A Midsummer Night's Dream

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Performances for A Midsummer Night's Dream are sold out.
Adapted and Directed by
David Catlin
Based on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by
William Shakespeare

In a setting that even Shakespeare himself couldn’t have imagined, the Alliance Theatre presents a whimsical, outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, two couples deal with love and all its complications – confusion, jealousy, and passion. Further hindering the couples on their way to happily ever after are a lively band of characters and challenging events, including a band of actors, wood sprites and elves, and a botched love potion! Directed by David Catlin, founding ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago.  

Please be mindful that A Midsummer Night's Dream is performed outdoors, which means that there may be cancellations due to inclement weather.

The run time for A Midsummer Night's Dream is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. You do not need to bring your own chair to this event. No outside food or drink is permitted at the Garden. Longleaf, the Garden's restaurant, is open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. The Alliance Theatre is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.

Recommended for ages 8+.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos

    Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

Actors Adeoye (Francis Fern), Devon Hales (Lily Bulb), Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside), Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune), Ericka Ratcliff (Gossamer Thistle), and Travis Turner (Clay Grout) in the Alliance's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

  • See photos from our first rehearsal of Midsummer!

    The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

The cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Photos by A’riel Tinter.

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1345 Piedmont Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30309 Directions

The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.  Located in Midtown, its Atlanta campus hosts regular concerts and performances on its lawn, while its Gainesville location presents them in the Ivester Amphitheater.

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  • This is a show that’s hard not to like... thanks to many things — the placement in the Botanical Garden; the fun, intimate and inventive set; some simple but magical staging effects and a fantastic cast — I think most Atlantans will fall deeply under the production’s charming spell.
    Andrew Alexander, ArtsATL Theatre Critic
  • The most magical element of this production is the staging. Picture yourself in the Atlanta Botanical Garden on a late summer's eve. The moon is full, illuminating the giant floral garden statues - here an ethereal mermaid, there a fierce dragon. Everything seems magical. ... you feel like the garden is enchanted. And for 90 lovely minutes, maybe it is.
    Amy Zipperer, BroadwayWorld Atlanta Theatre Critic
  • That [the cast] are led by the equally commanding and qualified Courtney Patterson and Joe Knezevich…is a distinct blessing. Patterson has rarely seemed quite as radiant as she does here playing the regal fairy queen, Titania, or as delightful as she is doubling as the impish forest sprite, Puck. And Knezevich’s scene-stealing, scenery-chewing turns as the bombastic fairy king, Oberon, and as the jocular jackass, Bottom, are a singularly hilarious hoot.
    Bert Osborne, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Theatre Critic
  • "We are thrilled to have the Alliance Theatre present A Midsummer Night's Dream in the new Skyline Garden for their next season. I can't imagine a more magical and beautiful setting for one of Shakespeare's most creative and inspired works. The Alliance Theatre will bring it to life in our Garden with the Atlanta skyline shimmering in the background."
    Mary Pat Matheson, President & CEO, Atlanta Botanical Garden

Cast

Adeoye (Francis Fern) is thrilled to return to the Alliance. Previously he appeared here in Moby Dick as Queequeg (Suzi Bass nomination for Best Featured Male Actor). Credits: Lookingglass Alice, The Little Prince, Peter Pan, Icarus, Black Diamond (Lookingglass Theatre), The Magnificents (House Theatre), The Unmentionables (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Lost Boys of Sudan (Victory Gardens Theater), Lookingglass Alice (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), A Raisin in the Sun (Guthrie Theatre/Penumbra Theatre). Television: “Detroit 1-8-7,” “Leverage,” “Prison Break.” Film: #Vengeance is Mine, Chicago Overcoat. M.F.A. The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre and The George Washington University. Love and gratitude to his family.

