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Nothing stands still. Not countries, not ideologies, not opinions, nor our own racing minds. Nothing. Eighteen months ago, in the early fall of 2014, we began the process of putting together the plays that would comprise our 2015-16 Alliance season. This timing is not, of itself, remarkable; this is our typical window for planning. Nor, at that moment, did it seem in any way remarkable to commit to bringing Atlanta a production of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s blistering thrill ride of a play. The pedigree was every bit as good as the play (not always the case, by the way) — a Tony nomination, a Pulitzer Prize, a slew of American theaters — more than 50 world-wide at last count — clamoring to produce the show in their respective cities. And the world did not stand still. Now is now. And while the play’s central character, a Muslim-American attorney with a seemingly unassailable façade of success, has remained the vitally complex and conflicted core of the play’s story, the world that meets this play is altered. We swim in a sea of vitriol and uneasiness that I, for one, could not have imagined 18 months ago. The actions of one are far more readily thought to be endemic of the whole. We confuse our fear of the unknown with rejection of the unknown. And for every voice that would lead us toward compassion, there seems to be another to lead us toward mistrust. As theatergoers and theater makers, we set a goal to meet the other. The person who comes from somewhere else. Believes other than we believe. We do this not because it is a medicinal thing, but because it can heal us. Grow our spirit. I have long loved this art form for its tireless pursuit of aiding and abetting our capacity for empathy. And the world does not stand still. Disgraced will not exist fully until you meet it. Until you give yourself to the story of its characters and their very specific context. And the racing world may make that choice harder to make now than it was 18 months ago when we decided to produce this play. And, perhaps, the racing world has made it all the more essential that we try to meet this play with open minds and hearts. Please tell me what you think.
In his Pulitzer-winning drama, playwright Ayad Akhtar explosively probes Muslim-American identity issues By: Julie Bookman
he Alliance Theatre begins 2016 with one of the boldest and most provocative plays in contemporary drama: Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Disgraced explores Islamophobia and the identity struggles of Muslim-Americans. Its Palestinian-American author has been widely touted as an important playwright still very much on the rise and “a dazzling new voice in American theater” by The Washington Post. Disgraced is, in fact, the most-produced play in the country this season, with 18 stagings at professional theaters, according to American Theatre magazine. “Of course I’m always flattered if people say nice things,” says the Milwaukee-raised Akhtar, 45, “but I have to take it with a grain of salt. I’m just trying to do the best I can. I’ve been at this for a while, and I hope to keep getting better at what I do.” We spoke to Akhtar from his home in New York City. These are highlights from our conversation. (Go to encoreatlanta.com for the complete interview.) Q: You’re also an actor, a novelist and a screenwriter. What particular pleasures do you find in writing for the theatre? A: At its best, there’s nothing like it. The audience is gathered for the experience of publicly living through a story with live actors. It reawakens in an unconscious way our roots and ritual, and I think that it binds us together more closely. It’s a much more galvanizing experience than the movies because you are experiencing something with a community.
Q: Disgraced builds to its boiling point during a dinner party. Why is that setting such a successful device for angst and controversy? A: It’s a natural circumstance that people believe. It’s a setting that gathers people who might otherwise not be in the same room. It allows for dramatic circumstances to happen in real time. Preserving the unities of setting and time. Audiences love that. Q: What writers have been most influential to you? A: It’s really individual works that have most affected me. Arthur Miller and All My Sons has been a huge influence. Others include David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. I’ve learned a lot from a lot of different writers — from Woody Allen’s earlier work to the “Seinfeld” TV sitcom. Q: You consider Disgraced to be a “deeply American” play. How so? A: We are witnessing the deterioration of public speech every day. We see it on the news, we see it everywhere — what people are saying about themselves, about others. Four or five years ago, you could never have imagined that public speech would become degraded to the extent that it is on the news every night. That’s the world the play is embodying. That’s the world today. So the play turned out to be very prescient. When I was writing it, I wasn’t even aware of where we were headed as a nation. Issues of identity and race and Islam and politics have become deeply nasty conversations, and yet you can hear them at the local coffee shop right now. I can’t take credit because it’s just
The cast of Disgraced, from left: Andrew Benator (Isaac), Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Jori), Jaspal Binning (Amir), Courtney Patterson (Emily) and Ali Sohaili (Abe).
Q: Before the action in Disgraced begins, the script stipulates that the pace needs to be “allegro con brio,” a musical term that means light and bold. Why? A: The text of the play is something of a musical score. It seems to work best when actors are aware that pacing, like in music, matters a lot. Q: You wrote this play as an “entertainment.” Can you explain that? A: I meant that the experience of doing the play and seeing the play should be an experience of engagement that’s not just about ideas. It’s also
a work of comedy, suspense, intrigue, delight, horror, shock. Q: Can something be entertaining while also being politically charged? A: I think Disgraced is trying to do that. I don’t know if it succeeds, but it is certainly trying. All of my works feel like they have their own personalities and destinies. Each resists my interference and seems to take on its own life. The best I can do is support the life a play has chosen. Q: What ideas or themes about the MuslimAmerican experience do you explore that are not necessarily addressed in Disgraced? A: All of my works in the past eight years have dealt with human comedy or the American experience from the point of view of AmericanMuslims. I think the issues I’m writing about are those that most communities and most people are dealing with. I certainly don’t believe the play covers all the ground. Disgraced is one of four
something that happened. Sometimes there is a deeper intelligence at work that eludes your own intelligence. In a way, the play itself has led the way. Disgraced ended up being a play about a world that was “coming into being.” It seems like the play has finally found its time. This is the moment the play is addressing.
A full plate Disgraced is one of eight works that Ayad Akhtar has written or is writing about the conflicting ideologies of Americans and Muslims. Besides the well-received novel American Dervish (2012), he’s working on two other novels. He’s written three plays since Disgraced, including The Invisible Hand and The Who & the What. The latter is set in Atlanta, in part because the playwright came up with the idea plays and one of seven overall works. Together, all of that will be an expansive picture of Muslim-American life. Q: How do people relate to Disgraced when they know very little about Islam? A: It depends on what they think about it. Even if they don’t know very much, I think the play leaves people with the freedom to think whatever they want. They can hate or not. They can see a bigger picture if they want to. One of the reasons the play has done well is that it doesn’t force you to think anything in particular. It gives you a powerful experience but it doesn’t tell you what it means. It leaves you to figure it out. Q: Disgraced is being staged all around the country. Is it difficult to constantly talk about a play you wrote several years ago when you’re trying to create new work? A: It’s what they call a high-class problem. One should wish for such a problem. A
for it while participating in the Decatur Book Festival a few years ago. The Who & the What centers on a young Pakistani-American woman who writes a novel that offends her family. Akhtar also is writing the script for an HBO adaptation of Disgraced. And he wrote a play titled Junk that will premiere at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse next season. It’s about the history of debt financing. “I’m taking a break from Islam,” he says.
