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With her one-woman piece, Atlantabased Terry Burrell helps fulfill star of yesteryear’s wish to be remembered By Julie Bookman

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So I used to teach a class on collaboration. This was a course for graduate directors and designers, but its core tenets, I like to think, are widely applicable. On the first day, we always started with the following graphic up on a board:

TNP TJ UNP UJ Here’s the key to the graphic. Pretty much everyone you work with is going to fall into one of these four categories: Talented Nice Person; Talented Jerk; Untalented Nice Person; Untalented Jerk. The lesson? While no one wants to work with an Untalented Jerk, and everyone wants to work with a Talented Nice Person — most people you deal with will fall into the other two categories, and you’re going to have to make hard decisions about quality of life versus quality of outcome. Terry Burrell is the biggest TNP I have come across in a long, long time. We should work with her all the time. She should just move into our theatre. She is fiercely talented — as you know or are about to find out. She conceived, wrote and stars in Ethel — and all three are acts of extraordinary artistry. AND, as if that wasn’t enough, she’s impossibly large hearted, gracious and more fun than the most fun thing you could think of. That’s Terry. One of the TNP. You’re in really good company tonight.

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THIS PAGE: Ethel Waters was in her early 70s at this Billy Graham Crusade in 1969, where she's preparing to sing the hymn "Where Jesus Is, Tis Heaven." OPPOSITE PAGE: Ethel Waters, in a popular photo taken in New York sometime between 1938 and 1948. This is the era of Mamba’s Daughters (1939), Cabin in the Sky (1940) and The Member of the Wedding (1952).

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reating this one-woman show has been a 20-year journey for Atlanta-based Broadway talent Terry Burrell. But she insists she’s not the star. “This is Ethel’s show,” she says. “Ethel is the star here, and I’m just the storyteller.” Burrell speaks of Ethel Waters, who escaped poverty to live a life of firsts — first black woman on radio (1922), first black woman to star at New York’s Palace Theater (1925), first black woman to star in a Broadway drama (1939’s Mamba’s Daughters by Dorothy and 8 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

DuBose Heyward). Burrell considers Waters the first crossover artist. Audiences in the 1920s knew well the big, busty voices of Bessie Smith and “Ma” Rainey but were surprised by the clear, sweet sounds of Ethel Waters. “Ethel had a small but pure voice,” Burrell says. “In my head, I think of Ethel as the Diana Ross of her day, in the way that Diana did not sing like Aretha Franklin.” Waters had a sound and style to which mainstream audiences could relate. Her piano

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THE ESSENTIAL ETHEL Born: Oct. 31, 1896, in Chester, Pa. Died: Sept. 1, 1977, in Chatsworth, Calif., of uterine cancer and kidney failure. Nickname: Sweet Mama Stringbean. First married: At age 12. First professional performance: At age 17, in Baltimore, where she debuted W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues.” Songs written for her: “Dinah,” “Stormy Weather.”

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First Broadway show: After Midnight, a musical revue, in 1913. player Lou Henly advised her to listen to Rudy Vallee and Fanny Brice, Burrell says. “He told her to start singing those kinds of songs” — songs such as “Dinah” and “They’ll Be Some Changes Made.” Soon “white audiences were coming up to Harlem to hear Ethel sing. It wasn’t long before Waters also earned high praise for her fine dramatic acting, in addition to her natural talent as an expressive singer with a lively spirit.” Burrell realized long ago that Ethel Waters’ songs suited her voice, too. And they have more in common than that. “One thing I absolutely share with her is the love of performing,” Burrell says. “You really hear the joy when you listen to her recordings. Like her, I’m most at home when I’m on the stage. That’s my element. I love connecting with the audience, and that’s what she lived for and what she did very well.” Waters’ courage, strength and faith were tremendous, but she could be contradictory. People often think of a grandmotherly figure, even a benign figure, Burrell says, “but she was a very complicated individual. I often talk about the masks we wear. With Ethel, I try to give a peek behind her mask.” For a long time, Burrell figured she would find a writer to create a Waters vehicle in which she could star. It gradually occurred to her that it was time to step out of her comfort zone. “How much more bold and dangerous can it be to say I am both actor and playwright?” What did Burrell find to be the Waters’ defining characteristic?

