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feature 8 An Alliance of Good and Evil The time is now for the indelicate Hand to God, which fits nicely with Dad’s Garage’s vibe — and don’t say you haven’t been warned. By Julie Bookman

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What pushes your buttons? I’m not talking about that sound that makes you crazy or that pundit/ politician/poser that makes you run for the remote or slap the laptop closed when they pop up on your screen. I’m talking about the spoken or written language, behaviors or ideas that rattle your cage. The input that affects your comfort level in appreciable ways. (Like maybe right now. Like maybe the notion that someone seems to be asking you to get ready for discomfort, and for Pete’s sake, you really were just looking for a night out at the theater.) You’re about to see a play that, while the most-produced play in our country last season, has the capacity to provoke. Not just the capacity, really — the intention to provoke. Spoiler alert: Hand to God traffics in all those areas we were told not to bring up in nice society — religion, sex, aggression — and it features a whole lot of four-letter words spewed by both people and puppets. So why are we producing it? And why have theaters all across America chosen to produce it? For as long as people have been making theater and watching theater, it has served more purposes than entertaining us. From the very beginning it was designed to jolt us into consideration of all aspects of being human — not just the nice ones. Not with the express desire of making us uncomfortable — although artists have long accepted that that may be a necessary byproduct of some work — but with the aspiration of asking hard questions so we can get to truthful answers. About ourselves. About our society. About our beliefs. Hand to God pushed a whole lot of my buttons when I first saw it. And that was several years ago, and I’ve never quite shaken the sense that I needed to have those buttons pushed. And while there are moments that made me uncomfortable, I never once felt disrespected as an audience member. Quite the contrary. I felt engaged in a muscular conversation that I needed to have. I’m grateful that Dad’s Garage said yes to partnering with us on this production, I’m grateful for the artists that have committed heart and soul to this work, and I’m particularly grateful to you for being here — and for being willing to see what happens tonight. What happens on the stage, what happens to the folks sitting around you and what happens to your own sense of comfort. It’s no small thing to be open to that. Ready?

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An Alliance of Good and Evil And so it begins: Actors Lisa Whitmire (Margery understudy, left) and Wendy Melkonian (Margery) dig into words and movements early in the Hand to God rehearsal process.

The time is now for the indelicate Hand to God, which fits nicely with Dad’s Garage’s vibe — and don’t say you haven’t been warned. by Julie Bookman

On one hand, you’re a good person.

2011/12 and again in 2014. The 2014 version won the Off-Broadway Alliance’s best new play award. A 2015 Broadway production Of course there are degrees and earned five Tony nominations, including one definitions of being a good person. On the other hand, well, there’s the other for best new play. Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan hand. That’s the one that wants to tell the V. Booth has had her eye on this irreverent jerks of the world to put it in their patooties. piece of theater, set mostly in the basement That hand holds your uglier thoughts, of a small evangelical Lutheran church in darkest desires, questions of self-worth. It’s Cypress, Texas, for some time. full of personal baggage that may date to With its Woodruff Arts Center space childhood. The black comedy Hand to God puts both under renovation, Booth decided the of these hands in a blender and spits them out moment for Hand to God was now and that in a tornado of angst. Also, hilarity abounds. the gutsy, foul-mouthed comedy was a great The Robert Askins play, with a deliciously fit for the risk-ready Dad’s Garage Theatre creepy puppetry element, ran off-Broadway in Company. 8 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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Booth’s friend and colleague Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif., directs. “We’re gonna play, we’re gonna have fun, and we’ll make this thing our own,” he says. The comedy centers on a teenager named Jason and his mom, Margery. Things have been shaky, especially since Jason’s dad died. Now Margery’s been hired to lead the church’s puppet club. And she didn’t bargain for sockpuppet domination. Masterson, 60, had no prior association with Hand to God. “I just started reading it and kept laughing out loud. That was a very good sign.” Like the playwright, Masterson is from Texas. He jokes that he’s still “a recovering Southerner” but says he’s never lumped all Southerners together. “I know the difference between North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. “I also know Cypress, Texas, before it got swallowed by the city of Houston,” he says. Some folks “won’t see Texas as Southern. But I’m here to tell you that Cypress, Texas, is about as Southern as it gets.” Hand to God’s edgy high spirits fill the page and the stage. Stage directions are peppered with “maybes.” In an Act 2 moment, for example, the playwright didn’t write “Pastor Greg walks out.” He wrote “Pastor Greg walks the f#%# out.” These are gifts from the playwright, Masterson says. “Sometimes writers want it done the way they see it in their heads and that’s the only way that’s valid,” he says. But with Hand to God, five actors are invited to seize and run with the play’s adventurous spirit. “It’s left up to them to find their own path through the story.” Masterson is not a puppet virgin, so to speak. One of his earliest professional jobs was directing a play for Lovelace Marionettes in Pittsburgh. “What I learned is that not every actor can project a personality onto an inanimate object, can make it come alive. It’s a different approach to acting and takes a special skill set.” The dual role of the troubled Jason and his left-hand guy Tyrone (a rude, crude,

sassy puppet) requires both brain and verbal gymnastics. Masterson cast 28-year-old Ben Thorpe, a Snellville native making his Alliance Theatre debut. Thorpe calls the role the most challenging he’s ever had. He read the play almost daily last summer and planned to have his lines memorized before rehearsals began. While studying musical theater at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, one lesson that stuck with him was “always return to the text of the play.” Certain lines jump off the page after repeated readings, Thorpe says. Things that happen when Jason is offstage say a lot about what his home life must be like. Thorpe says he appreciates the play’s softer side and what it “might have to say about listening to your kids, and how kids can better listen to their parents, and how families and communities can take better care of each other.” Masterson leaves these instructions. “If you’re easily offended, it could be a rough night. Leave your inhibitions at the door. Come with an open mind and be ready to laugh. Even be ready to laugh at yourself.”