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Disgraced is presented by special arrangement with the Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York. Disgraced was developed in part at the New Writers New Plays residency at Vineyard Arts Project (Ashley Melone, Founder and Artistic Director.) New York Premiere Produced by Lincoln Center Theater, New York City, 2012 Original Broadway Production produced by The Araca Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Jennifer Evans, Amanda Watkins, Richard Winkler, Rodger Hess, Stephanie P. Mcclelland, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Jessica Genick, Jonathan Reinis, Carl Levin/Ashley De Simone/TNTDynaMite Productions, Alden Bergson/Rachel Weinstein, Greenleaf Productions, Darren Deverna/Jere Harris, and The Shubert Organization, The David Merrick Arts Foundation Disgraced had its world premiere in January 2012 at American Theater Company, Chicago, Illinois (PJ Paparelli, Artistic Director).
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* ANDREW BENATOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Isaac JASPAL BINNING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amir * TINASHE KAJESE-BOLDEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jory * COURTNEY PATTERSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily * ALI SOHAILI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abe UNDERSTUDIES
KELLY CRISS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily MARISA GARRETT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jory PAR JUNEJA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abe VISHAL PATEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amir PATRICK WADE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Isaac STAGE MANAGEMENT
* BRET TORBECK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Manager * HAYLEE SCOTT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Stage Manager KARA PROCELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Production Assistant PRODUCTION AND DESIGN ASSISTANCE
ELISA CARLSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vocal Coach SUEHYLA EL-ATTAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Director’s Assistant EMILY KLEYPAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Casting Assistant DAVID MOYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Costume Design Assistant JONATHAN DAHM ROBERTSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Projections Associate SETTING Amir Kapoor and his wife Emily’s Upper East Side apartment in New York. Time: 2011. No intermission.
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profiles ANDREW BENATOR (Isaac) Alliance Theatre: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Good People; August: Osage County; Eurydice; Tennis in Nablus; A Christmas Carol. Atlanta: Race (True Colors Theatre); Seminar, Becky Shaw (Actor’s Express); Freud’s Last Session (Theatrical Outfit); The Tempest (Georgia Shakespeare); Boeing, Boeing (Aurora Theatre); The Ladies Man (Theater in the Square). Off-Broadway: Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, Valparaiso, Flu Season. Regional: Hartford TheaterWorks, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Sacramento’s B St. Theater, San Jose Rep, San Francisco’s Magic Theater. Film & TV: “Powers,” “Stranger Things,” “Red Band Society,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Burn Notice,” “House of Payne,” “Meet the Browns,” The Founder, Confirmation, Last of Robin Hood, Million Dollar Arm, Quarantine 2, Game Six, The Good Student, Almanac. andrewbenator.com JASPAL BINNING (Amir) is thrilled to be making his Alliance Theatre debut in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play Disgraced. He recently appeared in a workshop of An Ordinary Man at New York’s Signature Theatre (directed by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner). Jaspal starred as Adam in the Drama Desk Award- winning The Mysteries (Flea Theater) as well as in Thomas Bradshaw’s Job (Flea Theater), Otherland opposite Condola Rashad, (Pearl Theater) and The Shaking Earth (NYTW at Dartmouth). Upcoming films include Ovum and Occupy Me. He made his television debut in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” will be seen in “Doomsday,” and as a regular in the new series “Brown Nation.” He recently completed filming the lead role in an episode of the A+E series “I Love You ... But I Lied.” Jaspal would like to thank the cast, crew, staff, director and the Alliance for this amazing opportunity, Davis Spylios Mgmt. and his guardian angel ABC’s Marci Phillips. KELLY CRISS (US Emily) is thrilled to work with such a talented cast and creative team on this amazing script. She just finished working on the Theatre for the Very Young production of Play the Play With Cat the Cat at the Alliance. Favorite Atlanta credits include 4000 Miles, Don’t 18 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
Dress for Dinner (Aurora Theatre); Miracle on South Division Street (Stage Door Players); Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It (Atlanta Shakespeare Company); Anton in Show Business, Late: A Cowboy Song and Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief (Weird Sisters Theatre Project). MARISA GARRETT (US Jory) a native of Powder Springs, Ga., is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory (CCM Drama). Marisa is excited to return to the Alliance Theatre. Other Alliance credits: Tell Me My Dream (US Mary/Anna), Spoon Lake Blues (US Caitlin), The Unexpected Showcase, In the Red & Brown Water (US Oya, Nia, Shun). Thanks be to God! Thank you to Susan for allowing me to be a part of this production. Xoxo to Eddie, Adonis, Taylor, Riley, Momma, Daddy, my family & friends. PAR JUNEJA (US Abe) is from Atlanta and an alumnus of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where he earned a B.F.A. in acting. There he attended a wide variety of conservatories offered through the NYU program, from his primary training at the Atlantic Acting Studio to the Experimental Theater Wing & Stonestreet Studios. He is also a stand-up comic and has performed in comedy clubs throughout New York City and in Atlanta. He is thrilled to be making his debut at the Alliance Theatre with such a talented group of people. parjuneja.com TINASHE KAJESE-BOLDEN (Jory) is thrilled to be back on the Alliance Stage after making her debut in last year’s Blues for an Alabama Sky. She also appeared in True Color’s Detroit ’67 and the West Coast premieres of Stick Fly (Ovation Award & NAACP Winner “Best Ensemble”) and Athol Fugard’s Victory, Fountain Theater (LA Weekly Award for best lead actress, Maddy Award winner, best of L.A Times). Broadway: Coram Boy. Off-Broadway: Bulrusher, In the Continuum, The Safety Net, The God Botherers, Richard III, Macbeth, Angela’s Mixed Tape. Regional: Yale Rep, Center Theatre Group, Woolly Mammoth, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis and the Skirball Cultural Center, among others. TV/film:
profiles cast “Powers” (Sony), “Greenleaf” (OWN),“Born Again Virgin” (TV ONE), “Enlightened” (HBO), “Cold Case,” (CBS); “Semi-Dead” (Web series), Day Zero (feature); and national commercials including Ford, McDonalds, HomeGoods, Chase, Haverty’s and Hilshire Farm, among others. Tinashe is originally from Zimbabwe and sends love and unending gratitude to Keith, Kingston and her amazing family. VISHAL PATEL (US Amir) is thrilled to be close to Falafel King again, and even more thrilled to be working at the Alliance! Vishal received his M.A. in classical acting at LAMDA in 2013, after which he moved to Los Angeles. Stage credits include Hominid, The Duchess of Malfi, Antony & Cleopatra, Henry IV Part 1, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. TV credits: “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Game.” COURTNEY PATTERSON (Emily) returns to the Alliance after appearing in such productions as The Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; August: Osage County; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She has appeared on stages around the city, including Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, and Synchronicity Theatre. TV/film: “Stuff You Should Know,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Good Eats,” Anchorman 2, Let’s Be Cops. Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom and Dad. www.courtneypatterson.net ALI SOHAILI (Abe) is excited to be making his Alliance debut. New York credits: Sex of the Baby (Access Theater). Film: Odyssea (Slamdance Film Festival). Ali is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School (group 42). Juilliard credits include Pericles, Cripple of Inishmaan, Romeo and Juliet and McReele. PATRICK WADE (US Isaac) is humbled and honored to be part of his first Alliance production! He recently graduated from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance with a B.F.A in acting, and is a new resident of the growing Atlanta community. You can catch him in the Alliance’s production of The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where he will perform the role of Edmund. Disgraced is an intriguing and powerful event that he hopes you experience to your fullest. He would like to thank the Alliance, GTA, his friends and family, and YOU for coming to support live theatre! 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, local producing partnerships and regional collaborative productions as well as commercial partnerships on projects including Tuck Everlasting; 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 theatres 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 and DePaul universities and serves as adjunct faculty at Emory University. 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 and the Howard School. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal. AYAD AKHTAR (Playwright) was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee. He is the author of American Dervish, published in more than 20 languages worldwide and a 2012 best book of the year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness and O (Oprah) Magazine. He is also a screenwriter. His play Disgraced played at New York’s LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in 2012 and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His latest play, The Who & the What, premiered at
profiles La Jolla Playhouse in February 2014 and opened in New York at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in June 2014. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best screenplay for The War Within. He has been the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia universities with degrees in theatre and film directing. TONY CISEK (Set Design) designed the premiere of Edward Foote on the Alliance’s Hertz Stage last spring. He has collaborated with companies across the United States, including Roundabout Theatre, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Rep, Syracuse Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Cleveland Play House, Folger Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, GALA Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Signature Theatre. He has received four Helen Hayes awards (Washington, D.C.), four Drammy awards (Portland) and a Barrymore Award nomination (Philadelphia) and numerous other citations for his scenic design work. Cisek has also designed for opera, dance, TV and film. He was the principal theatre consultant for the Atlas Performing Arts Center, completed in northeast Washington, D.C., in 2006. He has taught at Catholic and George Mason universities, and holds an M.F.A. in design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. tonycisek.com LEX LIANG (Costume Design) designs for film, dance and special events. He is thrilled to be back at the Alliance, having recently designed Blues for an Alabama Sky. Other Alliance credits include The Tall Girls, In Love and Warcraft, What I Learned in Paris and Into the Woods. Regionally he’s worked at the Cleveland Play House, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and La Jolla Playhouse, among others. Select NYC/off-Broadway credits include Secrets of a Soccer Mom, The Yellow Wood, The Shape of Metal and Made in Heaven. Lex is the principal at LDC Design Associates, a NYC-based company specializing in the design and production of creative events and interiors. Recent projects include New
York City Wine and Food Festival, the 2015 Tony Awards Gala and the launch of Fashion Week 2015 for Porcelanosa. Liang is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and has received multiple Broadway World Awards, Cleveland Critics Circle Awards, and Suzi Bass and Santi Flaherty awards, and is a Princess Grace Award nominee. For Kitty. LDCdesign.com LAP CHI CHU (Lighting Design) Off-Broadway: The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, MCC. Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Awards: LA Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting design, Ovation Award (L.A.), multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards, a Drammy for best lighting. Teaching: Lighting design faculty at the California Institute of the Arts. CLAY BENNING (Original Music & Sound) has been the resident sound designer at the Alliance Theatre for 16 years, designing more than 90 productions including 28 world premieres, 30 musicals and 22 Theater for Young Audiences productions. Recent works include Native Guard, Knufflebunny, Edward Foote and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Other design work has included Georgia Shakespeare, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theatrical Outfit, Geva Theatre and Synchronicity Theatre. Awards: Four Suzi Bass awards for outstanding sound design with 20 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. BRET TORBECK (Stage Manager) has worked on A Christmas Carol, A Steady Rain, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Blues for An Alabama Sky. Away from Atlanta, he has worked most recently at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and the Old Globe in San Diego. Other regional work includes four seasons at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle; eight seasons at Seattle Repertory Theatre; Center Stage in Baltimore; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Long Wharf Theatre; Arizona Theatre
profiles cast Company; La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep; Berkeley Rep; San Jose Rep; and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. He has worked on the national tours of Proof, Spamalot and The Phantom of the Opera. He also teaches and was a guest faculty member at the University of Washington for five years. HAYLEE SCOTT (Assistant Stage Manager) is elated to briefly return home to the Alliance after recently moving to NYC. Alliance credits include Harmony: A New Musical, Bull Durham, The Whipping Man, In Love and Warcraft, The CA Lyons Project and Blues for an Alabama Sky. NYC credits: Proof (Quicksilver Theatre Company) and The First Noel (Classical Theatre of Harlem, Apollo Theater). Thankful to Jesus, family and friends, Bret, Mike and Susan. P roud member of Actors’ Equity Association. CELISE KALKE (Director of New Projects/ Dramaturg) joined the staff of the Alliance in 2005, and has managed the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition. She is thrilled that an Alliance/Kendeda alum is having a world premiere on the Alliance Stage. Celise has grown the competition to include a prominent New York festival, a festival in Atlanta and a workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The competition’s world premieres at the Alliance include these critically acclaimed and exciting productions: The C.A. Lyons Project, In Love and Warcraft, Bike America, Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls, Carapace, Tennis in Nablus, Smart Cookie, In the Red and Brown Water and False Creeds. Before moving to the Alliance, Celise 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. She was an artistic associate at Next Theatre and the resident dramaturg for Court Theatre in Chicago.
coached theatrical violence in the United States, England and Germany, with such companies as the Steppenwolf, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre and Georgia Shakespeare. Mann served as fight director for the world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at the Alliance, written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp. He has also served as tactics choreographer and gun wrangler for film and television, and on-set swordmaster for the Bollywood epic The Legend of Drona, filmed in Jaipur, India. Most recently, with wife Kelly, he co-choreographed the reopening of the multimillion-dollar attraction Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, S.C. JODY FELDMAN (Casting) began her theatre career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the assistant general manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Jody is the associate 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, as well as 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.
