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There’s a lot to be said for impulsive actions. Sure, there’s the occasional downside to in-the-moment-notmuch-frontal-lobe-consideration decisions – that ill-advised hair color/third piercing/vacation clothing purchase that you will NEVER wear once you get home. But every now and again, your instinct knows what to do before your grey matter catches up. Which is why, somewhere around 30 pages into reading Faith Salie’s ridiculously smart and funny book Approval Junkie, I googled her website and not only wrote her a mash note, but told her she really HAD to make the book into a one person show and come perform it at the Alliance Theatre. That moment where you breathe for a second before hitting “send?” Didn’t happen. And here we are, lucky us, welcoming Atlanta native Faith Salie back home to perform her show and it is every kind of right. Because here is a writer who is that brilliant observer of human behavior who takes on our foibles with only slightly less rigor than she takes on her own. And there is compassion in her observations and a kind of “oh Good Lord, I thought I was the only one who thought/did/said that” capacity to unite us that makes her worthy of hastily composed mash notes as well as world premieres. And she’ll make you laugh out loud – maybe even hard enough that you’ll forget about that ill-advised piercing for a moment. Thank you, Faith Salie, for a regret-free impulse action, and for allowing us to bring your gorgeous story to Atlanta.

Susan V. Booth Jennings Hertz Artistic Director

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Playing Herself: Faith Salie wonders if it still counts as acting By Julie Bookman Photos by A’riel Tinter

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arning: Audience members, especially women who strive to have it all, do it all, and do it all very well, are in danger of becoming bobble heads while watching Approval Junkie, Faith Salie’s new one-woman show. Yes, there’s that much stuff with which to relate. Get ready to nod up and down a whole heckuva lot. Salie is an actress, comedian, Emmy Award-winning journalist, author, CBS News Sunday Morning contributor, and longtime quick-witted panelist on National Public Radio’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! Phew, that’s a lot. Plus, she has a solid marriage and two young children. A Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Harvard who holds a doctorate in literature from Oxford University in England, Salie is also a selfdiagnosed “approval junkie,” now in recovery. In her craving-approval heyday, she made not one, not two, but three Curious George cakes for her two-year-old’s birthday — to improve the odds that one would turn out OK. Finally, just a few years ago, she discovered that coming through for herself first, rather than for everyone else in her orbit, is the better deal: much more fulfilling, far less exasperating. Salie, who was raised in Dunwoody, explored many aspects of her quest for affirmation in Approval Junkie: Adventures 6 ALLIANCE THEATRE | ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

in Caring Too Much, a 2016 collection of thought-provoking essays filled with her trademark self-deprecating humor. Bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch praised the book for “such vulnerability and insight into our flawed human condition,” while Publisher’s Weekly pegged it as “stand-up routines put to the page.” Susan V. Booth, artistic director of the Alliance Theatre, read Approval Junkie and hurried to get in touch via email. She asked Salie if she had considered adapting her book into a one-woman show. Salie, now 47, had done a fair amount of acting on both stage and screen prior to this decade. In musical theater, she played Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Her TV series credits range from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in the late 1990s, to a leading role on “Significant Others” in 2004. “There’s still an actor deep inside me who misses performing a show,” she says. “Does it count as acting if you’re playing yourself?” Once Booth suggested the idea, Salie felt that “it was like the seed was somewhere inside me and Susan was giving me the sunlight and the water.” What really got to her, she says, is the manner in which Booth signed that initial email: “Thanking you for a book I love and will make my daughter read.” Salie felt humbled and honored. “That’s


about the most generous thing you can do, to pass on someone else’s story. I’m so grateful that my deeply specific stories seem to resonate. It’s some kind of alchemy. What people are really responding to is what Susan and I both refer to as ‘living nakedly human publicly.’” The things we humans do “in the pursuit of being loved, heard, seen, understood, are often the most meaningful moments of our lives, even if they are painful, embarrassing, misguided,” Salie says. The actions we take in an effort to win kudos from others and ourselves “are dramatic manifestations of who we are, what we want, and whom we love and how we love.” Just as she did in the book, Salie ends her show with a message to her daughter Minerva, now 5. While both her book and its stage adaptation contain abundant comedy, don’t be surprised to be weeping at the end of either. After all, the best comedy is rooted in

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Actor and playwright Faith Salie on the first day of rehearsals of Approval Junkie.

hard truths and matters that pang the heart. Directed by Amanda Watkins, the Alliance’s world premiere of Approval Junkie [subtitled: My Heartfelt (And Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, And Ultimately Myself ] isn’t merely another milestone in Salie’s career. It also represents a meaningful homecoming for her. A 1989 graduate of North Springs High (where she competed to become Miss Aphrodite and “was in it to win it”), Salie originally set out to be an actress. By age 12, she regularly performed around town, with Atlanta Workshop Players, Stage Door Players, Onstage Atlanta, and more. “The Alliance Theatre was Broadway to me when I was growing up,” she says. “Seeing shows there made me want to become an actor. Just the thought of returning to the Alliance as the performer I never got to be is a childhood dream fulfilled.” She currently resides in a New York City apartment, so another bonus of relocating to Atlanta for a couple of months is that her kids (son Augustus is 7), will get to experience living in a house and romping in its yard. “They are soooo excited. I’m choked up just thinking about bringing my kids to the place where I came of age.” In adapting her book into a play, Salie had to learn how to think of herself as a dramatic character, as “someone flawed, but a character with an arc.” Director Watkins, she adds, cautioned her “not to put buttons on things,” meaning, not to sew up her stories too quickly, “so that the audience has a whole 90-minute journey that’s more satisfying for them than the wrap-up of an essay.” Throughout the course of Approval Junkie, Salie recounts episodes that fed into her tendency to be an over-approval seeker. Many parents will relate to the emotionally grueling period when she tried to get her son into a top-tier kindergarten. There’s also a segment about her brief and disastrous first

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Clockwise, from top left: Costume Designer Ivan Ingermann; Set renderings by Jack Magaw; Director Amanda Watkins, Actor and Playwright Faith Salie, and Production Consultant Richard Garner; dramaturgical resources in the rehearsal hall.

marriage to a man now called her “wasband.” He didn’t want to have sex with her and suggested she go through an exorcism to banish a darkness inside her. Did she do such a thing? You’ll find out in this show. To give more away would be a disservice to anyone who’s about to experience Approval Junkie. What’s important to grasp is that Salie’s notion of having ever labeled herself an 8 ALLIANCE THEATRE | ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

approval junkie is not prescriptive. “I’m not naming it as a way to say ‘here’s how not to be one,’” she explains. Moreover, “it’s something to recognize in yourself and then to harness. You can stretch, challenge, embarrass yourself, but you are always moving forward. We are built for validation and there’s no shame in admitting that.” A


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The Gift That Keeps Giving By Tiffany Williams

Actor and playwright Faith Salie (left) and Director Amanda Watkins read The Giving Tree on the first day of rehearsals of Approval Junkie. Photo by A’riel Tinter.