Adeoye
Adeoye
Francis Fern

Adeoye (Francis Fern) is thrilled to return to the Alliance. Previously he appeared here in Moby Dick as Queequeg (Suzi Bass nomination for Best Featured Male Actor). Credits: Lookingglass Alice, The Little Prince, Peter Pan, Icarus, Black Diamond (Lookingglass Theatre), The Magnificents (House Theatre), The Unmentionables (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Lost Boys of Sudan (Victory Gardens Theater), Lookingglass Alice (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), A Raisin in the Sun (Guthrie Theatre/Penumbra Theatre). Television: “Detroit 1-8-7,” “Leverage,” “Prison Break.” Film: #Vengeance is Mine, Chicago Overcoat. M.F.A. The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre and The George Washington University. Love and gratitude to his family.

Ashley Anderson (U/S Lily Bulb) is bust-brimmingly grateful to both understudy, as well as be “behind the table,” soaking in the knowledge that director, choreographer, and actor all have to offer within this magnetic room. Anderson is an Atlanta actor (The Jungle Book: Alliance Theatre, Cardboard Piano: Actor’s Express, Ada and the Memory Engine: Essential Theatre), and excited to be making moves to also become known as Movement Director. Movement Director credits: Sense and Sensibility: Synchronicity Theatre, Just Another Play About Rainbows: Havoc Movement Company. Thank you so much Alliance Theatre for the opportunity.  “We know what we are, not what we may be” —Shakespeare

Ashley Anderson
Ashley Anderson
Lily Bulb Understudy

Ashley Anderson (U/S Lily Bulb) is bust-brimmingly grateful to both understudy, as well as be “behind the table,” soaking in the knowledge that director, choreographer, and actor all have to offer within this magnetic room. Anderson is an Atlanta actor (The Jungle Book: Alliance Theatre, Cardboard Piano: Actor’s Express, Ada and the Memory Engine: Essential Theatre), and excited to be making moves to also become known as Movement Director. Movement Director credits: Sense and Sensibility: Synchronicity Theatre, Just Another Play About Rainbows: Havoc Movement Company. Thank you so much Alliance Theatre for the opportunity.  “We know what we are, not what we may be” —Shakespeare

Tennison Barry (U/S Francis Fern) is honored to work with the Alliance on his first professional theater performance. He went to North Carolina School if the Arts (UNCSA) where he studied theater before dropping out and moving to Atlanta to pursue his acting and stunt career. He thanks God and his friends and family for this opportunity. 

Tennison Barry
Tennison Barry
Francis Fern Understudy

Tennison Barry (U/S Francis Fern) is honored to work with the Alliance on his first professional theater performance. He went to North Carolina School if the Arts (UNCSA) where he studied theater before dropping out and moving to Atlanta to pursue his acting and stunt career. He thanks God and his friends and family for this opportunity. 

Kelly Criss (U/S Petunia Prune) is delighted to return to the Alliance where she was previously seen in Play the Play with Cat the Cat. Other Atlanta theatre credits include Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Aurora Theatre, Essential Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Serenbe Playhouse, Synchronicity Theatre, Stage Door Players, and Theatre in the Square. She is a founding member of the Weird Sisters Theatre Project, currently serving on the board of directors. Thanks and love to family and friends!

Kelly Criss
Kelly Criss
Petunia Prune Understudy

Kelly Criss (U/S Petunia Prune) is delighted to return to the Alliance where she was previously seen in Play the Play with Cat the Cat. Other Atlanta theatre credits include Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Aurora Theatre, Essential Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Serenbe Playhouse, Synchronicity Theatre, Stage Door Players, and Theatre in the Square. She is a founding member of the Weird Sisters Theatre Project, currently serving on the board of directors. Thanks and love to family and friends!

Devon Hales (Lily Bulb) is thrilled to be back with the Alliance. Atlanta: Knuffle Bunny (Alliance Theatre, Suzi Bass Winner), Shakespeare in Love (Alliance), As You Like It, The Frog Prince, One Man Two Guvnors (Georgia Shakespeare), I and You (Aurora Theatre, Suzi Bass Nominee), Appropriate (Actor’s Express), The Light in the Piazza, The Dancing Handkerchief, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, 110 in the Shade (Theatrical Outfit). Named one of Atlanta’s ‘Eight Young Actors to Watch’ by the AJC. TV: “The Resident” (Fox), “Stan Against Evil” (IFC), “Swamp Murders” (ID), “Your Worst Nightmare” (ID). Represented by Houghton Talent. KSU grad. Many thanks to Jody, David, Daniel, and to Mom: Xxoo.

