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Folks need to celebrate. Every culture has special days of

Once upon recent time, Pearl Cleage toldand methe a great thanks. Evenaamongst the deepest disasters hard-story. est times, we celebrate. The Cratchits sit together at a table

This, in and ofEve itself, not so remarkable, she’s on Christmas withisbarely enough food to considering taste. Scrooge’s told her memories stories toareuntold thousands through bestselling happiest wrapped up in celebration—particularly the Fezziwig party. Fredacclaimed proclaims the season “the novels and nationally plays, andthea time PearlofCleage year when menwell andguaranteed women seemtobybeone consent to open their story is pretty a great one. shut up hearts freely.” He will not allow his uncle to dampen his

celebration. But this was the story of a personal epiphany — a road trip story of sudden and thundering recognition that she was a Maybe this is one reason Scrooge’s story affects all of us. When citizen of see thisScrooge, country,perhaps and that and and her sour proud we finally thedesignation most humorless claiming of it was a transformational thing. And the play character in literature, actually CELEBRATE—it lifts us up as you well.about Okay,tomaybe should all the takeproduct some time to celebrate are see iswe very much of that epiphany. the gifts this “tired old world” has given us.

It is the story of an American family that is at once both exquisitely unique and at the I hope ruinedand the ending anybody. If there anyone does author, not knowa sameI haven’t time widely warmlyforwelcoming to usisall. It is,reading much this like who its poet the story—don’t worry—the story seems to hold up under repetition—just like the celebrations of construct with many open doors and a pure delight in the encounters it engenders. our life! I have the big, juicy honor of getting to collaborate with some jaw-dropping artists through my work with this theatre. I am deeply aware of how blessed I am in those partnerships. This one gives me particular joy — because that is what Citizen Pearl can do. And I thank her for journey she’s allowed me to join — and thank each of you for the decision to come along.

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‘You cannot hold back history for a cotillion’ Playwright Pearl Cleage returns to the Alliance with The Nacirema Society Requests... by kristi casey sanders

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“People now talk about the ‘60s as if every person alive was a radical marching down the street, and I know that was not true,” Cleage explains. “I definitely knew a lot of people who were frightened of the change. They knew it was a good thing. But they had made a place for themselves in the confines of the world as it was, and they were nervous (as people always are) at the changes that were coming so fast.” Cleage also didn’t want the play to be too serious. “It’s actually a romantic

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comedy,” she says, “which is new for me.” The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years marks Cleage’s fourth collaboration with the Alliance Theatre. Her relationship with the Alliance began when Kenny Leon became the artistic director. “We had been working together in much smaller theatres that were always trying to put enough money together to do a season,” she says. At the Alliance, Leon had money to commission new works, so

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n 1964, Pearl Cleage was a playwriting student at Howard University and a self-professed radical bohemian. However, when she started writing a play set during those turbulent years, she wanted to explore a different kind of world, one filled with people resistant to the type of change the civil rights movement would bring.


he asked Cleage if she had anything she wanted to develop. “I said, ‘Absolutely!’” she remembers with a laugh. Flyin’ West premiered at the Alliance Theatre in 1992. She wrote two more plays for the Alliance Theatre — Blues for an Alabama Sky (1995) and Bourbon at the Border (1997) — and then unexpectedly found herself with a story in her head that was too large for the stage. That idea became her first novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day. When Oprah Winfrey made it one of her book club selections in 1998, Cleage became a New York Times bestselling author. “It did really well, and they offered me the chance to write another [book],” Cleage remembers. Ten years later, Cleage had eight novels under her belt. But she wasn’t ready to leave the stage behind. “At the heart of it, I’m a playwright,” Cleage says. “I think that is because of the collaboration. Once you’re done with the script, it becomes a collaborative experience. You don’t know if a novel works or not unless someone stops you in the grocery store. But with a play, you know instantly. You can hear if they laugh at the stuff you thought was funny … [or] cry if something bad happens to a character that you cared about.” The death of Coretta Scott King inspired Cleage to write a short play that was produced by Spelman College in 2007 and 7 Stages in 2008.. “It reminded me of how much I had been missing theatre,” Cleage says. “So I finished the novel I was committed to and started working on The Nacirema Society Requests....”

What’s the story? The Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Ala., is scheduled to celebrate its 100th anniversary with a cotillion. Organized by matriarch Grace Dunbar, the gala introduces six African-American debutantes to polite society each year. Unfortunately, the year is 1964, society is no longer “polite” and anything representing the status quo is in danger of being disrupted. As Dunbar and her family discover, their lives are about to irrevocably — and humorously — change.

Pictured Enisha Brewster. Photo by Greg Mooney.

The Nacirema Society Requests’... main character, Grace Dunbar, is not supportive of the civil rights movement her granddaughter admires. “She is not happy that these wild radicals are going to mess up her cotillion by having demonstrations in the middle of it, so she’s trying to ignore Pictured Enisha Brewster. Photo b history and go on with her life the way it’s always been,” Cleage says. “Which, as we know cannot happen. You cannot hold back history for a cotillion.” To read more about Pearl Cleage, what inspires her and her advice for young artists, visit EncoreAtlanta.com. alliancetheatre.org

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IDINA MENZEL WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tony Award-winning powerhouse vocalist Idina Menzel returns to perform with the Orchestra. Following star turns in Rent and Wicked on Broadway, Ms. Menzel joined the cast of TV’s hit show Glee as the coach of a rival glee club. 11.12.10

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“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” ALLIANCE THEATRE The most heartwarming story of the season comes to life on the Alliance Stage, with holiday carols, stunning stage magic, and your favorite Atlanta actors. Journey with your family through the beloved Dickens tale, and witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s discovery of the true meaning of Christmas over the course of one fateful evening. 11.26.10 - 12.24.10


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Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL present

Written by

Pearl Cleage Set Design by Peter Hicks

Costume Design by Susan E. Mickey

Wig Design by Cynthia McCourt

Casting by Jody Feldman & Elissa Myers Casting

Lighting Design by Phil Monat Production Stage Manager lark hackshaw

Sound Design by Richelle Thompson Dramaturg Celise Kalke

Directed by

Susan V. Booth Developed as part of the Southern Writer’s project at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Geoffrey Sherman, Producing Artistic Director Sponsored by

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cast (in alphabetical order)