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e’ve all heard the expression “money doesn’t grow on trees.” While essentially true, it’s a parent’s usual quip to an eager child asking for the latest toy to hit the market, or an impromptu trip to Disney World, or, in my case, an all-expense paid trip to Nickelodeon Studios to get slimed. Then there’s the child’s rebuttal: money is made from paper, paper is made from trees, therefore, money does in fact, “grow on trees.” No matter whose side you’re on, I believe we all can agree that trees are, in fact, providers. Whether it be shade from the scorching sun, cleaner air in the middle of a robust city, or a tower leading to a house in the sky, trees are, in their purest form, givers. The Giving Tree, written and illustrated in 1964 by Shel Silverstein, is a children’s picture book that follows the journey of an apple tree and a young boy who grows to be an elderly man. Since being published, The Giving Tree has been met with great praise and great criticism. Some readers see the book as an illustration of the joy in giving, while other readers describe the relationship in the story as abusive and toxic. Like our “money doesn’t grow on trees” adage, it’s all about perspective. No matter which side of the tree you stand on, you can’t deny the book’s cultural and economic impact. The Giving Tree has been adapted into films and translated into numerous languages. Locally, The Giving Tree found its way into the childhood home of author, commentator, and actor Faith Salie. As we excitedly watch Faith take the stage at the Alliance, one can’t help but wonder if the tree that gave the paper (or the money) that produced the copy of The Giving Tree that entered Faith’s home, has ironically, given to us. While money might not literally grow on trees, it’s more than comforting to know that the tree has found other innumerous ways to keep giving. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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onstage and off Atlanta artist Courtenay Collins shares her journey of writing and performing her own story.

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andy Springs native Courtenay Collins is no stranger to the Alliance Theatre, having starred in such shows as The Geller Girls, Smart Cookie, The Prom (where she’s currently appearing on Broadway), and her smash hit solo show, Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays. Amanda Watkins recently sat down with Courtenay to discuss the process of writing and then starring in her show on the Hertz Stage. Amanda: You mentioned that Faith’s book, Approval Junkie, came into your life around the time you were first creating Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays. How did this affect your process? Courtenay: I was about to start hunkering down and writing, and Susan [Booth] recommended this book to me. I read it and loved Faith’s voice, her playful wackiness, her observations. I totally identified with her self-deprecating humor, and her need and consequent inability to please everyone. I would read entire passages over and over and laugh and snort. Faith and I grew up in the same area of Georgia in a similar time period. She could have been one of my best friends in high school. Back when we were in high school, there were fewer team sports for women, and it seemed participation options were limited to gymnastics or pageants! (I was actually crowned “Miss Riverwood,” “Miss Atlanta,” and “Miss Dekalb County.”) I never thought I was pretty enough, but 50% of the scoring was luckily left to the Talent portion). AW: Can you speak to the experience of both writing and starring in your own show? Courtenay: As an actor, I am always using other people’s words. It’s liberating to allow 10 ALLIANCE THEATRE | ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

my brain to express feelings, experiences and memories that are all a part of my own stream of consciousness and life. The fear, of course, is that no one will understand what I am saying or think my material is interesting or funny, but it’s also intensive therapy for me. There is no more hiding behind someone else’s words or someone else’s feelings. It’s me on my most authentic level. AW: Faith mentioned the other day that it was odd, but kind of neat to have her collaborators help her emotionally connect to her own story. Did the collaborators on Home for the Holidays help you discover new things about your stories, or help you see your experiences in a different light? Courtenay: Well, as my director, Susan Booth always asks the right questions. I came in with an outline, a song list, some stories I


Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth (left) and Courtenay Collins. Photo by A’riel Tinter.

wanted to tell, and crazy things I wanted to do. Every night, she would send me home with homework: “tell me more about this” or “go deeper into this story” or “follow this thought through.” I’d come back with my homework the next morning and we’d go from there. Susan and I have worked together a lot, so we have a kind of hilarious shorthand. One time, she said, “whatever you were drinking last night when you wrote this part… drink it again tonight!” AW: As in Approval Junkie, your show has no fourth wall. And you are in your hometown, delivering personal stories to the audience. What is the audience’s role in this performance? Courtenay: With no fourth wall in my cabaret, the audience is my collective best friend. I welcome them to a party at my house!

And that concept gives me such energy and freedom to share my songs and stories. At the top of my show, I actually lay out a few rules for the people sitting on the front row: 1. No eating chips and no crinkly wrappers during ballads. 2. No making out. (It’s happened.) 3. No resting b---- face. (I will spend the whole show worrying about why you don’t like me). There is an interaction between the audience and performer in a cabaret that is both scary and exhilarating. It’s a shared experience. We are experiencing moments of joy and sorrow together in the theatre, listening to each other’s stories, and hopefully because of this, we can understand one another more. As a solo actor, vulnerable to the idea that the audience is accessible to me, I get confidence (and creativity) out of the phrase “I am enough.” I don’t need to embellish or edit. My story is enough.

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THE ALLIANCE THEATRE Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director and Mike Schleifer, Managing Director present

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FAITH SALIE IN COLLABORATION WITH

AMANDA WATKINS SCENIC DESIGN

JACK MAGAW

COSTUME DESIGN

IVAN INGERMANN PROJECTION DESIGNER

ALEX BASCO KOCH

LIGHTING DESIGN

AMANDA ZIEVE

SOUND DESIGN/COMPOSER

BRANDON BUSH

STAGE MANAGER

JAYSON T. WADDELL

DIRECTED BY

AMANDA WATKINS Based on the book "Approval Junkie" by Faith Salie.

Generous support for this production provided by The Antinori Foundation.

HERTZ SERIES SPONSORED BY

This production is supported in part by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.


