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“Oh my name it is nothin’/My age it means less.” BOB DYLAN I thought it appropriate as we celebrate poet and painter Ashely Bryan to revisit our latest Nobel Prizewinning poet, Bob Dylan. That early lyric of his always stuck with me. Maybe because age always felt sort of arbitrary. When I was 5, I felt like a grandfather. When I turned 30, I almost looked 16. And at any point in any day, I toggle between feeling 6 or 80. And what does it mean for the age of an organization? The Alliance will turn 50 in 2018 and this question was on all of our minds as we pondered what theater we wanted to become as we hit that milestone. When I met Ashley that lyric truly came to life. It was last spring, and he was 92 but bounded up the stairs to his studio like a teenager. He read from the pages of his latest book (the Newbery Honor-winning Freedom Over Me) with the power of a man at the peak of health. His hair was shockingly white, yet he greeted us with the curiosity and innocence of a toddler. Here was a human being so open to wonder that he found the miraculous in the seemingly ordinary. The rising of the sun, the crayon drawings of a child, the smell of fresh tea. Ashley seemed to be that rare human being absolutely brimming with both innocence and experience. How could the same man who experienced the horrors of Normandy Beach and lived through the dehumanizing era of segregation see the world so innocently and full of hope? This was not the pat innocence that plagues the naïve but the innocence born of wisdom — the wide-eyed innocence of the saints, who are fully aware of life’s suffering and still find it all so achingly beautiful. And so worthy to share with friends and strangers. Welcome to the wonderful world of Ashley Bryan! This project marks our third annual collaboration with the High Museum of Art, which is celebrating Ashley’s astounding legacy through its stunning exhibition Painter & Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan. I encourage all of you to visit that exhibition, for it can’t help but leave you more hopeful and more joyful about our world. Speaking of joy, what you are about to see in The Dancing Granny is an unabashedly joyful meditation on work, collaboration and the power of staying young at heart. I can’t think of a better way to begin our off-site season than to have Granny “shake it to the east, shake it to the west” and dance all over our city. Here is our gift to Atlanta, an invitation to recklessly celebrate all that is joyful, a rhythmic reminder of the capacity of the human spirit and a perfect introduction to the world of Ashley Bryan. Our playwright, Jiréh Breon Holder — one of the most gifted and promising young writers in our field — speaks about divine collaboration, that nearly mystical feeling that the right artists are attracted to the right project at the right time. This certainly rings true with The Dancing Granny. Our cast and creative team (led with such a sure hand by director Leora Morris and choreographer Ameenah Kaplan) have poured their hearts and souls into this project, fueled by a call to spread the gospel of Ashley Bryan. And then there’s you, our adventurous audience, called to join us in this audacious experiment of taking our show on the road as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary in our new theater. Here’s hoping that Granny Anika’s joyful dancing will propel us into the next 50 years. Oh, how that thought just “sweets me so!” Sincerely, Christopher Moses Dan Reardon Associate Artistic Director & Director of Education Programs ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

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Come Dance With ‘Granny’ The Alliance’s family-friendly world premiere pops artist Ashley Bryan’s characters onto the stage in an adaptation by award-winning playwright Jiréh Breon Holder by Julie Bookman

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Ameenah Kaplan, who plays Granny and choreographed the show, offers a sneak peek af the Alliance Theatre’s world premiere of The Dancing Granny.

GRANNY GETS AROUND Because the Alliance Theatre is in the midst of renovations, The Dancing Granny is being staged at three locations: • Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, 4484 Peachtree Road NE (June 10-18); • The Galloway School in Buckhead, 215 W. Wieuca Road NW (June 24-July 2);

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• Spelman College in southwest Atlanta, 350 Spelman Lane (July 8-16).

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hey done chop off my foot!” Sarah Bryan cried out to a room full of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren one day more than 50 years ago. She’d just had a minor surgery on her toe. Moments after her dramatic announcement, she was up and dancing again.