*Trezana Beverley.............................................................................Grace Dunbar *Kevin Alan Daniels........................................................................... Bobby Green *Andrea Frye..................................................................... Catherine Adams Green *Jasmine Guy..................................................................................... Janet Logan *Chinai J. Hardy................................................................................ Marie Dunbar *Tonia Jackson................................................................. Alpha Campbell Jackson *Karan Kendrick.................................................................Lillie Campbell Jackson *Naima Carter Russell.....................................................................Gracie Dunbar *Neda Spears................................................................................. Jessie Roberts UNDERSTUDIES *Neda Spears...........................Marie Dunbar/Alpha Campbell Jackson/Janet Logan Cynthia Barker......................Gracie Dunbar/Lillie Campbell Jackson/Jessie Roberts Nathaniel J. Ryan............................................................................... Bobby Green *lark hackshaw............................................................. Production Stage Manager *RL Campell.................................................................... Assistant Stage Manager Bari Newport.................................................................... Assistant to the Director *Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

There will be one 15-minute intermission Setting: Montgomery, AL, 1964

The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited, is a violation of United States Copyright Law and is an actionable Federal Offense. Cameras and recording devices are absolutely prohibited in the theatre. Cell phones and pagers are extremely disturbing and should be silenced before the performance begins. The Alliance Theatre Company operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union. The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences (ASSITEJ/USA), The Atlanta Coalition of Theatres, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Midtown Alliance.

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Trezana Beverley

Chinai J. Hardy

Kevin Alan Daniels

Tonia Jackson

Andrea Frye

Karan Kendrick

TREZANA BEVERLEY (Grace Dunbar) Winner of the distinguished Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway show, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, Trezana Beverley has since created a unique signature in the American Theater, as she is also recognized for her highly refined skills as a director, singer and writer. Highlights of her diverse acting career include Mother Courage, A Raisin In The Sun, Flyin’ West, Peer Gynt, Macbeth, Medea and King Lear. In film: Beloved, Resurrection, Carolina Skeletons and Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies. Her musical talents have been displayed in her one-woman show The Spirit Moves; Constant Star and her cabaret act The Music In Me. Highlights of her directing credits include: Spell#7, Native Son, In The Blood, From The Mississippi Delta, Pecong, The Trojan Woman, Salome, Yellowman, The Bluest Eye; and Blue Door. She is currently on the guest directing drama faculty of the Juilliard School in New York City. Ms. Beverley is also touring King Lear, where she is featured playing the King as a man. And she is developing a one-woman show around the life and music of the great singing artist, Mabel Mercer. Trezana would like to dedicate her performance in The Nacirema Society Requests... to her friend and mentor, actress Rae Allen.

Jasmine Guy

Naima Carter Russell

Neda Spears

KEVIN ALAN DANIELS (Bobby Green) is excited to make his professional debut at Alabama Shakespeare Festival/Alliance Theatre. He calls Dallas, Texas, home but resides in New York City. He recently graduated from Yale School of Drama with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. Recent roles include Homebody/Kabul (Dr. Kari Shah), Macbeth (Macduff), The Glass Menagerie (Gentleman Caller), Goods Goods (Stacey), Cymbeline (Posthumus) and Three Sisters (Vershinin). He also has B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Acting. He also has written many plays that evolve around the form of hip hop, which he remains a big enthusiast and artist of the art form. Two of his solo performance shows made their debut at the Yale Cabaret. One of which was awarded the Best of 2008 by the New Haven Review. He would like to thank his family for their limitless guidance, love, and continuing support. “Without the support of my family I would not be where I am and could not dare to imagine the future that I want.” ANDREA FRYE (Catherine Adams Green) was last seen at the Alliance production of Intimate Apparel, also wonderfully directed by Susan Booth. Catherine is the third role originated by Ms. Frye in a Cleage play, along with Helen in A Song for Coretta and Rosa in Bourbon at

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profiles the Border. Ms. Frye cherishes the relationship with this most extraordinarily gifted of modern American playwrights. Most recently seen in Shakin the Mess Outta Misery at the Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, her extensive acting credits also include Intimate Apparel, Oo Bla Dee, Pericles, Night of the Iguana, Stop Kiss, Seven Guitars, Romeo and Juliet, Playboy of the West Indies and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. JASMINE GUY (Janet Logan) most recently directed the world premiere musical I Dream at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Earlier this year, she directed Brownie Points for Theatrical Outfit, The Bluest Eye at Spelman College, and For Colored Girls… at True Colors Theatre Company. As a performer, Broadway credits: Chicago, Grease, Leader of the Pack, Beehive. Film credits: Spike Lee’s School Daze, Eddie Murphy’s Harlem Nights, Klash, Guinevere, Diamond Men and October Baby. Her many TV credits include: “Fame,” “NYPD Blue,” Alex Haley’s “Queen,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “America’s Dream,” Anne Rice’s “Feast of All Saints” and Showtime’s “Dead Like Me.” Jasmine is best known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on the NBC hit TV series “A Diff’rent World,” for which she won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards. Currently, Jasmine can be seen performing on The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” She is thrilled to perform at the Alliance Theatre in beloved playwright Pearl Cleage’s latest contribution to American Theatre. CHINAI J. HARDY (Marie Dunbar) was last seen at the Alliance Theatre in the World Premiere and Suzi Bass Award winning show, In the Red and Brown Water. Other Alliance credits: Intimate Apparel and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Atlanta: A Lesson Before Dying (Theatrical Outfit), Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Theatre in the Square), In Darfur (Horizon Theatre) and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (staged at 14th Street Playhouse). Regional: Damn Yankees and Othello (St. Louis Black Repertory Co.). Chinai is a 2008 Sundance Institute Acting Company Member and an inaugural member of the New Bridges Fest with Aspen Theatre Masters and Palm Beach Dramaworks. Film: Life Lines. B.A., Stillman