CAST * FAITH SALIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Self STAGE MANAGEMENT * JAYSON T. WADDELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stage Manager ASHLEY DICKEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stage Management Production Assistant PRODUCTION AND DESIGN ASSISTANCE STEPHANIE BEATTIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate Projections Designer NICOLE CLOCKEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Costume Design Assistant RICHARD GARNER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Consultant FOR THIS PRODUCTION WILL BRUNSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lighting Programmer SHANNON P. LAIME-KENNEDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wardrobe JOHN McKENZIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sound Operator VICTOR MOULEDOUX/BRYAN PEREZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Automation Stagehands GRAHAM SCHWARTZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sound Programmer SPECIAL THANKS NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! Tom Bodett PJ O’Rourke Peter Sagal

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profiles FAITH SALIE (Self/ Playwright) is honored to return “home” to Atlanta, where she began her performing career as a scrappy 12-year-old. Panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, Emmywinning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, host of Science Goes to the Movies (PBS). Faith has conducted thousands of interviews on NPR, Sirius, and Audible. She’s been interviewed by Oprah, Anderson Cooper, and Bill O’Reilly (consensually). Favorite acting roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (American Repertory Theatre), Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Oxford Playhouse, UK), Svetlana in Chess (Edinburgh Fringe), The Laramie Project (The Colony Theatre). Bylines in New York Times and Time. Faith is a Rhodes scholar whose cohort ended up becoming governors and presidential candidates while she got beamed up on Star Trek and landed on a Deep Space Nine trading card worth hundreds of cents. Deepest thanks to Susan Booth, Amanda Watkins, Dad, and Mom. “For John, who reminds me that I’m always enough… and for Augustus and Minerva, who teach me I’m more than I ever imagined.” AMANDA WATKINS (Director) serves as an associate producer at the Alliance Theatre. Prior to this position, she was the general manager of Broadway Dreams, a nonprofit devoted to the mentoring and training of young adults in the theatre arts. Amanda served as EVP of Production and Development at The Araca Group in NYC where she shepherded the development of dozens of new plays and musicals. She was the executive producer on Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Disgraced, the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Ayad Akhtar, as well as the 2010 Tony Awardnominated revival of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci. Amanda was an actor on Broadway and throughout the regions for 15 years. She is a member of The Broadway League and in 2004, she was recognized by the State of Georgia House of Representatives with a certificate of excellence

in theatre. She holds a B.F.A. from FSU and an M.A. from NYU. JACK MAGAW (Scenic Designer) recently designed scenery for Sheltered at Alliance Theatre. Regional theatre design credits include Indecent (Arena Stage), The Scarlet Ibis (Chicago Opera Theatre), the world premiere of Support Group For Men (Goodman Theatre), the world premieres of The Agitators and Other Than Honorable (Geva Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Kansas City Rep), The Flick (Steppenwolf Theatre), Buried Child (Writers’ Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County and Miss Holmes (Peninsula Players Theatre), Radio Golf (Court Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). Eleven Joseph Jefferson Award nominations include designs for East Texas Hot Links (Writers’ Theatre) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Court Theatre). Upcoming projects include the world premiere of America v2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro (Barrington Stage Company). Jack lives in Chicago and teaches design at The Theatre School at DePaul University. www.jackmagaw.com IVAN INGERMANN (Costume Designer) Theatre: Start Down, Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Alliance Theatre); Angels in America (Parts I & II) (Actors Express). Theme: “Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream” national and international tours, “Electric Ocean” (SeaWorld San Diego), “Ultimate Energy” (Wanda Movie Park, Wuhan, China), “A’lure: the Call of the Ocean” (SeaWorld Orlando). Film: Suits, Rules of the Game, Escape to Life, “2x4” (Sundance Winner). National commercials: Pier One Imports, Toyota, Pontiac, BMW, McDonald’s, and MTV. Awards: 2012 Suzi Bass Award, Costume Designers Guild Excellence in Commercial Costume Design nomination. Assistant credits: Charlie’s Angels II: Full Throttle (Joe Aulisi), Grease (Willa Kim), The Snow Maiden (Desmond Heeley), Chicago (William Ivey Long), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Night of the Iguana (Susan Hilferty). Member of the United Scenic Artist

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profiles Union 829, Head of Design area at UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Ivan Received his M.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in design for stage and film. AMANDA ZIEVE (Lighting Designer) is delighted to be at the Alliance. She recently designed Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, and Rich Girl (The Old Globe), Sweeney Todd, Roof of the World (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Billy Elliot: The Musical and Titanic (Signature Theatre Company). Her associate credits include The Heart of Rock & Roll, Bright Star, Allegiance (The Old Globe), Escape to Margaritaville, Hollywood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse), and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Alliance). She had the privilege of working on her 17th Broadway production last spring. One of her most rewarding experiences has been assisting on Hamilton. She received her B.A. in theatre from California State University, Northridge. amandazieve.com BRANDON BUSH (Sound Designer/ Composer) has performed on GRAMMY® Award-nominated and -winning releases by John Mayer, Sugarland, and Shawn Mullins. As a member of the rock band Train, Brandon toured the world indulging in his lifelong fantasy of performing a keyboard solo on a smoke-emitting Moog synthesizer. Music direction credits include Shakespeare In Love (Alliance) and the world premiere musical Troubadour (Alliance). Currently, Bush is touring as the music director for his brother Kristian Bush. He also manages the Atlanta-based creative studio Songs of the Architect where he composes for visual media. ALEX BASCO KOCH (Projection Designer) Concert Design: The Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir. Broadway: Be More Chill, Irena’s Vow. Off-Broadway: The Atlantic, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, Ars Nova, Primary Stages, 16 ALLIANCE THEATRE | ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional & touring: The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Alliance Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Court Theatre, Studio Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Two River Theater. London: Menier Chocolate Factory. Film: Miles Ahead; Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. www.alexbascokoch.com JAYSON T. WADDELL (Stage Manager) is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre for his ninth season. He’s worked on such Alliance productions as Ever After, Nick’s Flamingo Grill, Candide, Crossing Delancey, Troubadour, Moby Dick, Born for This, Tuck Everlasting, The Geller Girls, A Christmas Carol, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Broke, Sex and the Second City, Next to Normal, Holidays With the Chalks and Bike America. At Atlanta Lyric Theatre, he’s done Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty and Young Frankenstein. At the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, he’s done Shakespeare in Love, I <3 Juliet, Hamlet, Q Gents, Antony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night and A Winter’s Tale. Jayson graduated from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theater as an essential component of our society. JODY FELDMAN (Casting Director) began her theater career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the assistant general manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Feldman is the Allliance’s producer and casting director. She joined the company in 1991 as casting director. She has cast and produced more


profiles than 200 productions at the Alliance, encompassing a range of world premieres that includes The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, Broke and Troubadour by Janece Shaffer, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney and more than 10 years of Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition-winning plays plus such world and regional premiere musicals as Tuck Everlasting; Aida; The Color Purple; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring It On: The Musical; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; Harmony, A New Musical and The Prom. Jody is most proud of the thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection. MIKE SCHLEIFER (Managing Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2014 as general manager, and in 2016 became managing director. While at the Alliance, Schleifer has led the administrative team on more than 50 productions and was one of the architects of the “On the Road” season, in which the Alliance produced 12 shows at 12 venues. He is proud to have started the Alliance’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and to serve on the League of Resident Theatre’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Previously, he spent 13 years at Baltimore’s Center Stage, working as associate producer, production manager and resident stage manager. While in Baltimore, he spent seven years as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and guest lectured all over the East Coast. Schleifer began his career as a stage manager and has dozens of stage-management credits in New York and regionally. He is married to theater director and educator Laura Hackman and is the proud father of two boys, Jack and Ben.

