Opening Night of Good People!

We were  very proud to open David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony Nominated play, Good Peopleon the Alliance Stage last night.  Led by Kate Buddeke and Thomas Vincent Kelly, the Alliance production has met with overwhelmingly positive audience feedback.  Watch our trailer below and get tickets at www.alliancetheatre.org/goodpeople.  On stage now through February 10.

Bike America News

The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition is one of the only programs in the nation that gives a full production to the winning playwright.  It also provides important networking opportunities for the winner and four finalists with workshops and readings at the Kennedy Center in DC and the Lark Play Development Center in NYC.

This year’s winning play is Bike America by Mike Lew, a student from the Juilliard Drama Division.  Mike wanted to write a play that could capture the current national temperature from several different regions of the country from the perspective of characters from different backgrounds and ages.  He accomplishes this from the point of view of a 20-something grad student character, Penny, who sets out on a cross-country bike trip to find her place in the world.  Mike also wanted to fight against normal theatre constraints (how the heck do you stage a 20,000 mile bike tour on a 20 foot stage – which has turned into one of the most awesome and fun aspects of the show from a directorial/design perspective).  And, this production is FUNNY.  Extremely, refreshingly funny.  The production has also been confirmed to open Off Broadway in October at the Ma-Yi Theatre – the first time a competition production has gone directly from Atlanta to New York.

The Alliance is now “tweeting the Bike tour” from Penny’s point of view using new, original content written by playwright Mike Lew.  You can read Penny’s tweets here – http://bit.ly/WI8IxN Here’s an introduction:

Hi, I’m Penny. I’m charismatic! I’m damaged. I’m deep. And I’m live-tweeting my cross-country trip in prep for “Bike America” at the Alliance. You can follow my daily updates on twitter by following @alliancetheatre #BikeAmerica

Penny from Bike America

A Favorite Alliance Tradition…

Tonight we’ll host one of our favorite traditions at the Alliance.  Each year we invite members of the Atlanta Miracle League to attend the final dress rehearsal of A Christmas Carol.  The miracle league provides opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of the ability.  They also help facilitate other opportunities for families involved in the league.  Tonight we will welcome around 400 children with disabilities and their families to A Christmas Carol.  It’s a very special performance that our actors, house and stage managers look forward to each year.

John McLaughlin, who works with the North Metro Miracle League, contacted us via email to share some letters he’s received from families who attend each year.  We asked if he would let us share his email and the letters here, and he agreed -

Dear Alliance,
Thought you would like to see a sample of the responses I get when I send out your Christmas Carol invitation. Both of these families are having a very hard time and this evening is very special to them….and we are rapidly approaching 400. You guys make me a Hero every year……..At age 70 that’s not easy …That skin tight super hero suit just doesn’t look the same anymore….It’s getting saggy, baggy and draggy……It couldn’t be me could it…..Must be something the laundry did?
- John P McLaughlin

Hello John!!  I am so hoping that there may be 12 spaces available for the Christmas Carol perfomance!  It is like the biggest, most special-ist thing that our family does.  We are very much looking forward to dressing up a little and attending the theater with you all!   The show is soooo good.  Thank you for ALL that you all do, in so very many wonderful ways.

Hi Mr. John. We were at the Miracle League Christmas gingerbread party last year. Our Erica was the little girl in the walker lit up with christmas lights. We would love to attend if possible. We would be bringing 8 – 2 adults ( Mark and Kim – Erica’s parents) and 6 kids. (Joshua 14, Jessica, 12, Alyssa 10, Andrew 8, Emily 6, and Erica 5)   I hope this works out.  This has been a hard few months for the kids. Thank you for everything that you do. God Bless.

In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us everyone!”

Radio interview w/ Catherine Porter and Bob Gaynor

Next to Normal stars Catherine Porter (Diana) and Bob Gaynor (Dan) sat down with Larry Larson, host of “On Stage” on 1690 the voice of the arts to talk about the Alliance’s production of Next to Normal and about their personal experiences with mental illness.  Hear the entire interview here:  Next to Normal Interview – 1690AM

Tickets are available here: http://www.alliancetheatre.org/normal

Next to Normal Alliance Theatre

Tweens Tour

Real Tweens of Atlanta

Our world premiere production The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: The Final Assembly is making a tour of Georgia high schools before it arrives on our stage Oct. 27.  The third installment of our Tweenagers series, The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: The Final Assembly includes the same great cast and hilarious audience participation.  Real Tweens is developed for middle schoolers, by middles schoolers, and includes actual testimonial videos from Atlanta tweens.

Students and faculty alike are raving about this show.  Here’s a note from one such teacher -

“The show today was fantastic!  I couldn’t stop laughing!  What an amazing opportunity for middle schoolers to express themselves in a safe environment.  This production is everything that you said it would be and more!  My principal stayed for the entire performance and had nothing but positive comments about it at the end.  Our AP’s stepped in and watched some of it as well.  Outstanding!  Thank you so much for bringing it to Trickum!  Please keep my name and email address when you send out information regarding other performances in the future.  I am so glad that you all came out!  I just say enough great things about it!”
 
– Christi Bailey, 6th & 7th Probe SS
Trickum Middle School, Gwinnett County Public School

Tickets for The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: The Final Assembly are available now.

Apples!

Apples

Alfred Uhry’s world premiere Apples & Oranges, based on the book by Marie Brenner,opened on the Hertz Stage last week.  Apples & Oranges is the true story of journalist Marie and her eccentric, apple-farming brother Carl.  On opening day, we received a large box of apples from Carl’s orchards in Wenatchee, Washington, each apple carefully wrapped.  If you see the show, you know that Carl took great care with his fruit.  His orchard manager Marc Armstrong sent an email with the apples -

The apples were delivered this morning.  I hope they arrived in good condition.  Just like Marie mentioned in her book, this is how Carl would ship apples to his family and friends.  However, I will not call and see how you are treating them.

Wishing you all much success, or should I say break a leg,
- Marc

Don’t miss this very special theatrical experience.  Tickets for Apples & Oranges are available here.  Show closes Oct. 28.

Rehearsals Underway in New York

Apples & Oranges - rehearsal

Alfred Uhry, Tony Carlin and Patricia Richardson

Rehearsals for Alfred Uhry’s world premiere Apples & Oranges are underway at New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club. We had an opportunity to sit in during a rehearsal to see the cast, Tony Carlin and Patricia Richardson, as well as MTC Artistic Director and Director of this piece, Lynne Meadow, in action.

The moving true story of a brother and sister, based on the memoir by Vanity Fair Writer-at-Large Marie Brenner, opens at the Alliance Theatre October 10 (previews start on October 5). Click on the photos to open the gallery.

Tickets for Apples & Oranges are available now!