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College. Chinai is honored to be a part of this production with an amazing playwright, director, cast and crew! Thank you for the laughs and love! Thanks to my loved ones and LIS for your support! To God be the glory! TONIA JACKSON (Alpha Campbell Jackson) is grateful to be returning to the Alliance Theatre. Regional theatre credits include: Alliance Theatre (Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf), Penumbra Theatre Company, where she is a company member (The Piano Lesson; Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; King Hedley II; Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery; Seven Guitars, Flyin’ West, Waiting in Vain and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf), Guthrie Theater (Darker Face of the Earth), Children’s Theatre (Amazing Grace). Other theatre credits include Magic Theatre (Relativity), Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (King Hedley II), Steppenwolf Theatre (Grapes of Wrath), Illusion Theater (From the Mississippi Delta), Mixed Blood Theatre (Daughters of Africa and Point of Revue), Pillsbury House Theatre (The Gimmick, a onewoman show, and Combination Skin), Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Woody Harrelson’s Furthest From the Sun), Horizon Theatre (And Her Hair Went with Her, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery) and True Colors Theatre (Sty of the Blind Pig). Film credits include Zero Street and A Chance of Snow. TV Credits: “Meet the Browns.” Tonia studied at The Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, Ill., and has been nominated for three Suzi Bass Awards. KARAN KENDRICK (Lillie Campbell Jackson) Alliance Theatre: Crowns, St. Lucy’s Eyes, A Christmas Carol, Letters from Harriet Tubman. Atlanta Theatre: And Her Hair Went With Her, Horizon Theatre; Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, True Colors Theatre Company; Much Ado About Nothing, The Tale of Cymbeline, Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Off-Broadway: Ain’t Supposed to Die…, Macbeth, The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Regional Theatre: Hartford Stage, The Goodman Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage, Arena Stage. TV/Film: “Drop Dead Diva,” “Army Wives,” “Fab Five,” Lifetime Television; The Wronged Man, Lifetime Movie Network; Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail and House of Payne, Upcoming Feature: Little Red Wagon. B.A., Spelman College; M.B.A., Wesleyan College.


profiles NAIMA CARTER RUSSELL (Gracie Dunbar) thanks God for the opportunity to return to the Alliance stage. Naima currently lives in Atlanta, where she was named a 2010 Suzi Bass Award nominee for her role as Azmera in Aurora Theatre’s Tranced. Other regional credits include: A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre; Antigone, Georgia Shakespeare (2009 Suzi Bass Award nominee); Caroline, or Change, St. Louis Black Repertory (MO); Rejoice, True Colors Theatre Company; Raisin in the Sun, New Stage Theatre (MS); Godspell, Theatrical Outfit; Smokey Joe’s Café, Springer Opera House; The Wiz and Dreamgirls, The Renaissance Project. Also no stranger to voice overs and film/TV Naima has most recently been spotted in commercials for Westwood College and Georgia Lottery (singing about shrimp fried rice). Naima’s most rewarding on camera work has been a kid-friendly video series for the reTHINK Group, shown weekly in churches across the nation. Naima would like to thank her delightful director Susan Booth, the brilliant playwright Pearl Cleage and the lovely cast and crew of the Nacirema Society for a wonderful process. Kisses to my husband! NEDA SPEARS (Jessie Roberts/ u/s Marie Dunbar, Alpha Campbell Jackson, Janet Logan) is thrilled to be returning to the Alliance Theater with The Nacirema Society after being seen in last season’s Avenue X. For the past 15 years she was in Chicago, performing in productions of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Nunsensations! and Tintypes (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Bingo! (Apollo Theater); Big River and HONK! (Marriott-Licolnshire); Side Show (Northlight); Raisin (Court Theatre); The American Plan (Roadworks); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare) and national tours of Once On This Island and Schoolhouse Rock Live! She was also a performer in Could It Be Magic?, a musical revue written and directed by Barry Manilow and she originated the role of Momma in The American Girls’ Revue. Neda would like to thank Pearl and Susan. Love you, Mom. Proud member AEA. Peter Hicks (Scenic Designer) Peter was for many years the resident designer at Meadow Brook Theatre in Michigan, where he created the settings for more than 100 productions. His designs also have been seen at a number of

other theatres, including Lansing’s Boarshead Theatre, the Court Theatre in Chicago, the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City, St. Louis Repertory Theatre and the Dallas Theater Center. Also a playwright, his romantic comedy Thinking of You was produced at ASF in the spring of 2007. Mr. Hicks is a graduate of West Virginia University, and a 25-year member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Susan E Mickey (Costume Designer) Susan has worked extensively in theatre, television and film. On stages around the country, she has designed at many theatres including The Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Stage Baltimore, The Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Chicago, The Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Center Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Santa Fe Stages, Dallas Theatre Center, Studio Arena Theatre, Geva Theatre and Denver Center Theatre. She has enjoyed extended relationships with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oreg., and The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Her work in television and film includes Miss Evers’ Boys for HBO, “Mama Flora’s Family” for CBS, and The Adventures of Ociee Nash. Susan is the author of several books on home décor and sewing. She is currently the associate chair and head of design and production at The University of Texas Austin, where she makes her home. PHIL MONAT (Lighting Designer) over 400 productions for theaters throughout the country. Regional: Old Globe Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntingdon Theatre Company, Kansas City Rep, Studio Arena Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Geva Theatre, Great Lakes Theater Festival, McCarter Theatre, Alley Theatre of Houston, Playmakerís Repertory Co., Pioneer Theatre Co., Arizona Theatre Co., Pasadena Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Paper Mill Playhouse. Broadway: upcoming revival of Talley’s Folly, Sly Fox, Legends, Sally Marr

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profiles and Her Escorts, and Three from Brooklyn. OffBroadway: Woman Before a Glass (Obie Award), Adult Entertainment, Berlin to Broadway w/Kurt Weill, Three Tall Women, Camping With Harry & Tom, Fortunes Fools, In the Wings, Visiting Mr. Green, Mere Mortals, The Boys in the Band, If It Was Easy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), As the World Goes Round with Kander and Ebb, Godspell, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Goblin Market, (Drama Desk Award), among others. Previous work at ASF: Rep 2007 & 2008, Peter Pan, Death of a Salesman, Shirley Valentine, Trojan Women, Man of LaMancha, A Christmas Carol and The Bird Sanctuary. Richelle Thompson (Sound Designer) joined the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as resident sound designer in 2007. She holds a bachelors degree from Southern Utah University and has worked with companies including The Alabama Ballet, The Alys Stephen’s Center, The American Folk Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre, and The Utah Shakespearean Festival. While in Birmingham, Richelle designed sound for Birmingham Festival Theatre: Reindeer Monologues, First Lady Suite, and The Subject Tonight is Love (Alabama ACT Best Play 2004), the 13th Street Ensemble’s Private Lives and T’Bone N’ Weasel and numerous productions for the University of Alabama at Birmingham while on staff with the Department of Theatre. Previous sound designs at ASF include: Cowgirls, Hamlet, Lettice and Lovage, All’s Well that Ends Well, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Cymbeline, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol the Musical, Beehive, West Side Story, Fair and Tender Ladies, Misalliance, Doctor Faustus, Over the Tavern, James and the Giant Peach the world premieres of Nobody, Rocket City, and the cooperative production of The Nacirema Society with the Alliance Theatre. lark hackshaw (Production Stage Manager) Favorites include off-Broadway: Langston in Harlem; Hoopz (Disney); Mama, I Want to Sing. Alliance Theatre: Avenue X, August Wilson Full Circle: Gem of the Ocean & Radio Golf; Eurydice; Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies; Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Jelly’s Last Jam; Five Guys Named Moe; Topdog/ Underdog; King Hedley II; Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk; Wit; and How I Learned to

