This production was staged as part of our 2015/16 Season



March 25 to May 1, 2016 | On the Hertz Stage
Part of the Hertz Stage Series

Due to insatiable demand, Ethel has been extended through April 24.

We've extended again! Ethel has been extended through May 1.

Contains: Profanity and some adult situations. Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Ethel is a glimpse into the magnificent and very complicated life of legendary stage and film star Ethel Waters. A versatile actress who epitomized the glamour of Black Vaudeville while successfully and lucratively crossing over into traditionally white performance venues, Waters inspired directors and singers and song writers with her talent and versatility. Waters was the first to record “Stormy Weather,” later starring in the remarkable Cabin in the Sky. Atlanta’s own Terry Burrell brings this amazing performer to life in a one woman play with music, band, and the larger-than-life wit of Ethel Waters.



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Cast & Crew


  • Ethel et al
    Terry is beyond thrilled to be returning to the Alliance Theatre. Other Alliance credits: A Christmas Carol, Jar The Floor, Woman of Brewster Place, and Sophisticated... read more »


  • Playwright
    Terry is beyond thrilled to be returning to the Alliance Theatre. Other Alliance credits: A Christmas Carol, Jar The Floor, Woman of Brewster Place, and Sophisticated... read more »
  • Upright Bass
    A native of Atlanta Georgia, Scott learned music early at home from a singing mom, a coronet-playing dad and old country grandparents who listened to music of the world... 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 »
  • Costume Design
    Regional: Seven Guitars (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Safehouse (Cincinnati Playhouse);... read more »
  • Sound Design
    Her designs and original music have been heard at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Triad Stage,... read more »
  • Music Director/Pianist
    The name Tyrone Jackson is quickly becoming synonymous with the quintessential jazz piano player. His creativity coupled with subtle accompaniments, has him poised for... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Liz always enjoys her work at the Alliance. Her previous designs include Ethel; The C.A. Lyons Project; Steel Magnolias; In Love & Warcraft; The Whipping... read more »
  • Scenic Design
    Selected credits include: Zoyka’s Apartment (Princeton University), The Road to Where, The Other Place (Weston Playhouse), And A Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Nora (... read more »


  • Director
    Broadway credits: Avenue Q (Tony Award for Best Musical); All Shook Up, The Palace Theater; Purlie (Encores!), City Center; Freak, Court Theater; Currently... read more »

Audience Feedback


Alliance Stage rendering

The Alliance will name its main stage the Coca-Cola Stage following its upcoming renovation. The name recognizes a major contribution from The Coca-Cola Company to the Woodruff Arts Center’s Transformation Campaign.

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Bill Nunn - Blues for an Alabama Sky

Alliance Theatre Playwright in Residence Pearl Cleage remembers her friend and colleague, actor Bill Nunn (Do the Right Thing, Spider Man), who starred as Sam in her world premiere production, Blues for an Alabama Sky.



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