told through movement to music in a thrilling one-hour contemporary circus performance that will delight the entire family.
Sistas of Soul
Presented by Live in Concert Productions
Friday, June 16, 2023 @ 7:30PM
These Sistas’ of Soul shaped the music industry and recorded some of the most memorable music of all time. Join us for a look back at the greatness of Etta, Gladys, Patti, Roberta, The Voice, The Queen of Soul, and so many more. Hop on that Midnight Train to Georgia and bring a New Attitude and Respect for these legends. Our powerhouse vocalists will take this One Moment in Time to be Killing You Softly with these songs.
JUNE 7 - JUNE 21
Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.
June 7th 10:00 AM
June 10th 10:00 AM (Sensory Friendly)
June 10th 2:30 PM
June 11th 2:30 PM
June 14th 10:00 AM
June 17th 2:30 PM
June 18th 2:30 PM
June 21st 10:00 AM
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Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. Ordinary Days is an original musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.
WHO IS THIS SHOW FOR?
A show about peace and vulnerability, a show for people who look for the connections in the world. Have you ever felt absolutely trapped in your current circumstances? Or that there are so many options opening up in front of you, but you don’t know which way to go? Maybe you’ve been in a relationship and ready to take that next step, but your partner has cold feet? In a world full of uncertainty, we never know the infinite ways that we cross paths with those around us, and how that may change how we see our world. For anyone who loves a good romantic comedy, who finds their deepest relationships in friendship, and wants a good laugh, with a side of a good cry. This show is the perfect escape from the incoming summer heat, full of classic contemporary musical theatre songs, and a story that reminds us to stop and take in all the wonderful things in life.
June 16th 7:30 PM
June 17th 7:30 PM
June 18th 6:00 PM
June 23rd 7:30 PM
June 24th 7:30 PM
June 25th 2:30 PM
June 30th 7:30 PM
July 1st 7:30 PM
July 2nd 2:30 PM
Dominion Entertainment presents the Broadway SMASH hit Dreamgirls.
It’s the 1960s where the sound of Motown is on the rise. Meet the Dreamettes, Effie, Deena and Lorrell, three women trying to break their way onto the music scene. When car salesman Curtis Taylor, Jr. signs the three singers to a record label, he sets in motion a series of events that will forever change their lives, for better and for worse. Join the Dreamgirls as they navigate the highs and lows of life, love and fame. And remember, all you gotta do is dream.
June 15 - July 2
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A sweeping and inspirational journey through 20th century American pop music, Dreamgirls chronicles one Motown group's rise from obscurity to superstardom.
The Henry Players Theater
136 Hood Street
McDonough, Georgia 30253
This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980s all-female rock band, The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs: “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”
A modern musical fairy tale where once-upon-a-time is right now, HEAD OVER HEELS follows the escapades of a royal family who set out on a journey to save their beloved kingdom, only to discover that the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts.
New York Magazine calls it “a clever, delightful, bubbly, exuberant party!”
Starring: Hannah Marie Smith, Chase Byrd, Meredith Bennett, Sophia Decker, Jonathan Harper, Cookie dLite, Karastyn Bibb, Christopher Lange, Andrew Goodall, Javaron Conyers, Alex Self, Bekah Medford
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Opening Night (June 16) Sold Out
The AUTHENTIC ATL Spotlight features a dramatic reading of an exciting new work by Atlanta writers.
This evening we spotlight PANIC IN RUGBY: THE FALL OF ’55 by John D. Babcock, III and Ted Westby.
One night only – Friday June 16th at Merely Players Present Theater in Doraville.
Six men (a godfather and five godbrothers) have formed a family-like bond. Their time together demolishes barriers to allow them to be transparent and address deep rooted issues such as mental illness, addiction, molestation, abandonment, and trust. This never before seen performance will touch the lives of many as it dispels myths about black men, removes the stigma of therapy, and encourages healing from past hurts.
The play stars: Troy Bland as Bobby; Kevin Brown as Pops; James Thompson as Rico; Daniel Tate as Myles; Christopher Martin as Julius; and Kori Poe as Dante.
