This production was staged as part of our 2013/14 Season

The Tall Girls

The Tall Girls

March 7 to March 30, 2014 | On the Hertz Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Hertz Stage Series

Content may be inappropriate for children under age 11.

Sometimes basketball is the only way out. Even for a girl. Even in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

The tiny hamlet of Poor Prairie doesn’t see a lot of folks coming into town, least of all men – they’ve all left to find desperately needed work. So when one gets off the train, everybody talks, especially the high school girls looking for a meal ticket. The marryin’ kind.

But this man is mysterious. He’s from Poor Prairie, but nobody knows where he’s been and his story’s got some…gaps. A few things are clear, though – he’s teaching at the high school, he knows basketball, and most importantly, he has the only inflated basketball in town.

As for that meal ticket? He may just have that after all, if he can get his Poor Prairie girls good enough at basketball to sell a few tickets. And keep ‘em from marryin’ off. And out of fights. And out of the sights of the Committee on Play, Girls Division (it’s the 1930s – when basketball was “dangerous” for girls). And stay ahead of that mysterious past…

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Cast & Crew


  • Inez
    Lauren is so thankful to be back at the Alliance. Other Alliance credits: Courage and Tall Girls. Lauren holds an MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama in NY... read more »
  • Lurlene
    Veronika is a proud member of Actors Equity and a founding member of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project (check us out on FB and Twitter). Since graduating from SCAD with... read more »
  • Almeda
    Kally is thrilled to be making her Alliance debut in The Tall Girls! Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, she has been living and working in New York for the past several... read more »
  • Jean
    Alliance debut. Regional: Dell/Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Denver Center New Play Summit), Natasha/Three Sisters adapted by Sarah Ruhl (Yale Repertory Theatre/... read more »
  • Puppy
    Hayley is honored and excited to return to the Hertz Stage in Edward Foote. Other Alliance credits: The Tall Girls (Puppy). Atlanta credits include Marina in Pericles,... read more »
  • Haunt Johnny
    Travis was last seen at the Alliance as Andy in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Other Atlanta credits: Metamorphoses, Much Ado About Nothing, Illyria, The Glass... read more »


  • 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 »
  • 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
    Liang’s work includes design for theatre, film, dance and special events. In Love and Warcraft marks his fourth production with the Alliance Theatre, having... read more »
  • Playwright
    Meg's plays include The Tall Girls (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2012; La Jolla Playhouse DNA Series, 2013; world premiere Alliance Theatre, 2014,... read more »
  • Scenic Design
    Chien-Yu is a Taiwan and NY-based scenic designer. Recent credits include TV Concert- The Next Big Thing (Street Voice, Taiwan); Life Science (Berkshire Playwright Lab... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Pete is the Master Electrician for the Alliance Theatre. His credits include Shrek, Charlotte’s Web, Apples and Oranges, The Wizard of Oz, Broke, Honk!, Disney... read more »


  • Director
    Susan V. Booth joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition,... read more »


  • Understudy for Jean/Lurlene
    Molly is honored to bring the art of Eric Carle to life in Pancakes, Pancakes! She was last seen on the Alliance stage in James and the Giant Peach and A Christmas Carol... read more »
  • Understudy for Almeda/Inez
    Rachel is delighted to be making her Alliance Theatre debut! Previous theatre credits include: Circle Mirror Transformation (Theatre in the Square), A Confederacy of... read more »
  • Understudy for Puppy
    Jenny is an Atlanta-based actor and improviser. Favorite past credits include: Aggie/The Game’s Afoot (Stage Door Players), Judith/Song of the Living Dead (Dad... read more »
  • Understudy for Haunt Johnny
    Chad is proud to be a part of the new play process with the Alliance Theatre. He has taken part in several professional readings including The Steadfast by Mat Smart and... read more »

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