The Dancing Granny is a world premiere for youth and families based on the beloved children’s book by 2017 Newbery Medal winner Ashley Bryan. Kids and adults will be tapping their feet all over Atlanta as Ananse, the clever spider of African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her garden so he can take her vegetables. But his plan backfires when he is drawn into the dance himself! This world premiere play with music is written by Alliance/Kendeda Competition alumnus Jiréh Breon Holder (Too Heavy for Your Pocket) and directed by Alliance Yale Directing Fellow Leora Morris. Presented in conjunction with the High Museum of Art exhibition Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, The Dancing Granny is dancing to three convenient locations around Atlanta.
Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University // June 10–18, 2017
The Galloway School // June 24–July 2, 2017
Spelman College // July 8–16, 2017
“We are thrilled to host the Alliance Theatre's production of The Dancing Granny at The Galloway School where we, like the characters in the show, also believe in shaking things up in the arts. We love Ashley Bryan's work that authentically combines multiple art forms and educates and delights audiences in the process. It is our hope that through this performance, audiences will connect with the painter, poet, musician, storyteller, and dancer hidden within.” —Peggy Benkeser; Director of the Arts, The Galloway School
“We are very excited about our growing partnership with the Alliance. This will be a great opportunity for Alliance Theatre goers to experience the richness and beauty of Spelman’s campus. We are so thrilled to open our doors and become a home away from home to present the world premiere of Ashley Bryan’s The Dancing Granny.” —Aku Kadogo; Chair, Department of Theatre and Performance at Spelman College