Speakeysie News Desk, July 13. 2021
GAINESVILLE, GA — Gainesville Theatre Alliance is thrilled to announce a return to on stage performances
for their 2021-22 season. Under the helm of GTA’s new Artistic Director Jayme McGhan (University of North Georgia
Head of Theatre) and Associate Artistic Director (Brenau University Chair of Theatre) Tracey Brent-Chessum, the
upcoming season is full of moving, heartfelt, and surprising stories that are sure to stir the soul.
• Living Out by Lisa Loomer
September 17-25, 2021 at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
Two smart, hard-working mothers want better lives for their children. One just happens to be an undocumented
domestic worker employed by the other. Living Out is a funny, warm, and heartbreaking look at the cracks in the
American dream for both those living it, and those wanting a piece of it.
• Murder on the Orient Express by Ken Ludwig
October 15-23, 2021 at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. By the next morning, an American tycoon
has been murdered, and the killer is still on the train. A classic whodunit full of intrigue, surprise, and laughs!
• 9 to 5, music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick
November 12-19, 2021 at University of North Georgia-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
9 to 5 is the hilarious musical adaptation of the hit movie about the friendship of three co-workers and their plan
for revenge against their egotistical, sexist boss.
• WonderQuest presents The Pirate Queen by Gay Hammond
February 3-12, 2022 at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium
Join us for Gay H. Hammond’s newest play, a magical Irish adventure which tells the early story of the legendary
Gráinne ní Mhaol, whom the English called Grace O’Malley, who came to rule the seas, her clan, and much of
Ireland as a sea trader and raider, a pirate queen who never backed down.
• GTA New Works Festival
February 24-27, 2022 at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
Staged readings of two brand new plays and a new musical from professional playwrights, along with an evening
of student plays. The New Works Festival introduces GTA audiences to the next generation of stories for the
American theatre. These readings are free to the public.
o The Just Us League by Nakia Oglesby – February 24
o The Poorhouse Project by Katya Stanislavskaya – February 25
o Entertaining Lesbians by Topher Payne – February 26
o GTA Shorts written and directed by GTA students – February 26
• The Secret Garden music and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon
April 8-15, 2022 at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
This enchanting, Tony Award-winning musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel is a compelling
tale of forgiveness and renewal.
Gainesville Theatre Alliance plans to open houses at 100% capacity with extra theatre cleaning in place. Hand sanitizer
will be available in the lobby and house staff will be masked. Masks are not required for audience members, but are
strongly encouraged for unvaccinated patrons, per CDC guidelines.
Tickets for each production will go on sale three weeks before each opening. Patrons should check the GTA website or
sign up for the GTA email list to be notified when tickets are available.
ABOUT GAINESVILLE THEATRE ALLIANCE:
Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a one-of-a-kind, nationally-recognized collaboration between the University of North
Georgia and Brenau University. Utilizing hands-on, individualized training while emphasizing ensemble and collaboration
between programs, GTA boasts a production program rivaling the largest theatre schools in the country. For more
information, visit GainesvilleTheatreAlliance.org.