Story by: C. Nathaniel Brown
Writer/Director: nA' Stubbs
Produced by nA' Stubbs of uNiqu' Arts and C. Nathaniel Brown of Expected End Entertainment
Join the artists and theatre makers of some bodies theatre collective for the workshop production of a new comedy by Emily McClain: America’s Most Haunted.
Jamie has a plan to solve his financial woes: land a spot on the reality television show America’s Most Haunted Houses. Problem #1: his house isn’t currently haunted. With the help of his friend Frankie and girlfriend Ramona, Jamie attempts to stage a haunting to convince the producers and get $100,000. Problem #2: after the faked séance Jamie is visited by the ghost of his childhood best friend, a 10 year old boy named Dylan, who doesn’t seem super-clear that he’s dead or that Jamie isn’t 10 years old anymore.
June 16 and 17
Elle Woods appears to have always had it all in life. But suddenly, her world is shaken when her boyfriend Warner dumps her as he leaves for Harvard Law school. Desperate to win him back, Elle works hard to get accepted. While at Harvard, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. Watch out for the girl in pink!
Hightower Trail Middle School
3905 Post Oak Tritt Road
Marietta, GA 30062
!!! Be Advised: Legally Blonde The Musical is Rated PG-13 for mild language and sexual content. This material may not be appropriate for children under 13 years old. !!!
WILL ONE MAN’S REDEMPTION LEAD TO ANOTHER’S DAMNATION?
At Rikers Island, a frightened young inmate confronts complex issues of faith when he crosses paths with a charismatic serial killer, a sadistic guard, and a jaded public defender. This potent play by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis will hit you where you live and make you question what happens when God’s justice differs from man’s.
"THIS PUMPING, POUNDING, PULSING PLAY BLAZES."
– EVENING STANDARD
"FIRE-BREATHING... A PROBING, INTENSE PORTRAIT OF LIFE BEHIND BARS."
– NEW YORK TIMES
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Ireland is a land of many legends, and among them, one legend looms large. So large, it’s giant. And that giant is Finn McCool, a loveable rogue who is as likely to get into trouble as he is to make it. In one of Finn’s most famous escapades, he challenges another giant, Benandonner, to a slanging match. The problem is, Bendandonner is a Scottish giant…in Scotland. But a little thing like the Irish Sea won’t stand in Finn’s way. In order to reach Scotland and duel his nemesis, Finn builds a giant causeway across the Irish Sea.
But what happens when Finn builds this causeway? What follows next is the stuff of legend and laughter, and the subject of a new play by Atlanta’s stage for celtic culture, Arís Theatre.
Arís brings this magical, mythical tale to life in their June 2023 production of The Legend of Finn McCool, written and composed by Arís co-founder Rob Shaw-Smith. This rollicking all-ages show is Arís’ first musical, and the songs are as entertaining and delightful as the comedy and the characters.
This Arís original was created by our very own Rob Shaw-Smith, who has taken something ancient and legendary, and dolled it up with music and humor that will have audiences tapping their toes and splitting their sides. There's something magical for everyone in The Legend of Finn MacCool!
Previews: 6/13, 6/14, 6/15 at 7:30 PM
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 11:00 AM (Senior Matinees)
Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:30 PM
Written by Gene Jurek, Music by Doug Spartz
Four buddies are enjoying their annual deer hunting trip, but this year is different. After 15 years of them coming home with nothing but a hangover, their wives have given them an ultimatum: bag a deer or your deer camp days are over. Only one hurdle stands in their way— none of them know how to hunt. Do they buy one? Steal one? Could they possibly try to… shoot one? With this wacky troop, it seems the only ones safe in the woods are the deer, but with song and dance, a bit of chance, their prayers are answered just as they run out of beer.
June 8-25, 2023
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm | Sunday at 3:00pm | Wednesday at 10:30am
Box Office Hours: 10a-5p Tues-Fri 1p-5p Sat
Malicious Compliance is a primal scream, an elegy, a challenge, a dismantled classic, a call to action that asks if - and how - in this world of economic uncertainty, institutional collapse, and increasing violence, the most vulnerable can write their own story.
