This production was staged as part of our 2016/17 Season



November 5 to November 5, 2016 | On the Alliance Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Family Series

Join us on November 5 for an exclusive afternoon of public performances.

Daisy is a typical American middle school student, or at least she thought she was before someone wrote a religious slur across her locker. Now Daisy, who has always found it difficult to fit in, faces pressure to become a spokesperson for minorities at her school, and the ideas she has about herself are getting more and more blurred by how others see her and who they want her to be. As she struggles to balance allegiance to her cultural roots, to her school community, and, most importantly, to herself, Daisy asks the crucial question: Are we what society says we are? Or can we be whoever we want to be? An important original play about identity, race, and religion in middle school by Greg Changnon in collaboration with his students at Atlanta's Paideia School and the young actors in the Alliance Theatre summer drama camps.

Cast & Crew


  • Daisy
    Rachel is making her Alliance debut with Slur. A graduate of Georgia State University, she moves from playing Dora in Albert Camus’s The Just Assassins and... read more »
  • Louisa/Gigi/Margo
    Michelle is ecstatic to be back with the Alliance Theatre on this courageous production. Other Alliance credits include Play the Play With Cat the Cat and Reiser ... read more »
  • Kwame/Sage
    Lau'rie is an alumnus of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Since returning to Atlanta, he has understudied and performed in the Alliance... read more »
  • Javier/Gus/Brock
    Ralph is electrified to return to the Alliance stage. He was last here when understudying in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Favorite Atlanta credits: Edith Can... read more »
  • Quinton/Owen/Axel
    Patrick is blessed and honored to share the story of Slur on the Alliance Stage. He has previously performed at Georgia Shakespeare, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance... read more »


  • Costume Design
    April received her M.F.A. in costume design & technology from the University of South Carolina and has worked with many regional theaters. She has worked in the... read more »
  • Playwright
    Greg has taught literature, social studies and creative writing at Atlanta’s Paideia School for the past 14 years. His fiction has appeared in the North American... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Steven is excited to be doing his second lighting design with the Alliance Theatre. Partnering with Rosemary Newcott on another wonderful show is a real treat.... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Barbara is excited to be back for her sixth year at the Alliance Theatre, where she has stage managed Tell Me My Dream, Courage and Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens, and... read more »
  • Stage Management Production Assistant
    Kara is delighted to return to Alliance Theatre to work on this production. She has previously worked with Alliance Theatre Education in many respects, as well as served... read more »
  • Sound Design/Composer
    Ed is an Atlanta area musician who loves theater. Recent musical credits include Company (Actor’s Express); The Light in the Piazza (Theatrical Out t); The Last... read more »
  • Scenic Design
    Korey, from Culver City, Calif., has designed environments and scenery for theater, television, film and tours for two decades. He has presented his design work in more... read more »


  • Director
    As the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families, Rosemary has blissfully directed dozens of productions such as A Christmas Carol, Slur... read more »


  • Understudy for Kwame/Sage
    Anthony is thrilled to be a part of the Alliance team once again in Slur. He attended Kennesaw State University and was part of the original cast of Start Down, another... read more »
  • Understudy for Quinton/Owen/Axel
    Michael graduated from Emory University with a degree in financial economics. He is excited to make his Alliance debut under the direction of Rosemary Newcott.... read more »
  • Understudy for Louisa/Gigi/Margo
    Jin is super excited to be on the Alliance Stage. Other stage credits: Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse), Illusions (Porter Sanford). TV/Film: “Making History,... read more »
  • Understudy for Daisy
    Hannah is so excited to work with the Alliance and on such a meaningful play! Favorite Atlanta credits include Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and... read more »
  • Understudy for Javier/Gus/Brock
    Skye is excited to make his Alliance debut. Atlanta credits: Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Actor’s Express) and Coming at You From the Cockpit,... read more »

Audience Feedback


To mark the end of the Alliance Stage as we know it, and to welcome the new era with the start of the big renovation, Pearl Cleage, our Mellon Playwright in Residence, wrote a piece to commemorate this special occasion.

As a spunky gal in touch with nature in the kingdom of Kashoogie, India S. Tyree portrays a unique Cinderella in the world-premiere production of Cinderella and Fella. In between performances, India took a few minutes to give us the inside scoop on her role in the musical.

A quick glance at Magic Negro director Anthony LeBlanc's resume reveals a robust string of achievements likely to be the envy of any comedian in the business. One particular credit to his name may cause others to take pause: a Computer Science and Physics B.S. degree.



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