This production was staged as part of our 2014/15 Season

Edward Foote

Edward Foote

March 27 to April 19, 2015 | On the Hertz Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Hertz Series

A world premiere by Atlanta's Phillip DePoy

Ages 16+

Gothic murder mystery set against the haunting music of Appalachian folk song, by Atlanta’s own Phillip DePoy.

"Strikingly envisioned...phenomenal design team...the story and its characters feel utterly authentic. [Jeremy Aggers is] bold and captivating...foreboding tension is constantly palpable..." —Bert Osborne for the AJC

A stranger comes to town, looking terribly familiar to the residents of a tiny rugged Appalachian community in the 1930s. Could it be that Edward Foote, a drunken good-for-nothing father, has returned? In this Southern Gothic mystery, a small community is forced to reveal its darkest secrets. This world premiere noir features a captivating story told against the backdrop of folk songs and haunting shape note singing (as featured in the film Cold Mountain). Phillip DePoy, a pillar of the Atlanta theatre community, marries his love of mystery writing and theatrical classics in a gothic new work.  

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Cast & Crew


  • Reece
    Jeremy is so happy to be returning to the Alliance to help tell one of his favorite stories. He was last seen on the Hertz Stage as Delmar Reece in Edward... read more »
  • Nevins
    Lowrey is happy to return for another year of A Christmas Carol. Other Alliance credits include Edward Foote and The Wizard of Oz. Atlanta theater credits include... read more »
  • Ray Earl
    Steve graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Regionally, he has worked at the Guthrie Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and the Berkshire Theatre... read more »
  • Townsperson/Musician
    Jeannette started singing Sacred Harp at a singing school in June 1993. Credits include Lawless and the soundtrack of Cold Mountain. She was on the Great High Mountain... read more »
  • Townsperson/Musician
    Scott is delighted to work with such an amazing group of people. He has composed and performed music for the Alliance Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Kaiser Permanente... read more »
  • Nigella
    Ann Marie is delighted to return to the Alliance stage. Alliance credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward Foote and The Geller Girls. Ann Marie... read more »
  • Barlow
    Trevor is so excited and honored to be making his Alliance Theatre debut in Edward Foote. Trevor is a proud graduate of Kennesaw State University with a BA in... read more »
  • Mrs. Nevins
    Bethany is thrilled to be back with y’all at the Alliance. Previously: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward Foote, August: Osage County, Carapace and 26... read more »
  • Ann
    Hayley is honored and excited to return to the Hertz Stage in Edward Foote. Other Alliance credits: The Tall Girls (Puppy). Atlanta credits include Marina in Pericles,... read more »


  • Sound Design
    Clay has been the Resident Sound Designer at the Alliance Theatre for 16 years and has designed more than 90 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 23... read more »
  • Set Design
    Tony has collaborated with companies across the US including Roundabout Theatre, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, South Coast Rep,... read more »
  • Playwright & Music Director
    Phillip has been a novelist and playwright for thirty-five years. New York productions include Lamb on Fire (Mazur Theatre); his play Easy won the Edgar Award in New... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Although lark has been Stage Managing here at the Alliance Theatre for more than 25 years, she has worked for many regional theatres across the United States (Cleveland... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    NYC: Winners at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Round-Up at BAM with Sufjan Stevens and yarn/wire; Saint Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory/Lincoln Center; Uncle Vanya... read more »
  • Costume Design
    Sydney is an award-winning costume designer who has been designing for Atlanta and regional theaters for many years. She designed last season’s Tell Me My Dream... read more »


  • Director
    Chris has been artistic director of Portland Center Stage, the second largest theater in the Pacific NW, since 2000. Prior to moving to Portland, Chris was artistic... read more »


  • Understudy for Ray Earl
    Lee is honored to join the Edward Foote storytelling team. Lee began acting in 2001, a lifelong dream. Favorite roles: Elwood (Harvey), Sidney (Deathtrap), Big Daddy (... read more »
  • Understudy for Nigella/Mrs. Nevins
    Stephanie is delighted to be working with this fabulous team on Pancakes, Pancakes! Other Alliance projects: Edward Foote. Favorite Atlanta credits: Stupid F**king Bird... read more »
  • Understudy for Anne
    Kate is thrilled to be working with the Alliance Theatre for the first time and has enjoyed being involved in Edward Foote. Kate recently graduated with a BFA in Musical... read more »
  • Understudy for Barlow/Mr. Nevins
    Edward is excited to be working with such a dedicated group of local talent. Edward graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Theatre and Economics.... read more »
  • Understudy for Reece
    Brody studied theatre with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance at the University of North Georgia and Brenau University before pursuing his acting career in Atlanta. Latest... read more »

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