New York Drama Critics Circle Award: For The Member of the Wedding, before it became a movie. Records in the Grammy Hall of Fame: “Am I Blue?” (1929), “Dinah” (1925) and“Stormy Weather” (1933). Her autobiography: His Eye Is on the Sparrow (1951). Last movie: The Sound and the Fury (1959). TV appearances: On “Daniel Boone,” “The Chesterfield Supper Club,” “The Hollywood Palace,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Person to Person,” “Route 66,” “Texaco Star Theater,” “This Is Show Business,” “What’s My LIne?” Quote: “I used to work from 9 until unconscious,” she said about her days in black vaudeville.

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“The circumstances of her life. The poverty and rejection. No one would have said, ‘This child is going to be an international star.’ That’s something I want to get across, especially to today’s young people. The circumstances of your birth often have nothing to do with the circumstances of your life.” Burrell hopes that Ethel creates conversations while educating audiences about a pioneering star of yesteryear. “Ethel did not want to be forgotten,” Burrell says. “For a time in her life she was rendered obsolete, invisible, and that was just terrible for her.” Burrell has been doing theater in New York and regionally for 30 years. Her credits include the original production of Dreamgirls, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, a camel in Just So Stories and Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer’s Brownie Points at Theatrical Outfit. Burrell says Shaffer helped shape Ethel, convincing Burrell — who envisioned a threecharacter show — to make it a one-woman vehicle. “I’d been at this for so long that I didn’t know what I had. I had all these vignettes 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

and pieces. Janece looked it all over and said, ‘Terry, I think you have something really special here.’ And we met and talked it through in a way that helped me see what could logically come next. She helped me get to the heart of what each scene needed.” Also key in developing Ethel: Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth. Burrell calls Booth “the most wonderful, fair-minded human being. I will be eternally grateful to her. “All along I knew I wanted my show to be done in Atlanta,” Burrell says, “and I wanted it to be done at the Alliance.” (Earlier versions played Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.) Burrell had never worked with Booth. Their meeting, she says, was just a couple of gals, sitting around chatting. “For the first time ever we were talking woman to woman, soul to soul, and realizing how much we liked each other.” At some point in the conversation, Booth told Burrell: “Oh, by the way, we are doing your show.” Burrell’s response: “Thank you, Jesus!” A

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CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: A 1943 publicity photo of the great Ethel Waters, believed to have been taken in Harlem; on the set of Carib Gold, shot in Key West, Fla., in 1956; Atlanta actress Terry Burrell as Ethel Waters, a role she has been researching and trying to create for 20 years.


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In appreciation of Cabin in the Sky, ‘Sweet Mama Stringbean’ Thanks to my mother and Turner Classic Movies, I grew up in the late ’90s and early 2000s watching Golden Age-era films. The snappy dialogue, grainy cinematography and vintage costumes dazzled me. I have a variety of favorites, but one sticks out the most. It may not receive praise like other movie musicals of its time, but Cabin in the Sky is one of the most historically significant. Based on the 1940 Broadway musical, it was one of the first major films featuring an allblack cast. One of its stars — Ethel Waters. She played Petunia, a steadfast woman married to the well-intentioned but easily tempted Little Joe, who gambles and falls for Georgia Brown. After he is shot, Petunia bargains with God to save his life, and promises that he will do better. Of course, with such a hefty deal on his behalf, temptation lies everywhere, and when she becomes a woman wronged one too many times, she finds herself in the world of gambling, drinking and shimmying. After reading Terry Burrell’s play and Waters’ autobiography, I now know Petunia's story reflected Waters' own triumphs and struggles. On Oct. 31, 1896, in Chester, Penn., Ethel Waters was born into poverty to a 13-yearold mother who'd been sexually assaulted. Her grandmother, or “Moms,” raised her with her aunts, who were prone to heavy drinking and fighting. She had a few run-ins with her fairskinned, middle-class paternal family but used her father’s last name as she became famous. She grew up tall and tough on the streets of Philadelphia. At 5-feet-9 by her early teens, she often was thought to be older. This got her into the nightclub where she got her start. Turning 17 and leaving an abusive husband who stayed out late and beat her, Waters found success singing and dancing as “Sweet Mama Stringbean” (a nod to her tall, lean figure). This led to deals with Columbia Records and co-starring turns in Broadway shows with white actors, something rare at

The Cabin in the Sky cast featured (from left) Ethel Waters, Kenneth Spencer, Eddie Anderson, Lena Horne and Rex Ingram.