SCOT MANN (Fight Consultant) is an awardwinning and internationally recognized fight master and teacher through the Society of American Fight Directors and the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, and director of theatre at Mercer University. He has choreographed, performed and
discover us. discover you. discover us. discover you. After reading Disgraced, my concern about the melting pot myth is twofold. One is whether the Americanness of which the pot is supposed to be made is inclusive of all Americans, and the second is that melting indicates dissolving into sameness, which is not what any of us wish for. For me to take this myth seriously, the Americanness of the pot must be constantly reconstituted by all Americans in their multiple, overlapping identities, asserting their right to define what is an American. A bdullahi A. An-Na’ im Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law Emory University In Disgraced I discovered that maybe, just maybe, this convenient American way of thinking “them versus us” is far more complicated than any of us care to imagine. The age-old struggles of war and terrorism cannot be contained in neat little boxes of “evil minds.” The natural human instinct of wishing to belong to a tribe, a tribe driven by our need to belong, our need to cohabitate, our need to be noticed, can in some cases have no limits. And because of this, perhaps the key to human beings living in harmony lies in our willingness to fight this instinct and stop making assumptions — take the risk of fighting our fearful hardwiring. Each of Disgraced’s characters is both right and wrong at different points in the play. I discovered my own inclination to fight the ambiguous and cling to my black and white positions. Amanda Watkins The Broadway Dreams Foundation The Araca Group
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synopsis Mergers and acquisitions lawyer Amir Kapoor and his wife, Emily, live amid the trappings of his success on New York’s Upper East Side. Emily is an up-and-coming artist whose interest in Islamic artistic traditions and themes is beginning to fuel her painting. Amir is a Pakastani-American who has broken with his Muslim upbringing. Amir’s nephew, Abe (born Hussein Malik), asks Amir for legal help aiding a local imam facing charges of financing terrorist-supporting groups, who Abe feels to be the victim of injustice. At Emily’s urging, Amir lends minimal and reluctant assistance in an unofficial capacity but is still pictured with the imam’s legal team in The New York Times. The stresses in Amir’s life bubble to a head at a dinner party with his legal colleague Jory and her husband, Isaac (a curator interested in Emily’s work) with devastating consequences.
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program note Ayad Akhtar: American playwright Born in the United States to Pakastani-American immigrants (both doctors) in 1970, Akhtar writes about a generation of men whose American identities shift profoundly after Sept. 11, 2001: “Post-9/11, folks who looked like me became very visible. Life changed. I and a lot of people like me felt differently after that.” Following in the steps of Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, Akhtar dramatizes a specific cultural community during a period of profound questions of identity in the United States. Disgraced, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award nominee, is the most produced play in the American theatre this year. It is a resolutely American drama, raising the stakes of the dinner-party play to reflect tense and uncertain times. The drama depicts the tragic fall of Amir Kapoor, a man desperate to achieve the American dream through financial success and personal achievement in the corporate work force. Not only a lawyer, but a specialist in combining companies through mergers and acquisitions, Amir climbs the corporate ladder with fluency and complete buy-in. Through the course of the play he realizes that the American promise of self-definition and reinvention, seemingly limitless, has for him very real boundaries. “Like Amir, the fact of being Muslim, whether religious or cultural, became a significant fact that could not be avoided,” says Akhtar of life after 2001. Disgraced employs the theatrical tradition of tracking one character’s journey through a time of pivotal choices and dramatic realizations about his life. Amir is one character, an astonishing character, written by design to provide South-Asian actors with a meaty opportunity as a leading man. Akhtar’s other work, particularly his novel American Dervish, represents the rich diversity of Pakastini-American contradictions of many kinds: religious, familial, cultural, social and philosophical. Disgraced, in contrast, focuses economically on a highly assimilated character whose very assimilation becomes his Achilles’ heel. It is a play about an America increasingly tied to global events. At the same time it uses the American theatrical tools of dramatizing events based in psychological reality. This play creates a familiar world — perhaps a little wealthier than most — and realistically shows chinks in this glossy armor. Disgraced is a play about our times for our times. — Celise Kalke, dramaturg 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM
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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 95 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, Harmony – A New Musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, and most recently the world premiere of the new musical Tuck Everlasting. 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 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 Arts for Learning 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 K–12, 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 theatre, expanding hearts and minds onstage 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
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board of directors Officers Chair: Reade Fahs* Immediate Past Chair: Victoria Palefsky* 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* Lynn Ayers^ Kenny Blank Peter Carter Steve Chaddick* Jeffrey S. Cashdan Leigh Ann Costley Fred Ehlers Daryl Evans Joseph W. Evans Reade Fahs* Howard Feinsand* Molly Fuller Richard Goerss* Alexander Goldsmith
Pat Gunning Virginia A. Hepner^ Lila Hertz* Jocelyn Hunter* Christopher M. Jones Leslie Joyce Anne Kaiser* John Keller Lauren Kiefer* James A. Kilberg Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Malinda Krantz* Alan McKeon* Carol Meadows* Hala Moddelmog Phil Moise*
Maureen Morrison Victoria Palefsky* Scott Pioli Helen Smith Price Patty Reid Margaret Reiser* Fran Rogers* Maurice Rosenbaum Bobby Rosenbloum Bill Rowland Surishtha Sehgal Steve Selig Pam Sessions* Mark Silberman Chris Sizemore Bill Sleeper
Bronson Smith Karen Spiegel Chuck Taylor Rosemarie Thurston Rebekah Wasserman Cynthia Widner Wall Brad Watkins Jill Wilson Paul Wrights Todd Zeldin * Executive Committee Member
Advisory Board Chair: Laura Hardman* Vice Chair: Phil Moise*
Joel Alvarado Shean L. Atkins Maurice Baker Michael Barrett Shana Basnight Paul Bianchi Danny Blumenfield Keith Arthur Bolden Donna Bowman Heidi Boykin Erin Brown Stephen Brown Kristen Wood Burke Tarsha Whitaker Calloway
Madison Cario Sona Chambers Andrew Chang Greg Changnon Caren Cook Emily Decker Angela Edmond Lisa Ramirez Ellinger David Felfoldi Cindy Fowler Matt Geller Barbara Goldman September Gray Lauren Linder Grunberg
Nancy Halwig Janet Stovall Harrell Neil Hirsch Heather Vincent Holley Rita Izaguirre Rachelle Kuramoto Santiago Marquez Liza McSwain Dori Miller Marjorie Mitchell Valerie Mosley Kendrick Heather Phillips Almeera Jiwa Pratt Chris Schneider
Jennifer Schwartz Ron Segal Nancy Silverboard Steven Steindel Chandra StephensAlbright Charlita StephensWalker Susan Stiefel Natasha Trethewey Alexandra Tucci Shawn Tylka Avril Vignos Ellen Adair Wyche
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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 The Goizueta Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
★★★★★★ $100,000+ AT&T Delta Air Lines, Inc. The Home Depot
The Kendeda Fund The Shubert Foundation Turner
★★★★★ $50,000+ Carter’s The Edgerton Foundation Fulton County Arts & Culture North Highland Company
PNC R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Wal-Mart Foundation The Zeist Foundation
★★★★ $25,000+ Atlanta Foundation Camp-Younts Foundation City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences & Emory Brain Health Center
Georgia Power Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Rich Foundation The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Target
★★★ $10,000+ Accenture Alston & Bird Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation Cartoon Network Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia Natural Gas
Georgia-Pacific Foundation Greenberg Traurig LLP Hire Profile National Endowment for the Arts State Bank & Trust Company Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP
Theatre Forward/NCTF The Mark & Evelyn Tramell Foundation United Distributors Frances Wood Wilson Foundation
DocAuto William and Eva Fox Foundation John and Mary Franklin Foundation Jones Day
King & Spalding, LLP Plum Creek Foundation Theatre Communications Group
★★ $5,000+ AON Arby’s Foundation Balentine+Company CKKO Foundation
By attending our theatre, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. With the 2015/16 Season, the Alliance Theatre turns 47. Help us celebrate the power of great theatre for 47 years by making another statement of support louder than any standing ovation. Visit our website at alliancetheatre.org and click on Donate.