SUSAN V. BOOTH (Jennings Hertz Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, local producing partnerships and regional collaborative productions as well as commercial partnerships on such projects as The Prom; Tuck Everlasting; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’ da Noise, Bring in ’ da Funk; and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. She has directed world premieres by such writers as Pearl Cleage, Janece Shaffer, former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Stephen King, John Mellencamp and Kristian Bush. She has directed nationally at the Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern, DePaul and Emory universities and is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the field. She is a trustee of Denison University and a member of the Carter Center’s Board of Councilors. Booth’s leadership is underwritten by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by the Pussycat Foundation. She is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.

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Your story. Your stage. To celebrate the Alliance Theatre’s 50th anniversary season, we’ve invited artists, friends, and family to share why the Alliance is important to them. We asked Susan Antinori, President of The Antinori Foundation and Approval Junkie sponsor, what drew her to this play and why she thinks everyone should see it. After a long winter of partisan politics and relentless rain, an evening of belly laughs is more than welcome. Nothing heals the soul so well. And for the laughs and stories to be coming from a celebrated woman, writer, and performer is so very in sync with the wave of women’s voices being heard across the country in the most recent election. Faith Salie’s wry and revealing stories of her struggle to find both her voice and approval will resonate with everyone who longs for ways to share about similar struggles. The first time I heard her speak, I knew that I wanted to help bring this funny lady back to her home – Atlanta. We all deserve to spend an evening forgetting our differences and collectively celebrating our common humanity and common missteps as we stumble through our own messy lives in search of approval. Enjoy!

— Susan Antinori

Synopsis … From winning her high school beauty pageant to picking the perfect outfit to wear to her divorce, Faith Salie is the ultimate approval seeker. Through her very candid recollections, Salie reflects on a lifetime of looking for validation in all the wrong places and reveals how she finally won gold stars from her toughest critic... herself.

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about the alliance theatre Celebrating its 50th anniversary season, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. In 2007, under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement. In January 2019, the Alliance will open its new, stateof-the-art performance space, The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre. Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 110 productions, including nine that transferred to Broadway. The Alliance education department reaches 90,000 students annually through performances, classes, camps and in-school initiatives designed to support teachers and enhance student learning. The Alliance Theatre values community, curiosity, collaboration and excellence, and is dedicated to representing Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse community with the stories we tell; the artists, staff and leaders we employ; and the audiences we serve. OUR MISSION To expand hearts and minds onstage and off. OUR VISION Making Atlanta more deeply connected, curious and compassionate through theater and arts education.

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board of directors officers

Co-Chairs Anne Kaiser Hala Moddelmog Immediate Past Chair Reade Fahs Vice Chair Lila Hertz Secretary Benny Varzi Treasurer Steve Chaddick

lifetime directors

Rita Anderson Ken Bernhardt Frank Chew Ann Cramer Linda Davidson Laura Hardman* Hays Mershon Richard S. Myrick Helen Regenstein Bob Reiser Jane Shivers Sally G. Tomlinson Ben White

directors

Kristin R. Adams James Anderson* Kenny Blank* Terri Bonoff Laura Brightwell* Megan Burton Peter Carter Jeffrey S. Cashdan Susan Catalfano Steve Chaddick* Tena Clark Leigh Ann Costley Allison Dukes Fred Ehlers Reade Fahs* Howard Feinsand* Andrea Freeman Bill Freitag Richard Goerss* Kim Greene Pat Gunning Lila Hertz*

Jocelyn Hunter* Erika James Bob Jimenez Sam Johnson* Anne Kaiser* John Keller Lauren Kiefer* Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Alan McKeon* Dori Miller Hala Moddelmog* Phil Moïse* Jane Morgan^ Maureen Morrison Josh Owen Victoria Palefsky* Paul Pendergrass Scott Pioli Jamal Powell Helen Smith Price Asif Ramji Sean Reardon Patty Reid Margaret Reiser* Matthew Richburg Maurice Rosenbaum* Steve Selig Pam Sessions Doug Shipman^* Mark Silberman Chris Sizemore Bill Sleeper Bronson Smith E. Kendrick Smith Karen Spiegel Chandra Stephens-Albright Charlita Stephens-Walker Rosemarie Thurston Benny Varzi* Rebekah Wasserman Bradford L. Watkins Glenn Weiss Cynthia Widner Wall Jill Wilson Todd Zeldin

advisory board

Advisory Board Co-Chairs Laura Hardman* Phil Moïse* Alexander Acosta Andrew Agan Chris Ahrenkiel Carrie Ashbee Farideh Azadi Kamau Bobb Jericho Brown Sarah Mercer Chatel Nisha Choksi Farah Clerveau Ezra Cohen Velma Cowen Tilley Gail Crowder Makeba Dixon-Hill Jason Feldman Nathan Flint Karen Foster Ashby Fox Patsy Garrett Karen Gentry Sarah Frances Giovino Henry Gonzalez Hari Gopal Kimberley J. Hale Elizabeth Hall Nancy Halwig Wendy L. Heckelman Jason Hoch Jim Issa Karl Jennings Michael Kaluzny Gloria Kantor Helen Kim Ho Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy Mark Lee Quinn Leoni Andra London Carolina Margarella Darryal McCullough Carol Meadows Dedi Mohr Michelle Morgan Deborah G. Neese Joan Netzel Andisheh Nouraee Ade Oguntoye Gail O’Neill

Michael Parver Hetal Patel Kathy Portnoy Shannon Price Kat Reynolds Jason Rhoades Robyn S. Roberts Amanda Shailendra Jibran Shermohammed Robert D. Simmermon Christie Sithiphone Nicola Smith Charles Stephens Jennifer Streeter Mark E. Swinton Chuck Taylor Yvette Thomas-Henry Hilda Tompkins Nse Ufot Roxanne Varzi Diletha E. Waldon Charmaine Ward Ben Warshaw Arlene Warshaw Gould * Executive Committee Member ^ Ex-officio

volunteer leadership

President, STARS Jane Morgan Chairman, Theater Advocates Judy Feldstein & Susan Stiefel Chairman, Theater Educators Myra Medlin & Faye Windham Chairman, Theater Ushers Edwina Sellan Chairman, Hospitality Susan Stiefel

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sponsors Alliance Sponsors are businesses, corporations and institutions that have supported the work of the Alliance Theatre. We thank them for their generosity and support.