Devon Hales
Devon Hales
Lily Bulb

Devon Hales (Lily Bulb) is thrilled to be back with the Alliance. Atlanta: Knuffle Bunny (Alliance Theatre, Suzi Bass Winner), Shakespeare in Love (Alliance), As You Like It, The Frog Prince, One Man Two Guvnors (Georgia Shakespeare), I and You (Aurora Theatre, Suzi Bass Nominee), Appropriate (Actor’s Express), The Light in the Piazza, The Dancing Handkerchief, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, 110 in the Shade (Theatrical Outfit). Named one of Atlanta’s ‘Eight Young Actors to Watch’ by the AJC. TV: “The Resident” (Fox), “Stan Against Evil” (IFC), “Swamp Murders” (ID), “Your Worst Nightmare” (ID). Represented by Houghton Talent. KSU grad. Many thanks to Jody, David, Daniel, and to Mom: Xxoo.

Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside) is honored to be back at the Alliance with this amazing creative team. Previously at the Alliance: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, among others. He was also an Associate Artist at Georgia Shakespeare (Hamlet, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Metamorphoses, Noises Off) and appears regularly at Theatrical Outfit, most recently in Perfect Arrangement. Recent Film and TV include "American Made," "Hidden Figures," "The Resident," “Brockmire," and “Manhunt: Unabomber."  Look for him next year in Clint Eastwood’s "The Mule.” All love to Ann Marie, Jack, Liza, and Lucy.

Joe Knezevich
Joe Knezevich
Brick A. Bottomside

Joe Knezevich (Brick A. Bottomside) is honored to be back at the Alliance with this amazing creative team. Previously at the Alliance: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, among others. He was also an Associate Artist at Georgia Shakespeare (Hamlet, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Metamorphoses, Noises Off) and appears regularly at Theatrical Outfit, most recently in Perfect Arrangement. Recent Film and TV include "American Made," "Hidden Figures," "The Resident," “Brockmire," and “Manhunt: Unabomber."  Look for him next year in Clint Eastwood’s "The Mule.” All love to Ann Marie, Jack, Liza, and Lucy.

Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune) returns to the Alliance after appearing in several productions including Disgraced, Geller Girls, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Christmas Carol. She has been on various stages around the city throughout her career (Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, and Synchronicity Performance Group). TV/Film: “The Walking Dead,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Good Eats,” SuperIntelligence, Life of the Party, Anchorman 2, Let’s Be Cops, Trouble With the Curve. Thank you for supporting live theatre! Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom and Dad. courtneypatterson.net

Courtney Patterson
Courtney Patterson
Petunia Prune

Courtney Patterson (Petunia Prune) returns to the Alliance after appearing in several productions including Disgraced, Geller Girls, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Christmas Carol. She has been on various stages around the city throughout her career (Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, and Synchronicity Performance Group). TV/Film: “The Walking Dead,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Good Eats,” SuperIntelligence, Life of the Party, Anchorman 2, Let’s Be Cops, Trouble With the Curve. Thank you for supporting live theatre! Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom and Dad. courtneypatterson.net

Ericka acts on stage and screen in Chicago, regionally and internationally. Theater: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Second City, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Collaboraction, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company and touring throughout Australia, London and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the award- winning play Funk It Up About Nothing. TV & Film: Chiraq, “Chicago Fire,” The Unborn and the independent film Olympia. Ensemble member with The House Theatre of Chicago and Congo Square Theatre. Graduate of Roosevelt University. Most recently she performed in the world premiere of Plantation! at Lookingglass Theatre where she is an artistic associate.

Ericka Ratcliff
Ericka Ratcliff
Gossamer Thistle

Ericka acts on stage and screen in Chicago, regionally and internationally. Theater: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Second City, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Collaboraction, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company and touring throughout Australia, London and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the award- winning play Funk It Up About Nothing. TV & Film: Chiraq, “Chicago Fire,” The Unborn and the independent film Olympia. Ensemble member with The House Theatre of Chicago and Congo Square Theatre. Graduate of Roosevelt University. Most recently she performed in the world premiere of Plantation! at Lookingglass Theatre where she is an artistic associate.

