ATLANTA’S ALLIANCE THEATRE ANNOUNCES IN-PERSON 2021/22 SEASON

Speakeysie News Desk – June 10, 2021

The 53rd season will feature eight productions including the previously announced HANDS UP and TONI STONE, and four world premieres including the musical DARLIN’ CORY by Phillip DePoy and Grammy Award winner Kristian Bush, plus, a world premiere musical directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon to be announced later this summer, & the 2021/22 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner, DREAM HOU$E.

The new season will also introduce the Alliance’s elaborate new adaption of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, featuring a new script, set, and costume design

ATLANTA  — Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth, and Managing Director Mike Schleifer, are pleased to announce the productions of the Alliance’s 53rd season.  After a year that saw the Alliance produce a variety of new works for streaming platforms, an animated film, a drive-in production, and an outdoor tent series, the Alliance is excited to announce a return to in-person performances on its Coca-Cola Stage and Hertz Stage beginning in September 2021.  The new season will feature eight productions including four world premieres, two musicals, and an elaborate new staging of its annual production, A CHRISTMAS CAROL

“As a theater, we’ve been able to do a lot in this past upside-down year. The same commitment which helped us continue inspiring thousands of Atlantans (and beyond) while our stages were dark will enable us to do more innovative, equitable, and uplifting work as we come together in-person for our 2021/22 season,” said Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director.  “After the past year of pivoting with speed, agility, and yes, humor that we might never have imagined, it is thrilling to be announcing today our plans for the productions of our 53rd season.”

The 2021/22 season will begin in September on the recently renovated and award-winning Coca-Cola Stage with DARLIN’ CORY, a haunting new musical inspired by local lore with an original folk-country score by Grammy Award winner and Sugarland front man Kristian Bush (Troubadour), book by playwright and novelist Phillip DePoy (Edward Foote), and direction by Susan V. Booth. 

Opening the Hertz Stage in October is THE NEW BLACK FEST’S HANDS UP: 7 PLAYWRIGHTS, 7 TESTAMENTS.  HANDS UP depicts the realities of Black America from the perspective of varying genders, sexual orientations, skin tones, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  This production of HANDS UP is co-directed by Spelman Associate Professor Keith Arthur Bolden and Spelman alumna and Alliance Spelman Fellow Alexis Woodard.

In November, the Alliance will unveil the new adaptation of its annual production A CHRISTMAS CAROLby David H. Bell with direction by Leora Morris.  This reimagined version features a new scenic design by Tony Award winner Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Mariann Verheyen, lighting design by Greg Hofmann, sound design by Clay Benning, original music by Kendall Simpson, and puppet design by Tom Lee and Blair Thomas. 

Next up for the Hertz Stage is CLUB HERTZ LIVE – a music series that will host some of Atlanta’s most exciting performers and musicians in a relaxed lounge atmosphere.  CLUB HERTZ LIVE will feature a new act each night and a variety of genres during the month of December.  Bands and performers will be chosen by a panel of music-industry professionals.  Performers are invited to apply to be a part of the series on the Alliance’s website here.

In January 2022, the Alliance will produce the world premiere of this year’s Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner, DREAM HOU$E, by Eliana Pipes of Boston University.  In DREAM HOU$E, two sisters go on a reality tv show to renovate and sell their childhood home.  The show quickly drives a wedge between the sisters as they come to terms with how much of their family’s heritage they are willing to sacrifice in this funny and touching look at the truths of gentrification.     

On the Coca-Cola Stage, the Alliance will present TONI STONE, the “must-see play” (TheatreMania) by Lydia R. Diamond based on the true story of the first female athlete to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues.  Toni Stone is a heartwarming and fascinating story of race, gender, and raw ambition.  This production will be directed by the Alliance’s BOLD Artistic Director Fellow Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and is a co-production with Milwaukee Rep.

In March 2022, the Alliance will produce the world premiere of BINA’S SIX APPLES by Lloyd Suh and directed by Obie Award winner Eric Ting.  Set against the backdrop of the Korean War, BINA’S SIX APPLES is a harrowing and uplifting story of courage and finding home.  BINA’S SIX APPLES is a co-production with Children’s Theatre Company.   

Closing the season on the Coca-Cola Stage, the Alliance will produce a world premiere musical with direction by Tony Award winner, Kenny Leon.  Leon is known to Atlanta audiences as the former Artistic Director of Alliance Theatre and as the Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre. The details of the new production will be announced later this summer. 

In addition to the Alliance Series on the Coca-Cola Stage and Hertz Series on the Hertz Stage, the Alliance will produce five productions for the Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young – two for streaming and three in-person productions in the Selig Family Blackbox at Alliance Theatre.  The titles in the Theatre for the Very Young Season are SOUNDS OF THE WEST END (streaming); THE CURIOUS CARDINAL (streaming); KNOCK, KNOCK; IN MY GRANNY’S GARDEN; and DO YOU LOVE THE DARK?.  This season marks the 10th anniversary of the Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young program, which commissions and produces new works designed for children five years old and younger. 

