Speakeysie News Desk — May 5, 2019
Actor’s Express announces its 32nd Season of thought-provoking
contemporary theatre. The season begins in September 2019 with Joshua Harmon’s Skintight directed by Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley. Straight from its star-studded world premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company, this scathing comedy hilariously excoriates America’s obsession with
youth, sex and physical beauty. Alliance Theatre Associate Producer Donya K. Washington, who helmed last season’s captivating An Octoroon, returns in the fall to direct the Hitchcockian thriller Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck. In January, Freddie Ashley directs the Atlanta professional premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home based on Alison Bechdel’s esteemed graphic memoir. With spring comes the The Brothers Size by Academy Award-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney directed by Clark Atlanta University professor Eric J. Little. The season closes with a dynamic new production of Eugene O’Neill’s scorching masterwork Desire Under the Elms directed by Freddie Ashley.
Season subscription packages are now on sale and can be purchased online at actors-express.com or by calling 404-607-SHOW. Single tickets will go on sale July 1, 2019.
By Joshua Harmon
Directed by Freddie Ashley
September 18 – October 13, 2019
Directing Sponsor: Kevin Dew & Hal Platt; Acting Sponsor: John Ford
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.
By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Donya K. Washington
October 30 – November 24, 2019
Show Sponsor: Arlene Glaser; Directing Sponsor: Jan Beaves
Irene is content, slow to anger and quick to forgive — that is, until her brother Teddy comes to live in her basement. She must split her loyalty between her controlling, volatile husband and the unstable kid brother who needs her. When Teddy tries to convince Irene to stand up to her husband once and for all,
demons from the past emerge to peel back layers of dark family secrets long buried but now pushing this uneasy family to the brink. From the writer of AE hits Seminar and Mauritius comes a Hitchcockian thriller about casting out your demons and mending the past.
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Freddie Ashley
January 8 – February 16, 2020
Show Sponsor: Terry Hildebrand; Directing Sponsors: Sharon & Dave Schachter and Rebecca Leary & Scot Safon; Acting Sponsor: Marcie L. Anthone
“Welcome to our house on Maple Avenue.” Based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir of the same name, Fun Home took Broadway by storm and cemented itself as one of the landmark musicals of our time. Alison dives into her past to trace the sequence of childhood events that made her the adult she is today. In doing so, she initiates a journey of reconciliation with her late father, whose mercurial and secretive personality kept the two apart at the precise moments they should have been closest. A wholly original musical about what happens when you finally see your parents through grown-up eyes.
THE BROTHERS SIZE
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Eric J. Little
March 11 – April 11, 2020
Show Sponsor: Pat & John Valleroy
In the sweltering heat of the Louisiana Bayou, Ogun Size tenuously reunites with his brother Oshoosi, who has recently been released from prison. When Oshoosi’s charismatic former cellmate Elegba arrives, the two brothers find themselves on a collision course with fate in this unflinching and tender
exploration of the complex bonds of brotherhood. From the Academy Award-winning writer of Moonlight, The Brothers Size weaves together poetry, music and mythology to magnify the struggle for freedom and the need to belong somewhere.
DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Freddie Ashley
May 13 – June 21, 2020
Lead Sponsor: Leslie & Tim Renjilian and Ameriprise Financial Ampere Wealth Management
In this scorching classic that pulses with the intensity of a fever dream, tyrannical patriarch Ephraim Cabot returns to his rural New England farm with a seductive new wife, Abbie, hoping to produce a new heir to the estate. Fearing disinheritance, his impetuous youngest son Eben hates his new stepmother.
But hatred soon gives way to lust, and Eben and Abbie enter into a torrid affair that unleashes tragic consequences on the Cabot family forever. One of the great masterworks by America’s most important dramatist.
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR SPONSORS
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Arts Fund
City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Council for the Arts
Holland IT Consulting
National Endowment for the Arts
The Charles Loridans Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.
ABOUT ACTOR’S EXPRESS
Since our founding in 1988, we have sought to nurture the next generation of playwrights through workshops, readings, and full productions of new plays; to develop and nurture Atlanta’s artistic community through theatre training; to catalyze the dialogue essential to the vitality of our neighborhood and our city; and to enhance Atlanta’s reputation nationally as a thriving center for live
performance. Actor’s Express is located on the westside of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.