Actor and puppet coach Jake Krakovsky animates the troublesome Tyrone on the first day of Hand to God rehearsals at the Alliance. Puppet design by Linda Roethke. ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

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PLAYWRIGHT Robert Askins

in his own words

“I want to see things onstage that I haven’t seen before or that I haven’t seen in a long time. I get bored very easily. So I want to make people scream and cry and laugh.” “Moving from Republican-filled Cypress to diverse downtown Houston at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, followed by the wealth and privilege of Baylor University, to New York City’s Broadway institutions, it’s been one huge shift after another.”

KERRIE BROGDON

The Case for Puppets

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Puppetry should be considered for use as an educational and clinical tool because it provides a creative learning strategy that allows children freedom of expression while stimulating learning through play. Because young children love to pretend and to engage in dramatic characterizations, using puppets affords them the opportunity to manifest this behavior. Furthermore, puppetry helps to foster social, emotional, cognitive, and literacy development; promotes storytelling abilities; creative thinking and problem-solving; and builds self-esteem in children. — Linda Baily Synovitz Journal of School Health


ST JOHN LUTHERAN CHRCH

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The Lutheran Church in Texas

traces its roots to 1851, when the First Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Texas was founded. In the next 90 years, much of the work of the churches consisted of gathering traditionally Lutheran European (Norwegian, Swedish and German) immigrants and their children scattered throughout the state. By 1990, the two largest groups of Lutheran churches embraced 155,276 members in 401 congregations and 134,280 members in 345 churches. The variety of Lutherans present in Texas, led in size by congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, continue to be the fourthlargest Christian body in Texas (closely followed in size by the Church of Christ). Although scattered across the state and present in all larger cities, Lutherans are predominate still within a roughly triangular area bounded by San Antonio, Austin and Houston. — Texas State Historical Association

OPPOSITE PAGE: A glimpse into one of the open fields and sunsets of Cypress, Texas; ABOVE: The historic St. John Lutheran Church sits among more modern skyscrapers in Cypress.

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“We believe the Alliance is more than a building. We want to play everywhere.” “For 48 years, metro Atlanta has supported us by making the trip to our front door. It seemed The Alliance Theatre is taking all the shows of the 49 th season on the road

like we had the opportunity to return the favor and to do so in a way that celebrated the best

to multiple venues around the city while the

of Atlanta by taking our work to a slate of

current theater space at the Woodruff Arts

cultural venues across our city...”

Center undergoes a complete renovation, its first since the building opened in 1968.

— SUSAN V. BOOTH Jennings Hertz Artistic Director

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THE ALLIANCE THEATRE Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director presents

BY

ROBERT ASKINS SET DESIGN

COSTUME & PUPPET DESIGN

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER

PUPPET COACH

MICHAEL B. RAIFORD LINDA ROETHKE

DAVID STERRITT JAKE KRAKOVSKY

LIGHTING DESIGN

SOUND DESIGN

LIZ LEE

STOWE NELSON

CASTING

JODY FELDMAN

STAGE MANAGER

BRET TORBECK

DIRECTED BY

MARC MASTERSON HAND TO GOD was developed by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood Program at Southampton Arts in July 2011 and received its world premiere production at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in October 2011. Off-Broadway premiere at the MCC Theater on March 10, 2014 Artistic directors: Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey & William Cantler Executive director: Blake West Originally produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum Broadway Global Ventures CMC Morris Berchard Mariano V. Tolentino Jr. Stephanie Kramer LAMS Productions DeSimone/Winkler Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino Timothy Laczynski Lily Fan Ayal Miodovnik JAM Theatricals Ensemble Studio Theatre MCC Theater HAND TO GOD is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PARTNER

HERTZ SERIES SPONSORED BY

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CAST in alphabetical order * ALLAN EDWARDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pastor Greg ALEXANDRA FICKEN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica * WENDY MELKONIAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margery * BEN THORPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason/Tyrone PATRICK WADE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy UNDERSTUDIES TRUMAN GRIFFIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy DEVON HALES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica JAKE KRAKOVSKY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason/Tyrone LISA WHITMIRE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margery TREY YORK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pastor Greg STAGE MANAGEMENT * BRET TORBECK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Manager ALLISON KELLY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Production Assistant PRODUCTION & DESIGN ASSISTANCE MANDY BLACKMON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Physical Therapist EMILY KLEYPAS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casting Assistant IBI OWOLABI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Director STEPHANIE ROSS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Costume Designer FOR THIS PRODUCTION VICTOR MOULEDOUX, VINCENT SIMONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Operations KATY MUNROE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wardrobe HOLLY O’REAGAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sound Mixer LAUREN ROBINSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lighting Programmer SPECIAL THANKS Our hosts at Dad’s Garage

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profiles ALLAN EDWARDS (Pastor Greg) played Ralph, Sir Robert and the Boatman in the Alliance’s production of Shakespeare in Love. Other recent credits: The City of Conversation, Grand Concourse and Waffle Palace at Horizon Theatre; One Man, Two Guvnors, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra and Hamlet at Georgia Shakespere; Anne Boleyn at Synchronicity Theatre and A Walk in the Woods at Serenbe Playhouse, for which he won a best actor Suzi award. TV/film: “Ozark,” “Satisfaction,” “Vice-Principals,” “Resurrection,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Dawson’s Creek,” Killing Reagan, When Love Kills. M.F.A. acting, University of Louisville. Proud member AEA, SAG/AFTRA.

Whittemore and is represented for TV/film by People Store. Master of Music in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory. Proud member of AEA. For Mom and Dad.

