Approval Junkie

Hertz Stage
Recommended for audiences 18 and up.
World Premiere

Approval Junkie

My heartfelt (and occasionally inappropriate) quest to please just about everyone, and ultimately myself

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By and starring Faith Salie
Directed by Amanda Watkins

From winning her (very Southern) high school beauty pageant, to picking the perfect outfit to wear to her divorce, Faith Salie is the ultimate approval seeker – an “approval junkie,” if you will. A comedian and Emmy Award-winning journalist best known for her roles on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, Salie has returned  home to Georgia to adapt her memoir into a heartfelt (and disturbingly hilarious) one-woman show at the Alliance.  Through her witty, candid, and sometimes heartbreaking recollections, Salie reflects on a lifetime of looking for validation in all the wrong places – and reveals how she finally won gold stars from her toughest critic…herself.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos for Approval Junkie

    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos for Approval Junkie

    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • Production Photos for Approval Junkie

    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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    Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

Faith Salie in her one-woman show Approval Junkie at the Alliance Theatre. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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Hertz Stage

Hertz Stage view during The Whipping Man

The Alliance Theatre's Hertz Stage is a modern, 200-seat Black Box theatre. This versatile facility accommodates a number of distinct stage layouts.

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Cast

Faith Salie (Self; Playwright) is honored to return “home” to Atlanta, where she began her performing career as a scrappy 12-year-old. Panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!; Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning; host of Science Goes to the Movies (PBS). Faith has conducted thousands of interviews on NPR, Sirius, and Audible. She’s been interviewed by Oprah, Anderson Cooper, and Bill O’Reilly (consensually). Favorite acting roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (American Repertory Theatre), Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Oxford Playhouse, UK), Svetlana in Chess (Edinburgh Fringe), The Laramie Project (The Colony Theatre). Bylines in New York Times and Time. Faith is a Rhodes scholar whose cohort ended up becoming governors and presidential candidates while she got beamed up on Star Trek and landed on a Deep Space Nine trading card worth hundreds of cents. Deepest thanks to Susan Booth, Amanda Watkins, Dad, and Mom. “For John, who reminds me that I’m always enough… and for Augustus and Minerva, who teach me I’m more than I ever imagined.”

Faith Salie
Faith Salie
Self; Playwright

Faith Salie (Self; Playwright) is honored to return “home” to Atlanta, where she began her performing career as a scrappy 12-year-old. Panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!; Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning; host of Science Goes to the Movies (PBS). Faith has conducted thousands of interviews on NPR, Sirius, and Audible. She’s been interviewed by Oprah, Anderson Cooper, and Bill O’Reilly (consensually). Favorite acting roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (American Repertory Theatre), Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Oxford Playhouse, UK), Svetlana in Chess (Edinburgh Fringe), The Laramie Project (The Colony Theatre). Bylines in New York Times and Time. Faith is a Rhodes scholar whose cohort ended up becoming governors and presidential candidates while she got beamed up on Star Trek and landed on a Deep Space Nine trading card worth hundreds of cents. Deepest thanks to Susan Booth, Amanda Watkins, Dad, and Mom. “For John, who reminds me that I’m always enough… and for Augustus and Minerva, who teach me I’m more than I ever imagined.”

Creative

Alex Basco Koch (Projection Designer) Concert Design: The Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir. Broadway: Be More Chill; Irena's Vow. Off-Broadway: The Atlantic, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, Ars Nova, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional & touring: The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Alliance Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Court Theatre, Studio Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Two River Theater. London: Menier Chocolate Factory. Film: Miles Ahead; Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. www.alexbascokoch.com

Alex Basco Koch
Alex Basco Koch
Projection Designer

Alex Basco Koch (Projection Designer) Concert Design: The Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir. Broadway: Be More Chill; Irena's Vow. Off-Broadway: The Atlantic, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, Ars Nova, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional & touring: The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Alliance Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Court Theatre, Studio Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Two River Theater. London: Menier Chocolate Factory. Film: Miles Ahead; Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. www.alexbascokoch.com

Brandon Bush (Sound Designer/Composer) has performed on GRAMMY® Award-nominated and -winning releases by John Mayer, Sugarland and Shawn Mullins. As a member of the rock band Train, Brandon toured the world indulging in his lifelong fantasy of performing a keyboard solo on a smoke-emitting Moog synthesizer. Music direction credits include Shakespeare In Love (Alliance) and the world premiere musical Troubadour (Alliance). Currently, Bush is touring as the music director for his brother Kristian Bush. He also manages the Atlanta-based creative studio Songs of the Architect where he composes for visual media.