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Drive. National Tours: Ain’t Misbehavin’; Noise/ Funk starring Savion Glover; Dreamgirls, starring Jennifer Holiday. Regional Theatre: Rejoice!,True Colors Theatre Company; Soldier’s Play, Black Spectrum Theatre; Blues in the Night, Arena Stage; My Castle’s Rockin’, N. Carolina Black Repertory; Grease, Muny Theatre; Dance: Urban Nutcracker; The Leopard Tale, Ballethnic Dance Company. Other Credits: An Evening with Carol Burnett; Line producer/executive assistant to producing artistic director, North Carolina National Black Theatre Festival 1997 – present; owner/operator of Lark’s Production People, a labor agency for technicians. RL Campbell (Assistant Stage Manager) Alliance Theatre: Avenue X, Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL, Eurydice, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Sleuth, Cuttin’ Up, SISTER ACT: The musical, A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Horizon Theatre: Shakin the Mess Outta Misery, Black Pearl Sings, A Cool Drink a Water, And her hair went with her…, Hallelujah Street Blues, The Clean House, Three Sistahs, The Perfect Prayer, Permanent Collection, Bad Dates, The Syringa Tree, The Big Bang. Utah Festival Opera: Showboat, Musica Magnifica. The Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble: Soweto, Soweto…(Tour) Jekonni’s Song, Times, Colors of Love. Former production manager for ACT-N-UP! Theatre, INC. in Lithonia, Ga., where he is also the co-founder. CEO/Founder of The Campbell Entertainment Organization, campbell-entertainment.com. Ronnie dedicates this and all performances in loving memory of his mother DGBC. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. celise kalke (Director of New Projects) joined the staff of the Alliance in 2005 where she manages New Play Development, the Kendeda Graduate Playwright Competition, and is a production dramaturg. Before moving to the Alliance she was the director of the literary department at the Public Theater in New York, curating four NEW WORK NOW reading series, working with writers including John Guare, Diana Son and Tracey Scott Wilson, and serving as the production dramaturg for the Shakespeare in Central Park productions. At the Public, she worked with many well known actors including Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Ben Stiller, Jimmy


profiles Smits, Peter Dinklage and Rosie Perez. Other New York affiliations include Independent Art HERE, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Juilliard School. She was featured in American Theatre as one of 25 American Theatre Leaders of the Future. Susan V. Booth (Jennings Hertz, Jr. Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001. In the past eight seasons, she has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, created local producing partnerships and overseen regional collaborative productions, as well as commercial partnerships on projects including The Color Purple; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; SISTER ACT the Musical; Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk; and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL, which she also directed. As a director, she has worked nationally at theatres including Goodman, 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 and DePaul University, and currently serves as adjunct faculty with Emory University. She is the immediate past president of the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group (the national service organization for the field), is on the artistic board of the Steinberg Charitable Trust in New York, and serves on the board of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal. susan. booth@woodruffcenter.org.

the Kings, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition readings each spring. Jody is also casting director for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company as well as various other regional theatres and commercial endeavors. She serves as line producer for artistic projects such as Taste of the Season and the 2005 August Wilson Tribute. Jody began her theatre career first as an actress and then as the assistant general manager of the Academy Theatre. More than anything, Jody would like to thank you for being here to share the joy of live theatre with her Alliance Theatre family. Rosemary Newcott (The Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth) has been directing, acting and teaching at the Alliance Theatre since 1988. Favorite Alliance directing credits include Class of 3000 LIVE; Goodnight Moon; Seussical the Musical; Degas’ Little Dancer; Go, Dog. Go!; Disney’s Aladdin; A Christmas Carol; Einstein is a Dummy; The Miracle Worker; Ferdinand the Bull; Merlin; The Music Lesson; Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Pinocchio 3.5; Androcles and the Lion; A Woman Called Truth; Charlotte’s Web and the acclaimed high school Collision Project. Newcott has directed at Horizon Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Center for Puppetry Arts, Academy Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Virginia Stage Company and Seaside Rep. Newcott was named PBA Lexus Leader of the Arts and Best Director by The Atlanta JournalConstitution for the 2001-02 season. In 2005, she received the GTC Distinguished Career Award. Newcott is also the recipient of a 2008 Princess Grace Special Project Grant.

Jody Feldman (Associate Producer) has had responsibility for Alliance Theatre casting since 1992, casting well over 100 Alliance, Hertz Stage and Theatre for Young Audiences productions, including the world premieres of The Color Purple, Aida, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Blues for an Alabama Sky and Bluish. Other favorites include Jelly’s Last Jam, Day of

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profiles Why this play? Almost two decades since “The Cosby Show” left television, there are still few plays written about upper-middle and upper class African-American families. The Nacirema Society Requests... is an important contribution to this void. The play is delightful, romantic, elegant and the mature work of one of America’s leading playwrights and novelists. It, like its characters, strives for perfection.

Why Atlanta? Pearl Cleage is a national artist with an Atlanta address. The Alliance is so proud to be working with her again (after producing world premieres of Flyin’ West, Blues for an Alabama Sky and Bourbon at the Border), and to showcase one of the nation’s most exciting voices for home community. As a national theatre with a local address, we bring the best of Atlanta to Atlanta.

Why now? Inspired by an African-American social club in her home town of Detroit, Ms. Cleage examines with this play American identity, backwards. Using a real time period and her own family history, she then lifted some other pieces of history that SHOULD have existed in Montgomery, Ala. in 1964. This play is absolutely of 2010 and reflects today’s comfort with shaking up social division and class assumptions. It’s tone — romantic and fun — is as contemporary as it’s setting is period. The Nacirema Society Requests... is truly a play for today, set in 1964.

