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

Tell Me My Dream

Tell Me My Dream

October 31 to November 8, 2015 | On the Alliance Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Family Series

A world premiere by Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage

Ages 10+

Pearl Cleage's first play for middle schoolers

"I love that such a hard story was told in such a personal way that showed love, commitment, and the strength of family in such positive light. I praise the fact that it gently reminded our generation that they have a responsibility, just like the people 100 years ago and the people before them, to “better” our world for the next generation." —Jane Morgan, Alliance Theatre usher

"[This is a play] which folks from 10 to 90 will equally enjoy...This is a signature work which evolves from the concept that music can bring us all together as opposed to separating us." —Bob Heller, Atlanta Arts Scene

There was a not-so-long-ago moment when making music and making history were part of the same Atlanta dream. In 1910, that dream became a music festival that made history and changed the lives of two unsuspecting middle school time travelers forever. Take a trip back to the time before Instagram and ear buds when friendship could build a bridge to freedom. This play was especially written for middle schoolers and their families by Alliance Playwright in Residence, Pearl Cleage, in her first show for young audiences.

Cast & Crew



  • Sound Design
    Clay has been the Resident Sound Designer at the Alliance Theatre for 15 years and has designed more than 85 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 20... read more »
  • Playwright
    Pearl is an Atlanta-based playwright and novelist. Her plays include The Nacirema Society, Flyin’ West, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Bourbon at the Border, and A Song... read more »
  • Composer
    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
  • Stage Manager
  • 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 »
  • Set Design


  • 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, The... read more »


  • Understudy for Henry Butler/Reverend James Solomon/Wallace Anderson
  • Understudy for Anna Butler/Mary Solomon
    Marisa, a native of Powder Springs, Ga., is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory (CCM Drama). Marisa is excited to return to the Alliance... read more »
  • Understudy for Jeremy Glass

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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.

The Alliance Teen Ensemble has the opportunity to see and review each production during the season. See their responses to "Ugly Lies the Bone."



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