Speakeysie News Desk 9/19/2020
GTA’s musical theatre students will get a chance to perform for the camera in the monthly GTA CABARET SERIES. A monthly series, hosted by GTA’s BFA Musical Theatre Program Director Rick Gomez, will be presented live on GTA’s YouTube channel September 18, October 16, and November 20.
September 18, 7:30pm: WE STILL SING! is a selection of light, upbeat songs from a variety of musicals, designed for audiences looking for some stress-free fun.
October 16, 7:30pm: STORIES OF COLOR, in conjunction with the GTA Color Alliance. Featuring music, dance, and poetry, this production will highlight and celebrate artists of color.
November 20, 7:30pm YOU WILL BE FOUND, a collection of ensemble pieces that should resonate with audiences yearning for the post-pandemic life.
Premiering in October is the GTA NEW PLAY FESTIVAL, featuring live staged readings of two new plays and a night of short plays written by GTA students. The festival will be presented live on Zoom October 22-24, 2020.
October 22: JAZZ by award-winning actress and playwright Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from the novel by Toni Morrison. Harlem, 1926. The city overflows with musicality and rhythm, and in the heart of it all is Violet—a middle-aged woman set on revenge. Her husband’s affair with a beautiful young woman sets off a series of
violent events and unforgivable acts. Adapted from Toni Morrison’s stunning, award-winning novel. Directed by GTA guest artist, Daniel Carlton.
October 23: MONSTER GIRLS AT SUNSHINE DOUGHNUTS by Atlanta playwright Dani Herd. A Frankenstein’s monster, a vampire, and a werewolf walk into a doughnut shop… well, they walk into it because they work there. Meet Elsie, Louise, and Tally– the crew behind Sunshine Doughnuts! The monsters get a little bit more than they bargained for when they agree to host an after-hours party at the shop. Sometimes it really sucks how much the past can come back to bite you. Directed by GTA Artistic Director Jayme McGhan.
October 24: GTA SHORTS, a collection of short plays written and directed by GTA students, with guidance from GTA faculty and New Play Festival guest artists.
GTA rounds out their fall 2020 season with William Shakespeare’s HENRY V, directed by GTA Professor Elisa Carlson. Using an all-digital theatrical playground, HENRY V will be streamed on GTA’s YouTube channel November 13- 16. In a time of great political upheaval, this epic classic about power in all its forms seems more relevant than ever.