Travis Turner (Clay Grout) Alliance Theatre debut. Recent credits: Bootycandy (Windy City Playhouse, dir. Robert O’Hara), Thaddeus and Slocum (Lookingglass Theatre), The Flick (Steppenwolf Theatre), We are Proud to Present... (Victory Gardens Theatre), The Upstairs Concierge (Goodman Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Macbeth (Denver Center Theatre Company), and The Mystery of Love and Sex (Writer’s Theatre). The Second City: Woolly Mammoth, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles), Lyric Opera Chicago and the Goodman. Television: “Hot Date.” Education: North Atlanta High School and Northwestern University. 

Travis Turner
Travis Turner
Clay Grout

Travis Turner (Clay Grout) Alliance Theatre debut. Recent credits: Bootycandy (Windy City Playhouse, dir. Robert O’Hara), Thaddeus and Slocum (Lookingglass Theatre), The Flick (Steppenwolf Theatre), We are Proud to Present... (Victory Gardens Theatre), The Upstairs Concierge (Goodman Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Macbeth (Denver Center Theatre Company), and The Mystery of Love and Sex (Writer’s Theatre). The Second City: Woolly Mammoth, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles), Lyric Opera Chicago and the Goodman. Television: “Hot Date.” Education: North Atlanta High School and Northwestern University. 

Michael Vine (U/S Brick A. Bottomside) is happy to be back at the Alliance, where he understudied Crossing Delancey last fall. Recent credits include First Date (Marietta Theatre Company), The Glass Menagerie (Marietta's Theatre in the Square), The Tempest, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare on Draught), Peter and the Starcatcher, I'll Be Back Before Midnight!, Antigone, Mary Poppins (Barter Theatre). B.A. Acting from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Love and thanks to family, the Players, and to you - for supporting live theatre.

Michael Vine
Michael Vine
Brick B. Bottomside Understudy

Michael Vine (U/S Brick A. Bottomside) is happy to be back at the Alliance, where he understudied Crossing Delancey last fall. Recent credits include First Date (Marietta Theatre Company), The Glass Menagerie (Marietta's Theatre in the Square), The Tempest, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare on Draught), Peter and the Starcatcher, I'll Be Back Before Midnight!, Antigone, Mary Poppins (Barter Theatre). B.A. Acting from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Love and thanks to family, the Players, and to you - for supporting live theatre.

Ryan Vo (U/S Clay Grout) is so excited to be collaborating with the Alliance Theatre once again! Atlanta credits: Jungle Book, Alice Between (Alliance Theatre); Book of Will (Theatrical Outfit); Appropriate, The Crucible, The Legend of Georgia McBride (Actor’s Express); Tarzan! (Atlanta Lyric Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern); Murder! At the Strand (Strand Theatre) Dangerous Women (The Weird Sister’s Project). He was also a pervious Acting Intern at Actor’s Express. He has a B.F.A Acting degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. Ryan is represented by The People Store, TV/Film Agency. Instagram: @TheRyanVo

Ryan Vo
Ryan Vo
Clay Grout Understudy

Ryan Vo (U/S Clay Grout) is so excited to be collaborating with the Alliance Theatre once again! Atlanta credits: Jungle Book, Alice Between (Alliance Theatre); Book of Will (Theatrical Outfit); Appropriate, The Crucible, The Legend of Georgia McBride (Actor’s Express); Tarzan! (Atlanta Lyric Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern); Murder! At the Strand (Strand Theatre) Dangerous Women (The Weird Sister’s Project). He was also a pervious Acting Intern at Actor’s Express. He has a B.F.A Acting degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. Ryan is represented by The People Store, TV/Film Agency. Instagram: @TheRyanVo