$1 Million +

$10,000+

The Coca-Cola Company

Anonymous The Allstate Foundation Alston & Bird Aon Thalia & Michael C Carlos Foundation Cartoon Network Eversheds Sutherland Fleetcor Georgia Council for the Arts Jones Day The Abraham J & Phyllis Katz Foundation KBM Foundation Northside Hospital Osiason Educational Foundation Redline Property Partners, LP Rotary Education Foundation of Atlanta Frances Wood Wilson Foundation Worldpay US, Inc.

$500,000+ The SKK Foundation

$250,000+ Anonymous The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pussycat Foundation The Rich Foundation

$100,000+ The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Frederic R. Coudert Foundation Delta Air Lines, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation The Kendeda Fund Shubert Foundation The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Turner The David, Helen, and Marian Woodward Fund

$50,000+ AT&T R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Fulton County Board of Commissioners Kaiser Permanente The Zeist Foundation

$25,000+ Camp-Younts Foundation Carter’s Charitable Foundation City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Edgerton Foundation First Data Corporation Georgia-Pacific Georgia Natural Gas Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Imlay Foundation Macy’s MAP Fund National Endowment for the Arts Northern Trust Publix Super Markets Charities Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation

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$5,000+ Anonymous George M. Brown Trust of Atlanta John and Mary Franklin Foundation Mary Wilmer Covey Charitable Trust Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright/Northwestern Benefit/Bert and Cathy Clark Place to Perform Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Theatre Forward

By attending our theater, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. With the 2018/19 season, the Alliance Theatre turns 50. Help us celebrate the power of great theater for 50 years by making another statement of support louder than any standing ovation. Visit our website at alliancetheatre.org and click on Donate.


sponsors Hertz Series Sponsor TURNER VOICES, Turner’s signature corporate philanthropic program, is committed to meaningful corporate citizenship in the communities where we operate and our employees live and work. With a focus on the arts and culture, fostering creativity, and innovative youth leadership, Turner leverages our people and products to engage in and support our local community.

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restaurant partners

government

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

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annual fund Individual, foundation and corporate donors contribute more than $6 million to the Alliance Theatre so that we are able to present exceptional theater and educational programming to our community. We are deeply grateful for their support. To find out more about the benefits of giving or to make your gift, visit us at alliancetheatre.org/donate or call 404-733-4710. Listed below are pledges and gifts to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and special events from November 1, 2017 – March 4, 2019.

PREMIERE SUPPORT Spotlight $500,000+ SKK Foundation Spotlight $50,000+ The Antinori Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Catalfano Barbara & Steve Chaddick Katie & Reade Fahs David & Carolyn Gould Anne & Mark Kaiser Victoria & Howard Palefsky Patty & Doug Reid Dean DuBose & Bronson Smith Mr. & Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins Artistic Director’s Circle $35,000+ Roxanne & Jeffrey Cashdan Ann & Jeff Cramer Ms. Lynn Eden Ellen & Howard Feinsand Doug & Lila Hertz Bob & Margaret Reiser Sally G. Tomlinson Chairman’s Cicle $25,000+ Ms. Stephanie Blank & Mr. David Williams Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile Marsha & Richard Goerss Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Jocelyn J. Hunter John C. Keller Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer David & Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Jane & J. Hicks Lanier Phil & Caroline Moïse Starr Moore & the James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Linda & Steve Selig Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Charlita Stephens-Walker & Delores Stephens Rosemarie & David Thurston Benny & Roxanne Varzi Ramona & Ben White Amy & Todd Zeldin Leadership Circle $15,000+ Ms. Kristin Adams James Anderson Anonymous Farideh & Al Azadi The Balloun Family Susan Booth & Max Leventhal Laura Brightwell LeighAnn & Chad Costley Linda & Gene Davidson Doris & Matthew Geller Seth & Lisa Greenberg Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt Mr. Bob Jimenez Sam & Stefanie Johnson Terri Bonoff & Matthew Knopf Ms. Evelyn Ashley & Mr. Alan B. McKeon Hala & Steve Moddelmog

Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison Mr. Josh D. Owen & Ms. Rebeca Robles Mr. & Mrs. Asif Ramji Mr. & Mrs. Reardon Matt Richburg Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Mark & Linda Silberman Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Karen & John Spiegel Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Susan & Tom Wardell Woodruff Arts Center President’s Fund Paul Wrights Director’s Circle $10,000+ Anonymous Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Frank Buonanotte Mr. & Mrs. Peter Carter Ezra Cohen Charitable Fund Mr. & Mrs. William Dukes Diane Durgin Eve Joy Eckardt Bill Freitag Dr. & Mrs. Marvin Goldstein Mrs. Erika James Boland & Andrea Lea Jones Paul Pendergrass & Margaret Baldwin Jamal & Tiffany Powell Dan & Garnet Reardon Pam Sessions & Don Donnelly Cathy Selig Kuranoff & Steve Kuranoff William & Margarita Sleeper STARS of the Alliance Theatre In honor of Carol Jones Tim & Maria Tassopoulos Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Suzy Wilner Joni Winston

BENEFACTORS $5,000 Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Asher Lisa & Joe Bankoff Candace & Jeff Bell James & Vicki Bell Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Mrs. Lucinda W. Bunnen Mr. W. Imara Canady Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Franklin & Dorothy Chandler Marcia & John Donnell The Robert S. Elster Foundation Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Heidi & David Geller Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky Lee Jenkins in honor of his wife Margaret David L. Kuniansky Dr. & Mrs. John Lee Mr. & Mrs. John S. Markwalter, Jr. Raymond & Penelope McPhee Anna & Hays Mershon Walter W. Mitchell & Marci Schmerler Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Debbie & Lon Neese

