Festival of New Works
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The Alliance Theatre's Festival of New Works will showcase the projects of the 6th Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab as well as the finalists of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. These two playwriting initiatives have launched more than 18 world premiere productions and introduced Atlanta audiences to some of today's most exciting new voices. These performances are free and open to the public.
Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab Round 6 Presentations
Honors U.S. History
Monday, March 30th at 7:30pm in the Selig Family Black Box
On the last day of 7th grade, Mr. Miller is trying to bring an inspirational close to the year's curriculum — but his classroom is revolting! One well-meaning teacher battles with a sentient SmartBoard, haunted projections, and voices from the past over the contested mythology of our national narrative.
Reiser Applicant Team:
Playwright, Performer, Lead Artist: Jake Krakovsky
Set, Properties, Projections, Sound: Jane Foley
Director: Ibi Owolabi
Full Creative Team:
Production Consultant: Emily Kleypas
Historical Consultant: Ryan Heazel
Special Thanks: TC Kinser, Arianna Skibell, Elliott Folds, Matt Baum
The Yellow Wallpaper
Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30pm in the Selig Family Black Box
Energized for a new generation with an expanded story and modern original music, The Yellow Wallpaper is a musical adaptation of the celebrated short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This haunting show tells of a rising writer and new mother who is afflicted with postpartum depression at the turn of the 19th century. She's subjected to the "rest cure", a misguided but popular treatment at the time: forced to give up writing, and isolated to a chilling room papered floor-to-ceiling in a ghastly shade of yellow. The young woman's descent into madness unspools before our eyes as she's enchanted by a mysterious, frightening realm behind the yellow wallpaper.
Reiser Applicant Team: Hannah Church, Jaclyn Hofmann, Sarah Newby Halicks
Full Creative Team: Julia Appleton (Music & Lyrics/ Co-Producer), Francy Goudreault (Music & Lyrics), Jaclyn Hoffman (Director), Blair Campbell (Stage Manager), Alli Lingenfelter (Music Director), Michael Paterson (Orchestrator), Cody Russell (Design), Miche' Smith (Choreographer), and Hannah Church (Playwright/ Co-Producer)
Friday, April 3rd at 7:30pm in the Selig Family Black Box
In small, Southern Prisontown, the only decent paying jobs are at the immigration detention center. But with the arrival of a new inmate, everyone is forced to question the foundations on which they've built their lives and how far they're willing to go to protect them.
Reiser Applicant Team: Lee Osorio (Playwright,) Angela Farr Schiller (Dramaturg,) and Rachel Parish (Director)
Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition
by Ava Geyer (UCSD)
Director: January LaVoy
Tuesday, March 31st at 2:30pm in the Selig Family Black Box
When self-help guru Drew Capuano's compulsive masturbation comes to light, he retains the services of the only person who will still represent him: his power hungry twenty-four year-old female assistant. Meanwhile, survivor Mona Giotti works to make sure she's put Drew away for good. Monster is a brutal and brutally funny odyssey through America's media machine that puts perpetrator and survivor on a collision course of reckoning.
by Logan Faust (NYU Tisch)
Director: Matt Torney
Wednesday, April 1st at 2:30pm in the Selig Family Black Box
Unkindness tells the story of Bonnie, a grieving mother, and Elijah, a would-be prophet, as they struggle to survive after their only motivations for survival, their son and faith respectively, are taken from them. When a desperate young mother with a dying child comes to them for help, they must confront the only question that matters at the End of the World: what will you do to survive? Inspired by Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, the Bible's First Book of Kings, and the murder-spree of Bonnie and Clyde, Unkindness is one Southerner's attempt to reconcile the destructive and redemptive elements of our myriad, modern-day interpretations of faith.
by Cary Simowitz (UCLA)
Director: Keith Bolden
Thursday, April 2nd at 2:30pm in Selig Family Black Box
November 2014. Missouri. The Darren Wilson verdict is imminent. Protests are becoming a daily part of life in Ferguson. The nascent Black Lives Matter movement is gaining national traction as racial tension in Missouri reaches a boiling point. To make matters worse, rumors perpetuated by the media are spreading about the possibility of a race war igniting between a group of black teenagers and Bosnian immigrants.
Meanwhile, ten miles away from Ferguson at an aging gas station/autobody shop, an unlikely friendship is fostered between a twenty-one-year-old black man named Malcolm and a poverty-stricken, seventeen-year-old white girl named Bex after the pair discover a secret hidden beneath the front seat of an abandoned Maserati. In the coming weeks, Malcolm and Bex are forced to test the boundaries of their friendship as the two are confronted with the harsh reality of living in a changing, unjust America.
Stitched with a Sickle and Hammer
by Inna Tsyrlin (Ohio University)
Director: Lauren Morris
Friday, April 3rd at 2:30pm in Selig Family Black Box
Aleksandra, a political prisoner at a GULAG camp and part of the camp’s theatre troupe, is forced to help Soviet authorities disguise the existence of the camp in front of a visiting American delegation. She prepares for two roles: the character on stage – Nina from Chekhov’s The Seagull – and the role of an actor who isn’t imprisoned. In the face of totalitarian power, inside and outside the camp, Aleksandra must decide whether to comply with the regime that has taken away her freedom or commit an act of counterrevolution.
Kendeda Playwrights' Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 at 5:30pm in the Selig Family Black Box
Winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition
by Steph Del Rosso
Directed by Candis C. Jones
March 28 - Apr 19 on the Hertz Stage
Set in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York, three collections of like-minded people try to find their place in the current political landscape. Separated by age, geography, class, culture, and values, each group believes their side has the answers to fixing a deeply divided nation. Inspired by the finding that 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election, 53% Of is a humorous, even-handed, and strikingly honest examination of Americans on both sides of the debate about what will truly make America great again.