Malicious Compliance channels and dismantles the Greek classic, Trojan Women, to explore what it is to be a casualty of the culture war.
Cast: Ava Davis, Anna Newbury, Emily Zart, Holly Stevenson, Jordyn King, Kat Stoneback, and Jennifer Skura Boutell.
CW: Descriptions of war, violence, death. There is a moment of yelling and throwing items on the stage.
Developed through the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab at Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA
June 9 - June 25 Fri Sat Sun
The Windmill Arts Center 2823 Church Street East Point, GA 30344
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime).
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold — not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Seussical KIDS is great fun for the whole family.
Performances: June 9th at 7pm, June 10th at 2 and 7pm, and June 11 at 7pm
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Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb | Book by Joe Masteroff
JUL. 6–AUG. 6, 2023 (THU - SUN)
Festival Stage | Recommended Ages 17+
Note: This play contains mature themes
One of the most famous American musicals of all time — from the creators of Chicago — Cabaret takes us to 1929 Berlin during the twilight of the Jazz Age as the Nazis are ascending to power. This groundbreaking musical focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around American writer Clifford Bradshaw and the English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Based on the writings of Christopher Isherwood and winner of Tony Awards and Oscars, Cabaret will offer our audiences a transformative theatrical experience unlike anything they’ve ever witnessed.
JUN 7 - JUL 9
BOOK BY RICK ELICE
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY PIGPEN THEATRE CO.
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SARA GRUEN
DIRECTED BY JESSICA STONE
ROMANCE, DECEPTION, AND MAGIC BENEATH THE BIG TOP OF A TRAVELING CIRCUS.
Based on the critically acclaimed and best-selling novel, Water for Elephants takes you on an adventure filled with romance, deception, and a little bit of magic, all under the big top of a traveling circus.
Running towards a new life, Jacob Jankowski hitches a ride on a mysterious train. He finds himself in the heart of a traveling circus, the Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show On Earth, with a new job, a new home, and a new family. When charismatic ringmaster August brings Rosie the elephant on as the new star attraction, Jacob and August’s wife Marlena join forces to train her. As Jacob and Marlena’s shared compassion develops into love, August’s cruel nature surfaces, threatening to derail Jacob’s life once more.
Brought to theatrical life by an internationally acclaimed and innovative creative team, Water for Elephants will reignite your dreams of running away with the circus. This world premiere musical is directed by Jessica Stone (Kimberly Akimbo), with a book by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher), and a score by the award-winning PigPen Theatre Co. This adventure of love, family and belonging speaks to us all.
Named the ‘Best Play of 2016’ by every major publication including NPR & TimeOut New York, The Humans takes a hopeful, heartbreaking, and humorous look at the decline of the American middle class, and one family’s hopes and fears. Erik Blake has brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s new apartment in the city, but as darkness falls, mysterious things start to happen, and family tensions reach a boiling point. The Humans is Tony Award winning & Pulitzer Prize finalist that’s “As Entertaining As It Is Honest” (New York Times).
“[An] Inestimably Kind, Rich And Beautiful Play … Truly Remarkable & Exceptionally Moving” – Chicago Tribune
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May 13th - June 10th @ 8:00 PM
Thu Fri Sat
Industry Night Monday 6/5
Dad’s Garage’s brand-spanking new comedy show Reversible Lane merges improv and sketch on a highway to the laughter zone! Scenes, songs, and characters take a unique look at Atlanta in the way only Dad’s Garage can. Come check out some of Dad’s most experienced comedians and fresh faces in this completely new and original comedy revue that will be a smoother ride than Dekalb Ave.
4 OLD BROADS ON THE HIGH SEAS
By Leslie Kimbell
Directed by Barry N. West
June 2 - 25, 2023
Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm & Sunday at 3:00 pm Main Stage
Get ready to set sail with your favorite OLD BROADS. Yes...they're back again and ready for a Sassy Seniors cruise to the Bahamas. Beatrice is determined to have her pick of all the eligible men on the ship...but Maude, fresh from her win at The Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen Pageant, plans on being her biggest competition. Wedding bells are ringing for Sam and Imogene...maybe. And Eaddy...well...she just wants to know what all the fuss is about up on the topless sun deck. Throw in a murder mystery, a fabulous drag queen and a crazy costume party, and you're in for a great night of fun.
