ATLANTA, GA – Theatrical Outfit, located at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s on Luckie Street in downtown Atlanta, continues its 2018-2019 Season of Beauty with the Atlanta premiere of The Pitmen Painters, British writer Lee Hall’s (Billy Elliot) dramatization of William Feaver’s book about a real-life group of English miners from the Geordie region who become unexpected stars of the high society art circles of London between the World Wars. Both comedic and stirring, The Pitmen Painters, directed by Adam Koplan(Artistic Director of Flying Carpet Theatre Company and director of The Outfit’s 2018 hit Perfect Arrangement), features an all-Atlanta ensemble and runs February 27 – March 24, 2019.
THE PITMEN PAINTERS
By Lee Hall
Inspired by the book by William Feaver
Directed by Adam Koplan (The Dancing Handkerchief and Perfect Arrangement)
1934-1947. Great Britain. When a group of miners and a dentist hire a professor to teach Art Appreciation, they embark on one of the most unusual experiments in art history. As the pitmen become painters, suddenly avant-garde artists become their friends, their work hangs in prestigious collections, and they are celebrated in high society. But every day, they still risk their lives down in the mine. Based on a true story, this heartfelt lesson about character over class and talent over privilege challenges the way we look at art and reveals our universal desire for a richer, more colorful existence.
Andrew Benator* – Harry Wilson
Allan Edwards* – George Brown
Richard Garner – Jimmy Floyd
Clifton Guterman* – Young Lad/Ben Nicholson
Caitlyn Josephine Hargraves – Susan Parks
Tess Malis Kincaid* – Helen Sutherland
Brian Kurlander* – Oliver Kilbourn
Sam R. Ross* – Robert Lyon
James Baskin – understudy for George
Michael Hanson – understudy for Harry, Young Lad, Ben Nicholson
Doyle Reynolds – understudy for Jimmy
Mary Saville – understudy for Helen, Susan
John Faro Terry – understudy for Oliver, Lyon
Adam Koplan – Director
Liz Dorsey – Scenic Designer
Mike Post – Lighting and Projection Designer
Becca Long – Costume Designer
Dan Bauman – Sound Designer
Nick Battaglia – Properties Designer
Cara Reid – Vocal Coach
Barbara Gantt O’Haley* – Production Stage Manager
Clifton Guterman – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director
Elisa Hoover – Assistant Director
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TICKETS
Previews: February 27 and 28, 2019 at 7:30pm and March 1, 2019 at 7:30pm
Opening night: March 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
Regular performances: March 3-24, 2019
Added Wednesday performance: March 6, 2019 at 7:30pm
Added weekday matinee: March 7, 2019 at 11:00am
Pay What You Can industry performance: March 18, 2019 at 7:30pm
Added Saturday matinee: March 23, 2019 at 7:30pm
Theatrical Outfit’s regular performances of The Pitmen Painters are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $18-$51 and may be purchased online at www.theatricaloutfit.org or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email email@example.com. Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.
Consider taking MARTA to Theatrical Outfit! The Peachtree Center station is only two blocks north on Peachtree Street – easily walkable.
PAGE TO STAGE TALKBACKS, sponsored by Macy’s
Fridays, March 8 and 15, post-show
Representatives from the cast, creative team, and staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.
PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTION PHOTOS (when available) may be accessed and downloaded directly HERE.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional support from: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB Radio, Georgia Council for the Arts, Turner Broadcasting, Publix Super Markets Charities, Macy’s, Kilpatrick Townsend, The Shubert Foundation, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.
ABOUT OUR VENUE: The Pitmen Painters plays at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.
ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest continuously-operating professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons, Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton, remain Theatrical Outfit patrons. Key’s programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization.
OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.