Brandon Bush
Brandon Bush
Sound Designer / Composer

Brandon Bush (Sound Designer/Composer) has performed on GRAMMY® Award-nominated and -winning releases by John Mayer, Sugarland and Shawn Mullins. As a member of the rock band Train, Brandon toured the world indulging in his lifelong fantasy of performing a keyboard solo on a smoke-emitting Moog synthesizer. Music direction credits include Shakespeare In Love (Alliance) and the world premiere musical Troubadour (Alliance). Currently, Bush is touring as the music director for his brother Kristian Bush. He also manages the Atlanta-based creative studio Songs of the Architect where he composes for visual media.

Theatre: Ultimate Energy, Wanda Movie Park Wuhan, China; Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Alliance; Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream national and international tours, A’lure: The Call of the Ocean, SeaWorld. Film: Suits, Rules of the Game, Escape to Life, “2x4” (Sundance winner) TV: national commercials for Pier One, Toyota, Pontiac, BMW, McDonald’s and MTV. Awards: 2012 Suzi Bass Award, Costume Designers Guild excellence in commercial costume design nomination. Assistant credits: Grease (Willa Kim); The Snow Maiden (Desmond Heeley); Chicago (William Ivey Long); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Night of the Iguana (Susan Hilferty). He is a member of the United Scenic Artist Union Local 829 and a tenured faculty member in UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies. 

Ivan Ingermann
Ivan Ingermann
Costume Designer

Theatre: Ultimate Energy, Wanda Movie Park Wuhan, China; Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Alliance; Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream national and international tours, A’lure: The Call of the Ocean, SeaWorld. Film: Suits, Rules of the Game, Escape to Life, “2x4” (Sundance winner) TV: national commercials for Pier One, Toyota, Pontiac, BMW, McDonald’s and MTV. Awards: 2012 Suzi Bass Award, Costume Designers Guild excellence in commercial costume design nomination. Assistant credits: Grease (Willa Kim); The Snow Maiden (Desmond Heeley); Chicago (William Ivey Long); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Night of the Iguana (Susan Hilferty). He is a member of the United Scenic Artist Union Local 829 and a tenured faculty member in UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies. 

Jack Magaw (Scenic Designer) recently designed scenery for Sheltered at Alliance Theatre. Regional theatre design credits include Indecent (Arena Stage), The Scarlet Ibis (Chicago Opera Theatre), the world premiere of Support Group For Men (Goodman Theatre), the world premieres of The Agitators and Other Than Honorable (Geva Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Kansas City Rep), The Flick (Steppenwolf Theatre), Buried Child (Writers’ Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County and Miss Holmes (Peninsula Players Theatre), Radio Golf (Court Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). Eleven Joseph Jefferson Award nominations include designs for East Texas Hot Links (Writers’ Theatre) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Court Theatre). Upcoming projects include the world premiere of America v2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro (Barrington Stage Company). Jack lives in Chicago and teaches design at The Theatre School at DePaul University.  www.jackmagaw.com

Jack Magaw
Jack Magaw
Scenic Designer

Jack Magaw (Scenic Designer) recently designed scenery for Sheltered at Alliance Theatre. Regional theatre design credits include Indecent (Arena Stage), The Scarlet Ibis (Chicago Opera Theatre), the world premiere of Support Group For Men (Goodman Theatre), the world premieres of The Agitators and Other Than Honorable (Geva Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Kansas City Rep), The Flick (Steppenwolf Theatre), Buried Child (Writers’ Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County and Miss Holmes (Peninsula Players Theatre), Radio Golf (Court Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). Eleven Joseph Jefferson Award nominations include designs for East Texas Hot Links (Writers’ Theatre) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Court Theatre). Upcoming projects include the world premiere of America v2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro (Barrington Stage Company). Jack lives in Chicago and teaches design at The Theatre School at DePaul University.  www.jackmagaw.com

