Theatrical Outfit presents LOST IN THE COSMOS [The Last Self-Help Seminar] through Feb. 26

Theatrical Outfit presents LOST IN THE COSMOS [The Last Self-Help Seminar] through Feb. 26

Exist. It's better that way!

“Its sly humor shows us strategies for solidifying and shoring up our tenuous selves.”  — NPR

Atlanta audiences are invited to take an existential trip into the human psyche, the Milky Way galaxy and beyond with Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Seminar, a hilarious stage adaptation of the best-selling personal improvement book by Walker Percy (The Moviegoer). Theatrical Outfit proudly partners with the funny folks at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company for Theatrical Outfit Artistic Director Tom Key’s own adaptation of the popular work. This knee-slapping, mind-expanding comedy plays February 9-26, 2017 continuing Theatrical Outfit’s 40th Anniversary Season of Hope!  

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Seminar

In Partnership with Dad’s Garage Theatre Company
By National Book Award Winner, Walker Percy
Adapted for the Stage by Tom Key, Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit
Directed by Kevin Gillese, Artistic Director, Dad’s Garage
February 9 – 26, 2017 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s

If Earthlings zoomed to a planet with intelligent life, would they let us land or label us a threat to a more-evolved universe? Walker Percy pondered such existential “what ifs” in Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self Help Book. The Outfit’s Artistic Director, Tom Key, deftly re-imagines Percy’s opus as a soul-searching seminar where cheeky group leaders hilariously suggest alternatives to our everyday behavior. A wry and hopeful meditation on our obsessions with reality TV and politics, horoscopes and how-to guides, Lost in the Cosmos engages the mind, soul and funny bone.

Previews: February 9-10, 2017 at 7:30PM
Opening Night: February 11, 2017 at 7:30PM
Regular Performances: February 12-26, 2017

Theatrical Outfit’s performances of Lost in the Cosmos 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.

Downtown Dialogue
— Saturday, February 18, post matinee
Be downtown and join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social and global themes in the show! Open to all patrons with a ticket to any performance of the current production.

Page to Stage Talk Back, sponsored by Macy’s — Friday, February 24, post-show
Representatives from the creative team/staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.

Dan Triandiflou* – Harold
Tara Ochs* – Rosemary
Amber Nash – Shelly
Bart Hansard* – Derek
Gina Rickicki – Cosmic Stranger/Italian Mama
Matthew Myers – Harold understudy

Kevin Gillese – Director
Nadia Morgan – Scenic Designer
Anna Tucker – Costume Designer
Conana Joshua Santamaria – Lighting Designer
Jeff Millsaps – Sound Designer
MC Park – Properties Designer
Adam Pinney – Graphic Designer
Clifton Guterman* – Associate Artistic Director, Casting Director
Barbara Gantt O'Haley*  – Stage Manager

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association


COMMUNITY PARTNER: Decatur Book Festival

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


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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.

Theatrical Outfit
84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303