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Thomas Pinckney Scott, Dallas, & Mia Pioli Helen Smith Price Mr. & Mrs. Norman J. Radow Shayla & Chip Rumely Mr. Ronald B. Russell and Mr. Tommy Sweat Sharon & David Schachter Dr. & Mrs. R. K. Sehgal Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton III Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Lynne & Steve Steindel Mark Swinton Nossi Taheri & Hope Vaziri Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Michael & June Tompkins $2,500+ Anonymous Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda C. Adams Elaine & Miles Alexander Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Phyllis Kozarsky & Eliot Arnovitz Ellen Arnovitz Deborah L. Bannworth & Joy Lynn Fields Mr. & Mrs. Roland L. Bates Mark & Pam Bell Shirley Blaine Judge JoAnn Bowens The John & Rosemary Brown Family Candace Carson Ms. Tena Clark & Ms. Michelle LeClair Mark Coan & Family Charitable Fund Rita & Ralph Connell Susan & Ed Croft Brad & Sally Currey Ann & Jim Curry Eierman Foundation Tina & Tim Eyerly Mr. & Mrs. David Fisher Debbie Frank & Sandy McDonald Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Freeman Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller Karen & Andrew Ghertner Mr. David F. Golden Mr. Terrence S. Hahn & Ms. Joan Stanescu Lynne & Jack Halpern Ariana L. Hargrave John Haupert & Bryan Brooks Dr. Wendy Heckelman Mr. & Mrs. Fred Herbert Mr. and Mrs. Fred Herbert Henry & EttaRae Hirsch Foundation Richard & Janice Howerton III Linda & Richard Hubert Jason & Laurie Jeffay Paul & Rosthema Kastin Suzanne & Thad King Mr. Charles R. Kowal Sheri & Steve Labovitz Eddie & Debbie Levin Dr. Roger Lewis Mr. Robert R. Long & Ms. Tracy Steen Kristie L. Madara Daniel Marks & Keri Powell Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger Mrs. Dori Miller Dedi & Julian Mohr June M. Morrison

Joan Netzel & John Gronwall Lynn & Galen Oelkers John & Helen Parker Susan & David Peterson Sam & Barbara Pettway Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Dr. Denise Raynor Helen M. Regenstein Mr. George Russell, Jr. & Mrs. Faye Sampson-Russell Jane & Rein Saral Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer Mr. Jim Schroder and Morli Desai Sam Schwartz & Lynn Goldowski Sonny & Jeanne Seals Charlotte & Tom Shields Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Jane E. Shivers Benjamin R. Sillins Robert & Judith Simmermon Sara & Paul Steinfeld Susan & Alan Stiefel Maria-Ruth Storts Kathy & Ron Tomajko John Vaught & Karen Gentry Cynthia Widner Wall & James A. Wall Sue S. Williams Ms. Amy Winokur Mr. Charles R. Wolf William & Nancy Yang The Zaban Foundation John & Kathy Zamer Kathryn Zickert & Gary Bergman $1,500+ Mr. & Mrs. George Ajy Diane & Kent Alexander Mr. & Mrs. Robert Arogeti John & Lynn Ayers Elizabeth & John Bacon Joselyn & Bobby Baker MR. & Mrs. Billy Bauman Mr. & Mrs. John Benator Lesley & Bruce Berman Karen & David Birnbrey Dr. Aubrey Bush & Dr. Carol Bush Frank & Mary Anne Chew Melodie H. Clayton David Cofrin & Christine Tryba-Cofrin Mr. & Mrs. Erik Curns Lori & Todd Edlin Ralph & Ree Edwards Ray Farhat & Miriam Famourzadeh Michael & Jody Feldman Ms. Dale A. Ferguson Andrew & Wendie Fisher Dr. Karen A. Foster Azita & Oscar Garrett William Garrigan Mr. & Mrs. Frank S. Goodman Mr. Kevin Greiner & Mrs. Robyn S. Roberts Louise S. Gunn Bruce & Elizabeth Herman Dr. Joyce F. Houser Adrienne Hudson-Morgan Debraleigh & Jonathan Jowers Mark Keiser Dr. William A. Kiser Mr. Brian Latour Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy & Valerie Haughton


annual fund Individual, foundation and corporate donors contribute more than $6 million to the Alliance Theatre so that we are able to present exceptional theater and educational programming to our community. We are deeply grateful for their support. To find out more about the benefits of giving or to make your gift, visit us at alliancetheatre.org/donate or call 404-733-4710. Listed below are pledges and gifts to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and special events from November 1, 2017 – March 4, 2019. Michelle & Jonathan Lerner Mr. & Mrs. Louis Lettes Robert & Michelle Leven Conchita Heyn & Robert Lichtefeld Little Pink Book Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh, III Thomas Marshall Erin Quinn Dr. John & Melissa Merlino Dori & Jack Miller Nancy & Mike Millett Stacia Minton Chris & Brittany Moses Janice & Tom Munsterman In Honor of Don Musholt Ann Starr & Kent Nelson Timothy Overmyer Pete Patel Peg Petersen Bill Powers Robert & Eva Ratonyi Dr. Susan & Mr. David Rifkin Peter & Alice Rogers Adam & Rachel Roseman Dr. & Mrs. Fredric Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Arthur J. Schwartz Fred & Diane Shaftman Jim Shevlin

Nancy & Gerald Silverboard Michelle & Gary Simon Matt Sitler Jim & Janie Stratigos Howard & Robin Sysler Mary & Eric Tanenblatt Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Judith & Mark Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor Stan & Velma Tilley Mr. and Mrs. Ted Verren Ms. Avril Vignos Adrienne Whitehead Mr. D. Richard Williams & Ms. Janet M. Lavine Lynne Winship

PATRONS $1,000 Anonymous Dawn & Michael Adamson Dr. & Mrs. Joel Adler Dr. Gordon Baker Jay Bernath Rob & Suzanne Boas Sara & Alex Brown Andrew Childers

John D. Copeland B.J. Erb, M.D. & Bruce I. Crabtree III Celeste Davis Drs. Bryan & Norma Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Leonard R. Epley Mrs. Eleanor H. Finley Mr. Henry Frazier David Garrison Dr. Richard Goodjoin Mr. Brian Graham Warren M. Gump H. Foundation Inc. Mrs. Kristin Hathaway Hansen & Mr. Norman Hansen Mr. Lucas Hathaway Mrs. Elaine L. Hentschel Carsten Hilker John Hopkins Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Dr. and Mrs. Eugen S. Hurwitz Cheryl & Ernie Johnson Kay H. & Burke C. Jones Elena Kaplan Chris & Gail Kearney Lucy Kinnaird Mr. and Mrs. Isador Mitzner Clair & Thomas Muller Mr. Mark A. Pallansch Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Quillian III

RefrigiWear Carol Riggs Dr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg Elizabeth Wallace & Christopher Scislowicz Brenda J. Smith Susan & Jay Smith Nicola and Jamie Smith Nicola & James Smith Tony Spurlin Karen & Alex Stickney Jenny Streeter Johnie L. Teague Lorre L. Trytten Ttee Jeff Tucker Carolyn Tuthill Bozzuto Vogel Family Foundation Brooke Weinmann In Honor of Winston Weinmann Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Weiss Valerie & Peter Weitzner J.M. Wilkerson Construction Company Alfred Wilson *deceased

TEXT to GIVE Support our 50 th Anniversary and set the stage for our next 50 years! Consider making a special contribution in honor of our 50 th Anniversary by texting Alliance50 to 404.491.8353.

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All contributions made through May 31, YOUR IMPACT 2019 will be matched up to $50,000!