ALEXANDRA FICKEN (Jessica) Atlanta native, University of Alabama graduate with a B.A. in musical theater and dance. Off-Broadway: Hell: Paradise Found (59E59). Alliance: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; In Love and Warcraft; Bike America. Atlanta: Annie Get Your Gun (Stage Door Players), The Pretty Girl Basket Toss (Weird Sisters Theatre Project), Appropriate (Actor’s Express), ThanksKilling the Musical (Dad’s Garage), Grand Concourse (Horizon), fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life (7 Stages), Sherlock Holmes (Georgia Ensemble). TV/film: “Vice Principals,” “Born Again Virgin,” “The Originals,” “Bloodlands,” The DUFF, An Actor Prepares, Candy Jar, Baggage. Thanks to this incredible cast and crew, the Alliance and Dad’s!

PATRICK WADE (Timothy) is beyond blessed to be part of another Alliance production! Recent Alliance credits include Slur and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Suzi award for best children’s theater ensemble/production). Patrick is an Atlanta actor with a B.F.A. in acting from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and is represented by his friends at The People Store. You may have last seen him as Jeff in Nobody Loves You (Horizon Theatre), and you can catch him as Peter in Heidi (Synchronicity) this December. For Elaine, Julie, Rob and Daemon.

WENDY MELKONIAN (Margery) Alliance Theatre: Ugly Lies the Bone, James and the Giant Peach, Seussical, Class of 3000, Sister Act!, A Christmas Carol. Regional: Sister Act! (Pasadena Playhouse); Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus (Dallas Center of the Arts). Atlanta: Into the Woods, I’m Not Rappaport (Aurora Theatre); In the Next Room (Synchronicity); Nobody Loves You, The Book Club Play (Horizon); Becky’s New Car (Georgia Ensemble); The Sound of Music (Atlanta Lyric); and more. She sings cabaret with Libby

BEN THORPE (Jason/Tyrone) couldn’t be more thrilled to make his Alliance Theatre debut! Atlanta credits: Big Fish at Theatrical Outfit and Nobody Loves You at Horizon Theatre Company. He’s a proud Point Park University grad and has worked at theaters around the country, including TheatreWorks USA, the Pittsburgh Public and Brooklyn’s Theatre 2020. Thanks to the Hand to God team and you (yes, you) for seeing and supporting Atlanta theater.

TRUMAN GRIFFIN (U/S Timothy) will graduate from Kennesaw State University in December. This is his Alliance Theatre debut. Recent credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, A Man of No Importance and Spring Awakening (KSU); Die Mommie Die (Process Theatre); Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words (Robert Ray concert); Peachtree Battle and Tea Party (Ansley Park Playhouse). Many thanks to the department of theater and performance studies at KSU, Perimeter College, and family and friends.

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profiles DEVON HALES (U/S Jessica) is thrilled to be back with the Alliance. Atlanta credits: As You Like It; The Frog Prince; One Man, Two Guvnors (Georgia Shakespeare); Red Badge of Courage (7 Stages); Knuffle Bunny (Alliance, Suzi Bass Award winner); I and You (Aurora Theatre, Suzi nominee); Appropriate (Actor’s Express); The Dancing Handkerchief (Theatrical Outfit); and most recently Shakespeare in Love (Alliance). TV: “Stan Against Evil” (IFC), “Swamp Murders,” “Your Worst Nightmare” (ID). Represented by Houghton Talent. Upcoming projects include Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Theatrical Outfit). Many thanks to Jody, Daniel and to Mom: xxoo. JAKE KRAKOVSKY (Puppet Coach, U/S Jason/Tyrone) is delighted to be back with the Alliance Theatre, where he was seen in Play the Play With Cat the Cat, Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. A lifelong ATLien, Jake is fortunate to have collaborated with artists and companies around the city as an actor, puppeteer, director, playwright, coach and teaching artist. Upcoming: Heidi the Musical (Synchronicity Theatre), Rainforest Adventures (Center for Puppetry Arts). Infinite love to my family and friends for their unwavering support. Be brave enough to be kind. LISA WHITMIRE (U/S Margery) is making her Alliance debut and still can’t quite believe her luck! Most recently Lisa has kept herself busy doing mostly commercial work. Before moving to Atlanta from NYC, she earned her AEA card doing the national tour of Ramona Quimby. TV: “Being Mary Jane” and recurring on “All My Children.” Stage: Mrs. West in Member of the Wedding (staged reading) at True Colors and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the New Depot Players. She’s a mom to two awesome kids (if she does say so herself) and is incredibly grateful for her amazing husband, Kelley.

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TREY YORK (U/S Pastor Greg) is thrilled to be part of the Alliance’s Hand to God. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he moved to Atlanta and began performing with Atlanta Shakespeare Company. He was most recently seen in the Tavern’s Taming of the Shrew and Essential Theatre’s New Play Festival. Other credits include Henry VI Parts I, II and III, The Glass Menagerie (Actors Theatre of Alabama/ Tennessee Williams Festival Provincetown), Judge Roy Moore Is Coming to Dinner (Actors Theatre of Alabama), Awesome 80’s Prom (ASC) and The Miracle Worker at Ivy Green. Thanks to the love of my life, Amanda! 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. ROBERT ASKINS (Playwright) was born in Cypress, Texas. His Tony-nominated, Obie Award-winning play Hand to God finished its run on London’s West End (Olivier-nominated for best new comedy) after it opened on Broadway in April 2015, following two criticallyacclaimed runs at Ensemble Studio Theatre and MCC Theater, where it was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick and called “the most entertaining show of 2014.” His newest play, Permission, had its world premiere off-Broadway in spring 2015 at MCC Theater. His play Fish Display was part of the 2012 Ojai Playwrights Conference and Permission was part of the 2014 conference. Rob has received two EST/Sloan grants, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, and an Arch and Bruce Brown Award for Playwriting. Rob is an I-73 and Youngblood alum and a graduate of Baylor University. MARC MASTERSON (Director) is the artistic director of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif. He has expanded the theater’s community and artistic initiatives and produced dozens of world premieres including