One actor, Daniel Guyton, portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.
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June 2-18, 2023 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – ACT1 Theater Mainstage
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, BIG FISH is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.
Announcing Our 2023 / 2024 Season:
The Atlanta Opera presents the second annual 96-Hour Opera Project, a composition competition and showcase that pairs composers and librettists to write ten-minute operas. Bringing their completed works to Atlanta, the teams will workshop and rehearse their productions over four days from June 9 through 12, 2023. On Monday, June 12, 2023, a public performance will present the ten-minute operas at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College, and a winner is selected by a distinguished group of judges. The Atlanta Opera awards the winning team a cash prize and an Atlanta Opera commission for a new work to be produced and performed in an upcoming season.
Designed specifically for composers and librettists from historically underrepresented communities, the 96-Hour Opera Project is only open to those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Arab-American, Latin-American or other communities of color.
The Atlanta Opera provides singing talent, and a pianist as collaborators to bring these works to life; plus, the deep historic context and background for the people and stories available from the theme of Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery to spark imagination.
Kevin Roost as Robin Hood | Photo by Daniel Parvis
Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Jun 3–Jul 2
Pirates of the Caribbean meets Men In Tights!
Come along for a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills, laughter and romance you could ever ask for! Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two – you won’t want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun! Good for the whole family!
Staged Reading of Born With Teeth
by Liz Duffy Adams
A queer story, performed by queer artists in celebration of Pride month!
An aging, unstable ruler, an oppressive police state, a restless polarized people seething with paranoia: it’s a dangerous time for poets. Two of them—the already great Kit Marlowe and the up-and-comer Will Shakespeare—meet in the back room of a pub to collaborate on a history play cycle, navigate the perils of art under a totalitarian regime, and flirt like young men with everything to lose. One of them may well be the death of the other.
Genre: Queer, Biography, Dark Comedy
Content Advisory: Sexual content and strong language
Shakespeare & Song Cabaret: The "Ghosts" of Shakespeare
Welcome to Shakespeare & Song, a new recurring cabaret series we are excited to bring you!
Join your Emcee, Kathleen McManus (Queen Elizabeth I, By My Will) and a host of ASC Acting Company members as they serenade you with a variety of Shakespeare-themed tunes.
Up first in the series, are the "Ghost" Songs of Shakespeare. Sensitive souls fret not, these are not spooky ghosts, more like "hidden gemstones" ghosts...distant forgotten songs, if you will. The music will pull from a variety of composers from the 1800 and 1900s with a strong emphasis on Jazz adaptations of Shakespeare's songs and plays.
This cabaret series will be set in the intimate Porpentine space, just off our lobby. Seating will be very limited.
Desserts and drinks available. Bar will stay open during the performance.
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Amanda Lindsey McDonald as Puck | Photo by Daniel Parvis
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jul 8–Jul 30
A fairy King and Queen come across four runaway lovers and a gaggle of amateur actors trying to rehearse a play in the forest. The magical royal couple meddles with their mortal lives, culminating in a comical cluster of confusion. But don’t worry, we’ll get to the Bottom of it.
Ebony Jerry, O'Neil Delapenha, Trevor Perry | Photo by Daniel Parvis
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Aug 5–Sep 3
A 2022 Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show!
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield.
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.
Contains adult humor & language. Nothing you haven't heard, said or seen before. The bard is bawdy and so is the show y'all.
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Atlanta Shakespeare Company
June 14, 2023
By William Shakespeare, Adapted by Adam King
Bursting with energy, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect introduction to the hilarity and excitement of the Bard. Four actors bring the story to life through puppets, live music, and silly props, igniting the imagination of even the youngest of theatre-goers as they experience the beauty of Shakespeare’s language.
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