To prepare for audiences to return to the theater, the Alliance has replaced all HVAC units with HVAC ionization systems, which provide a 99.4% reduction of COVID-19 within 30 minutes.  HVAC ionization is more effective than other air-cleaning methods and helps kill other types of viruses, such as the flu, and air pollutants.  The Alliance has also increased the cleaning schedule of surfaces in the theater, modified the ticketing process to eliminate physical tickets, and increased the number of hand-sanitizing stations across the campus.  The Alliance will continue to closely monitor local, state, and federal policies regarding indoor activities and plan our safety protocols accordingly.  

When possible, live performances of the 53rd season will be filmed for streaming on the Alliance Theatre’s streaming platform, Alliance Theatre Anywhere.

Memberships and Season tickets for the Alliance’s 53rd season are on sale now.  Single tickets for the 2021 productions will go on sale in July 2021.  Single tickets for the 2022 productions will go on sale in October 2021.  For more information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/memberships

2021/22 SEASON

ALLIANCE SERIES ON THE COCA-COLA STAGE

DARLIN’ CORY (World Premiere Musical)​
September 8 – October 3, 2021
Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre​

Book by Phillip DePoy

Music by Kristian Bush

Lyrics by Phillip DePoy and Kristian Bush
Directed by Susan V. Booth​

Set against the backdrop of 1930s Appalachia, DARLIN’ CORY is a haunting new musical by playwright & novelist Phillip DePoy (EDWARD FOOTE) and Sugarland’s front man & Grammy Award winner Kristian Bush (TROUBADOUR).  In a tiny mountain town with no road in – and no road out – a community carries secrets of all sizes.  But when a young woman with ambition and intelligence collides with a pastor deeply committed to preserving the status quo, cracks begin to form in the town’s well-constructed façade. And when a stranger appears with a mysterious backstory and the best moonshine anyone’s ever tasted – some of those secrets threaten to spill.  With an original folk-country score, this modern-day myth inspired by local lore promises to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/darlin

A CHRISTMAS CAROL​ (new adaptation)
November 12 – December 24, 2021
Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre​

By Charles Dickens​
Adapted by David H. Bell​
Directed by Leora Morris​

The Alliance Theatre’s beloved production A CHRISTMAS CAROL will return to the Coca-Cola Stage this year with an exciting new adaption, including a completely reimagined set design and stunning new costumes. Audiences will be transported to the streets of London to revisit the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to redemption, told with beautiful live music and an all-star cast. Join the Alliance Theatre for one of Atlanta’s most treasured holiday traditions.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/carol

TONI STONE 
February 10 – 27, 2022

Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre​

By Lydia R. Diamond​
Directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden​

Considered a pioneer, Toni Stone is the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, also making her the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league.  Against all odds, Toni blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, breaking through the limitations others placed on her, and creating her own set of rules. Follow Toni’s journey as she fights for love, equality and a chance to do what she wants the most — play some world class baseball. Declared the Best New Play of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TONI STONE is a funny and fascinating story of race, gender, and raw ambition… and an unheralded superstar you will never forget.  ​For tickets and info, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/tonistone

BINA’S SIX APPLES (world premiere)
March 11 – 27, 2022
Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre​

By Lloyd Suh​
Directed by Eric Ting​

Bina’s family grows the finest apples in all of Korea. But when war forces her to flee her home, Bina is alone in the world with just six precious apples to her name. Can these meager possessions help her find her family?  Join Bina on her spirited journey that ranges from the heartbreaking to the humorous. Encountering new challenges at every turn, Bina is forced to rely upon her apples and their important legacy as she begins to discover the power of her own resilience. Often mesmerizing, always heartwarming, Bina will discover that she’s not the only one on a difficult quest for a place to call home. For tickets and info, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/binasapples

A World Premiere Musical, to be announced later this summer
May 25 – June 26, 2022​
Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre​

Directed by Kenny Leon


HERTZ SERIES

THE NEW BLACK FEST’S 
HANDS UP: 7 PLAYWRIGHTS, 7 TESTAMENTS
October 8 – 31, 2021​
Hertz Stage at Alliance Theatre​

By Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi E. Kelley, Nsangou Njikam,
Eric Holmes, and Dennis Allen II​
Co-Directed by Keith Arthur Bolden and Alexis Woodard​

Across seven monologues written by seven Black playwrights, HANDS UP depicts the realities of Black America from the perspective of varying genders, sexual orientations, skin tones, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The play was originally commissioned in 2015 by the New Black Fest in response to a police officer fatally shooting an unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. The themes and stories it tells still ring true today. HANDS UP is produced in association with Spelman College.​  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/handsup