the time. She also was a major act in the Harlem music scene, working with Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Despite her success, Waters still experienced hardship. She saw financial trouble with unpaid taxes and, as she got older, the roles offered her became few and far between. However, her faith and love of her family kept her grounded. Even with setbacks, she reveled in occasional comebacks, appearing on television until a few years before her death in 1977 at age 80. Waters’ career didn’t get the recognition and longevity it so deserved. Golden Age film stars are romanticized and idolized, and with Cabin in the Sky, Waters should be no exception. She was as alluring as any movie actress at the time. On screen she becomes cooler than any slick-talking gangster or detective. Something a talented and wise actress such as Waters could pull off with ease as if she lived it. In fact, she once said, “I have no acting technique. I act instinctively. That's why I can't play any role that isn't based on something in my life.” It just so happens that Waters, the actress, singer, dancer, sinner and believer, wasn’t far from the woman in Cabin in the Sky. Growing up, it was incredible to witness this complicated woman perform a role from 60 years earlier. Even more incredible is that nearly 10 years after first seeing the film, I am interning at the theatre where her story is being re-created for Atlanta audiences. A — Olivia Matthews ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

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PLAYWRIGHT

TERRY BURRELL SET DESIGN

KRISTEN ROBINSON MUSIC DIRECTOR

TYRONE JACKSON

COSTUME DESIGN

KARA HARMON

LIGHTING DESIGN

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LIZ LEE

ELISHEBA ITTOOP

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CELISE KALKE

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KENNETH L. ROBERSON Originally produced by Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA Bernard Havard, Producing Artistic Director, Mark D. Sylvester, Managing Director

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cast CAST * TERRY BURRELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ethel STAGE MANAGEMENT * lark hackshaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Manager KARA PROCELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Production Assistant

MUSICIANS SCOTT GLAZER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upright Bass TYRONE JACKSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piano

Setting: A Harlem apartment in 1949, and locations in memory

SPECIAL THANKS A special thank you to Karen Ratts for her immeasurable assistance and friendship. -Terry

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musical numbers Act 1 I Found a New Baby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: Jack Palmer & Spencer Williams Permission: Universal Music Corp. Am I Blue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: Harry Akst & Grant Clarke Permission: WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) His Eye Is on the Sparrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: Civilla D. Martin/ Charles H. Gabriel Travelin’ All Alone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composer: J.C. Johnson Permission: WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) You Rascal You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composer: Sam Theard Permission: Emi Mills Trav’lin’ Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Mundy & Trummy Young Permission: WB Music Corp./Obo Itself/The Johnny Mercer Foundation (ASCAP) Old Man Harlem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: Hoagy Carmichael & Rudy Vallee Permission: Universal Music Corp. St. Louis Blues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composer: W.C. Handy Dinah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: Harry Akst, Joseph Young, Samuel M. Lewis Permission: Songwriters Guild / Emi Mills Music Inc./ Morley Music They’ll Be Some Changes Made . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: M. Benton Overstreet/ W. Billy Higgins

Act 2 Taking a Chance on Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: John La Touche, Ted Fetter, Vernon Duke Permission: Emi/ Songwriters Guild /Alter Louis Cabin in the Sky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: John La Touche, Vernon Duke Permission: Emi Miller Catalog Inc. Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: E.Y. “Yip” Harburg & Harold Arlen Permission: Emi Feist Catalog Inc. Stormy Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: Harold Arlen/ Ted Koehler Permission: BMG/SA Music Heat Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composer: Irving Berlin Permission: Rodgers & Hammerstein Imagen Co. Come Up and See Me Sometime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composers: Arthur Swanstrom & Louis Alter Permission: Songwriters Guild of America; WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) Suppertime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Composer: Irving Berlin Permission: Rodgers & Hammerstein Imagen Co.