Anna Williford (U/S Gossamer Thistle) is an Atlanta native and Auburn University graduate with a B.F.A. in theatre performance. Atlanta credits: The Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web (Alliance Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Kennesaw); Charlotte’s Web, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Center for Puppetry Arts); Of Mice and Men, Charlotte’s Web (Serenbe Playhouse). This fall, she will be reprising her role as Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts. She is proud to be represented by the People Store. Endless love to her family for their support! www.annawilliford.com

Anna Williford
Anna Williford
Gossamer Thistle Understudy

Anna Williford (U/S Gossamer Thistle) is an Atlanta native and Auburn University graduate with a B.F.A. in theatre performance. Atlanta credits: The Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web (Alliance Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Kennesaw); Charlotte’s Web, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Center for Puppetry Arts); Of Mice and Men, Charlotte’s Web (Serenbe Playhouse). This fall, she will be reprising her role as Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts. She is proud to be represented by the People Store. Endless love to her family for their support! www.annawilliford.com

Creative

Lesley Boeckman (Lighting Designer) has over 15 years of experience as a lighting designer, master electrician, and lighting technologist, She recently received her MFA in Theatre Design & Technology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she taught fabrication techniques, lighting & projection technology for UNLV’s Entertainment Engineering and Design Program. Currently, she is a Design Engineer with Coherent Design, an audio/visual and theatre design consulting firm in Las Vegas. Lighting Design Credits include Second City-Charmed and Dangerous; The Santaland Diaries (Baltimore Center Stage); Radium Girls; The Tempest; Nunsense (Roland Park Country School). Performance Venue Architectural Lighting Designs include Texas Live! and Maryland Live! (Build out 3). 

Lesley Boeckman
Lesley Boeckman
Lighting Designer

Lesley Boeckman (Lighting Designer) has over 15 years of experience as a lighting designer, master electrician, and lighting technologist, She recently received her MFA in Theatre Design & Technology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she taught fabrication techniques, lighting & projection technology for UNLV’s Entertainment Engineering and Design Program. Currently, she is a Design Engineer with Coherent Design, an audio/visual and theatre design consulting firm in Las Vegas. Lighting Design Credits include Second City-Charmed and Dangerous; The Santaland Diaries (Baltimore Center Stage); Radium Girls; The Tempest; Nunsense (Roland Park Country School). Performance Venue Architectural Lighting Designs include Texas Live! and Maryland Live! (Build out 3). 

Kat Conley (Scenic Designer) is ecstatic to return to Shakespeare on the final stop of the Alliance’s year on the road.  She has designed more than 27 Alliance productions, including last year’s The Jungle Book, and Crossing Delancey.  Kat has designed scenery for Arena Stage, Orlando Shakespeare, the Kennedy Center, Georgia Shakespeare, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Express, The Atlanta Ballet, The Center for Puppetry Arts, 7 Stages, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatre in the Square, and Aurora Theatre.  She continues to be the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theatre.  Whether dramatically challenging, visionary of escapist, all theater and art is important, thank you for supporting it in our community.

Kat Conley
Kat Conley
Scenic Designer

Kat Conley (Scenic Designer) is ecstatic to return to Shakespeare on the final stop of the Alliance’s year on the road.  She has designed more than 27 Alliance productions, including last year’s The Jungle Book, and Crossing Delancey.  Kat has designed scenery for Arena Stage, Orlando Shakespeare, the Kennedy Center, Georgia Shakespeare, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Express, The Atlanta Ballet, The Center for Puppetry Arts, 7 Stages, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatre in the Square, and Aurora Theatre.  She continues to be the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theatre.  Whether dramatically challenging, visionary of escapist, all theater and art is important, thank you for supporting it in our community.

Tess Golden (Stage Manager) is so happy to be working with the Alliance Theatre for the first time. Her Chicago credits include: Beyond Caring, Blood WeddingIn the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story, The Little Prince, Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting (Lookingglass Theatre Company), The BurialsHow Long Will I Cry?, Oblivion, Where We’re Born (Steppenwolf Theatre Company),Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure (Chicago Children’s Theatre), The Skin of Our TeethNorthanger Abbey (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). She also toured Lookingglass Alice to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  She lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Ben, and their two daughters, Alessia and Carmelina.