profiles A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, Office Hour by Julia Cho and the upcoming Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Plays premiered by SCR regularly appear across the country and SCR productions have transferred to some of the finest regional theaters in America as well as Broadway. His recent directing credits include All the Way, Going to a Place Where You Already Are, Zealot and Eurydice at SCR and Byhalia, Mississippi at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. For 11 years, he was artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville and produced the Humana Festival of New American Plays. He also has been the artistic director at City Theatre in Pittsburgh. MICHAEL B. RAIFORD (Set Designer) Austin, Texas. Regional theater credits: South Coast Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Geva Theatre Center, Merrimack Repertory, the Antaeus Company (L.A.); Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Central City Opera (Colorado); Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Ford’s Theatre (Washington, D.C.); Opera Boston; New Victory Theatre (New York); Lyric Theatre (Oklahoma City) and Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he designed 20 productions including 12 world premieres for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. In Austin: Ballet Austin, Austin Lyric Opera, the Rude Mechanicals and ZACH Theatre. Most recently: directed Blast: The Music of Disney in Tokyo. He is a creative consultant/director in architecture, advertising and marching band/DCI and WGI. Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for 10 years. Member of United Scenic Artists. www.flickr.com/ photos/michaelraiford/sets LINDA ROETHKE (Costume & Puppet Designer) Alliance: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Geller Girls, Managing Maxine, The Underpants and Shadowlands. National: Into the Woods, King Lear, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well and Richard II (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Sunday in the Park With George (Kansas City Rep); Richard III (the Public); The Game’s Afoot (Cleveland Play House); Gem of the Ocean, The Good Book, Water by the Spoonful, The Dead, Orlando

(Court Theatre); Stage Kiss, The Clean House (Goodman Theatre); Motherf**ker With the Hat, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Intimate Apparel (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Designs at Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theatre and American Players Theatre. Costume design professor at Northwestern University. Awards: Jeff Award (An Ideal Husband, Court Theatre); Suzi Bass nominations (The Geller Girls and The Underpants, Alliance Theatre); Connecticut Circle nomination (A Little Night Music, Connecticut Rep). M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. LIZ LEE (Lighting Designer) always enjoys her work with the Alliance. Her previous designs include Too Heavy for Your Pocket, Ugly Lies the Bone, Ethel, The C.A. Lyons Project, Steel Magnolias, In Love & Warcraft, The Whipping Man, God of Carnage, Sleuth, Cuttin’ Up, tick, tick ... BOOM! and Topdog/Underdog. Based in Atlanta, she is producer and resident lighting designer for the Center for Puppetry Arts, where recent projects include Pete the Cat and Charlotte’s Web. STOWE NELSON (Sound Designer) is a sound designer based in New York City. New York: The Wolves (Lincoln Center); Animal Wisdom (Bushwick Starr); Animal (Atlantic); The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience); Small Mouth Sounds (Lortel nom, Ars Nova); Miles for Mary, The Essential Straight & Narrow, Samuel & Alasdair (Drama Desk nom, The Mad Ones); Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons); The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature). Regional: The Roommate (Williamstown); What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KC Rep); Cry It Out, I Now Pronounce (Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Book of Will (Denver Center). More info: www.wingspace.com/stowe DAVID STERRITT (Fight Choreographer) is an Atlanta-based actor and fight choreographer. He has an M.F.A. in acting from Wayne State University through the Hilberry Repertory Theatre. He received his Advanced Theatre Training Certificate while training in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre and has a B.F.A. in ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG 17


profiles performing arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. David is a certified teacher through the Society of American Fight Directors and founded and coordinates the A-Town Throw Down. Selected fight credits: Slasher, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Appropriate (Actor’s Express); Edward Foote (Alliance); Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespeare Tavern); As You Like It (Georgia Shakespeare); Dracula (GTA); Beauty and the Beast (Lyric); and Between Riverside and Crazy (True Colors). BRET TORBEK (Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be working on Hand to God at Dad’s Garage. Previous Alliance credits include Shakespeare in Love, The Magic Negro, Troubadour, Courtenay’s Cabaret, Born for This, Disgraced, A Steady Rain, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Blues for An Alabama Sky. As a regional theater stage manager for more than 25 years, he has worked all over the country, but is now enjoying exploring Atlanta. While based in Seattle, he was a guest faculty member at the University of Washington for five years. JODY FELDMAN (Producer and 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. Jody is the producer and casting director at the Alliance, where she started in 1991 as casting director. At the Alliance, she has cast and produced more than 200 LORT B, D and TYA productions encompassing a wide range of world premieres, including The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, Broke 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 and Harmony, A New Musical. Jody is most proud of the Alliance’s thriving engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection. 18 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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 collaborations as well as commercial partnerships, including Tuck Everlasting; The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away With Me; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’ da Noise, Bring in ’ da Funk and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. As a director, she has worked at such theaters as the 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, DePaul and Emory universities. She is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the field, and is a trustee of Denison University. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal. .


discover us. discover you. discover us. discover you. Wow! Wow! And WOW! A seriously profane devil of a hand puppet! Hormones literally flying off the stage! (Be careful, or not, sitting in the front row.) All of this taking place in a Lutheran church in Texas. What is one to make of all of this? It would be easy to just laugh and enjoy the weirdness of the proceedings. Or walk out, as I understand some audience members in other theaters have done. However, one would miss the struggles between good and evil due to various repressed feelings and experiences that the characters and their puppets present directly in your face. We would also miss the grace that is available by extending our hand to God, whether in swearing to the truth of our being or in reaching out for help. Is there a better place for this to be revealed than in a Sunday-school puppet program? Hand to God has a lot to say. We just need to listen to the characters and their puppets tell their stories as they reveal their hidden feelings to us in humor, profanity and true humanity. — Rick Goerss Alliance Theatre Board Member

synopsis Setting: Cypress, Texas After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and — most especially — his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking personality all its own. Jason’s struggle with Tyrone becomes a struggle for Jason’s very soul.