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profiles cast TERRY BURRELL (Ethel/ Playwright) is beyond thrilled to be returning to the Alliance Theatre. Other Alliance credits: A Christmas Carol, Jar the Floor, Woman of Brewster Place and Sophisticated Ladies. Other Atlanta credits: Brownie Points (Theatrical Outfit), For Colored Girls (14th Street Playhouse). Broadway credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Threepenny Opera, Swinging on a Star, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, Honky Tonk Nights, Eubie, Show Boat (original London company). Off-Broadway: Lady Day, Almost Heaven, Taking a Chance On Love and The World Goes Round. Select regional credits: Ethel, Oklahoma!, Copacabana, Smokey Joe’s Café, Crowns, Cinderella, Thunder Knocking on the Door, Up From Paradise, Man of La Mancha and Queenie Pie, as well as jazz concerts, voiceovers and commercials. Dedicated to James and Sybil Burrell and Janet Moses. KENNETH L. ROBERSON (Director) Broadway credits: Avenue Q, Tony Award for best musical; All Shook Up, Palace Theater; Purlie (Encores!), City Center; Freak, Court Theater. Professor of practice at Indiana University, Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance Department. Productions at IU include director/ choreographer for Sweet Charity; director, Into the Woods; and choreographer, In the Red and Brown Water. Off-Broadway credits of note: A Boy and His Soul, The Vineyard; Jazz a La Carte (as director and choreographer). Regional theatre credits as director: Frog Kiss (world premiere, Virginia Stage); Crowns, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.). Regional theatre credits as choreographer: Ray (Pasadena Playhouse); The Color Purple (world premiere, Alliance Theatre). TV/film: HBO’s "Lackawanna Blues"; Preaching to the Choir; John Leguizamo's "House of Buggin’." Other awards include an Emmy nomination, two NAACP awards, two Lucille Lortel Award nominations, Drama Desk Award nomination. Kenneth is also a performance artist and writer; his one-man show Middle Aged Passage Crisis has earned an NYC cult following. Kenneth is a native of Thomson, Ga., and a graduate of the University of Georgia. KRISTEN ROBINSON (Scenic Design) Selected credits include Zoyka’s Apartment

(Princeton University); The Road to Where, The Other Place (Weston Playhouse); And a Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Nora (Westport Country Playhouse); Three Translations of Uncle Vanya: Acts 1&2 (The Invisible Dog); Sisyphus (Experiments in Opera at Abron’s Art Center); All That Dies and Rises (M-34); Rapture Blister Burn (Wilma Theatre); Last Days of Mankind (Bard College, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts); My Friend’s Story (International Festival of Arts and Ideas); American Night the Ballad of Juan Jose (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Princess Plays 2&1 (New Haven, site-specific project). Her work on Nora has been featured in Chance Magazine issue 4 and is a 2015 Barrymore Award winner for best set design. M.F.A., Yale School of Drama. Princess Grace Theatre fellowship: Pierre Cardin Award, 2013. kristenrobinsondesign.com KARA HARMON (Costume Design) Regional: Seven Guitars (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Safehouse (Cincinnati Playhouse); Clybourne Park, The Trip to Bountiful (The Hangar Theatre); God of Carnage (Alliance Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); New York: Dot (Vineyard Theatre); Seven Guitars, Brokeology (The Juilliard School); Seven Minutes in Heaven (NY Conservatory); When We Met, The Trouble With Doug (CAP 21); Stretch, a fantasia (New Georges); Milk Like Sugar, Oo-Bla-Dee, Assassins, The Who’s Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and St. Joan (NYU Tisch). Assistant costume design Broadway: The Crucible, Magic Bird, First Date and Memphis. Assistant costume design TV: “Daredevil” (Season 2, Netflix) “Boardwalk Empire” (Season 5, HBO). Kara has an M.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. KaraHarmonDesign.com LIZ LEE (Lighting Design) always enjoys her work at the Alliance. Previous designs here include The C.A. Lyons Project; Steel Magnolias; In Love & Warcraft; The Whipping Man; God of Carnage; Sleuth; Cuttin’ Up; Tick, Tick … Boom!; and Topdog/Underdog. Based in Atlanta, she is producer and resident lighting designer at the Center for Puppetry Arts, where her recent projects include Beauty and the Beast and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. ELISHEBA ITTOOP (Sound Design) Her designs and original music have been heard at the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s