CLUB HERTZ LIVE

December 8 – 24, 2021

Hertz Stage at Alliance Theatre

Experience a special concert series featuring some of Atlanta’s most exciting performers and musicians in a relaxed lounge atmosphere.  CLUB HERTZ LIVE will feature a new performer each night and a variety of genres during the month of December.  Bands and performers will be chosen by a panel of music-industry professionals.  Performers are invited to apply to be a part of the series on the Alliance’s website.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/clubhertz

DREAM HOU$E (world premiere, winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition)
January 22 – February 13, 2022
Hertz Stage at Alliance Theatre​

By Eliana Pipes

DREAM HOU$E follows two Latinx sisters on an HGTV-style reality show who are selling their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in their “changing neighborhood.”  As they perform for the camera, one sister grapples with turmoil in the family’s ancestral past while the other learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the family’s future. What is the cultural cost of progress in America — and is cashing in always selling out?  DREAM HOU$E is the winner of the 2021/22 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/dreamhouse

KATHY & KEN BERNHARDT THEATRE FOR THE VERY YOUNG

SOUNDS OF THE WEST END​

August 17, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere

Conceived and Directed by Ameenah Kaplan

Inspired by In the West End written by Will Power and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, commissioned by the Alliance Theatre in partnership with the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club
This aural adventure will immerse you in the sounds of the historic Atlanta neighborhood.  From the talk on the sidewalks to the whoosh of the Marta trains, join us for a rhythmic and tasty trip through the epicenter of vegan cooking in Atlanta.  For tickets or information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/sounds.  

THE CURIOUS CARDINAL

October 12, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere

Written and Directed by Mark Valdez

A Palette Production
Original composition by Eugene H. Russell IV

Created in partnership with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History
As the seasons come and go in this GA forest, so too do all of the varied wildlife. Except, of course, for the curious cardinal, who stays put the entire year, curiously exploring all of the changes that the seasons bring. Join our cardinal as he bickers with the blue jays in spring, outwits the mischievous squirrels in summer, and bids a fond farewell to the friendly otters in the fall. This animated short celebrates the majesty of the natural habitats of GA and the daily adventures of an everchanging world.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/cardinal

(KNOCK, KNOCK)

December 2 – 23, 2021

Selig Family Blackbox Theatre at Alliance Theatre

Created by Olivia Aston Bosworth & Samantha Provenzano

Directed by Samantha Provenzano

Come in from out of the cold and celebrate community, family, and warmth this holiday season! Welcome to The Apartment Building. Below us, above us, and beside us, the residents are preparing for the holidays and trying to stay warm. Join us on a floor to floor adventure, meeting and celebrating with a variety of friends who all call The Apartment Building home. Surprises hide behind each door — all you need to do is (Knock, Knock). For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/knock

IN MY GRANNY’S GARDEN

March 16 – April 24, 2022 

Selig Family Blackbox Theatre at Alliance Theatre

Directed by Rosemary Newcott

Based on In My Granny’s Garden written be Pearl Cleage and Zaron Burnett Jr. and illustrated by Radcliffe Bailey, commissioned by the Alliance Theatre in partnership with the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

In My Granny’s Garden invites our youngest audiences to explore the glory of growing your own food. Watch a tiny seed become a field of corn, green beans, collard greens, and bright red tomatoes. Step into a visual feast inspired by world renowned artist Radcliffe Bailey’s original paintings, and discover the one superpower that fuels Granny’s garden. This play promises to leave you nourished in body and soul.  For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/garden

DO YOU LOVE THE DARK? (world premiere)

January 20 – February 27, 2022 

Selig Family Blackbox Theatre at Alliance Theatre

Based on Do You Love the Dark? written by Maya Lawrence and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie commissioned by the Alliance Theatre in partnership with the Mayor’s Summer Reading

ClubInspired by the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club original book by Maya Lawrence and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, Do You Love the Dark? follows a young girl during a sleepless night trying to conquer her biggest fear of all: the dark!  This interactive play invites the audience on an unforgettable journey to not only conquer the fear of the unknown, but to transform it into love. Join us for this humungous hug of a play and discover all the good love glowing in the dark! For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/lovedark

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE THEATRE

Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually.  Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® for sustained excellence in programming, education, and community engagement.  In January 2019, the Alliance opened its new, state-of-the-art performance space, The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre.  Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 116 productions including nine that have transferred to Broadway.  The Alliance education department reaches 90,000 students annually through performances, classes, camps, and in-school initiatives designed to support teachers and enhance student learning.  The Alliance Theatre values community, curiosity, collaboration, and excellence, and is dedicated to representing Atlanta’s diverse community with the stories we tell, the artists, staff, and leadership we employ, and audiences we serve.  www.alliancetheatre.org

OUR MISSION

Expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. 

OUR VISION

Making Atlanta more connected, curious, and compassionate through theater and arts education.

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