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annual fund Alliance Theatre Monthly Sustainer Society We would like to thank our donors who have committed to giving us a recurring monthly donation to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund. Tajhiek Baoll Mr. W. Imara Canady Madrid Carlson Janeen Cook Rhonda Dove Barry Etra & Janice Wolf Eric Fisher Dr. & Mrs. Philip Graitcer Joanna Hanes-Lahr Penn Hansa Lindsey E. Hardegree Joseph R. Hawkins Becca Hogue

Luke Howard Wyatt & Edwina Johnson William Hasty Kirk Mary Alice Kirkpatrick Brian Latour Martha Latour & Barbara McArdle Megan McKnight Angela & Fred Mitchell Jisha Obukwelu Ms. Shannon L. Price Jackie Robey Mr. Howard Rowe

Mr. Jim Schroder & Morli Desai Olha Seredyuk Nicole Shepard Jennifer & E. Simmons Mrs. Lisa Simon Tom Slovak & Jeffery Jones Ms. Janet F. Smith Ben Tilley & Margo Moskowitz Ben Warshaw Jennifer A. Williford Qi Yang

Help us get to 50 Sustainers for the 50th Anniversary! To learn more and join, visit alliancetheatre.org/sustainer-society or call 404-733-5186.

Alliance Theatre Staff Giving We would like to thank the following Alliance Theatre & Woodruff Arts Center staff members who have contributed to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and Transformation Campaign. Emika Abe Jessica Boatright Susan V. Booth Scott Bowne Jamie Clements Kat Conley Patrick Conley Liz Davis Lula Dawit Collins Desselle Lynn Donoghue Christina Dresser Jody Feldman Kristin Hathaway Hansen Danielle Hicks

Jim Hubbert Max Leventhal Kyle Longwell JoJasmin Lopez Suzanne Morris Christopher Moses Victor Mouledoux Janine Musholt Patrick Myers Rosemary Newcott J. Noble Johnnie Oliver Courtney Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Willie Palmer Parks Thomas Pinckney

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Rebecca Pogue Mike Schleifer Amy Schwartz Doug Shipman Brian Shively Matthew Tanner Laura Thruston Brenda Turner Sarah Wallis Caitlin Way Cindy Lou Who Jackie Williams Jennifer Williford


annual fund legacy society Celebrating our supporters who have made a legacy gift to the Alliance Theatre. The Legacy Society celebrates individuals who have made a planned gift to the Alliance Theatre. Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for the Alliance Theatre and its mission, while accommodating your financial, estate planning and philanthropic goals. With smart planning, you may increase the size of your estate and/or reduce the tax burden on your heirs. Just as important, you will know that you have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the Alliance Theatre. To learn more about the Legacy Society, please contact Jamie Clements at 404-733-4710 or Jamie.Clements@alliancetheatre.org.

Rita M. Anderson Anonymous Roland Bates Anne & Jim Breedlove Ezra Cohen Ann & Jeffrey Cramer Susan & Edward Croft Sallie Adams Daniel Linda & Gene Davidson Terry and Stacy Dietzler Diane Durgin Elizabeth Etoll Ellen & Howard Feinsand

Laura & John Hardman Nancy & Glen Hesler P.J. Younglove Hovey William Hyde Lauren & David Kiefer David Kuniansky Virginia Vann* & Ken Large Edith Love* Lauren & John McColskey Anna & Hays Mershon Caroline & Phil Moïse Winifred B. & Richard S. Myrick Victoria & Howard L. Palefsky

Jan Pomerantz Helen Regenstein Margaret & Robert Reiser Betty Blondeau-Russell Tricia & Neal Schachtel Debbie* & Charles B. Shelton III Jane E. Shivers Roger Smith & Christopher Jones* Lee Harper & Wayne Vason Terri & Rick Western Ramona & Ben White * deceased

matching gift companies We would like to thank the following companies who have matched contributions to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund. Please visit alliancetheatre.org/match to find out if your employer will match your contribution.

American Express AIG Corporation Aon Risk Solutions AT&T Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Bryan Cave-Powell Goldstein Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Chubb Corporation The Coca-Cola Company

Deloitte Equifax, Inc. GE Energy Georgia Power Home Depot Foundation Honda Motor Co. IBM Corporation JPMorgan Chase Kimberly-Clark Foundation

Macy’s Foundation McDonald’s Corporation McMaster-Carr Supply Company Microsoft Corporation Neiman Marcus Norfolk Southern Corporation Plum Creek Prudential Financial

Publix Super Markets Sprint SunTrust Foundation Time Warner, Inc. Verizon Corporation Yahoo! Wells Fargo

Do you appreciate live theatre, enjoy meeting new people and trying new things? If so, then get involved with one of the largest volunteer forces in the arts. The Alliance Theatre volunteer STARS program offers a wide range of opportunities, which includes advocating for live theatre, ushering for Alliance productions, participating in and staffing fundraising & hospitality events, and assisting Alliance staff members with daily office tasks. STARS is composed of three committees working together on fund-saving and fund-raising projects to benefit the theatre. The three committees are the Theatre Advocates, the Theatre Educators, and the Theatre Ushers. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact ATushers@alliancetheatre.org. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM 27


THE WOODRUFF CIRCLE Woodruff Circle members each contribute more than $250,000 annually to support the arts and education work of The Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art. We are deeply grateful to these partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.

$1 MILLION+

JOY AND TONY* GREENE

$500,000+ A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2) Bank of America Chick-fil-A Foundation | Rhonda and Dan Cathy The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Mr. and Mrs.* Bradley Currey, Jr. Douglas J. Hertz Family Foundation Ms. Lynn Eden Forward Arts Foundation Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation

The Marcus Foundation, Inc. Sarah and Jim Kennedy SunTrust Teammates SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust The Zeist Foundation

$400,000+ Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation

PwC, Partners & Employees

$300,000+ EY, Partners & Employees King & Spalding, Partners & Employees KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees Lucy R. and Gary Lee, Jr. The Rich Foundation

The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc. UPS Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wood

$250,000+ Invesco Ltd. Victoria and Howard Palefsky Pussycat Foundation

Contributions Made: June 1, 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 31, 2018 Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors *Deceased

