Theatrical Outfit presents Downtown Dialogue, Dec. 11, "Beneath the Surface of Storytelling in BIG FISH"

Theatrical Outfit presents Downtown Dialogue, Dec. 11, "Beneath the Surface of Storytelling in BIG FISH"

Theatrical Outfit proudly contines our new-this-season community engagement initiative called Downtown Dialogues. Patrons are invited to be downtown and join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social and global themes in the current show. Downtown Dialogues happen once per production on the second Sunday after Opening and are FREE to all patrons with a ticket to any performance during the run.  

The Outfit production of Big Fish (December 1-18), in which a father's epic and fantastical life becomes his son's personal investigative quest, is directed by Theatrial Outfit Artistic Director, Tom Key, and stars a cast of twelve of Atlanta's top singers, actors and dancers. 

"Beneath the Surface of Storytelling in BIG FISH"

Sunday, December 11, 12:30pm-1:30pm at Theatrical Outfit 
2:00pm — house re-opens for the matinee performance of BIG FISH at 2:30pm
FREE to all patrons with a ticket to any performance. 

Patron sign up (acknowledging intent to attend) HERE.


  • Moderator: Daren Wang, Executive Director, Decatur Book Festival
  • Lee Culpepper, family psychologist and Theatrical Outfit subscriber
  • Barry Stewart Mann, professional storyteller and actor
  • Stasia Kelly, daughter of renowned tramp clown, Emmett Kelly (Weary Willie)

*subject to change


By John August (based on the novel by Daniel Wallace)
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Inspired by the novel and hit Tim Burton film, Big Fish spotlights Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose biggest hope is to live life to its fullest. Edward’s tall-tales thrill everyone in earshot except his questioning son Will, about to be a father himself, who demands to know the truth behind Dad’s epic stories of giants, fortune-telling witches and mermaids. Full of heart, humor and inventive stagecraft, Big Fish offers an experience only theatre can – one that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.

“Remarkable! A show for everyone who loves musicals. Don’t dare miss this!” Variety

Previews: December 1-2, 2016 at 7:30PM
Opening Night: December 3, 2016 at 7:30PM
Regular Performances: December 4-18, 2016

Performances of Big Fish are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $20-$50 and may be purchased online at or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email

*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.

GALLERY on view for run of Big Fish
Visitors to Theatrical Outfit may view a gallery of whimsical and joyous pieces by local artist Sherry Cook and her daughter Katie Turner.

Travis Smith* – Edward Bloom
Laura Floyd* – Sandra Bloom
Ben Thorpe* – Will Bloom
Julissa Sabino* – Josephine Bloom
Gabe Bowles – Young Will/Will’s Son
Naima Carter Russell* – Jenny Hill
Bill Murphey* – Amos/Dr. Bennett/Mayor
Randi Garza* – The Witch
Caroline Arapoglou – The Girl in the Water
Blake Burgess – The Giant
Daniel Burns – Don Price
Benjamin Davis – Zacky Price
Joseph Masson, Jimmica Collins, Alexandra Duncan, Trevor Goble, Edward McCreary – Understudies

Tom Key* – Director
S. Renee Clark – Musical Director
Ricardo Aponte – Choreographer
Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay – Scenic and Costume Designers
Joseph Futral – Lighting Designer
Rob Brooksher – Sound Designer
MC Park – Properties Designer
Clifton Guterman* – Assistant Director and Casting Director
Barbara Gantt O'Haley*  – Stage Manager
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Publix Super Markets Charities, Grants to Green, The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Tall Tales Books, Decatur Book Festival, Compassionate Atlanta


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Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit
Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit
About Theatrical Outfit

Stories that stir the soul.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons were Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton. Mrs. Shelton passed away in 2019, but Dr. Shelton remains a patron at Theatrical Outfit to this day. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization. In September of 2018, Theatrical Outfit welcomed Gretchen E. Butler as Managing Director.

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Unless otherwise noted, Theatrical Outfit's productions are performed in The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.

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