Many of us have grandmothers (grandfathers, too), who use expressions that tickle and intrigue us. “The music sweet me so,” is what Sarah would say to explain why she simply had to get up and dance. She’d dance from one room to the next. She’d dance as she stirred a pot or made her bed. ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

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Sarah Bryan, who came from Antigua in the West Indies, was the grandmother of renowned artist and author Ashley Bryan, whose output includes some 50 children’s books (from Beautiful Blackbird to Sail Away). Just like the title character in his awardwinning 1977 children’s book, The Dancing Granny, Grandma Sarah would “shake it to the east” and “shake it to the west.” The Alliance Theatre has turned Bryan’s book into a play; the adaptation is by playwright Jiréh Breon Holder, whose recent Too Heavy for Your Pocket sold out its Alliance run and has been scheduled to play off-Broadway in the fall. When Bryan, a scholar of African and African-American folklore, set out to create The Dancing Granny — itself a retelling of the 1936 Antiguan trickster tale He Sings to Make the Old Woman Dance, Grandma Sarah was both muse and model. The Dancing Granny is about a lazy old spider named Ananse, who fools Granny Anika into dancing miles away from her garden so he can steal vegetables like the “sweeter than sweets” beets. Grandma Sarah had six children, all of whom left the Caribbean and settled in the New York City area. At age 68, she came to visit her brood — and stayed 20 years. When Bryan returned from World War II, she was living with his parents. “I loved to sit there with my sketchpad, trying to capture the joy and rhythm of her 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

movements,” Bryan recalls. “She never posed for me. I simply drew her in quiet moments or in action. I always wanted to capture the body in its many marvelous motions.” (Sarah died in the late 1960s at age 90). The Dancing Granny storybook contains 75 or so expressive ink-and-brush drawings of the old gal kicking it up, flipping a cartwheel, spinning, shimmying, sashaying. The small but meaty volume is still available, and invites you to thumb through its pages as fast as a flipbook. Holder’s world premiere stage adaptation has six characters: Anika the Granny, Ananse the Spider, the Sun (who drums), the Earth and the Wind (who dance) and the Old Man. The play encourages us “to embrace the small joys of life, and to dance every chance we get,” says Holder. He describes this first effort at a piece for young audiences as “surrounding” and says “Everyone will feel like they are part of the vegetable garden.” Holder laments a 21st-century move away from moralistic characters and relished the chance to work on this tale and “spend time with these flawed yet fun characters as they make their way through a fable designed to teach old and young alike the value of working together.”

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Poet, painter and Newbery Honor winner Ashley Bryan (in light jacket) leans into an invite-only preview of the new work based on his 1977 book.


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A’RIEL TINTER | COURTESY OF THE ASHLEY BRYAN CENTER

FROM TOP: Drummer Akumba BynumRoberson (left), Ashley Bryan, actor Benjamin DeWitt Sims, actor Ameenah Kaplan and playwright Jiréh Breon Holder; Bryan with his Grandma Sarah, in the Bronx, about 1960.

“My grandmother treated the whole world like it was a little village,” says Bryan, who’s 93 and writes and creates art daily at his longtime home on Little Cranberry Island off the Maine coast. “When she was on a city bus she would talk to people next to her like she’d always known them and they’d always known her.” In shaping his play, Holder was inspired by his own grandmother, who also loved to dance. He calls the show “a dance party honoring the fact that many of us remember our grandmothers fondly.” Ameenah Kaplan plays Granny. The actor-drummer-dancer started the project as its choreographer before being asked to take the lead role. “For me, the big surprise has been how well I fit into Ashley’s world,” Kaplan says. “It’s like we may be cut from the same cloth. We exist in music, color, rhythm, simplicity and a connection to nature.” It has felt natural slipping into Granny’s skin, she says, adding, “Rhythm is always flowing through me.” A


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Ashley Bryan loved to sketch his Grandma Sarah in quiet moments. He calls the show she helped inspire “a dance party honoring the fact that many of us remember our grandmothers fondly.”

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This is the third summer that the Alliance Theatre has staged a familyfriendly play pulled from a children’s book by a top artist. First came Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, based on the Mo Willems storybook; last year brought Pancakes, Pancakes! from Eric Carle. Like The Dancing Granny, both were staged in conjunction with High Museum of Art exhibitions honoring the artist. Painter & Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan features 70 works of his art, including several eccentric puppets made from found objects. See it through Jan. 21, 2018.

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The History of Ananse the Spider

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nanse, a cunning spider, is one of the most popular characters in West African folklore. The stories of Ananse derive from the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. As the son of Nyame, an Ashanti supreme being, Ananse created the sun, moon and stars. His cleverness led to mischief, however, causing Nyame to punish him by turning him into a spider. As a spider, Ananse retained his power and became the “Keeper of All Stories.” Generations of storytellers have kept this folklore alive. And, due to the slave trade and immigration, the spider’s tales

have spread with the African diaspora into the Americas and the Caribbean. This has led to many tales in which the spider is called various names. But one characteristic always remains: Ananse is the ultimate trickster.