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alliance theatre staff ARTISTIC Jennings Hertz Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan V. Booth Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosemary Newcott Producer & Casting Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jody Feldman Playwright in Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pearl Cleage Associate Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donya K. Washington, Amanda Watkins Casting & Engagement Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hershey Millner Artistic Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tiffany Williams Kenny Leon Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chanel Pinnock Spelman Leadership Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aierelle Jacob, Maya Lawrence Literary Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexis Williams Spelman Leadership Interns . . . . .Dominique Guilford, Jessenia Ingram, Angelica Johnson Reiser Lab Artists — Round 5 . . . Daryl Lisa Fazio, Karen Robinson, Carolyn Cook, Okorie Johnson, Radcliffe Bailey, Fahamu Pecou, Topher Payne, Richard Eldredge, Gina Rickicki Reiser Lab Artists — Round 6 . Hannah Church, Jane Foley, Sarah Newby Halicks, Jake Krakovsky, Lee Osorio, Ibi Owolabi, Nichole Palmietto, Rachel Parish, Angela Farr Schiller Production Management Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor W. Smith Interim Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney O’Neill Education Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Fries Costumes Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spencer Henderson Assistant Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April Andrew Design Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nicole Clockel Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Julie Kennedy, Cindy Lou Who Craftsmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diana L. Thomas Stitchers/1st Hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laury Conley, Lyudmila Fesenko, Brett Parker Wig Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Ewing Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hauzia Conyers, Katy Munroe, Niki Traxler Electrics Lighting and Projections Department Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steven Love Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Will Brunson, Steve Jordan, Landon Robinson Properties Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzanne Cooper Morris Props Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Butkovich Props Artisan / Buyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kimberly Townsend Props Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kathryn Muse Scenery Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kyle Longwell Assistant Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ruth Richardson Shop Foreman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Conley Welder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rigel Powell Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manny Abreo, Amy Jackson, Chris Seifert, Marlon Wilson Charge Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kat Conley Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Brooks Scenic Artist Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jax Wright Sound Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Jarvis Sound Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emma Lipsitt, Holly O’Reagan, Graham Schwartz Stage Management Interim Resident Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liz Campbell Alliance Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lark hackshaw, Jayson T. Waddell Stage Management Production Assistants . . . . Skylar Burks, Allison Kelly, Ashley Dickey Stage Operations Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scott Bowne Crew Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Lucibella Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Palmer Parks Automation Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Victor Mouledoux Jr. Properties Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Haylee Scott Additional Stagehands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryan Perez, James Schlachter

EDUCATION Dan Reardon Director of Education & Associate Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Moses Database & Content Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Dresser Family Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Aston Bosworth Education Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Myers Teen & Adult Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Wallis Institute Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Pogue Manager of Education Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Davis Naserian Foundation Early Childhood Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . .Hallie Angelella Education Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Hindsman, Tiffany Porter

Alliance @ Work Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Noble Resident Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leora Morris Education Interns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maxine Ford , Autumn Stephens Cristo Rey Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shalme Hai Teaching Artists Jeremy Aggers, Will Amato, Chase Anderson, Ricardo Aponte, Kim Bowers-Rheay Baran, Peyton Bolling, Thomas Brazzle, Jared Brodie, Chelsea Brown, Danye’ Brown, Kyle Brumley, Lon Bumgarner, Mark Cabus, Kirstin Calvert, Kara Cantrell, Taryn Carmona, Karen Cassady, Katie Causey, Hannah Lake Chatham, Vivi Chavez, Hannah Chiclana, Hannah Church, Jaehn Clare, Megan Cramer, Kelly Criss, Nakeisha Daniel, Theresa Davis, Shelli Delgado, Phillip DePoy, Jorge Donoso, John Doyle, Laurin Dunleavy, Jessica Espinoza, Shelby Folks, Sharon Foote, Elaine Friend, Daryl Funn, Allison Gardner, Richard Garner, Sarah Newby Halicks, Al Hamacher, Amber Hamilton, Robert Hindsman, Mira Hirsch, Catherine Dee Holly, Hannah Hyde, Rachel Jones, Carole Kaboya, Tinashe Kajese, Chloe Kay, Ashe Kazanjian, David Kote, Clayton Landey, Chris Lane, Kathleen Link, Nicole Livieratos, Shayla Love, Amy Lucas, Chani Maisonet, Barry Stewart Mann, Cara Mantella, Marielle Martinez, Patrick McColery, Matt McCubbin, DalylaMcGee, Tiffany McGehee, Bethany Mendenhall, Bryan Mercer, Karin Mervis, Marcie Millard, Ashton Montgomery, Courtney Moors, Jenna Jackson Morris, JD Myers, Lee Nowell, Teundras Oaks, Mary Emily O’Bradovich, Lee Osorio, Brooke Owens, Tafee Patterson, Michelle Pokopac, Ashley Prince, Samantha Provenzano, Julie Puckett, J.L. Reed, Kiona Reese, Cara Reid, Gabriella Rosado, David Rosetti, Julissa Sabino, Vivi Sawyer, Avery Sharpe, Linda Sherbert, Laura Spears, David Sterritt, LeeAnna Lambert Sweatt, Holly Tatem, Jasmine Thomas, Chase Thomaston, Ed Thrower, Ebony Tucker, Jose Vasquez, Rachel Wansker, Megan Wartell, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Caitlyn Weaver, Megan Wheeler, Katy Whitson, Anna Caudle Williford, Stephanie Willis, Vallea Woodbury, Melissa Word Teen Ensemble Members Grace Adams Ward, Dru Berrian, Tyler Bey, Flannery Bogost, Kamryn Charus, Nadia Crawlle, Spencer Ford, Stephanie Henderson, Ari Isenberg, Daisy Jinadu, Zach Kepler, Barbara Kincaid Janine Leslie, Marshall Mabry, Geordyn Marks, Riana Naipaul, Micah Noel, Sylvie Oechsner, Isaac Presberg, Emily Pugh, Monique Schloss, Jhye Smith,Isabella Solis, Antonio Toussaint

MANAGEMENT Managing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Schleifer Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Thruston Associate Managing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emika Abe Administration & Finance Director of Finance & Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Shively Manager of Information Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Hubbert Accounting Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Julie Hall Accounts Payable Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kadeja Moton Management Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Houser Administration/Education Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elecia Crowley Development Director of Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Clements Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Caitlin Way Grants Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Collins Desselle Development Manager, Individual Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julianne Gambert Development Manager, Board Relations & Special Events . . . . Lindsay Ridgeway-Baierl Development Coordinator, Individual Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jo Lopez Marketing Director of Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Boatright Brand Marketing Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holland Baird Creative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Talia Bromstad Audience Development Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Carr Content Strategist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathleen Covington Front of House & Patron Experience Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Flores Data Analyst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danielle Hicks Promotions Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Verity Lister Season Ticket Concierge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ken McNeil Season Tickets Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ethan Padgett Sales & Revenue Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thomas Pinckney Group Services Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jocelyn Rick Group Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daviorr Snipes Brand Journalist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A’riel Tinter Digital Communications Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ansley Usery House Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bridgette Burton, Dana Hylton-Calabro, Jodi Dixon, Christina Dresser, Robert Hindsman, Thomas D. Powell, Alicia Quirk, Robyn E. Sutton-Fernandez, Ansley Usery, Sarah Wallis Program Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grace Madden


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