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


  • Mary Solomon
  • Jeremy Glass
    Jeremiah is so thrilled to be back at the Alliance. 2016 credits: Peter and the Starcatcher (GET); Into the Woods, Hansel and Gretel, 1776 (Legacy); A Midsummer... read more »
  • Wallace Anderson
    Stephen is honored to be returning to the Alliance Theatre. Recent credits include Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project (Synchronicity Theatre), Romeo... read more »
  • Henry Butler
  • Reverend James Solomon
  • Anna Butler
    Originally from the Bronx, New York, Vallea, "Vuh LAY uh", is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of Georgia... 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 »
  • 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
    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 »
  • 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
    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 Henry Butler/Reverend James Solomon/Wallace Anderson
    Stephen is thrilled to be back on the Alliance stage. He was recently seen as Orsino in Twelfth Night at the Warehouse Theatre. Other Atlanta credits: Choir Boy,... read more »
  • 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

Audience Feedback



We've officially hit summer here in Atlanta, and while temperatures are rising outside, we're staging the hottest dance party inside: The Dancing Granny. But with all there is to do this season, why should you grab the kids and come see the show?

A little known fact about the Alliance?
"We are the largest producing theatre in Georgia and if you break out our education department and its shows, that would be the second."

What is your hope for the future?
"For myself, I want to be happy. Motivation to succeed. For humanity, I wish for there to be more understanding, without disregard or hate."



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