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about the alliance theatre The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds onstage and off. Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. The Alliance delivers powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, the Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement. Known for its exemplary artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 100 original productions, professionally launching important American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring and subsequent productions, including the Tony Award winners The Color Purple, based on the Alice Walker novel; Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice; and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Recent musical premieres include Sister Act: The Musical, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, Bring It On: The Musical, Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Tuck Everlasting, Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, The Prom and, most recently, Janece Shaffer and Kristian Bush’s Troubadour. The Alliance also creates and nurtures the careers of emerging writers through the Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing the world premiere for the competition winner as part of the regular season. The Alliance is deeply committed to Atlanta artists, showcasing locally based artists on a nationally watched stage, and sustaining Atlanta’s artistic community through the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental support and production resources for an annual roster of locally sourced performance projects. The Alliance’s dedication to providing access to the arts is reflected in its commitment to creating new work for all ages, and to bringing that work into classrooms and communities across Atlanta and throughout the region. More than 80,000 students each year experience age-specific professional performances and participate in acting classes, drama camps and in-school initiatives through the Alliance Theatre Acting Program and Education Department. The Alliance’s groundbreaking Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young performances offer professionally produced, fully interactive theater for infants and toddlers; the Palefsky Collision Project invites high school artists to create and perform new civic-minded theater based on a classic text; and community acting classes and skill-building workshops engage professional artists, young actors, business leaders and curious learners of all ages. Twice recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for leadership in arts education, the Alliance Theatre Institute equips classroom teachers with theatrical techniques that link directly to school curriculum and have been empirically proven to improve student learning. MISSION Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. VISION The Alliance is a beacon of leadership for the national field, while remaining deeply rooted in and reflective of our local Atlanta community. VALUES We believe that acknowledging and embracing differences in identity is essential to a dynamic cultural conversation. This is why we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our organization and programming.

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board of directors officers

Co-Chairs Anne Kaiser Hala Moddelmog Immediate Past Chair Reade Fahs 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 Richard Goerss* 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 Victoria Palefsky* Paul Pendergrass Scott Pioli 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 Jill Thomas Rosemarie Thurston Benny Varzi Rebekah Wasserman Brad Watkins Cynthia Widner Wall Jill Wilson Paul Wrights Todd Zeldin

advisory board Advisory Board Chair Laura Hardman* Vice Chair Phil Moïse* Andrew Agan Joel Alvarado Chris Appleton Maurice Baker Shana Basnight Heidi Boykin Tarsha Calloway Madison Cario Sarah Chatel Nisha Choksi Ezra Cohen Emily Decker Makeba Dixon-Hill Angela Edmond Dale A. Ferguson Ashby Fox Patricia Garrett Matthew Geller Karen Gentry Sarah Frances Giovino Henry Gonzalez Hari Gopal Arlene Warshaw Gould September Gray Kimberley Joiner Hale Elizabeth Hall Nancy Halwig Janet Stovall Harrell Karl Jennings Michael Kaluzny Gloria Kantor Rachelle Kuramoto Mark Lee Lauren Linder Carolina Margarella Santiago Marquez Ryland McClendon Darryal McCullough Carol Meadows Marjorie Mitchell Dedi Mohr

Michelle Morgan Valerie Mosley Deborah G. Neese Joan Netzel Gail O’Neill Michael Parver Hetal Patel Kathy Portnoy Jason Rhoades Robyn Roberts Jibran Shermohammed Robert D. Simmermon Nicola Smith Jennifer L. Streeter Mark E. Swinton Chuck Taylor Natasha Trethewey Alexandra Tucci Nseabasi Ufot Roxanne Varzi Diletha Waldon Charmaine Ward Amanda Watkins Ellen Adair Wyche Jennifer Yoffy * Executive Committee Member ^ Ex-officio

volunteer leadership

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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.

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

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation

★★★★★★ $100,000+ The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation AT&T Delta Air Lines, Inc. The Edgerton Foundation The Home Depot Foundation

The Kendeda Fund The Shubert Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc. The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Turner

★★★★★ $50,000+ Carter’s Fulton County Board of Commissioners Kaiser Permanente MAP Fund

PNC R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Wal-Mart Foundation The Zeist Foundation

★★★★ $25,000+ Atlanta Foundation Camp-Younts Foundation City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Georgia Natural Gas Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Rich Foundation The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation

★★★ $10,000+ The Abraham J & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Allstate Foundation Alston & Bird Anonymous Cartoon Network

DS Services Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia-Pacific Corporation Georgia Power Hire Profile

Paymetric Rotary Education Foundation Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

William and Eva Fox Foundation John and Mary Franklin Foundation Jones Day King & Spalding The Kroger Company

National Distributing Company Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright/ Northwestern Benefit Corporation of Georgia Theatre Communications Group Theatre Forward

★★ $5,000+ Anonymous Aon Risk Solutions Cobb EMC Community Foundation DeepStream VR DocAuto

By attending our theatre, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. With the 2017/18 Season, the Alliance Theatre turns 49. Help us celebrate the power of great theatre for 49 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 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. Cast and company flowers sponsored by

Official Hotel

Official Research Partner

Official Advertising Agency

Official Digital Advertising Agency

Foxgloves & Ivy

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 donors contribute more than $2 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 for the 2016/17 season from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. $100,000+ SKK Foundation $50,000+ Dean DuBose & Bronson Smith $25,000+ Barbara & Steve Chaddick Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile Katie & Reade Fahs David & Carolyn Gould Starr Moore & the James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Victoria & Howard Palefsky Patty & Doug Reid Sally G. Tomlinson

Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund Susan & Tom Wardell Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Mr. & Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins Ramona & Ben White Suzy Wilner Mr. & Mrs. Monte Wilson Joni Winston Woodruff Arts Center President’s Fund Amy & Todd Zeldin $7,500+ Linda & Gene Davidson Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Freeman Lynne & Steve Steindel Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Frank Buonanotte

$15,000+

$5,000+

Ms. Kristin Adams Mr. & Mrs. Ali Azadi Susan Booth & Max Leventhal Stephanie Blank Laura Brightwell Ann & Jeff Cramer Ellen & Howard Feinsand Doris & Matthew Geller Anne & Mark Kaiser Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer Jane & Hicks Lanier Phil & Caroline Moïse Bob & Margaret Reiser Linda & Steve Selig; Kathy & Steve Kuranoff Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles* & Delores Stephens Benny & Roxanne Varzi Paul Wrights

William & Margarita Sleeper Dr. & Mrs. R. K. Sehgal James Anderson Dori & Jack Miller Pam Sessions & Don Donnelly Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Ms. Kathy Waller & Mr. Kenny Goggins Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Diane Durgin Mr. & Mrs. John S. Markwalter, Jr. Kitty & Ezra Cohen Anna & Hays Mershon Eve Eckardt Franklin & Dorothy Chandler Ezra Cohen Charitable Trust Dr. Marvin Goldstein Hedgewood Realty Erin & John Heyman Mrs. Erika James David L. Kuniansky Mr. Thomas Pinckney Walter W. Mitchell & Marci Schmerler Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Scott, Dallas, & Mia Pioli Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Sandeep Soni Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Ms. Blitch Ann Bird Russell B. Still In honor of Carol Jones

$10,000+ The Balloun Family The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Megan Burton Mr. & Mrs. Peter Carter Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Cashdan Anonymous Ms. Tena Clark & Ms. Michelle LeClair LeighAnn & Chad Costley Mr. & Mrs. William Dukes Marsha & Richard Goerss Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Doug & Lila Hertz Jocelyn J. Hunter John C. Keller David & Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Ms. Evelyn Ashley & Mr. Alan B. McKeon Hala & Steve Moddelmog Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison Stephen & Marjorie Osheroff L. Paul Pendergrass Mr. & Mrs. Asif Ramji Dan & Garnet Reardon Mr. & Mrs. Sean Reardon Dr. & Mrs. Matt Richburg Waffle House Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Mark & Linda Silberman Mr. & Mrs. Chris Sizemore Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Karen & John Spiegel Tim & Maria Tassopoulous Rosemarie & David Thurston

$2,500+ Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Theodore & Andrea Altholz Ellen Arnovitz John & Lynn Ayers Deborah L. Bannworth & Joy Lynn Fields Mr. & Mrs. Roland L. Bates Karen Beardslee & Susie McGinnis Candace & Jeff Bell Ariana L. Hargrave Shirley Blaine Ms. Christina Bortz Anonymous Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Frank & Mary Anne Chew Mark & Ruth Coan Susan & Ed Croft Ann & Jim Curry Marcia & John Donnell Eierman Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Norman Elliott John & Cindy Ethridge Diane & Daryl Evans Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller J. Alston Gardner Ms. Patricia C. Garrett

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Heidi & David Geller John Vaught & Karen Gentry Mr. Henry Gonzalez & Mrs. Bebe Kokab Mr. & Mrs. Laurence O. Gray Mr. Kevin Greiner & Mrs. Robyn S. Roberts Mrs. Carrie G. Hall Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman John Haupert & Bryan Brooks Dr. Wendy Heckelman Henry & EttaRae Hirsch Foundation Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky Linda & Richard Hubert Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt Jason & Laurie Jeffay Mr. & Mrs. Lee Jenkins Mr. & Mrs. John Lee Leslie D. Leigh M.D. Kristie L. Madara Jeffrey & Cynthia McCreary Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger Ms. Nancy S. Millett Dedi & Julian Mohr Mrs. Lesley R. Morgan Mr. Michael Morgan June M. Morrison Dr. Phillip Parham & Ms. Carin Williams Susan & David Peterson Sam & Barbara Pettway Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Helen M. Regenstein Sharon & David Schachter Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer Sonny & Jeanne Seals Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton III Charlotte & Tom Shields Karen & Alex Stickney Susan & Alan Stiefel Maria-Ruth Storts Kathy & Ron Tomajko Cynthia Widner Wall & James A. Wall Mr. & Mrs. J. T. Wiley, Jr. John & Kathy Zamer $1,500+ Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda C. Adams Diane & Kent Alexander Elaine & Miles Alexander Dr. Rhona S. Applebaum & Mr. Mark Peabody Mary Allen Arnold Elizabeth & John Bacon Lisa & Joe Bankoff Mr. Gregg D. Bedol Mark & Pam Bell Mr. & Mrs. John Benator Sara & Alex Brown Aubrey & Carol Bush Susan & Tom Callaway Candace Carson Dr. & Mrs. S. Wright Caughman Melodie H. Clayton Rita & Ralph Connell Brad & Sally Currey Bill Damaschke George & Bonnie Daneker Ralph & Ree Edwards Mr. & Mrs. Tim Eyerly Michael & Jody Feldman Andrew & Wendie Fisher Viki & Paul Freeman Linda M. Garrett Ms. Amy Gerome-Acuff & Mr. Daniel Acuff Karen & Andrew Ghertner Mr. & Mrs. Judson Graves Melinda Cooper Holladay & Phil Holladay Stephen & Taylor Horne