Tess Golden
Tess Golden
Stage Manager

Tess Golden (Stage Manager) is so happy to be working with the Alliance Theatre for the first time. Her Chicago credits include: Beyond Caring, Blood WeddingIn the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story, The Little Prince, Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting (Lookingglass Theatre Company), The BurialsHow Long Will I Cry?, Oblivion, Where We’re Born (Steppenwolf Theatre Company),Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure (Chicago Children’s Theatre), The Skin of Our TeethNorthanger Abbey (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). She also toured Lookingglass Alice to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  She lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Ben, and their two daughters, Alessia and Carmelina.

Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi (Choreographer) has been creating her unique brand of circus inspired choreography since leaving her career as a circus acrobat  in the early 1990's. She a co-founder and the current Artistic Director of The Actors Gymnasium outside of Chicago, where she serves as Master Teacher, choreographer and director of The Professional Circus Training Program. Sylvia has been an Artistic Associate of the Tony Award winning  Lookingglass Theatre Company since 1999. She has worked on over 15 productions with the company winning three of her four Joseph Jefferson Awards with them. She is the recipient of The 3Arts Award for Design (2014), and the Award of Honor for Outstanding Contributions by The Illinois Theater Association. 

Sylvia Hernandez-Distasi
Sylvia Hernandez-Distasi
Choreographer

Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi (Choreographer) has been creating her unique brand of circus inspired choreography since leaving her career as a circus acrobat  in the early 1990's. She a co-founder and the current Artistic Director of The Actors Gymnasium outside of Chicago, where she serves as Master Teacher, choreographer and director of The Professional Circus Training Program. Sylvia has been an Artistic Associate of the Tony Award winning  Lookingglass Theatre Company since 1999. She has worked on over 15 productions with the company winning three of her four Joseph Jefferson Awards with them. She is the recipient of The 3Arts Award for Design (2014), and the Award of Honor for Outstanding Contributions by The Illinois Theater Association. 

Sully Ratke
Sully Ratke
Costume Designer
Rick Sims
Rick Sims
Sound Designer

Paul Vella (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making his Alliance Theatre debut! Broadway: My Fair Lady  at The Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway: Selected credits include, Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park, The Skin of Our Teeth at Theatre for a New Audience, Marisol at The Juilliard School, and Death for Five Voices at Prospect Theater. Regional Theatre: Trinity Rep., Barrington Stage Company, Ocean State Theatre, Swine Palace, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and Little Theatre of the Rockies. Paul is a proud graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and a proud member of Actors' Equity.

Paul Vella
Paul Vella
Assistant Stage Manager

Paul Vella (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making his Alliance Theatre debut! Broadway: My Fair Lady  at The Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway: Selected credits include, Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park, The Skin of Our Teeth at Theatre for a New Audience, Marisol at The Juilliard School, and Death for Five Voices at Prospect Theater. Regional Theatre: Trinity Rep., Barrington Stage Company, Ocean State Theatre, Swine Palace, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and Little Theatre of the Rockies. Paul is a proud graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and a proud member of Actors' Equity.

Director

David Catlin (Director) is a founding member ensemble member, actor, writer, director, and former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. Previous Alliance directing/writing credits include Moby Dick and Lookingglass Alice. Other regional directing/writing credits:  McCarter Theatre, The New Victory on 42nd Street, Arden Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Syracuse Stage, Adrienne Arsht Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and the Getty Villa. David will direct his adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Lookingglass in the summer of 2019. David is an Artistic Associate with Actors Gymnasium and serves on the acting faculty at Northwestern University.

David Catlin
David Catlin
Director

David Catlin (Director) is a founding member ensemble member, actor, writer, director, and former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. Previous Alliance directing/writing credits include Moby Dick and Lookingglass Alice. Other regional directing/writing credits:  McCarter Theatre, The New Victory on 42nd Street, Arden Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Syracuse Stage, Adrienne Arsht Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and the Getty Villa. David will direct his adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Lookingglass in the summer of 2019. David is an Artistic Associate with Actors Gymnasium and serves on the acting faculty at Northwestern University.

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