This production was staged as part of our 2016/17 Season

Too Heavy for Your Pocket

Too Heavy for Your Pocket

February 4 to February 26, 2017 | On the Hertz Stage
World Premiere Kendeda Winner
Part of the Hertz Series

Winner of the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition

Contains: Some adult content/themes. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

"[Playwright Jiréh Breon] Holder is very talented, and his future is bright indeed. Too Heavy for Your Pocket is powerful stuff and merits your attention." —Manning Harris for Atlanta INtown

In rural Tennessee at the height of the Civil Rights Movement two young couples struggle to understand justice, love, and their own responsibilities. When Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend Fisk University, he has the opportunity to improve his family’s life. His education goes beyond the classroom, as he becomes a Freedom Rider and joins the fight against racism in the Deep South, leaving his obligations as a husband and friend behind. A beautifully written look at the personal cost and private struggles behind public events, Too Heavy for Your Pocket speaks powerfully about the bonds of friendship and what defines true family. The 2017 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Alliance is thrilled to celebrate one of its own—playwright and former Kenny Leon Fellow Jiréh Breon Holder.

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Cast & Crew


  • Tony
    Rob is thrilled to make his Alliance debut as Tony. Stage credits: Fetch Clay, Make Man (Muhammad Ali, Suzi nom); Lombardi (Dave Robinson); The Watsons Go to Birmingham... read more »
  • Evelyn
    New York: Dead Dog Park (Bedlam), Paradox of the Urban Cliché (Wild Project), Miss Julie (August Strindberg Rep—NYIT Award nomination), Court Martial at Fort... read more »
  • Sally
    Markita is proud to make her Alliance Stage debut! Recent credits are Lucretia in Flambeaux at the Poet’s Den in NYC in which she was nominated for a 2015... read more »
  • Bowzie
    Stephen is honored to be returning to the Alliance Theatre. Recent credits include Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project (Synchronicity Theatre), Romeo... read more »


  • Stage Manager
    Although lark has been Stage Managing here at the Alliance Theatre for more than 25 years, she has worked for many regional theatres across the United States (Cleveland... read more »
  • Playwright
    Jiréh is honored to return to the Alliance Theatre where his play Too Heavy for Your Pocket was the winner of the 2016/17 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate... read more »
  • Sound Design
    Her designs and original music have been heard at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Triad Stage,... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Liz always enjoys her work at the Alliance. Her previous designs include Ethel; The C.A. Lyons Project; Steel Magnolias; In Love & Warcraft; The Whipping... read more »
  • Costume Design
    Sydney is an award-winning costume designer who has been designing for Atlanta and regional theaters for many years. She designed last season’s Tell Me My Dream... read more »
  • Set Design
    Reid is a Brooklyn-based scenic designer for plays, musicals, and opera. He is thrilled to be designing his first show in Atlanta, where so much of his family is from.... read more »


  • Director
    Margot is a New York based director who specializes in new work. Upcoming: peerless by Jiehae Park at Marin Theater Company, and T. by Dan Aibel at American Theater... read more »


  • Understudy for Evelyn
    Miranda is beyond excited to make her debut at the Alliance Theatre! Recent credits include Nina in the MXAT/Harvard A.R.T. reworking of The Seagull (Moscow), 3... read more »
  • Understudy for Sally
    Cyrah is thrilled to make her Alliance Stage debut! Recent TV/Film credits include “Hashtags, Heels and Happiness” and commercials for Harris Teeter and... read more »
  • Understudy for Bowzie
    Kameron was last seen in Alliance’s Collision Project X, and is now grateful to work on the Hertz Stage! Favorite credits include Hairspray (Suwannee Ampitheatre... read more »
  • Understudy for Tony
    A native Californian, Asante earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University Of Nevada Las Vegas. He is a humble, versatile actor who has the... read more »

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