Ananse’s Names Around the World • Bahamas: Anansi Drew • Colombia: Anancy •Curaçao: Kompa Nanzi • Jamaica: Bra Ansansi, Bra Spaida • Virgin Islands: Bru Anansi • South Carolina: Aunt Nancy, Ba Yentay

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CAST in alphabetical order AKUMBA BYNUM-ROBERSON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sun/Drummer/Percussionist/Musician * AMEENAH KAPLAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dancing Granny/Musician CHANI MAISONET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wind/Musician BREANNA ROSS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earth/Musician * EUGENE H. RUSSELL IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old Man BENJAMIN DeWITT SIMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spider/Musician UNDERSTUDIES AMANDA BONILLA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earth/Wind/Musician KALAH BYRD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dancing Granny/Musician OTIS GOULD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sun/Drummer/Percussionist/Musician CHRISTIAN MAGBY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spider/Old Man/Musician

STAGE MANAGEMENT * LIZ CAMPBELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Manager SKYLAR BURKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Production Assistant ROBIN BONTA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Intern PRODUCTION AND DESIGN ASSISTANCE ASHLEY JAMES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Director EMILY KLEYPAS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casting Assistance CHANI MAISONET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dance Captain BENJAMIN DeWITT SIMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Stage Manager FOR THIS PRODUCTION GABBY IDE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lighting Programmer PIPER KIRCHHOFER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Follow Spot Operator EMMA LIPSITT, HOLLY O’REAGAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sound Engineers WILLIE PARKS, VINCENT SIMONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Operations NIKI TRAXLER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wardrobe SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR HOSTS AT OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY’S CONANT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, THE GALLOWAY SCHOOL AND SPELMAN COLLEGE.

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profiles AKUMBA BYNUMROBERSON (Sun/Drummer/ Percussionist/Musician) is thrilled to make his Alliance debut! Akumba is a percussion instructor at Kilombo Academic & Cultural Institute and an accompanist for West African dance courses taught through Spelman College’s dance department. He has more than 20 years of experience as a drummer. Peace, love, light and gratitude to friends and family. AMEENAH KAPLAN (Choreographer, Dancing Granny/ Musician) began her career as a performer with the original American cast of Stomp. She has since worked as an actor onstage and in television and film, including recurring roles on “The Office” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She is a drum coach for Blue Man Group and has played with everyone from Rihanna and Macy Gray to Adam Lambert and Alisan Porter. She’s a multi-award-winning choreographer of more than two dozen shows, specializing in high-impact physical theater and rhythm. Ameenah is so proud to be a part of this production and dedicates her performance to Rosemary Newcott. CHANI MAISONET (Wind/ Musician, Dance Captain) is so excited to make her Alliance family series debut! She is a proud vocal performance/Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business alumna of Kennesaw State University. She was recently seen as Nina 2 in Simply Simone (Theatrical Outfit), In the Heights (Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit) and Morales in A Chorus Line (Atlanta Lyric Theatre). This summer and fall she plays Florika/US Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit). When Chani is not performing, she works as a vocal coach by day and teaches dance by night. Follow her: @chanimaisonet on Instagram and Facebook.com/ maisonetchani. BREANNA ROSS (Earth/ Musician) is originally from Orlando, Fla., and a recent graduate of the University of Florida. During her years in Gainesville she performed both on campus and throughout the city. Each fall, she participates in UF’s Agbedidi, performing a series of

traditional West African pieces under the direction of Mohamed DeCosta and guest artists. She choreographed at UF and performed in a local production of The Color Purple. She is excited to work with the Alliance Theatre and showcase a bit of her West African teachings! EUGENE H. RUSSELL IV (Old Man) is a proud Atlanta native and Tennessee State University alumnus. Regional theatre credits include What I Learned In Paris, Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL and Cuttin’ Up (Alliance Theatre), Memphis (Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit), Our Town (True Colors), Much Ado About Nothing (Georgia Shakespeare), Intersection of Dreams (Push Push) featuring his original compositions, and Before It Hits Home (St. Louis Black Rep) for which he received the prestigious Woodie King, Jr. Award. Recent Film/TV credits include Fox’s “Star” and BET’s “The Quad.” A seasoned voiceover artist and saxophonist, Eugene’s most cherished roles are husband to Naima and “Dada” to Ellie and Addie. BENJAMIN DeWITT SIMS (Spider/Musician, Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to make his Alliance debut! Recent Atlanta credits include Strait of Gibraltar and The One and Only Ivan (Synchronicity Theatre); and In the Heights and Into the Woods (Aurora Theatre). B.A. musical theater from Young Harris College. Benjamin is ecstatic and grateful for so many opportunities to do what he loves most and thanks his family and friends (given and chosen) for their support. AMANDA BONILLA (U/S Earth/ Wind/Musician) is excited to be in her first Alliance Theatre production! Her most recent shows include West Side Story, Shrek and A Chorus Line (Atlanta Lyric Theatre). She is also a freelance contemporary dancer working with the Emily Cargill and Dancers Company and a resident artist with The Work Room, Bella Dorado. Amanda teaches jazz, contemporary, Broadway and hip-hop dance at the Covington Regional Ballet, and choreographs for the Newton County Arts Association’s Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Acting Company. She received her B.F.A. in dance performance with a minor in education from Brenau University. ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG 21