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profiles Project, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory, LaMaMa, 59E59, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music Festival and Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights conferences, recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. She is the podcast producer for StoryCorps. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts. elishebaittoop.com TYRONE JACKSON (Music Director/ Pianist) The name Tyrone Jackson is becoming
synonymous with the quintessential jazz piano player. His boundless creativity, coupled with subtle
accompaniments, has him poised for national recognition. 
Born in the New Orleans’ cradle of jazz, Jackson embodies the spirit of the Crescent City but has made his home in Atlanta. He has performed with Earl Klugh, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Jennifer Holliday and Marcus Miller, among others. Jackson is a professor of music at Kennesaw State University, where he teaches applied jazz piano, group piano (jazz), jazz improvisation II & III and the blues. Jackson is also a lecturer and clinician with the Rialto for Youth Jazz Ensemble. As a composer, he has released three CDs of original works: “Dedicated,” “Another Voyage” and “Melody in Nede: Suite for Jazz Quartet.” Jackson has written and arranged countless works for a litany of artists and performers. His songs are
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audiences on local and Satellite radio. SCOTT GLAZER (Upright Bassist) An Atlanta native, Scott learned music early at home from a singing mom, a coronet-playing dad and oldcountry grandparents who listened to the music of the world, including Italian, Hungarian, Yiddish, classical and cantorial recordings. Scott studied at Georgia State University's School of Music, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He has toured domestically and internationally, performing with artists as diverse as Grammywinning guitarist Earl Klugh, the Last Waltz Ensemble, Houston Person, Dr. Dan Matrazzo, Obie Jessie, Jimmy Hall, Carmine Appice, Liberty DeVito, Yale Strom and many others. He has played in the recording studio, for concerts, 18 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

festivals, television, radio, nightclubs, religious communities, cabaret, weddings, motorcycle gangs, theatre and orchestras. Scott says, "My favorite job is the one that I'm on!" Scott is proud to lead the groups Mojo Dojo (jazz, blues, 1950s-60s R&B and Southern soul) and Mojo Recovery Squad (classic rock). Both play in Atlanta and travel regionally for engagements. lark hackshaw (Stage Manager) Although lark has been stage managing at the Alliance Theatre for more than 25 years, she also has worked at such regional theatres as the Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Metro Stage, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Maltz Jupiter, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, MUNY and North Carolina Black Rep, and has taken out several major tours. Favorite shows include Broadway’s Stick Fly plusAnne & Emmett, Black Nativity, Kandi Burruss’ A Mother’s Love, The C.A. Lyons Project, Maurice Hines’ Tappin Through Life, The Tall Girls, The Geller Girls, ’ da Kink in My Hair, Bring It On: The Musical, Zorro, The Nacirema Society, Broke, Dreamgirls, Sheddin’, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Good People and Wit. lark is a line producer/executive assistant for Winston-Salem’s National Black Theatre Festival and the proud recipient of Howard University’s 2012 Distinguished Howard Player Award. 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.


profiles cast CELISE KALKE (Director of New Projects) has been looking forward to supporting Terry Burrell in her amazing work as a writer, singer and actress since she read Ethel. Celise joined the staff of the Alliance in 2005, and every year is amazed by the depth and breadth of Atlanta-based playwriting talent. Before moving to the Alliance she was the director of the literary department at the Public Theater in New York, working with such writers as John Guare, Diana Son, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stephen Adly Guirgis, and serving as the production dramaturg for the Shakespeare in Central Park productions. At the Public she worked with such well-known actors as Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Smits, Peter Dinklage and Rosie Perez. She was an artistic associate at Next Theatre in Evansville, Ill., and the resident dramaturg at Court Theatre in Chicago. 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.

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discover us. discover you. discover us. discover you. In Ethel, I was reminded of the power of music to inspire, soothe, heal, transform, commemorate and even celebrate us at each and every phase of our lives. As I experienced the play, I, much like Ethel, was transported to the soundtrack of my own life. That album that played consistently during those days of first love; the music that served as score for that very first heart break; the songs that spoke, both universally and particularly, to my most important relationships and those that inspired me to pursue my life’s passions. And always, the music that reminds me every day that no matter the valley, no matter the height, that we are watched over and cared for — from the first note to the very last of our lives — much like that sparrow. Faith Carmichael SoulJazzFolk Vocalist

synopsis: In 1949, Broadway and Hollywood star Ethel Waters is in her Harlem apartment, dodging bill collectors and waiting to catch her next big break. She begins telling the story of her humble beginnings as a neglected child and abused young wife in Chester, Pa. Then she leads us through her success as the Harlem nightclub songstress and Broadway scene-stealer who had Hollywood knocking at her door. Throughout her commentary, Ethel imitates the vibrant and complex people who surrounded her during her rise to fame. Playwright and performer Terry Burrell brings the star’s colorful tale to life with compelling storytelling and soul-stirring music.

