THEATRICAL OUTFIT’S 2019-2020 SEASON
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by David Crowe, Artistic Associate
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
by Moisés Kauffman and The Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Clifton Guterman, TO Associate Artistic Director
August 27 - September 29, 2019
Performed in repertory. One Cast. Two essential American stories.
Considered by many to be the the greatest American play ever, Our Town depicts the town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager character and performed with minimal props and sets, this classic chronicles the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in theatre – die.
In 1998, a university student named Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a prairie fence outside Laramie, Wyoming. When he died days later, the world learned Shepard was targeted because he was gay. A breathtaking collage of the local residents, The Laramie Project is virtuously determined to find the light in an event of harrowing darkness and exposes the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
by Daryl Lisa Fazio
Directed by Karen Robinson
October 16 - November 10, 2019
Chris Dove is the first-ever female fire captain in an Alabama town at war with opioids, and she’s facing it head-on, heart-out, and under scrutiny. Meanwhile, her spitfire-of-a-mother, Xenia, tries to conjure stability with bundt cake and Bible verses. When Chris’ mysterious childhood friend, Val, drifts into their lives, daughter and mother find themselves at a tipping point between what’s safe and what saves.
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
directed by Carolyn Cook, Artistic Associate
by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
November 27 - December 29, 2019
Welcome back to Regency-era romance with The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, a companion to TO’s Pride and Prejudice-inspired Miss Bennet (produced by TO in 2017 and 2018). While the Miss Bennet plot unfolds upstairs, Pemberley’s servants navigate their own scandal down below, as a diligent housekeeper, an indomitable maid, and a lovesick groomsman struggle to control the boorish Mr. Wickham. Gunderson and Melcon’s latest love letter to Jane Austen celebrates family and forgiveness at the time of year we need both of them the most.
by Wendy MacLeod
directed by Ryan Oliveti
January 22 - February 16, 2020
Irene and Peter just want a quiet anniversary meal while on vacation in Palm Springs, but the evening heats up when a neurotic waiter won’t bring their food, and everything goes deliriously wrong. This fussy server has the couple second-guessing their menu choices, parenting skills, and their very future together. Will their shared desperation get them their spanakopita or end a marriage? Everything (and nothing) is on the table in this zesty comedy about painfully slow service.
by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel
directed by Mira Hirsch, TO Director of Education
March 4 - 29, 2020
Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of The God of Vengeance by Jewish writer Sholem Asch, Indecent tells the story of a kiss between two female actors (one playing a prostitute, one a brothel owner’s daughter) that led to an entire cast being arrested for obscenity. With vivid theatricality underscored by a live Klezmer musical ensemble, seven actors portray over forty roles in this fascinating exploration of faith, sexuality, and art.
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL
April 22 - May 17, 2020
starring Tom Key, TO Artistic Director
Book by Tom Key & Russell Treyz
Music and Lyrics by Harry Chapin
directed & choreographed by Patdro Harris, Artistic Associate
musical direction by S. Renee Clark, Artistic Associate
April 22 - May 17, 2020
The beloved musical returns home just when we need its radical hope - now more than ever. Inspired by Clarence Jordan’s provocative The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John and produced and cherished worldwide since its conception in 1981, this soul-rouser with boundless heart sets the story of Jesus in the American South. In downtown Atlanta in 2020, Cotton Patch Gospel promises to raise the roof with joy!
THE UNEXPECTED PLAY FESTIVAL
featuring exciting titles to be announced in the summer of 2019
February 3-4, 2020
Witness top-notch Atlanta talent bring characters and plots to vivid life in staged readings of exciting works that will stir the soul … and maybe even unsettle it. Think of it as TO Stage 2 - unpredictable and exciting fare that stretches The Outfit aesthetic in either content, genre, or storytelling form. Preview tomorrow's hit titles, and then engage with the artists and staff at enlightening post-reading talkbacks.
JOE GRANSDEN JAZZ SERIES
Back for another year! Join Georgia-based performer Joe Gransden for four soulfully smooth gigs in our intimate Balzer Theater at Herren’s with his four-piece band along with exciting special guests. Renowned for the hard bop approach of his trumpet and a voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra, Joe Gransden has performed worldwide with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, as well as Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and The Whispers. Joe performs locally at Café 290 and at various venues in Manhattan, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and California. Joe’s album “Close To My Heart” was produced by saxophone great Kenny G, and his newest project, “Songs of Sinatra & Friends,” celebrates the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes.
October 27, 2019 at 7:30pm
December 22, 2019 at 7:30pm - Holiday concert
March 15, 2020 at 7:30pm
May 10, 2020 at 7:30pm - Mother's Day concert
2019-2020 THEATRICAL OUTFIT TICKETS: Subscription packages – $126-$258 – are on sale now. Single tickets – $26-$51 – go on sale July 15, 2019 for all shows except Cotton Patch Gospel, which will be available only to subscribers until late fall of 2019. Tickets for the Unexpected Play Festival titles, dates and pricing will be announced in the summer of 2019. Tickets for the Joe Gransden Jazz Series are $125 for the series and are on sale now online and by phone. 678.528.1500. www.theatricaloutfit.org/boxoffice/season-subscriptions/.
SummerStage at the Outfit and Year-Round Acting Classes
With summer camps and classes designed for students ages 8 to 18, Theatrical Outfit Education programs offer a number of exciting opportunities for young actors. Whether it be our two-week ensemble-developed SummerStage June camp, our month-long, production-based SummerStage July camp, or Saturday classes in Audition Technique or Scene Study, TO Education programs emphasize storytelling, ensemble-building and a love for the creative process. All programs are led by theatre professionals/theatre educators, giving participants first-class training which emphasizes both skill-building and camaraderie. For information and program registration, visit www.TheatricalOutfit.org/Education.
Downtown Dialogues. Engage with a panel of guests in about the social and historical themes in the show. Begins immediately after the curtain call and lasts approximately one hour. Visit each production’s show page on our website for dates and guest speakers.
Macy’s Page to Stage Talk Backs, two per production, occur the middle two Fridays of each run after the curtain call, last approximately thirty minutes, and are an opportunity for patrons to engage directly with the production’s artists.
Upgrade your ticket to The Wickhams, wear your best bonnet, and honor the British tradition of High Tea complete with sandwiches and cakes. Meet costumed cast members before or after the show. Check The Wickhams show page for dates, pricing, and reservations.
Community Christmas Caroling
Date and time to be announced. Don your festive attire and gather to spread joy through the streets of downtown along with staff members, artists, patrons, and friends. Complete the evening back at the The Outfit for cider, cookies, and fellowship. Free and open to the public. Reservations encouraged.
FUNDRAISING: Theatrical Outfit’s Annual Downtown Gala - 2020 date to be announced. 2019 gala, Our Luckie Stars honoring Florida and Doug Ellis is April 27, 2019. https://www.theatricaloutfit.org/support-us/spring-gala/
SEASON SPONSORS: Bloomberg Philanthropies, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Fulton County Arts and Culture, Georgia Council for the Arts, Kilpatrick Townsend, Macy’s, Publix Super Markets Charities, Shubert Foundation, Turner Broadcasting.
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