This production was staged as part of our 2012/13 Season

What I Learned in Paris

What I Learned in Paris

September 5 to October 6, 2012 | On the Alliance Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Alliance Series

An Atlanta love story

Mini skirts and bell bottoms were on sale downtown for $8.87. Stevie Wonder was on the radio singing "Livin' for the City." And change was in the air from Buckhead to Butler Street. This sparkling new romantic comedy takes us back to 1973 and weaves a tale of passion and politics that could only happen in Atlanta. A world premiere by Pearl Cleage, best-selling novelist and author of the 2010 Alliance hit The Nacirema Society Requests...

Sometimes you have to leave what you know to find what you need.

Cast & Crew


  • Evie Madison
    Crystal has been a part of the Atlanta & regional stage experience for over 30 years! Theatre credits include For Colored Girls, Anthony & Cleopatra, Comedy of... read more »
  • J.P. Madison
    Broadway: Fumani in Song of Jacob Zulu. Off-Broadway: Rooftop in Our Lady of 121st Street, CJ in Soldier’s Play. Regional: Caleb in Miss Evers’ Boys (Goodman and... read more »
  • Lena Jefferson
    January was last seen at the Alliance as Lena in the world premiere of Pearl Cleage’s What I Learned in Paris. Broadway: ENRON. Off-Broadway: Wings (Second Stage... read more »
  • John Stanton
    Eugene, a proud Atlanta native and Tennessee State University alumnus, excitedly returns to the Alliance having previously appeared in What I Learned in Paris,... read more »
  • Ann Madison
    Kelsey is elated to come home to the Alliance. She previously appeared in the Alliance’s Theatre for Young Audiences production of Let’s Talk About AIDS. Other Atlanta... read more »


  • Set Designer
    Alliance: Sammy and Me, Tennis in Nablus. Off-Broadway: Public Theater, Second Stage, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Firework Theater Company, Theatre at St. Clement’s.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Costume Designer
    Lex designs for theater,  film, dance and special events. He is thrilled to be back at the Alliance, where he most recently designed Disgraced. Other Alliance... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Ken is the Resident Lighting Designer for Sarasota Opera, Lighting Designer for Atlanta Opera, and Lighting Director of FIO Americas, Brazil. Alliance credits: Native... read more »


  • Ann Madison / Lena Jefferson
    Kicking off her transition into the working world, this is Zuri Adele’s first experience as a professional understudy at Alliance Theatre. She previously served as... read more »
  • Evie Madison
    Nevainia glows like a sun-kissed penny under the theatre lights. Her theatre credits include Tyler Perry’s stage play I Know I’ve Been Changed, For Colored Girls Who... 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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