profiles KALAH BYRD (U/S Dancing Granny/Musician) started her dance training at age 4 and although dance is her first love, she has a deep passion for the sciences. She pursued this passion at Tuskegee University, graduating in 2012 with a B.S. in animal, poultry and veterinary sciences. Kalah dedicates her time as a mentor and choreographer for the Essence Dance Team, a youth-based group that promotes self-esteem, character-building and performance. In 2015, Kalah became a certified ASA! fitness instructor. She began her apprenticeship with Giwayen Mata, the all-female drum and dance company, in September 2015. OTIS GOULD (U/S Sun/Drummer/ Percussionist/Musician) is pleased to return to the Alliance. He previously performed here in Once on This Island, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sophisticated Ladies and The Women of Brewster Place. Otis toured internationally with the European company of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2011-13), toured the United States with Crowns and recently was seen in Simply Simone at Theatrical Outfit. He has toured and recorded with the Chi-Lites, and recorded with the Dells, the Impressions and other Chicago artists. He has also performed with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. CHRISTIAN MAGBY (U/S Spider/Old Man/Musician) is excited make his debut at the Alliance Theatre! Regional credits: James and the Giant Peach (Georgia Ensemble Theatre); Ravished (Theater Emory); Christmas Canteen (Aurora Theatre); In the Heights (Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit); Dreamgirls, The Mousetrap and A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). This summer, his new musical Mother of God (co-created with Christian Albright) will premiere at the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival. B.F.A. in performing arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design, 2016. To God be the glory. www.christianmagby.com JIRÉH BREON HOLDER (Playwright) is honored to return to the Alliance Theatre, where his play Too Heavy for Your Pocket was the winner of the 2016/17 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Holder is now the Playwriting Fellow of the Department of Theater 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

and Creative Writing Program at Emory University. He has received the TCG Edgerton Foundation New Play Award as well as the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. His plays have been developed at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center and the Old Globe Theatre. After graduating from Morehouse College, he received his M.F.A. in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where his plays The Rules, 50:13 and Some Bodies Travel (co-written with Tori Sampson) were produced. He is a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa. ASHLEY BRYAN (Author) grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. He studied art at Cooper Union in New York and earned a degree in Philosophy at Columbia University. A beloved illustrator, he was recently named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He has also been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; has been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over Me; Sail Away; Beautiful Blackbird; Beat the Story-Drum, Pum Pum; Let It Shine; Ashley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine. LEORA MORRIS (Director) is originally from Toronto and works as the Yale Directing Fellow at the Alliance Theatre. Select directing credits include Orphans (Coal Mine Theatre, Toronto); He Left Quietly (2014 SummerWorks best production award, Toronto); Amy and the Orphans,Women Beware Women, The Troublesome Reign of King John, Riverbank: A Noh Play for Northerly Americans (Yale School of Drama); The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Love Holds a Lamp in This Little Room, He Left Quietly (Yale Cabaret). Leora received Toronto’s 2012 Ken MacDougall Award for emerging directors, served as co-artistic director for Yale Cabaret’s 48th season and was co-awarded the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize in directing upon graduating with her M.F.A. in directing from Yale School of Drama. She was accepted to the O’Neill Institute’s National Directors Fellowship. Upcoming: Crossing Delancey, Alliance Theatre. www.leoramorris.com.