sponsors DELTA AIR LINES serves more than 170 million customers each year. Delta was named to FORTUNE magazine’s top 50 World’s Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fourth time in five years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for four consecutive years, a first for any airline. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 332 destinations in 63 countries on six continents. Delta is an active partner in supporting community organizations, museums and exhibits that enlighten and inspire people to better themselves and the world. Learn more on the Delta News Hub and visit delta.com to plan your next trip. Cast and company flowers sponsored by
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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 404-733-4757. Listed below are pledges and gifts to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and special events for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons from June 1, 2014 through January 1, 2016.
$100,000+ The Spray Foundation
$50,000+ Victoria & Howard Palefsky Mr. & Mrs. H. Bronson Smith
$25,000+ Stephanie Blank Barbara & Steve Chaddick Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Howard Feinsand David & Carolyn Gould Malinda Krantz Starr Moore & the James Starr Moore Foundation Stephen & Marjorie Osheroff Dan & Garnet Reardon Patty & Doug Reid Bob & Margaret Reiser Linda & Steve Selig Sally G. Tomlinson
Dr. & Mrs. R. K. Sehgal Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler William & Margarita Sleeper Lynne & Steve Steindel Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles* & Delores Stephens Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Mrs. Mary Rose Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Tomé Nina Urban Suzy Wilner Mrs. Jill Wilson Joni Winston
$7,500-$9,999 Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Leslie D. Leigh M.D. Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Mr. Russell B. Still In honor of the Alliance Theatre Education Department & Carol Jones
Mrs. Kristin Adams James Anderson The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Susan Booth & Max Leventhal Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Evans Mr. & Mrs. Reade Fahs Doris & Matthew Geller Marsha & Richard Goerss Jocelyn J. Hunter John C. Keller Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer James & Lori Kilberg David & Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley Phil & Caroline Moïse Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison John & Karen Spiegel Rosemarie & David Thurston Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Ramona & Ben White Paul Wrights Amy & Todd Zeldin
Ellen Arnovitz Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Austin Lisa & Joe Bankoff Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Leigh Ann Costley Susan & Ed Croft Marcia & John Donnell Eve & Bob Eckardt Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile Eierman Foundation John & Cindy Ethridge Diane & Daryl Evans Marie and Brad Foster Heidi & David Geller Karen and Andrew Ghertner Erin & John Heyman Paul & Rosthema Kastin David L. Kuniansky James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Scott, Dallas, & Mia Pioli Bill & Rhonda Rowland Sharon & David Schachter Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer Sonny & Jeanne Seals Mr.& Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton III Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Tim & Maria Tassopoulous Susan & Tom Wardell P.J. Younglove Hovey
$10,000-$14,999 Billye & Hank Aaron Gene G. Abel, M.D. & Nora Harlow John & Lynn Ayers The Balloun Family Linda & Gene Davidson Mr. & Mrs. Adam Fuller Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Doug & Lila Hertz Andrea & Boland Jones Mrs. Leslie Joyce Sarah & Jim Kennedy Mr. & Mrs. John S. Markwalter, Jr. Anna & Hays Mershon Hala & Steve Moddelmog Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Helen Smith Price
$2,500-$4,999 Elaine & Miles Alexander Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Pam Anderson Mike & Karen Armand The Rockdale Foundation Karen Beardslee & Susie McGinnis Ms. Beryl Bergquist Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust
Sara & Alex Brown Susan & Tom Callaway Frank & Mary Anne Chew Ann & Jim Curry Diane Durgin Mr. Fred Ehlers Dr. & Mrs. Norman Elliott Philippa & Burrell Ellis Kathryn T. Farley, PhD Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller Dr. & Mrs. Edmond I. Griffin Mrs. Carrie G. Hall Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Hindman Family Charitable Trust Henry & EttaRae Hirsch Foundation Linda & Richard Hubert Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Kauffman Brian & Carrie Kurlander Neuro Tour Physical Therapy, Inc. I AM PR Agency LLC Kristie L. Madara Carol & Dart Meadows Mr. & Mrs. William E. Michalewicz The Zaban Foundation Mr. Walter W. Mitchell Dedi & Julian Mohr June M. Morrison Debbie & Lon Neese Susan & David Peterson Mr. Jared Ripps & Dr. Kiera von Besser The Elster Foundation Charlotte & Tom Shields Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Mark & Linda Silberman Nancy & Gerald Silverboard Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Karen & Alex Stickney Maria-Ruth Storts Mr. & Mrs. John R. Strom Mr. James Thomas Michael & June Tompkins Mr. James Wall & Mrs. Cynthia Widner Wall Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. J.M. Wilkerson Construction Co. Lynne Winship John & Kathy Zamer
$1,500 - $2,499 Claire Abreu Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda C. Adams Diane & Kent Alexander Mary Allen Arnold Cyndae Arrendale Elizabeth & John Bacon Mr. & Mrs. Gerardo Balboni Michael & Andrea Barrett Mr. & Mrs. Roland L. Bates Ms. Susan Beallor-Snyder & Mr. Stuart Snyder Wilma Elizabeth Beaty Candace & Jeff Bell