About the Alliance Theatre Now in its 42nd season, Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre, recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award® and a leading national theatre, creates the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people on two stages for youth and adult audiences. Under the leadership of the Jennings Hertz, Jr. Artistic Director Susan V. Booth, the Alliance Theatre is a national theatre with a local address, reaching out annually to almost 200,000 patrons and members of the community. Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance launched three Tony Award-winning hits to Broadway: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. And, in a rare event for a regional theatre, it originated the national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Most recently, the Alliance transferred Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away to Broadway for a critically acclaimed Tony Award-nominated run. The theatre has premiered 60 works including adaptations of Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky. Further evidence of the Alliance’s commitment to new work is founding its nationally recognized Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, a cutting-edge program introducing student playwrights to professional networks while producing the world premiere of the winning student’s work. The Alliance Theatre also offers extensive education and outreach programs such as the Institute for Educators and the Collision Project for high school students. The Alliance continuously brings Atlanta the finest talent and finest art—proving once again that the Alliance is where great theatre lives. 404.733.4650 or www.alliancetheatre.org The Alliance Theatre is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, which also includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. http://facebook.com/AllianceTheatre

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The Romance of American History

and foolishness goes hand in hand. These grandparents resist change, ignoring the demands of their grandchildren. In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, an island princess redeems a dissolute court and brings her father back from exile. In Pericles, a kidnapped princess arouses her father from deepest grief through song. In A Winter’s Tale, a father is redeemed and by celise kalke two kingdoms unite because a princess was raised as a shepherdess. In every play, he romance of American history social mores are challenged by youth lies in the many identity myths brought up outside society, then affirmed told as citizens have taken advantage by a wedding. In the same way, The Nacirema Society of the enormous, perhaps limitless, Requests... brings to the stage a world promise of American individualism. Becoming what you say you are is an of wealth, culture and poise that has American characteristic: a sign not of existed for more than a century but delusion or lack of community spirit, is rarely spoken about: the Africanbut of success. The tragedy of American American upper class. Just as in A Winter’s history has been that some people have Tale, where Shakespeare gave a coast been denied this promise of individualism. to Bohemia, the point of The Nacirema In The Nacirema Society Requests..., Pearl Society Requests... is not to show history Cleage gives the romance of American as it was exactly. It is history as it should have been. It is history relayed from the identity to a group of African-American Pictured Enisha Brewster. Photo by Greg Mooney. women in Montgomery, Ala., who promise point of view of the very cultured and themselves and their children that their the very exacting. Of people who work attainment of success will not be thwarted. extremely hard to live life well. And This play is a romance in the who hang onto their lifestyle and values Shakespearean tradition: It is a story of through the tumultuous social changes parents and grandparents whose wisdom of the 1960s.

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board of directors Officers Board Chair Vice Chair Immediate Past Chair Treasurer

Dan Reardon Victoria Palefsky Howard L. Feinsand Steve Chaddick

Directors James L. Anderson Candace Bell Kenny Blank Sarah Robinson Borders Mark Callaway Frank S. Chew Alan Colberg Linda Davidson Philippa V. Ellis Daryl Evans A.D. Frazier Jay B. Goldman Patrick J. Gunning Laura Hardman

P. J. Younglove Hovey Jocelyn J. Hunter Rosthema Viener Kastin James Kilberg Jeff Levy Valarie Lischer Cynthia H. Maloy Alan McKeon S. Alan McKnight, Jr. John Hays Mershon Philip H. MoĂŻse Maureen Morrison Richard S. Myrick Helen Smith Price

Rita M. Anderson Kenneth L. Bernhardt Ann W. Cramer

George Goodwin Helen M. Regenstein Robert E. Reiser, Jr.

Douglas F. Reid Maurice M. Rosenbaum William B. Rowland Karl Sachsenmaier Alan Schreihofer Stephen Selig Debbie Shelton William D. Sleeper Karen Spiegel Charles E. Taylor Robert Walker Peter D. Weitzner A. Penniman Wells, Jr.

Life Directors Jane E. Shivers Sally G. Tomlinson Benjamin T. White

Advisory Board* Advisory Board Chair: Ann W. Cramer Sally Dorsey Diane Durgin Charles R. Edwards Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D. Valerie Ferguson Margaret Goheen Lisa Greenberg Jennifer Hale Virginia Hepner Andrea Jones David Kuniansky Valerie Levy Constance Lewis

Madelyn Adams Judy Anderson Mark R. Bell Barry Berlin J. Veronica Biggins James Cox Chambers Ron Clark Tony Conway Richard Lee Cravey Jackie Cushman Sallie Daniel John Deushane Patti Dickey

Kristie Madara Kent Matlock Penny McPhee Cynthia Moreland William C. Pate Monica Kaufman Pearson Travis Reed Harrison Rohr Jack Sawyer Janece Shaffer Todd Tautfest Richard Western Mary Williams

*Committee still in formation. The members of the Advisory Board are prominent members of the local, state and national communities who serve as ambassadors for the Alliance in support of the artistic vision and mission of the theatre.

Volunteer Leadership President, STARS/Alliance Children’s Theatre Guild President, Alliance Theatre Guild

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AtlAntA’s holidAy trAdition for the whole fAmily returns to the stAge thAnksgiving weekend nov. 26 – deC. 24 It isn’t Christmas in Atlanta until you’ve seen A Christmas Carol. The most heartwarming story of the season comes to life on the Alliance Stage, with beloved carols, stunning stage magic, and your favorite Atlanta actors. A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Adapted by David H. Bell Directed by Rosemary Newcott


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.

★★★★★★★ $250,000+ The Coca-Cola Company

Kendeda Fund

U.S. Department of Education

★★★★★★ $100,000+ Delta Air Lines, Inc. Fulton County Arts Council

Shubert Foundation, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

★★★★★ $50,000+ Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Georgia Council for the Arts

The Home Depot William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Zeist Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts North Highland Company Publix Super Markets Charities Rich Foundation Target

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) David, Helen & Marian Woodward Foundation The Vasser Wooley Foundation

Georgia Power John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Foundation

Wachovia Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

Harry Norman Realtors Jones Day mediaedge: cia

Sharp Electronics SunTrust WXIA-TV

★★★★ $25,000+ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Callaway Foundation, Inc. City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Doris Duke Charitable Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

★★★ $10,000+ American Intercontinental University Edgerton Foundation Georgia Pacific Foundation

★★ $5,000+ American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Duke Realty Corporation John and Mary Franklin Foundation

★ $2,500+ Digital Arts Studio

advocacy By attending our theatre, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. With the 2010-11 Season, the Alliance Theatre turns 42. Help us celebrate the power of great theatre for 42 years by making another statement of support louder than any standing ovation. Visit our website at alliancetheatre.org and click on Donate.