Jayson T. Waddell (Stage Manager) is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre for his ninth season. At the Alliance, he’s worked on such productions as Ever AfterCandideCrossing DelanceyTroubadourMoby DickBorn for ThisTuck EverlastingThe Geller GirlsA Christmas CarolGhost Brothers of Darkland CountyBrokeSex and the Second CityNext to NormalHolidays With the Chalks and Bike America. At Atlanta Lyric Theatre: Jesus Christ SuperstarThe Full Monty and Young Frankeinstein. At the Illinois Shakespeare Festival: Shakespeare in LoveI <3 JulietHamletQ GentsAntony & CleopatraMacbethAs You Like ItTwelfth Night and A Winter’s Tale. Jayson graduated from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Jayson T. Waddell
Jayson T. Waddell
Stage Manager

Jayson T. Waddell (Stage Manager) is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre for his ninth season. At the Alliance, he’s worked on such productions as Ever AfterCandideCrossing DelanceyTroubadourMoby DickBorn for ThisTuck EverlastingThe Geller GirlsA Christmas CarolGhost Brothers of Darkland CountyBrokeSex and the Second CityNext to NormalHolidays With the Chalks and Bike America. At Atlanta Lyric Theatre: Jesus Christ SuperstarThe Full Monty and Young Frankeinstein. At the Illinois Shakespeare Festival: Shakespeare in LoveI <3 JulietHamletQ GentsAntony & CleopatraMacbethAs You Like ItTwelfth Night and A Winter’s Tale. Jayson graduated from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Amanda Zieve (Lighting Designer) is happy to live and work doing what she loves. Recent Designs include: Sweeney Todd and Roof of the World (KC Rep) Billy Elliot and Titanic (Signature Theatre) Amadeus (Colorado Springs Theatreworks). Her San Diego credits include: Barefoot in the Park, Native Gardens, The Wonderers and Rich Girl (The Old Globe) West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre). Associate credits include: The Heart of Rock and Roll, Bright Star and Allegiance (The Old Globe), Escape to Margaritaville, Hollywood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Midsummer's Night's Dream and Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). She enjoys a career in San Diego and New York City, where she had the privilege of working on her 17th Broadway Production this spring. One of her most rewarding experiences has been assisting on Hamilton. She received her B.A. in Theatre from California State University Northridge. Amanda is very thankful for her supportive family and friends.

Amanda Zieve
Amanda Zieve
Lighting Designer

Amanda Zieve (Lighting Designer) is happy to live and work doing what she loves. Recent Designs include: Sweeney Todd and Roof of the World (KC Rep) Billy Elliot and Titanic (Signature Theatre) Amadeus (Colorado Springs Theatreworks). Her San Diego credits include: Barefoot in the Park, Native Gardens, The Wonderers and Rich Girl (The Old Globe) West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre). Associate credits include: The Heart of Rock and Roll, Bright Star and Allegiance (The Old Globe), Escape to Margaritaville, Hollywood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Midsummer's Night's Dream and Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). She enjoys a career in San Diego and New York City, where she had the privilege of working on her 17th Broadway Production this spring. One of her most rewarding experiences has been assisting on Hamilton. She received her B.A. in Theatre from California State University Northridge. Amanda is very thankful for her supportive family and friends.

Director

Amanda Watkins (Director) serves as an associate producer at the Alliance Theatre. Prior to this position, she was the general manager of Broadway Dreams, a nonprofit devoted to the mentoring and training of young adults in the theatre arts.  Amanda served as EVP of Production and Development at The Araca Group in NYC where she shepherded the development of dozens of new plays and musicals. She was the executive producer on Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Disgraced, the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Ayad Akhtar as well as the 2010 Tony Award-nominated revival of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci. Amanda was an actor on Broadway and throughout the regions for 15 years. She is a member of The Broadway League and in 2004, she was recognized by the State of Georgia House of Representatives with a certificate of excellence in theatre. She holds a B.F.A. from FSU and an M.A. from NYU.  

Amanda Watkins
Amanda Watkins
Director

Amanda Watkins (Director) serves as an associate producer at the Alliance Theatre. Prior to this position, she was the general manager of Broadway Dreams, a nonprofit devoted to the mentoring and training of young adults in the theatre arts.  Amanda served as EVP of Production and Development at The Araca Group in NYC where she shepherded the development of dozens of new plays and musicals. She was the executive producer on Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Disgraced, the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Ayad Akhtar as well as the 2010 Tony Award-nominated revival of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci. Amanda was an actor on Broadway and throughout the regions for 15 years. She is a member of The Broadway League and in 2004, she was recognized by the State of Georgia House of Representatives with a certificate of excellence in theatre. She holds a B.F.A. from FSU and an M.A. from NYU.  

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