Mark & Pam Bell Hardy & Amy Brumfield Lucinda Bunnen Aubrey & Carol Bush Kelly & Joe Cannon Mrs. Erin D. Cay Melodie H. Clayton Mark & Ruth Coan David Cofrin & Christine TrybaCofrin Brad & Sally Currey Mr. & Mrs. F. Tread Davis, Jr. Cassandra Edmond Ralph & Ree Edwards Ms. Elizabeth R. Etoll Tim & Tina Eyerly Michael & Jody Feldman Andrew & Wendie Fisher Jennifer Fletcher Viki & Paul Freeman Linda M. Garrett Mr. John Garver & Ms. Penelope Prime Mr. & Mrs. Joel Goldman Dr. & Mrs. Steven Harris Valerie Hartman John Haupert Mark Hobson Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky Dr. Joyce F. Houser Mr. W. Glenn Howard Adrienne Hudson Dr. Maleka Ingram Jason & Laurie Jeffay Kay H. & Burke C. Jones Dr. & Mrs. Michael J. Kalson Mr. & Mrs. Gert Kampfer Mr. Maddox Kilgore Dr. William A. Kiser Steven & Sheri Labovitz Jeffrey C. Levy Konrad & Natasha Lewis Conchita Heyn & Robert Lichtefeld Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh, III Richard Long & Sheri Easton-Long Mr. Heath Massey & Mr. John Mitchener Mary Lou McCloskey Jim & Jo McLean Mrs. Carol Meadows Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger Ms. Nancy Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Charles Moseley Molly Osborne Brandie Park Bill & Carey Peard Peg Petersen Sam & Barbara Pettway Karen Porch Daniel Marks & Keri Powell Ms. Cynthia Power Erin Quinn Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Rebecca & John Reeves Helen M. Regenstein Dr. Susan Rifkin & Mr. David Rifkin Peter & Alice Rogers Dr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg Dr. & Mrs. Fredric Rosenberg
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Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg Ms. Carolyn L. Rountree Jacob Rumney John Sabine Jane & Rein Saral Dr. William Torres David Saylor Mr. Scott Shickler Jane E. Shivers Philip Slaughter Mr. Scott Sorrels Ms. Martha B. Stephens & Ms. Linda B. August Susan & Alan Stiefel Ms. Dot Stoller Jim & Janie Stratigos Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Kathy & Ron Tomajko Penn & Sally Wells
$1,000 - $1,499 Dawn & Michael Adamson Kellie Appel Mr. & Mrs. Neil H. Berman Thomas & Wendy Betenia Shirley Blaine Mr. & Mrs. Francis S. Blake in honor of Reade Fahs Stephen Brown Mr. & Mrs. Charles Brusco Ronald L. Budde Frank Buonanotte Eleanor B. Cobb Ralph & Rita Connell WMLB, AM 1690 Marvin & Lynn Davis The DeCoster Family Leonard Epley Bryan & Barbara Fields Ms. Lee Foster Mrs. Cindy P. Fowler Mr. & Mrs. Paul Gaffney Mr. Charles Gardner & Mrs. Patti Eylar
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Gentry Mr. & Mrs. John J. Gillin Patrice & Ernest Greer Warren M. Gump Lucy & Alfred Guo Halpern Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Lucas Hathaway Mrs. Elaine L. Hentschel Dawn & Jack Hereth Carsten Hilker Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt Mr. & Mrs. Bahman M. Irvani Robert Judd Mr. & Ms. Mark A. Kaiser Mark Keiser Lucy Kinnaird Lanier-Goodman Foundation Andrea & Mike Leven Ms. Vikki Locke Mr. & Mrs. Harold J. Logan Lubo Fund Mrs. Myra E. McElhaney Mr. Bijon Memar Dori & Jack Miller
Janice & Tom Munsterman Dennis & Debra Murphy Ann Starr & Kent Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Markham D. Oswald Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Mr. Chris Payne Mr. Michael Richardson Dr. Jerry Richman, DDS Roger & Lynn Ritvo in honor of Ken McNeil Dr. & Mrs. Robert Schultz Ms. Pam Sessions & Mr. Don Donnelly Tim & Maria Tassopoulous Mr. Richard Thomas Ms. Avril Vignos Vogel Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins Sue S. Williams Melody Wilder Wilson William & Nancy Yang * Deceased
Alliance Theatre Staff Giving We would like to thank the following Alliance Theatre & Woodruff Arts Center staff members who have contributed to the 2015/16 Alliance Theatre Annual Fund. Brooke Beall Jessica Boatright Susan V. Booth Scott Bowne Kristin Buckley Clifford Clark Jamie Clements Kat Conley Patrick Conley Megan DeWitt Christina Dresser Jody Feldman Jim Hubbert Rachel Jones Megan Kier
Kyle Longwell Liz Lyons Michael Lyons Deb Mayberry Suzanne Morris Victor Mouledoux Christopher Moses Margo Moskowitz Patrick Myers Rosemary Newcott Mary Alice Nichols J. Noble Courtney Oâ€™Neill Shana Orr Willie Parks
Rebecca Pogue Mike Schleifer Amy Schwartz Brian Shively Vincent Simons Paige Smith William Spratt Matthew Tanner Laura Thruston Caitlin Way Jackalyn Williams Jennifer Williford Michael Winn
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 or any component of the Woodruff Arts Center in their estate plans. For more information about making a planned gift to benefit the Alliance Theatre, please contact Caitlin Way, Associate Dir. of Development, Board/Major Gifts at 404-733-4757 or firstname.lastname@example.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
Howard & Victoria Palefsky Jan Pomerantz Helen M. Regenstein Bob & Margaret Reiser Neal & Tricia Schachtel Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton, III Jane E. Shivers Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Rick & Terri Western Ramona & Ben White
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 Corporation 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 four separate organizations working together on fund-saving and fund-raising projects to benefit the theatre. The four volunteer groups are the Alliance Children’s Theatre Guild, Alliance Theatre Guild, the Direct Volunteers and the Usher Corps. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Shana Orr at 404.733.4761 or email@example.com.
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 36 partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.