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sponsors the coca-cola company

is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers at a rate of 1.5 billion servings a day with more than 450 sparkling and still brands in more than 200 countries. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other major brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, CocaCola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources, and enhance the economic development and cultural experiences of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com

Cast and company flowers sponsored by

Official Hotel

Foxgloves & Ivy

Restaurant Partners

government

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

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annual fund

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DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE A L L I A N C E

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★★★ $25,000+ Barbara & Steve Chaddick Mr. & Mrs. Howard Feinsand

James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Victoria & Howard Palefsky

Dan & Garnet Reardon Sally G. Tomlinson

★ $10,000-$14,999 The Balloun Family Lisa & Joe Bankoff Susan V. Booth & Max Leventhal Alan & Chi Colberg Ann & Jeff Cramer Doug & Donna Curling Linda & Gene Davidson David & Carolyn Gould Mr. & Mrs. Patrick J. Gunning

Doug & Lila Hertz Andrea & Boland Jones John & Angie Keller Phillip I. Kent Foundation Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier Valerie & Jeff Levy Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Patty & Doug Reid Bob & Margaret Reiser

Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Shelton III Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles & Delores Stephens Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Rick & Terri Western Ramona & Ben White Joni Winston

top billing Executive Producers ★★ $7,500-$9,999 P.J. Younglove Hovey Paul & Rosthema Kastin

Phil & Caroline Moïse John & Karen Spiegel

Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Michael & June Tompkins

Executive Producers ★ $5,000-$7,499 Matthew & Doris Geller Jay & Debbie Goldman Kathy Harris Jocelyn J. Hunter Mr. & Mrs. James C. Kennedy Leslie Leigh M.D. Cynthia & Alan Maloy Melanie & S. Alan McKnight

James Anderson Peg & Bill Balzer Candace & Jeff Bell The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Bryan Cave-Powell Goldstein Marcia & John Donnell Eve & Bob Eckardt

Mr. & Mrs. John Hays Mershon Mr. Walter W. Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Kenyon Murphy Helen Smith Price Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Sonny & Jeanne Seals Mr. & Mrs. S. Stephen Selig, III Penn & Sally Wells

Producers ★★ $3,500-$4,999 Mark & Pam Bell Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Mr. Dick Dickson & Ms. Yin Lo Charles & Carol Edwards

Philippa & Burrell Ellis James & Lori Kilberg Lubo Fund William & Margarita Sleeper

Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Karen & Alex Stickney

Producers ★ $2,500-$3,499 Madelyn R. Adams Southern States LLC Mrs. Susan Beallor-Snyder & Mr. Stuart Snyder Sarah & Jim Borders

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Frank & Mary Anne Chew John & Lucy Cook Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Robert W. & Nikki C. Eickhoff Eierman Foundation

John & Cindy Ethridge Rick & Leslie Fuess Mr. & Mrs. Lance E. Hall Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky Booker & Birdie Izell


annual fund Alliance donors provide over $1.2 million to the Annual Fund and Annual Fundraising events so that we can continue to present exceptional theatre and educational programs to our communitiy. We are deeply grateful for their support. *Gifts processed as of September 1, 2010

Producers ★ $2,500-$3,499 (cont.) Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Jungers David L. Kuniansky TAYLAR Development & Associates Kristie L. Madara Jodi & Henry Niden Dr. Kathleen Nixon & Dr. Gregory Berkey

Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Procore Solutions James Taylor Susan & Thomas Wardell Mr. & Mrs. D. Brent Wyper John & Kathy Zamer

John & Helen Parker Mrs. Helen M. Regenstein Bill & Rhonda Rowland Tanya M. Rutledge Alan & Cyndy Schreihofer Michele & Glenn Shear Charlotte & Tom Shields

Associate Producers $1,500-$2,499 Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda Adams Elaine & Miles Alexander Kent & Diane Alexander Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Theodore & Andrea Altholz Herb & Myrtice Arnold Elizabeth & John Bacon Ms. Ann B. Bishop Pamela Blackburn Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Ms. Susan A. Campbell Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Stephen & Liz Carter In Memory of Mary A. Cipolla Mr. Dale Cohen Mr. & Mrs. Malon Courts Mr. & Mrs. James L. Curry Marc & Kelli Davenport Richard & Linda Diedrich Douglas & Camille Duerr Diane Durgin Ralph & Ree Edwards Alan & Willa Fabian Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D. Clara Feldman Michael & Jody Feldman Dr. & Mrs. Arnoldo Fiedotin

Melanie & Richard Fine Andy Fisher Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Margie & Barry Goheen Mr. Dwayne E. Greene Dr. & Mrs. Edmond I. Griffin Mrs. Jack K. Hale Rachel & Mike Hammer John & Simone Hanson Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Tycho & Marie Howle Foundation Joseph Hurley Mr. & Mrs. Harold Itkin Mr. Clay Jackson Richard & Marcia Jacobson Caroline John In honor of Carol Jones & the Alliance Theatre Education Department Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kruger Conchita Heyn & Robert Lichtefeld Mr. & Mrs. James E Hugh, III Linda Lively Tim & Jane Lundberg Dick Lyon M.C. Jackson, Sr., Family Foundation Chip Mann

Gene G. Abel, M.D. & Nora Harlow JoAnne & Charles S. Ackerman Mr. & Mrs. George Boyd Mr. & Mrs. Sam Bronfman II Mr. Scott Dorfman & Ms. Susie Trotochaud Luxury Cars of Atlanta

Ms. Gail H. Evans Mr. Haydn W. Fusia Mr. & Mrs. John J. Gillin Louise Staton Gunn Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Hyman, Jr. Kay H. & Burke C. Jones Mr. Michael A. Kahn

Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Millett June M. Morrison Joyce & Michael Natbony Judy Trotochaud & William Pate Bill & Carey Peard Monica K. Pearson Peg Petersen Susan & David Peterson Lynne Ragan & Jay Sampson Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Mr. & Mrs. John Richard Alice & Peter Rogers Dr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg Emanuel & Peggy Roth David & Sharon Schachter Mr. Kevin D. Seaway Chip & Sharon Shirley Martin & Patricia Silbiger Drs. Marjorie & Quentin Smith Sara & Paul Steinfeld Dante’s Down the Hatch, Buckhead Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Judith & Mark Taylor Jackie Wallace Mr. Alex & Mr. Marc D. Weinberg Joan N. Whitcomb J.M. Wilkerson Construction Company