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profiles CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON (Set Designer) Recent work includes the world premieres of peerless (Yale Rep); Midsummer (Tiltyard); The Zero Scenario, Love Holds a Lamp in This Little Room and The Untitled Project (Yale Cabaret). Other recent projects include the North American premiere of He Left Quietly, which traveled to the Toronto SummerWorks Festival in 2015 and was named best production; Diary of One Who Disappeared (Cantata Profana); The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant; Macbeth; and The Master & Margarita. Assisting credits include Southern Comfort (The Public); The Rockettes New York Spectacular; The Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Scenes From Court Life (Yale Rep; assistant art direction for “The Blacklist” Season 4 (NBC); “Red Oaks” Season 2 (Amazon); “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO); and “Girls” Season 5 (HBO). He has an M.F.A. in design from the Yale School of Drama and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. CTSetDesign.com. JEFF CONE (Costume Designer) most recently designed Courtenay’s Cabaret at the Alliance. Before moving to Atlanta, Jeff spent 16 seasons as Portland Center Stage’s resident costume designer, working on more than 75 productions (50 of those in PCS’ first eight seasons at the Armory). Favorite PCS productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Imaginary Invalid, Black Pearl Sings!, Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park. Jeff received Drammy awards in Portland for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act a Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline. KEN YUNKER (Lighting Designer) is the resident lighting designer for the Sarasota Opera. Alliance credits: Troubadour; Pancakes, Pancakes!; Native Guard; The Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Good People; What I Learned in Paris; Into the Woods; August: Osage County; Avenue X; Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Aladdin; The Underpants; and The Miracle Worker. National credits: Florida Grand Opera, Utah Shakespeare, Atlanta Opera, Bermuda Arts Festival, McCarter Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Utah Opera. Atlanta awards: 4 Suzi Bass awards for outstanding lighting with 4 nominations; 7 Jennie awards for best lighting; Abbey artist of the year nomination; Creative Loafing choice for Best of Atlanta. 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

CLAY BENNING (Sound Designer) has been the resident sound designer at the Alliance Theatre for 16 years, designing more than 90 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 23 Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young productions. Recent work includes Troubadour; Courtenay’s Cabaret; Disgraced; Pancakes, Pancakes!; Edward Foote; and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He has also designed at Georgia Shakespeare, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theatrical Outfit, Geva Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Georgia Aquarium. Awards: Six Suzi Bass awards for outstanding sound design with 14 nominations. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.A.), North Carolina School of the Arts (M.F.A.) and a member of IATSE/USA829 and TSDCA. CAROLE D’AGOSTINO (Puppet Designer) is a puppeteer and fabricator for TV, film and stage. She is the puppet shop manager at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Previous work: The Jim Henson Creature Shop NYC, Puppet Heap and the Huntington Theater Company. Selected puppetbuilding credits for film/TV: Muppets: Most Wanted, “Sesame Street,” “Crank Yankers,” “Greg the Bunny.” Broadway: Avenue Q, Pippin, Shrek the Musical. Off Broadway: ImaginOcean (Drama Desk nomination), 1001 Nights, Arias With a Twist, The Little Prince. Alliance Theatre puppet design work includes Play the Play With Cat the Cat. Her original pieces The Hoarding Show and Helix of Fire have been featured at festivals and puppet slams nationally. LIZ CAMPBELL (Stage Manager). Recent Alliance credits include Cinderella and Fella; A Christmas Carol; Ugly Lies the Bone; Pancakes, Pancakes!; Tiger Style!; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical; James and the Giant Peach; Shrek; Charlotte’s Web; and The Wizard of Oz. Local credits include Million Dollar Quartet, Dreamgirls, Peter Pan, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Ragtime and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Atlanta Lyric Theatre); Dividing the Estate, It’s a Wonderful Life, Confederacy of Dunces and Big River (Theatrical Outfit). She holds a B.F.A. in theater from Niagara University. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Love to Ali and Maggie.


profiles CELISE KALKE (Director of New Projects) is excited to be working with Jiréh Breon Holder, Leora Morris and Ameenah Kaplan! She joined the Alliance staff in 2005, and has managed the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. She is thrilled that two Alliance/Kendeda alums have written new adaptations for Young Audiences – Jiréh Breon Holder and Ken Lin. Before moving to the Alliance, she was the director of the literary department at the Public Theater in New York, working with writers such as John Guare, Diana Son, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stephen Adly Guirgis, and serving as the production dramaturg for Shakespeare in Central Park productions. 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. While 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 thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection.

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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 such as Tuck Everlasting; The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. 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.