Dr. Joyce F. Houser Mr. & Mrs. Richard T. Howerton III Mark Keiser Dr. William A. Kiser Brian & Carrie Kurlander Conchita Heyn & Robert Lichtefeld Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh, III Jim & Jo McLean The Zaban Foundation Janice & Tom Munsterman Joan Netzel & John Gronwall Mr. & Mrs. Chau Nguyen Peg Petersen Erin Quinn Ratonyi Family Philanthropic Fund Rebecca & John Reeves Dr. Susan Rifkin & Mr. David Rifkin Mr. Steve A. Robinson Peter & Alice Rogers Dr. & Mrs. Fredric Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Michael Salyards Mr. Scott Seydel & Mrs. Pat Mitchell-Seydel Nancy & Gerald Silverboard Dr. & Mrs. Robert Simmermon Jim & Janie Stratigos Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Ms. Natasha Trethewey Mr. & Mrs. Ted Verren Ms. Avril Vignos Mr. & Mrs. D. K. Wheeler Sue S. Williams Ricardo Simon David & Virginia Sjoquist Victoria Sloan Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Smith Fred B. Smith Mr. & Mrs. David Souerwine Chirs & Allyson Speaks Tony Spurlin Barry Spurlock Elizabeth Stafford Mrs. Charlita R. Stephens-Walker Helaine & Richard Sugarman Dr. & Mrs. Michael Szikman Faye Tate Arlene & David Taylor Lanie Taylor & Evan Pontz Robert Thompson & John Stegall Mr. & Mrs. William H. Townsend Wanda & Robert Truesdale John & Bunny Underwood Mr. & Mrs. Jerel Verner Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Vivona Mr. Tom Warner & Mrs. Vicki Warner Caitlin Way Brooke Weinmann In Honor of Winston Weinmann Greg & Teresa Wellborn Jack Wexler Tom Williams Mr. Jorn Winter Kareem Yearwood Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Young Dr. & Mrs. Feroze A. Yusufji * Deceased


annual fund Individual donors contribute more than $2 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 for the 2016/17 season from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.

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 Kristen Buckley Jamie Clements Kat Conley Patrick Conley Megan DeWitt Smith Christina Dresser Jody Feldman Collins Goss

Kristin Hathaway Hansen Danielle Hicks Jim Hubbert Rachel Jones Max Leventhal Kyle Longwell Liz Lyons Suzanne Morris Christopher Moses Margo Moskowitz Victor Mouledoux Janine Musholt

Patrick Myers Rosemary Newcott J. Noble Johnnie Oliver Courtney O’Neill Elisia’ Parker Willie Palmer Parks Thomas Pinckney Rebecca Pogue Mike Schleifer Amy Schwartz Brian Shively

Vincent Simons Matthew Tanner Laura Thruston Bret Torbeck Brenda Turner Caitlin Way Cindy Lou Who Jackie Williams Jennifer Williford Michael Winn

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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 own person 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 Caitlin Way at 404.733.4757 or Caitln.Way@alliancetheatre.org. Rita M. Anderson Anonymous Betty Blondeau-Russell Jim & Anne Breedlove Ezra Cohen Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft, III Sallie Adams Daniel Linda & Gene Davidson Howard & Ellen Feinsand Laura & John Hardman Glen E. & Nancy Hesler

P.J. Younglove Hovey William C. Hyde Lauren & David Kiefer Virginia Vann* & Ken Large Anna & Hays Mershon Mr. & Mrs. John McColskey Phil & Caroline Moise Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Victoria & Howard Palefsky Jan Pomerantz Helen M. Regenstein Margaret & Bob Reiser

Neal & Tricia Schachtel Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton, III Jane E. Shivers Roger J. Smith & Christopher M. Jones Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Rick & Terri 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 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 fundsaving 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 Destiny Stancil at destiny.stancil@ alliancetheatre.org.

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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 43 partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.

$1 MILLION+

RHONDA AND DAN CATHY

WALTER CLAY HILL & FAMILY FOUNDATION A FRIEND OF THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

$500,000+

Bank of America Mr. and Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation Invesco Ltd. Sarah and Jim Kennedy

The Marcus Foundation, Inc. The Sara Giles Moore Foundation

$400,000+ Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Douglas J. Hertz Family Lucy R. and Gary Lee, Jr.

$300,000+ King & Spalding, Partners & Employees PNC The Rich Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc.

$250,000+

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SunTrust Teammates

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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 Director of New Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celise Kalke Playwright in Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pearl Cleage Casting & Engagement Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hershey Millner Spelman Leadership Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maya Lawrence Yale Directing Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Dinkova Kenny Leon Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibi Owolabi Literary Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Graf Evans Spelman Interns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La’Candis Brown, Eniola Sodeke Reiser Lab Artists . . . . Melissa Foulger, Keith Franklin, Hank Kimmel, Eric Little, Daphne Mintz, Lee Osorio, Angela Farr Schiller Tisha Whitaker, Anthony White, Rodney Williams

Properties Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liz Lyons Master Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzanne Cooper Morris Props Artisans . . . . . . . . . Bruce Butkovich, Kathryn Muse, Kimberly Townsend Scenery Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Longwell Shop Foreman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Conley Lead Welder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Lyons Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manny Abreo, Cassie Garner, Marlon Wilson Charge Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kat Conley Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Brooks Sound Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Jarvis Sound Engineers . . . . . . . . . . Emma Lipsitt, Holly O’Reagan, Graham Schwartz

