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Three brothers, all born of different mothers, find themselves all living under their father's roof. Truths about past affairs surface and the tension builds. This is the way "House of Brothers," the latest production by The Americolor Opera Alliance, begins.

City Lights: Shoe History; 'LadyShakes'; And More

May 15, 2017
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In Actor's Express’ upcoming production, a slave is offered freedom if he fights for the Confederacy. The play, called "Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, and 3)," is by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

This is not a traditional historical drama. For one, it loosely uses Homer's "The Odyssey" as its storytelling mechanism. Also, director Martin Damien Wilkins explained that the vernacular of today is used throughout the story.

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Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and India S. Tyree star as the titualar characters in the Alliance Theatre’s fairy tale ''Cinderella and Fella.''
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Any artistic director can tell you that getting a nonprofit arts organization through a single year is a challenge, which makes Atlanta’s Actor’s Express pretty remarkable. The theater company is getting ready to begin their 30th season.

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City Lights: Madeleine Peyroux; Tara Ochs; And More

Mar 9, 2017
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“Exit Strategy” is the story of a Chicago public school on the brink of closure. A small group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save their school, following an administrator who may not actually know what he’s doing. The show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and this week it is opening at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

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City Lights: 'A Kid Like Jake'; 'Homages'; And More

Feb 21, 2017
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The Atlanta theater community has proved itself to be committed to the cause of social justice for years, and next week, it joins theaters around the country in producing not one, but 75 plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Thurgood Marshall’s career took him from back-alley Baltimore to Howard University law school to his fight for equality in the South, and all the way to a seat on the highest court in the land. His story now is taking the stage at Theatrical Outfit in a one-man show called “Thurgood.”

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Many theater companies routinely take on new leadership — a new artistic director here, a change in management there. One Atlanta theater group is turning over completely.

The Weird Sisters Theatre Project has announced that they have brought on five new producers to replace the original co-founders of the group.

Speaking with producer Myke Johns, founding member Tiffany Porter explains that the Weird Sisters was originally an informal group of theater artists.

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The New York Times calls playwright Lindsey Ferrentino "a writer of dauntless conviction." Her show, "Ugly Lies the Bone," first opened off-Broadway in 2015 and is currently onstage at the Alliance Theatre. She holds the distinction of being the first two-time finalist of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and this year won the National Arts Club’s Kesselring Prize.

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London’s most notorious criminal has hit Atlanta … or one of Atlanta’s stages, at any rate.

7 Stages Theatre is opening their 38th season with Bertolt Brecht’s groundbreaking work, "The Threepenny Opera." Directed by 7 Stages’ co-artistic director Michael Haverty with musical direction by Bryan Mercer, the show incorporates elements of late 1920s Berlin with 21st century touches like live video feeds and an opening credits sequence.

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Every year, American teenagers have something to look forward to (or dread): photos, dinners, fancy outfits bedazzled with sequins, and the chance of a slow dance with that special person they’ve been admiring all year. It’s the prom.

“The Prom” is also a new musical opening at the Alliance Theatre. This prom story is a little bit more complicated than awkward photos.

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Theresa Davis of Atlanta's Art Amok! Slam Team reads from one of her books of poetry at Java Monkey Speaks in Decatur. The Java Monkey Slam Team will represent the host city of Decatur in the National Poetry Slam.
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A Huey helicopter flies low over a field at Serenbe, about an hour south of Atlanta. This isn’t a military exercise or a film shoot, but Serenbe Playhouse's theatrical production of "Miss Saigon," the story of star-crossed lovers in war-torn Vietnam. 

Executive and artistic director Brian Clowdus spent eight months convincing the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, based in Hampton, Georgia, to participate.

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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.

Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage’s "Blues for an Alabama Sky" has been called a masterpiece and is her most-performed play.

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Atlanta has an active and diverse theater community, not only of actors and directors, but writers as well. And one event has exemplified this for almost two decades: The Essential Theatre Play Festival.

Begun in 1999 by artistic director Peter Hardy, the festival has presented new work from now-established talents Theroun Patterson, Lauren Gunderson, Topher Payne and many more.

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Chef Kevin Gillespie’s restaurant, Gunshow, on Bill Kennedy Way in Atlanta.
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