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This production was staged as part of our 2011/12 Season



September 23 to October 23, 2011 | On the Hertz Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Hertz Series

"...pitch-perfect...Shaffer is a playwright of formidable gifts...[the character Liz] doesn't seem written; she seems to have been alive for 52 years, and we only now caught up with her." —Phil Kloer,

The Eliason family is living the American dream until Liz Eliason, a high level marketing executive, comes home to her husband Jonathan with the news that she’s been fired.   She is shocked; Jonathan is thrilled.  With the wealth they have accrued from her career, they can now finally enjoy a life together.  But when the company Liz has worked for goes under a few days later and with it, a great part of their wealth, Liz, Jonathan and their 19 year-old daughter Missie – a student at NYU – are now facing a new reality.  BROKE asks the question: when it seems like everything is falling through your fingers, what (and who) do you hold onto?

Written by Atlanta’s own Janece Shaffer, Broke is a deeply moving and almost-too-close-for-comfort story about when the indispensable in corporate America become dispensable.  Shaffer once again brings to life a story that touches our community’s heart with compassion, keen insights, and humor.

Cast & Crew


  • Playwright
    Janece is an award-winning and nationally produced playwright who has written more than a dozen works, including seven Alliance Theatre world premieres. Her credits... read more »

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