Production Management Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor W. Smith Stage Management Associate Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margo Moskowitz Resident Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bret Torbeck Alliance Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Campbell, lark hackshaw, Kara Procell, Jayson T. Waddell, R. Lamar Williams Costumes Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . Spencer Henderson Stage Management Production Assistants . . . . Skylar Burks, Britney DeRosa, Allison Kelly Assistant Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April Andrew Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Kennedy, Cindy Lou Who Craftsmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diana L. Thomas Stage Operations Stitchers/1st Hands . . . . . . . . . . Laury Conley, Lyudmila Fesenko, Brett Parker Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Bowne Wig Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Ewing Assistant Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney O’Neill Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hauzia Conyers, Katy Munroe, Niki Traxler Crew Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Simons Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Palmer Parks Automation Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Victor Mouledoux Jr. Electrics Lighting and Projections Department Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steven Love Properties Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haylee Scott Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabby Ide, Steve Jordan, Lauren Robinson EDUCATION Dan Reardon Director of Education Teaching Artists (cont’d) . . . . . Neeley Gossett, Al Hamacher, Robert Hindsman, & Associate Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Moses Mira Hirsch, Catherine Dee Holly, Elizabeth Horn, BJ Hughes, Jenna Jackson, Administrative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Jones Rachel Jones, Carole Kaboya, Ameenah Kaplan, Ashe Kazanjian, Adam King, David Kote, LeeAnna Lambert, Clayton Landey, Bethany Lind Mendenhall, Database & Content Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Dresser Nicole Livieratos, Amy Lucas, Barry Stewart Mann, Cara Mantella, Gloria Martin, Family Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Aston Bosworth Early Childhood Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen Buckley Mari Martinez, Patrick McColery, Bryan Mercer, Karin Mervis, Sarah Newby Halicks, Rosemary Newcott, Donal Noonan, Lee Nowell, Teundras Oaks, Teen & Adult Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Wallis Mary Emily O’Bradovich, Lee Osorio, Brooke Owens, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs, Institute Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Pogue Tafee Patterson, Kelsey Poole, J.L. Reed, Gabriella Rosado, Julissa Sabino, Manager of Education Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Davis Viviana Sawyer, Linda Sherbert, David Sterritt, Jasmine Thomas, Education Customer Service Associates . . . . . . . . Nicole Kang, Tiffany Porter Ebony Tucker, Mark Valdez, Jose Vasquez, Amanda Wansa Morgan, Camp Coordinator & Family Programs Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . Aierelle McGill Rachel Wansker, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Caitlyn Weaver, Communications Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J. Noble Katy Whitson, Vallea Woodbury, Melissa Word Education Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Bunch Education Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin Geter Teen Ensemble Members . . . . . Austin Anderson, Gillian Baker, Laughton Berry, Tyler Bey, Caroline Caden, Amiel Djoume, Kalonjee Gallimore, Travis Harper, Teaching Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Try one of these

local restaurants before or after the show. For dinner-and-show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers. renovated urban warehouse, offers approachable, high-energy American cuisine. Whether it is small plates or a three-course meal, ONE adds gourmet

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M Midtown

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LOBBY — The much-praised Lobby Bar and Bistro is a stylish yet casual modern American bistro that entices guests with its tempting aromas and alluring atmosphere.. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M

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AMERICAN LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT + BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M


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PARISH — Unique people, delicious food and good-for-the-Earth goods all come together at this brasserie and neighborhood café. Step off the BeltLine and join the vibrant culture of Inman Park. Whether you go upstairs to the brasserie or head downstairs to the café, expect inspired familiar American food, inventive beverages and warm hospitality. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner

The truffle mac-and-cheese at Paces & Vine is a don’t-miss kinda dish. Seriously. 32 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

SOHO’s Painted Hills short rib tacos, black pepper mustard, caramelized onions, cilantro sauce in potato shell. options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta.com. V TWO URBAN LICKS — Heats up the Atlanta restaurant scene with its fiery American cooking. The experience available at TWO urban licks has made it one of the city’s busiest restaurants on a nightly basis.820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE ROOM AT TWELVE — Go to this modern American steakhouse for drinks, steaks and sushi. You’ll find it on West Peachtree Street in the boutique TWELVE Hotel, Centennial Park. Room is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call or visit for reservations and more. 400 Peachtree St NW, #12, 404.418.1250. roomattwelve. com, D

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PACES & VINE — Located in The Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus led by Atlanta Chef Kyle Schmidt who comes to Paces & Vine after eight years in Atlanta kitchens King and Duke, JCT Kitchen and No. 246, among others. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch.. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V


THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen.com. B, M, V

ABOVE: SOUTH CITY KITCHEN VININGS’ Shrimp and Red Mule Grits with tasso ham and smoked tomatopoblano gravy can be prepared gluten-free, as can many other items on the menu.

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THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, togrp.com/venue/stk-atlanta. M BREW PUB/GOURMET PUB FARE GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this breweryrestaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN — This Southern-inspired gastropub located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta “celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the South,” using locally sourced ingredients in their fresh, modern take on traditional dishes. Beverages? Your choices run from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A208, 404.939.9845, thesoutherngentlemanatl.com. B BREW PUB/GOURMET PUB FARE TAP –A GASTROPUB — The spot for seasonally driven, innovative comfort food. An extensive international beer list and innovative barrel wine program make TAP a convivial place to have a pint. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M CREOLE/CAJUN COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. 34 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta.com. V DINNER THEATER LIPS-ATLANTA — Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, part wa-a-ay overthe-top dinner theater in Brookhaven. The only things padded here are the waitresses. Open Wed.-Sun. only. Reservations required for dinner shows (not for the bar). Complimentary on-site valet parking. See website for more important information. 3011 Buford Hwy, 404.315.7711, atldragshow.com. BH EUROPEAN FUSION ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M ITALIAN LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposed-brick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria.com. M MEXICAN ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. NE, 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com. VH


THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE SPANISH/IBERIAN FUSION GYPSY KITCHEN — The culinary riches of Spain, influenced by Moroccan and Indian cuisines; sharable Spanish snacks and plates served in a stylish modern atmosphere in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A209, 404.939.9840, gypsykitchenatl. com. B SEAFOOD/SUSHI LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M VEGAN HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia.

ABOVE: The rest of the menu at the allvegan HERBAN FIX is just as beautiful — and flavorful — as these stunning appetizers. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787. M

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