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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 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

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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 Jeffrey S. Cashdan Steve Chaddick* Leigh Ann Costley Allison Dukes 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 Anne Kaiser* John Keller Lauren Kiefer* James A. Kilberg Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Malinda Krantz* Alan McKeon* Carol Meadows* Dori Miller Hala Moddelmog

Phil Moise* Maureen Morrison Victoria Palefsky* Paul Pendergrass 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 Chandra StephensAlbright Chuck Taylor Rosemarie Thurston Benny Varzi Rebekah Wasserman Cynthia Widner Wall Brad Watkins Jill Wilson Paul Wrights Todd Zeldin

Advisory Board

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

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 * Executive Committee Member

Volunteer Leadership

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

★★★★★★★ $250,000+ The Coca-Cola Company 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+ The Abraham J & Phyllis Karz Foundation Accenture Alston & Bird 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

William and Eva Fox Foundation John and Mary Franklin Foundation Jones Day King & Spalding, LLP Plum Creek Foundation

The Rockdale Foundation Theatre Communications Group Thompson Hine

★★ $5,000+ AON Arby’s Foundation Balentine+Company CKKO Foundation DocAuto

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.

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

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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 March 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 $15,000-$24,999 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 $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 Dr. & Mrs. R. K. Sehgal Mark & Linda Silberman 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 Christopher Jones & Roger Smith Leslie D. Leigh M.D. Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Mr. Russell B. Still In honor of the Alliance Theatre Education Department & Carol Jones $5,000-$7,499 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 Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Marie and Brad Foster Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller Heidi & David Geller Karen and Andrew Ghertner

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Erin & John Heyman Paul & Rosthema Kastin David L. Kuniansky Mr. Walter W. Mitchell Dedi & Julian Mohr June M. Morrison 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 $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. & 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 Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky 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 Debbie & Lon Neese Susan & David Peterson Mr. Jared Ripps & Dr. Kiera von Besser The Elster Foundation Charlotte & Tom Shields Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong 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 John & Leslie Benator Hardy & Amy Brumfield Lucinda Bunnen Aubrey & Carol Bush Kelly & Joe Cannon Mrs. Erin D. Cay Melodie H. Clayton Mark & Ruth Coan David Cofrin & Christine Tryba-Cofrin 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


annual fund Linda M. Garrett Mr. John Garver & Ms. Penelope Prime Mr. & Mrs. Joel Goldman Dr. & Mrs. Steven Harris Valerie Hartman John Haupert Mark Hobson 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 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 Kriste n 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 O’Neill Shana Orr Willie Parks

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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 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 caitlin.way@woodruffcenter.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 shana.orr@woodruffcenter.org.


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.

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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 – May 31, 2015 Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors

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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

Production Management

Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor W. Smith Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margo Moskowitz

Costumes

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 Wig Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Ewing Wardrobe . . . . . . . Hauzia Conyers, Alexandra Matthews, Niki Traxler

Electrics

Electrics Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Shinn Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabby Ide, Steve Jordan, Steven Love, Jennifer Nakahara

Scenery

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

Sound

Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Jarvis Sound Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristin von Hinezmeyer, Elyssa Kohen, Holly O’Reagan

Stage Management

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

Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Bowne Crew Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Simons Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deb Maberry Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Willie Parks Properties Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney O’Neill Additional Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Schlachter

Properties

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, Kirstin Calvert, Kirk Campbell, Kara Cantrell, Taryn Carmona, Katie Causey, Sarah Cave, Greg Chagnon, Tara Chiusano, Jaehn Clare, Steve Coulter, Nakeisha Daniel, Benjamin Davis, Theresa Davis, Shelli Delgado,

Teaching Artists (cont’d) . . 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, Al Hamacher, Sarah Newby Halicks, Greg Hernandez, Mira Hirsch, Brandi Hoofnagle, BJ Hughes, Adam King, LeeAnna Lambert, Clayton Landey, Nicole Livieratos, Amy Cain Lucas, Barry Stewart Mann, Jen MacQueen, Cara Mantella, Gloria Martin, Mari Martinez, Paige Mattox, Patrick McColery, Bethany Lind Mendenhall, Bryan Mercer, Karin Mervis, Courtnee Miles, Donal Noonan, Tafee Patterson, Tawny Powell, Eric Prather, Julie Puckett, J.L. Reed, Iris Rice, Claire Ritzler, Anandi Salinas, Henry Scott, Linda Sherbert, Suzanne Stroup, Ebony Tucker, Jose Miguel Vasquez, Rachel Wansker, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Corinne Weintraub, 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, 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

A dministration & Finance

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

Development

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

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Marketing

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, Margo Moskowitz Assistant Manager Season Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danielle Hicks Senior Ticket Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken McNeil Marketing Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Vann


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