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discover us. discover you. discover us. discover you. This folktale from West Africa by way of the Caribbean has an important message for all of us, particularly children. Even when someone mistreats you, a gentle response may win their friendship. Granny wins over Spider Ananse through patience and dance rather than through anger. The spider learns that one must work for food, not just take it! He also learns another lesson: Doing something together, in this case dancing, makes the task more pleasant and rewarding. The music and dance, plus the messages that The Dancing Granny conveys, makes this a special theater experience. 

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synopsis Kids and adults will be tapping their feet all over Atlanta as Ananse, the clever spider of African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her garden so he can take her vegetables. But his plan backfires when he is drawn into the dance himself! A world premiere for youth and families based on the beloved childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book by 2017 Newbery Honor winner Ashley Bryan. Connect with us and other audience members on your Alliance experience. Share your comments and photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with hashtags #DancingGranny, #AllianceTheatre and #AllianceOnTheRoad. Plus, search your social media platforms with those hashtags for fun, behind-the-scenes photos from our cast, crew and creative team.

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about the alliance theatre The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage 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, 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 high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 100 original productions including Tony Award® winners The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice, and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. The Alliance has developed and premiered important American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring, and subsequent productions, including the world premieres of 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 and most recently, The Prom. The Alliance also creates and nurtures the careers of artists through the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing the world premiere for the competition winner as part of the regular season, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental support and production resources for three performing arts projects each year. 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 50,000 students each year experience age-specific professional performances and participate in acting classes, drama camps, and inschool 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. These programs include Georgia Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts and Dramaturgy by Students, in which students create research material that informs Alliance productions and prepares peer audiences. The work produced by the Alliance allows locally based artists the chance to create on a nationally watched stage, building and sustaining Atlanta’s artistic community. The vision of the Alliance Theatre is to be a beacon of leadership for the national field, while remaining deeply rooted in and reflective of our local Atlanta community. MISSION Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. VISION The Alliance will lead the national field by deeply engaging with its local community, modeling radical inclusion and catalytic experiences on our stages, in our classrooms, and throughout Atlanta. alliancetheatre.org or 404.733.4650 30 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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 Laura Brightwell Megan Burton Peter Carter Jeffrey S. Cashdan Steve Chaddick* Tena Clark Leigh Ann Costley Allison Dukes Fred Ehlers Reade Fahs* Howard Feinsand* Andrea Freeman Richard Goerss* Pat Gunning Virginia A. Hepner^* Lila Hertz* Jocelyn Hunter* Erika James Sam Johnson

Anne Kaiser* John Keller Lauren Kiefer* Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Alan McKeon* Dori Miller Hala Moddelmog* Phil Moise* 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 Bobby Rosenbloum Steve Selig Pam Sessions 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 Moise*

Joel Alvarado Maurice Baker Shana Basnight Danny Blumenfeld Heidi Boykin Tarsha Whitaker Calloway Madison Cario Emily Decker Makeba Dixon-Hill Angela Edmond Ashby Fox Patsy Garrett Matt Geller Karen Gentry Henry Gonzalez September Gray Lauren Linder Grunberg Nancy Halwig Janet Stovall Harrell Michael Kaluzny Rachelle Kuramoto Mark Lee Carolina Margarella Santiago Marquez Carol Meadows Ryland McClendon Darryal McCullough Marjorie Mitchell Dedi Mohr Michelle Morgan Valerie Mosley Joan Netzel Gail Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Michael Parver Kathy Portnoy Jennifer Schwartz Jibran Shermohammed Robert D. Simmermon Chuck Taylor Natasha Trethewey Alexandra Tucci Nse Ufot

Charmaine Ward Amanda Watkins Ellen Adair Wyche * Executive Committee Member ^ Ex-officio

volunteer leadership

President, STARS Jane Morgan Chairman, Theater Advocates Joan Milsap Chairman, Theater Educators Myra Medlin & Faye Windham Chairman, Theater Ushers Mary Wellington Chairman, Hospitality Susan Stiefel

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

★★★★★★★ $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. 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 Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation

Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Rich Foundation The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

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

DS Services Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia Natural Gas Georgia-Pacific Corporation Georgia Power

Hire Profile National Endowment for the Arts The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

John and Mary Franklin Foundation Jones Day King & Spalding The Kroger Company National Distributing Company

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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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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 18, 2017.