A FRIEND OF THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
$500,000+ A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chick-fil-A Foundation / Rhonda and Dan Cathy Sally and Carl Gable Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot $400,000+ The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Sarah and Jim Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Donald Keough $300,000+ AT&T The Goizueta Foundation Invesco Ltd. $250,000+ Bank of America Deloitte, its Partners & Employees Equifax Inc. & Employees EY, Partners & Employees King & Spalding LLP, Partners & Employees
JOY & TONY GREENE
SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Bank Teammates and The SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund
Wells Fargo wish Foundation, Inc.
PwC, Partners & Employees Louise Sams & Jerome Grilhot UPS
Margaret and Terry Stent Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr.
PNC Patty and Doug Reid Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall Jr. Woodruff Circle & Patron Circle donations made: June 1, 2014 â€“ May 31, 2015 Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors
THE PATRON CIRCLE The Patron Circle includes donors who generously made contributions to our FY15 annual funds and/or long-term special projects and endowment funds.
CORPORATE PARTNERS $200,000+ KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees $150,000+ Alston & Bird LLP Jones Day Foundation & Employees Porsche Cars North America $100,000+ AGL Resources Inc. First Data Corporation GE Asset Management Genuine Parts Company Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. Kaiser Permanente Kilpatrick Townsend LLP Northern Trust Company Target Stores $75,000+ General Electric Company Georgia-Pacific Corporation Newbridge Management WestRock Company $50,000+ BB&T Corporation Birch Communications Carter’s Charitable Foundation Crawford & Company GMT Capital Corporation Norfolk Southern Corporation North Highland Company Primerica, Inc. Printpack, Inc. Publix Super Market Charities, Inc. Regions Financial Corporation Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP U.S. Trust $25,000+ ACE Charitable Foundation AGSI Business Techology Americas Mart Real Estate, LLC
AT&T Mobility Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia BNY Mellon Wealth Management The Boston Consulting Group Cousins Properties Foundation Disney Publishing Worldwide Georgia Natural Gas Global Payments, Inc. Holder Construction Company JLL JP Morgan Private Bank Kia Motors America, Inc. Lanier Parking Solutions Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP Novelis, Inc. Post Properties, Inc. Quikrete Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. Sam’s Club & Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. SCANA Energy The Selig Foundation Southwest Airlines State Bank & Trust Company Steinway Piano Galleries Traditional Home United Distributors, Inc. Verizon Wireless Waffle House Wilmington Trust Woodruff Arts Center Employees Yancey Bros. Co. $15,000+ ABM Acuity Brands, Inc. Alvarez & Marsal Antique Piano Shop
Arby’s Foundation, Inc. Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Assurant Specialty Property Atlanta Tech Village Atlantic Trust Company AVYVE Bank of North Georgia/ Synovus Financial Corp Benjamin Moore Bluetube Interactive Bryan Cave Building Materials Holding Corporation Calico The Casey-Slade Group, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Christie’s Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Fifth Third Bank Gas South, LLC Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Humphries and Company LLC Kimberly-Clark Corporation Macy’s NGI Investments Northside Hospital Performex Company Perkins & Will, Inc. Piedmont National Corporation PulteGroup, Inc. Recall Corporation Ricoh USA, Inc. Rooms to Go Children’s Fund Smith & Howard, PC Southwire Company Stonegate Designs Vertical Systems Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
FOUNDATION SUPPORTERS $150,000+
A Friend of the High Museum of Art Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. National Endowment for the Arts The Rich Foundation, Inc. The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Shubert Foundation, Inc. $100,000+ The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
The Frances and Beverly DuBose Foundation, Inc. The Marcus Foundation, Inc. Morgens West Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. $75,000+ Fulton County Arts Council Triad Foundation, Inc. $50,000+ The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. The Fraser-Parker Foundation Georgia Council for the Arts The Graves Foundation Livingston Foundation, Inc. The Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation Massey Charitable Trust Samuel H. Kress Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc.
$25,000+ Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Atlanta Foundation Gertrude and William C. Wardlaw Fund The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust The Howell Fund, Inc. Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Jane Smith Turner Foundation John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc. Margaret Gill Clements Napier Foundation
The Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc. Walter Clay Hill & Family Foundation $15,000+ The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation Camp-Younts Foundation Center Family Foundation
The Chatham Valley Foundation, Inc. Covenant Foundation, Inc. JBS Foundation Jim Cox, Jr. Fund John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation The L&C Wood Family Foundation, Inc. Roderick S., Flossie R., and Helen M. Galloway Foundation Thalis & Michael C. Carlos Foundation Thomas H. Lanier Foundation Tull Charitable Foundation Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation
INDIVIDUAL PHILANTHROPISTS $200,000+ A Friend of the High Museum of Art Ms. Jeannie Hearn $150,000+ Victoria and Howard Palefsky $100,000+ Susan and Richard Anderson Mr. Joseph F. Best, III Thalia & Michael Carlos Fund Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Marcia and John Donnell The Douglas J. Hertz Family Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Holmes, Jr. Mr. Jimmy Liautaud Carol and Ramon TomĂŠ Family Fund Mrs. Sue Williams $75,000+ A Friend of the High Museum of Art Sandra and Dan Baldwin Mrs. Frances B. Bunzl Karole and John Lloyd Carla and Graham Roberts Susan and Thomas Wardell Ms. Joni Winston $50,000+ Nancy and Kenny Blank Barbara and Steve Chaddick Peggy and Rawson Foreman Sonya and Rick Garber Mrs. Charlotte Garson Robin and Hilton Howell Karen and Jeb Hughes Jane and Clay Jackson Lori and Bill Johnson Mr. Baxter P. Jones & Dr. Jiong Yan Terence L. and Jeanne P. Neal Beth and David Park Alyson and Gregory Rogers Ruthie Magness Rollins Linda and Steve Selig
Robert Spano Sara and Paul Steinfeld Joan N. Whitcomb Adair and Dick White Elizabeth and Chris Willett $25,000+ A Friend of the High Museum of Art Aarati and Peter Alexander Susan and Ron Antinori Spring and Tom Asher Julie and Jim Balloun Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Bankoff Paul and Linnea Bert Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Blackney John and Mary Brock John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Lucinda W. Bunnen Ms. Mary Cahill Connie and Merrell Calhoun Wright and Alison Caughman Susan and Carl Cofer Ann and Tom Cousins Ann and Jeff Cramer Mr. Larry Darrow Elaine and Erroll Davis Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Lynn Eden Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Evans Feinberg Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Howard Feinsand Mr. John Foy Betty Sands Fuller Carol and Paul Garcia Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerestedt III Mr. and Mrs. Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Margaret and Scotty Greene Nena Griffith Ms. Maria Guarisco Newell and Tom Harbin Virginia A. Hepner and Malcolm Barnes Mr. Andrew Heyman
Allison and Ben Hill Jocelyn J. Hunter Mr. and Mrs. Bahman M. Irvani Katie and West Johnson Mary and Neil Johnson Jinny and Michael Keough The Klaus Family Foundation James H. Landon Mr. and Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lee, Jr. John Paddock and Karen Schwartz Merry McCleary & Ann Pasky Sally and Allen McDaniel Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley The Deborah A. Kahn & Harris N. Miller Charitable Fund Jennifer and Brand Morgan Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Nalley, III Mr. and Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Sally & Pete Parsonson Foundation Mrs. Martha Pentecost Christina and Jim Price Laurie and Roland Pritchett Mr. and Mrs. Gordon P. Ramsey Mr. and Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rawson Dan and Garnet Reardon Bill and Rachel Schultz Jeffrey C. Sprecher and Kelly Loeffler Les Stumpff and Sandy Moon Mary and Greg Thompson Rebekah and Mark Wasserman Ada and William Weiller Mr. and Mrs. John B. White, Jr. Ramona and Ben White Susan and John Wieland Ms. Regina Williamson Dina E. Woodruff Mr. and Mrs. John C. Yates Mary and Bob Yellowlees The Zaban Foundation