Benefactors $1,000-$1,499 Dr. & Mrs. Michael Kalson Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley Jim & Jo McLean Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger Ann Starr & Kent Nelson Bob & Gail O’Leary

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annual fund Benefactors $1,000-$1,499 (cont.) Mr. & Mrs. Markham D. Oswald Bill & Bamby Ray Dr. Susan Rifkin & Mr. David Rifkin Ms. Mary W. Rogers

Brenda J. Smith C. Austin Stephens The Elster Foundation Ms. Elizabeth Wallace

Lynne Winship William & Nancy Yang

Legacy Society The following are members of the Legacy Society who are ensuring the future strength of the Alliance Theatre through planned gifts to benefit the Theatre. The Legacy Society is the special recognition group for those who have included the Theatre or any component of the Woodruff Arts Center in their estate plans. For more information about making a planned gift to benefit the Alliance Theatre, please contact Kristin Hathaway Hansen, Associate Director of Development, at (404) 733-4611. Rita M. Anderson Anonymous Betty Blondeau-Russell Jim & Anne Breedlove Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft, III Sallie Adams Daniel Linda & Gene Davidson Laura & John Hardman

Glen E. & Nancy Hesler P.J. Younglove Hovey William C. Hyde Virginia Vann & Ken Large Mr. & Mrs. John Hays Mershon Mr. & Mrs. John McColskey Phil & Caroline Moïse Jan Pomerantz Helen M. Regenstein

Bob & Margaret Reiser Neal & Tricia Schachtel Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Shelton, III Jane E. Shivers Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Rick & Terri Western Ramona & Ben White Lynne Winship

Matching Gift Companies We would like to thank the following companies who have donated matching gifts to the Alliance Theatre’s Annual Fund. Please check to see if your employer will match your contribution. American Express Company American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Aon Corporation AT&T Bank of America Bryan Cave-Powell Goldstein Charles Schwab and Co., Inc. Chubb & Son, Inc. CIGNA Corporation Citigroup Foundation

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The Coca-Cola Company Equifax Inc. Federated Department Stores, Inc. GE Energy Home Depot Foundation IBM Corporation JPMorgan Private Bank Kimberly-Clark Foundation Macy’s Foundation McDonald’s Corporation

Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc NDCHealth Norfolk Southern Corporation Prudential Financial Sprint SunTrust Foundation Time Warner, Inc. UPS Verizon Corporation


TRACES OF THE CALLIGRAPHER:

Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600 –1900 WRITING THE WORD OF GOD:

Calligraphy and the Qur’an

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Patron Circle of Stars By investing $15,000 or more in The Woodruff Arts Center and its divisions — the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences — these outstanding Annual Corporate Campaign donors helped us raise more than $8.4 million last year. Thank you! Chairman’s Council ★★★★★★★★★★★★★ $450,000+ The Coca-Cola Company Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. ★★★★★★★★★★ $300,000+ Cox Interests Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, Cox Radio Group Atlanta, James M. Cox Foundation Hon. Anne Cox Chambers UPS ★★★★★★★★★ $200,000+ AT&T The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Deloitte LLP, its Partners & Employees Ernst & Young, Partners & Employees The Home Depot Foundation Jones Day Foundation & Employees The Klaus Family Foundation PricewaterhouseCoopers Partners & Employees Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. ★★★★★★★★ $150,000+ Alston & Bird LLP Equifax Inc. & Employees The Rich Foundation, Inc. SunTrust Bank Employees & Trusteed Foundations Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust Walter H. & Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund

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Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust Greene-Sawtell Foundation ★★★★★★★ $100,000+ AirTran Airways Bank of America Kaiser Permanente King & Spalding LLP KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees The Marcus Foundation, Inc. The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Novelis, Inc. Regions Financial Corporation Wells Fargo Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund ★★★★★★ $75,000+ Holder Construction Company The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Patty & Doug Reid Family Foundation ★★★★★ $50,000+ AGL Resources Inc. Cisco Coca-Cola Enterprises Delta Air Lines, Inc. GMT Capital Corporation ING Mr. & Mrs. M. Douglas Ivester Kilpatrick Stockton LLP Primerica Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

★★★★ $35,000+ Accenture & Accenture Employees Lisa & Joe Bankoff Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. GE Energy The Imlay Foundation, Inc. Invesco PLC Norfolk Southern, Employees & Foundation SCANA Energy Siemens Industry, Inc. Harris A. Smith Troutman Sanders LLP Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. ★★★ $25,000+ Assurant Atlanta Companies Assurant Solutions Assurant Specialty Property BDO USA, LLP Brysan Utility Contractors, Inc. Chartis Crawford & Company Drummond Company, Inc. Eisner Family Foundation First Data Corporation Genuine Parts Company Georgia-Pacific IBM Corporation Philip I. Kent Foundation The Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation Livingston Foundation, Inc. Macy’s Foundation McKinsey & Company, Inc. Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. J. Marshall & Lucile G. Powell Charitable Trust


Mary & Craig Ramsey Rock-Tenn Company Richard D. Shirk Southwire Company Spectrum Brands Towers Watson Waffle House, Inc. Gertrude & William C. Wardlaw Fund Waste Management Charitable Foundation Yancey Bros. Co. ★★ $15,000+ 22squared, inc. ACE Charitable Foundation Acuity Brands, Inc. AGCO Corporation Alix Partners Arnall Golden Gregory LLP The Partners & Employees of Atlanta Equity Investors Atlanta Foundation Atlanta Marriott Marquis Julie & Jim Balloun BB&T Corporation Beaulieu Group, LLC The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Catherine S. & J. Bradford Branch George M. Brown Trust Fund of Atlanta, Georgia Bryan Cave LLP Buck Consultants The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Talela & Beauchamp Carr CB Richard Ellis Center Family Foundation Mr. Charles Center Mr. & Mrs. Fred Halperin Ms. Charlene Berman The Chatham Valley Foundation, Inc.