$100,000+ Sarah & Jim Kennedy $50,000+ Dean DuBose & Bronson Smith $25,000+ Barbara & Steve Chaddick Katie & Reade Fahs David & Carolyn Gould Starr Moore & The James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Victoria & Howard Palefsky Patty & Doug Reid Sally G. Tomlinson $15,000-$24,999 Stephanie Blank-Jomaky Susan Booth & Max Leventhal Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile Ellen & Howard Feinsand Doris & Matthew Geller Anne & Mark Kaiser Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer Jane & Hicks Lanier Phil & Caroline MoĂŻse Bob & Margaret Reiser Linda & Steve Selig; Kathy & Steve Kuranoff Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Mr. & Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins Paul Wrights $10,000-$14,999 Ms. Kristin Adams The Balloun Family The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Laura Brightwell Megan Burton Mr. & Mrs. Peter Carter Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Cashdan Tena Clark LeighAnn & Chad Costley Mr. & Mrs. William Dukes Marsha & Richard Goerss Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Jocelyn J. Hunter John C. Keller David & Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley Hala & Steve Moddelmog Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison

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Stephen & Marjorie Osheroff L. Paul Pendergrass Mr. & Mrs. Asif Ramji Dan & Garnet Reardon Mr. & Mrs. Sean Reardon Dr. & Mrs. Matt Richburg Waffle House Mark & Linda Silberman Mr. & Mrs. Chris Sizemore Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Karen & John Spiegel Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Tim & Maria Tassopoulous Rosemarie & David Thurston Carol & Ramon TomĂŠ Family Fund Benny & Roxanne Varzi Susan & Tom Wardell Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Ramona & Ben White Suzy Wilner Mr. & Mrs. Monte Wilson Joni Winston Amy & Todd Zeldin $7,500-$9,999 Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Frank Buonanotte Linda & Gene Davidson Andrea Freeman Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Lynne & Steve Steindel $5,000-$7,499 James Anderson Franklin & Dorothy Chandler Ezra Cohen Charitable Trust Diane Durgin Eve & Bob Eckardt Dr. Marvin Goldstein Erin & John Heyman Mrs. Erika James David L. Kuniansky Juanita & John Markwalter Anna & Hays Mershon Dori & Jack Miller Walter W. Mitchell & Marci Schmerler Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Scott, Dallas, & Mia Pioli Dr. & Mrs. R. K. Sehgal William & Margarita Sleeper Mr. & Mrs. Sandeep Soni Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles* & Delores Stephens Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor

$2,500-$4,999 Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Theodore & Andrea Altholz Ellen Arnovitz John & Lynn Ayers Deborah L. Bannworth & Joy Lynn Fields The Rockdale Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Roland L. Bates Karen Beardslee & Susie McGinnis Candace & Jeff Bell Shirley Blaine Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Frank & Mary Anne Chew Mark & Ruth Coan Ann & Jim Curry Olivia Delacruz Foundation Marcia & John Donnell Eierman Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Norman Elliott John & Cindy Ethridge Diane & Daryl Evans Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller J. Alston Gardner Heidi & David Geller John Vaught & Karen Gentry Mr. Henry Gonzalez & Mrs. Bebe Kokab Mr. Kevin Greiner Ariana L. Hargrave & Mrs. Robyn S. Roberts John Haupert & Bryan Brooks 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 Dedi & Julian Mohr June M. Morrison Dr. Phillip Parham & Ms. Carin Williams Susan & David Peterson Sam & Barbara Pettway Mr. Thomas Pinckney Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Sharon & David Schachter Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton III Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Charlotte & Tom Shields


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annual fund $2,500-$4,999 (cont’d) Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Karen & Alex Stickney Susan & Alan Stiefel In honor of Carol Jones Maria-Ruth Storts Kathy & Ron Tomajko John & Kathy Zamer $1,500-$2,499 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 Mark & Pam Bell Mr. & Mrs. John Benator Sara & Alex Brown Aubrey & Carol Bush Susan & Tom Callaway Candace Carson

Melodie H. Clayton Ritad Ralph Connell Brad & Sally Currey Bill Damaschke George & Bonnie Daneker Ralph & Ree Edwards The Elster Foundation 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 Mr. & Mrs. Laurence O. Gray Melinda Cooper Holladay & Phil Holladay in honor of Caroline & Phil Moise 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 Janice & Tom Munsterman Erin Quinn Ratonyi Family Philanthropic Fund Rebecca & John Reeves Helen M. Regenstein 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 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 The Zaban Foundation * Deceased

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 Jamie Clements Kat Conley Megan DeWitt Smith Christina Dresser Jody Feldman Collins Goss Kristin Hathaway Hansen Max Leventhal

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Leora Morris Christopher Moses Margo Moskowitz Janine Musholt Patrick Myers Rosemary Newcott J. Noble Johnnie Oliver Elisia’ Parker Thomas Pinckney Rebecca Pogue

Mike Schleifer Amy Schwartz Brian Shively Matthew Tanner Laura Thruston Brenda Turner Caitlin Way Cindy Lou Who Jennifer Williford Michael Winn


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annual fund 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 in their estate plans. For more information about making a planned gift to benefit the Alliance Theatre, please contact Caitlin Way, Associate Dir. of Development, Board/Major Gifts at 404-733-4757 or caitlin.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

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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.