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alliance theatre staff A rtistic 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 Phil Kent Directing Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Holt Artistic Support Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Kleypas Literary Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Matthews Reiser Lab Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie Harrison Elliott, Linnea Frye, Katie Givens-Kime, Neeley Gossett, Marium Kahlid, Mark Kendall, Haddon Kime, Addae Moon, Nichole Palmietto
Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor W. Smith Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margo Moskowitz
Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Cone Design Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . April Andrew, Jordan Jaked Carrier Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Kennedy, Cindy Lou Who Craftsmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diana L. Thomas Stitchers/First Hands . . . . Laury Conley, Lyudmila Fesenko, Brett Parker Wigs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsay Ewing Wardrobe . . . . . . . Hauzia Conyers, Alexandra Matthews, Niki Traxler
Electrics Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Shinn Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabby Ide, Steve Jordan, Steven Love, Jennifer Nakahara
Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Longwell Assistant Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Kier Shop Foreman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Conley Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manny Abreo, William Spratt, John Victor Mouledoux Jr., Michael Lyons Charge Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kat Conley Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brooke Beall Additional Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lauren Rondone
Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Jarvis Sound Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristin von Hinezmeyer, Elyssa Kohen, Holly O’Reagan
Resident Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bret Torbeck Alliance Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . lark hackshaw, Liz Campbell, Barbara O’Haley, R. Lamar Williams Assistant Stage Managers . . . . . . . . Haylee Scott, Jayson T. Waddell Stage Management Production Assistants . . . . . . . . . Britney DeRosa, Jade McGill, Kara Procell
Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Bowne Crew Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Simons Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deb Maberry Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Willie Parks Properties Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney O’Neill
Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Lyons Master Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzanne Cooper Morris Props Artisan and Buyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kimberly Townsend Props Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Butkovich
Education Dan Reardon Director of Education & Associate Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Moses Alliance Arts for Learning Institute Director . . . . . . . . . Barbara O’Brien Database & Content Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Dresser Administrative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Jones Family Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Aston Bosworth Early Childhood Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kristen Buckley Theatre for the Very Young Coordinator & Family Programs Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corinne Weintraub Teen & Adult Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Wallis Institute Program Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Alice Nichols Institute Program Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Pogue Education Sales & Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Kang Communications Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Noble Professional Learning Specialist . . . . . . . . . Kim Bowers-Rheay Baran Teaching Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abyss, Karen Aguirre, Olivia Aston Bosworth, Kim Bowers-Rheay Baran, Kati Grace Brown, Kyle Brumley, Daniel Burns, Amy Cain Lucas, Kirstin Calvert, Kara Cantell, Taryn Carmona, Katie Causey, Sarah Cave,
Teaching Artists (continued) . . Tara Chiusano, Jaehn Clare, Steve Coulter, Nakeisha Daniel, Benjamin Davis, Theresa Davis, John Doyle, Laurin Dunleavy, Tawni Edwards, Rachael Endrizzi, Jessica Espinoza, Sharon Foote, Dan Ford, Daryl Funn, Polly Garcia, Allison Gardner, Ann Marie Gideon, Trevor Goble, Neeley Gossett, Terry Guest, Al Hamacher, Jordan Harris, Brandi Hoofnagle, BJ Hughes, Tinashe Kajese, Adam King, LeeAnna Lambert, Clayton Landey, Bethany Lind, Nicole Livieratos, Barry Stewart Mann, Cara Mantella, Gloria Martin, Paige Mattox, Bryan Mercer, Karin Mervis, Courtnee Miles, Mandy Mitchell, Sarah Newby Halicks, Tafee Patterson, Tawny Powell, Eric Prather, Julie Puckett, Iris Rice, Claire Ritzler, Anandi Salinas, Henry Scott, Tinashe Kajese, Linda Sherbert, Ebony Tucker, Jeremy Varner, Jose Miguel Vasquez, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Corinne Weintraub, Katy Whitson, Stephanie Willis, Vallea E. Woodbury Teen Ensemble Members . . . . . . . . Caroline Bergwall, Matthew Brown, Olivia Cappelletti, Emily Combs, Chloe Citron, Sydni Daniels, Ashley Elmore, Jamila Gray, Grace Hawkins, Kyla Hunter, Tess Luman, Jade Nixon, Anna Patterson, Aushailene Ragin, Khaira Reese, Alexandria Smith, Autumn Stephens, Angel Upshaw, Dequadray White, Jordon Whitehead, Camille Williams, Dhakirah Williamson
Management General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Schleifer Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laura Thruston Off-Campus Season Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donya K. Washington
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Director of Finance & Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Shively Manager of Information Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Hubbert Accounting Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Covington, Julie Hall Management Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Myers Interim Management Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elecia Crowley
Director of Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Clements Associate Director of Development, Board Relations & Major Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caitlin Way Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving & Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paige Smith Grants Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clifford Clark Development Coordinator, Board Relations & Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan DeWitt
Director of Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Boatright Manager of Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathleen Covington Online Marketing Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Maley Creative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Talia Bromstad Marketing & Promotions Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holland Baird Marketing Communications Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenna Harris Group Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Pinckney Group Services Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daviorr Snipes Group Services and Education Sales Coordinator . . . . . . . . Elisia’ Parker Community Engagement Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Winn Ticketing & Patron Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shana Orr Front of House & Patron Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . Marjon Wolfe House Managers . . . . . . . . . Dana Hylton Calabro, Christina Dresser, Ken McNeil Assistant Manager Season Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danielle Hicks Senior Ticket Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken McNeil Marketing Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Vann
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