Palefsky Collision Project


For three weeks each summer, the Alliance Theatre assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director. Through improvisational exercises, oral history, choreography, the individual performing talents they possess, and their writing, the teenagers create a new piece inspired by the classic text but perceived through their own utterly unique and contemporary prism. The Palefsky Collision Project affords teens a unique theatrical experience and gives them ownership of a performance at the Alliance. It also gives students validity – confidence in their talents, strength for the future, and power in their decisions.

Through this dynamic project, metro Atlanta teens create theater for and about themselves by “colliding” with a dramatic text, reinforcing the idea that theater can address their particular ideas and feelings.

For more information, call 404.733.4700 or email

The 20th Anniversary Palefsky Collision Project

Directed by Patrick McColery in collaboration with Pearl Cleage, Playwright, the 2021 Palefsky Collision Project will explore Marvin Gaye's legendary album, What's Going On, and will convene on the following dates: 

Week 1: Monday - Friday, July 12 - 16, 2021
Week 2: Monday - Thursday, July 19 - 22, 2021
Week 3: Monday - Friday, July 26 - 30, 2021

Reserve Your Tickets!

Public performances of the 20th Anniversary Palefsky Collision Project will take place in-person on the Alliance Theatre's Coca-Cola Stage on Friday, July 30, 2021 (7 PM) and Saturday, July 31, 2021 (2:30 PM).  Tickets are free, but advanced registration is required.

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Performance: 50-60 minutes
Talk Back to follow: 10-15 minutes

Please be advised that masks are required for all staff and patrons attending this event.  Seating is general admission, allowing patrons to maintain distance as they are most comfortable.  Performers will wear masks during the performance. An electronic program will be available. Additionally, a recording of the performance will be made available in August 2021.

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This experience is free to all participants through generous support from Howard and Victoria Palefsky.

The Palefsky Collision Project takes place with the support of the Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with Howlround.

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