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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 Yale Directing Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leora Morris Artistic Support Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Kleypas Literary Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Oppenheim Spelman Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maya Lawrence Reiser Lab Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Anderson, David De Vries, Patricia Henritze, Matt Huff, Derreck Kayongo, Hank Kimmel, Vynnie Meli, Mary Lynn Owen, Naima Carter Russell, Kendall Simpson

Properties Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liz Lyons Master Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzanne Cooper Morris Props Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Butkovich

Costumes Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . Spencer Henderson Assistant Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April Andrew Design Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Jaked Carrier Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Kennedy, Cindy Lou Who Craftsmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diana L. Thomas Stitchers/1st Hands . . . . . . . . . . Laury Conley, Lyudmila Fesenko, Brett Parker Wig Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsay Ewing Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hauzia Conyers, Katy Munroe, Niki Traxler

Stage Management Resident Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bret Torbeck Alliance Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Campbell, lark hackshaw, Kara Procell, Jayson T. Waddell, R. Lamar Williams Stage Management Production Assistants . . . . Skylar Burks, Britney DeRosa, Allison Kelly

Scenery Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Longwell Shop Foreman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Conley Lead Welder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Lyons Lead Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Victor Mouledoux Jr. Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manny Abreo, Cassie Garner Charge Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kat Conley

Sound Production Management Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor W. Smith Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Jarvis Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margo Moskowitz Sound Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kris Meyer, Emma Lipsitt, Holly O’Reagan

Stage Operations Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Bowne Assistant Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney O’Neill Crew Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Simons Electrics Lighting and Projections Department Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steven Love Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Parks Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabby Ide, Steve Jordan 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, Education Customer Service Associates . . . . . . . . Nicole Kang, Tiffany Porter Camp Coordinator & Family Programs Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . Aierelle McGill Viviana Sawyer, Linda Sherbert, David Sterritt, Suzanne Stroup , Jasmine Thomas, Chase Thomaston, Ebony Tucker, Mark Valdez, Jose Vasquez, Communications Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J. Noble Amanda Wansa Morgan, Rachel Wansker, Andrea Washington, Education Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Bunch Davia Weatherill, Caitlyn Weaver, Katy Whitson, Vallea Woodbur, Melissa Word Teaching Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Aguirre, Will Amato, Ricardo Aponte, Kim Bowers-Rheay Baran, Jared Brodie, Chelsea Brown, Danye Brown, Teen Ensemble Members . . . . . Austin Anderson, Gillian Baker, Laughton Berry, Kati-Grace Brown, Lon Bumgarner, Kevin Bunch, Kirstin Calvert, Kara Cantrell, Tyler Bey, Caroline Caden, Amiel Djoume, Kalonjee Gallimore, Abigail Gowens, Katie Causey, Greg Changnon, Hannah Chatham, Hannah Church, Steve Coulter Travis Harper, Hope Hawkins, Skylar Hensley, Jalexis James, Daisy Jinadu, Megan Cramer, Nakeisha Daniel, Ben Davis, Theresa Davis, Shelli Delgado, Barbara Kincaid, Marshall Maby, Geordyn Marks, Taylor McKinney, Phillip DePoy, Jorge Donoso, John Doyle, Rachael Endrizzi, Jessica Espinoza, William Milhouse Jordan Powell, Adirah Robinson, Kellie Rodriquez, Hao Feng, Shelby Folks, Sharon Foote, Daryl Funn, Allison Gardner, Emmanuel Rojas, Monique Schloss, Stella Storino, Jaha Bela Taylor MANAGEMENT Managing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Schleifer Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Thruston Off-Campus Season Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donya K. Washington Management Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emika Abe Management Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cameron Frostbaum Administration & Finance Director of Finance & Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Shively Manager of Information Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Hubbert Accounting Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Hall Accounts Payable Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kadeja Moton Management Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patrick Myers Administration/Education Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elecia Crowley Development Director of Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Clements Associate Director of Development, Board Relations & Major Gifts . . Caitlin Way Grants Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Collins Goss Development Manager, Board Relations & Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan DeWitt Smith

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