Cousins Properties Incorporated Ann & Jeff Cramer DLA Piper Duke Realty Corporation Exide Technologies Mr. & Mrs. Frank L. Fernandez Fifth Third Bank Ford & Harrison LLP Robert Fornaro John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc. Gas South, LLC Georgia Natural Gas Grant Thornton LLP Harland Clarke The Howell Fund, Inc. ICS Contract Services, LLC Infor Global Solutions Jenny & Phil Jacobs Mr. & Mrs. Tom O. Jewell Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation David & Jennifer Kahn Family Foundation Sarah & Jim Kennedy Kurt P. Kuehn Karole & John Lloyd Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Mohawk Industries, Inc. Mueller Water Products, Inc. Noonan Family Foundation Vicki R. Palmer The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation, Inc. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Printpack Inc./The Gay & Erskine Love Foundation David M. Ratcliffe J. Mack Robinson Interests Frances & Jesse A. Sasser, Jr. Selig Enterprises, Inc./ The Selig Foundation

Spencer Stuart Karen & John Spiegel Superior Essex Inc. TriMont Real Estate Advisors, Inc. United Distributors, Inc. WATL/WXIA/Gannett Foundation John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Mr. & Mrs. James B. Williams Sue & Neil Williams Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC Carla & Leonard Wood The Xerox Foundation Donor listing as of October 4, 2010.

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alliance theatre staff Artistic Jennings Hertz, Jr. Artistic Director.................................... Susan V. Booth The Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth..............................................Rosemary Newcott Associate Producer.............................................................. Jody Feldman Director of New Projects.........................................................Celise Kalke Artistic & Literary Associate............................................ Patrick McColery Artistic Associate....................................................................Bari Newport Community Engagement & Casting................................ DayRon J. Miles Artistic Intern..............................................................................William Illg Literary Interns............................Alaina Jobe, Brittney Reagler-London Education Director of Education..........................................................Sharon Brewer Director of the Acting Program..............................................Al Hamacher Director, Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists......................................................Carol T. Jones Assistant Director, Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists..............................Michele Mummert Education Manager..................................................... Christopher Moses Education Associate & Producer of Drama Camps ................................. Christina Dresser Institute for Educators & Teaching Artists Assistant...........................................Padgett Ward Education Assistant..............................................................Rachel Jones Resident Teaching Artists........... Kim Bowers-Rheay, Valletta Anderson Teaching Artists................................... Ricardo Aponte, Paul Armbroster, Denise Arribas, Corey Bradberry, Enisha Brewster, Amy Cain, Clare Jaehn, John Doyle, Sharon Foote, Allison Gardner, Kim Geter, Joe Gfaller, Holly Godwin, Angie Harrell, Michael Haverty, Jennifer Hebblethwaite, Laura Heckman, Vikki Holloway, Charlotte House, BJ Hughes, John Jaramillo, Jan Jensen, Bernard Jones, Rachel Jones, Leeanna Lambert, Bethany Lind, Edwin Link, Berry Stewart Mann, Patrick McColery, Michelle McCullough, Bryan Mercer, Nancy Meyer, Traci Moore, Kati Grace Morton, Michele Mummert, Sarah Onsager, Karen Ramps, Mannie Rivers, Kirk Seaman, Linda Sherbert, Sheri Mann Stewart, Ambo Ndem Tazanu, Clint Thornton, Allison Upshaw, Jeanene Williams, Padgett Ward, Rachel White

Administration General Manager............................................................... Max Leventhal Company Manager........................................................... Laura Thruston Management Assistant............................................................Alicia Quirk Manager of Information Resources........................................ Jim Hubbert Finance Finance Controller................................................................. Brian Shively Accounting Coordinator............................................................... Julie Hall Accounting Coordinator...................................................Ashley Bradford Development Development Consultants...............................Linda Selig, Lynda Walker Associate Director of Development..................Kristin Hathaway Hansen Major Contributions Manager.................................................. Ann Wilson Annual Fund Coordinator..............................................Rebecca Bowden Events Coordinator & Board Administrator.................Lindsey Hardegree Grants Manager...............................................................Davia Weatherill Development Volunteer...................................................Elaine Hentschel Development Intern...............................................................Kat Reynolds Marketing Director of Marketing............................................................ Virginia Vann Associate Director of Marketing................................................Joe Gfaller Advertising & Promotions Specialist................................. Caroline Tanner E-marketing Specialist.............................................................John Maley Graphic Designer................................................................ Nadine Cheng Public Relations Agency.............................................................. Creaxion Associate Director of Group Sales ................................Quidana Bosman Group Sales Coordinator...................................................Laura Peacock Associate Director of Patron Services........................................ Shana Orr Assistant House Manager........................................................Ken McNeil House Managers..................................................... Dana Hylton Calabro, Christina Dresser, Lindsey Hardegree, DayRon Miles, Charles Swint, Lynn Vatter Assistant Manager Subcriptions.........................................Danielle Hicks Senior Ticket Agents..................Jerry Hunter, Chad Martin, Ken McNeil

Production Production Management Production Manager........................................................ Rixon Hammond Stage Management Alliance Stage Managers................................Pat A. Flora, lark hackshaw, R. Lamar Williams Hertz Stage Management Production Assistant...................Redd Horrocks TYF Stage Manager..................................................................Liz Campbell TYF Stage Management Production Assistant.................. Amy Radebaugh Stage Operations Stage Operations Manager...................................................Scott Bowne Crew Chief....................................................................... Vincent Simons Children’s Theatre Crew Chief...............................................Deb Maberry Properties Stagehand.....................................................Courtney O’Neill Flyman....................................................................................Willie Parks Electrics Electrics Manager.......................................................................Pete Shinn Staff Electricians............................................Larry Bauer, Sean Hamilton, Steve Jordan Sound Resident Sound Designer...................................................... Clay Benning Sound Engineers/Board Ops...................... Holly Blakely, Brian Smith, Jessica Weeks

Scenery Technical Director................................................................ Victor W. Smith Assistant Technical Director.......................................................Megan Kier Shop Foreman..................................................................... Patrick Conley Carpenters...............................Manny Abreo, Jes Cottrell, Kevin Green, Travis Williams Charge Scenic Artist...................................................................Kat Conley Scenic Artist...............................................................................Phillip Male Properties Properties Manager...............................................................Robert Elliott Props Lead Artisan...................................................Dana Hylton Calabro Properties Buyer.........................................................Heather Schroeder Properties Artisan................................Blake Anderson, Suzanne Morris Costumes Costume Shop Manager................................................. Carol Hammond Design Assistant............................................................. English Benning Draper............................................................................... Cindy Lou Who Craftsmaster.................................................................. Diana L. Thomas Stitchers/First Hands...........................Laury Conley, Lyudmila Fesenko, Maegan Robinson Wig Master.............................................................................Karin Craven Wardrobe................................................................................... Niki Traxler Additional Production Staff for The Nacirema Society Requests... Wardrobe.................................................................................. John Hardy

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