SEP 2–OCT 2, 2022 ALLIANCE THEATRE
encoreatlanta.com | 1 EVERYBODY FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Between Us 4 FEATURE “Make It Matter”: Bringing Everybody to the Coca-Cola Stage ............ 6 Co-Directors Susan V. Booth & Tinashe Kajese-Bolden discuss Everybody’s unique staging, timeliness, and challenge for its audiences Story by Ashley Elliott Program Highlight 12 Onstage & Off ................... 14 Program Notes .................. 15 Synopsis 23 Your Story, Your Stage ........... 24 DEPARTMENTS About the Alliance Theatre 26 Board of Directors ................ 27 Sponsors 28 Annual Fund ..................... 30 Alliance Theatre Staff 37 Page 6 Page 12 Page 24
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So here I am, writing the piece that shows up in the front of each program, where the Artistic Director tries to offer a little more context around the play you’re about to see.
And here you are reading it. (Bless you.)
And here’s what’s different about this particular “Between Us.” It’s actually the last one I’m going to write. After a whole lotta years, I’m leaving the Alliance to head to Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. And in a completely serendipitous bit of programming magic (had no idea I was going anywhere when we picked this play), Everybody turns out to be more perfect than I thought. And I thought it was pretty perfect.
My co-director, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, speaks to this eloquently a few pages into your program, when she talks about the very particular gift this play gives us. Everybody dives deep and hard into the notion of memento mori — the Stoics philosophy that we must always remember that we will die. Because only by sitting authentically with our own mortality do we come to a full appreciation of the beauty and possibility of our life. And while a job and city change isn’t a life or death transition, it is an inflection point that offers the same invitation. Be here now. And see fully all for which you ought be grateful, and make the most of every moment.
I have loved being here.
I am loving being here.
And I will always be grateful for this time, this city, this theatre, and all of the people who love it.
Susan V. Booth Jennings Hertz Artistic Director
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“MAKE IT MATTER”: BRINGING EVERYBODY TO THE COCA-COLA STAGE
Co-Directors Susan V. Booth and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden discuss Everybody ’s unique staging, timeliness, and challenge for its audiences
STORY BY Ashley Elliott
“This play [feels] like a fresh start,” says Co-Director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. “It proposes a reset while also giving us some landscape to reflect on how we got to where we are today.”
Everybody, masterfully written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and inspired by the 15th century play Everyman, tells the story of Everybody, a happy person, a free person, a person who believes nothing but the best lies ahead. Then Death comes calling, and Everybody must go on a journey to find what has had lasting significance in their lifetime.
“Sounds odd to talk about joy when you’re talking about mortality,” adds Co-Director Susan V. Booth, “But the tone and impact of this piece is so, so joyful. And in a time of ever-multiplying senses of division, a piece that reminds us of the most basic of human connections seems so very necessary.”
And she’s right. The only other story that comes to mind when thinking of a tale where the central character is Death is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This play, like that book, must masterfully balance the weight of the driving theme (the fact that the audience is watching the main character die) with a sense of humor that lightens the mood.
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Plus many more! Tickets and memb erships available a t alliancetheatre.org Our stories are not simply told for you, but with you. SHARE YOUR STORY. PRESERVE YOUR STAGE . The posting of photos taken before the show, during intermission, or in our lobbies is not only allowed but strongly encouraged! We do kindly ask that you refrain from taking pictures, recording audio, or capturing video during the performance to allow our audiences and performers to stay connected with each other during our brief time together.
Recent events — namely the pandemic — have brought mortality to the forefront of our minds like never before. Co-Directors Booth and KajeseBolden kept this in mind when planning to bring Everybody to the CocaCola Stage.
“I’m not sure this play would resonate the same way if [the pandemic] hadn’t happened,” says Kajese-Bolden. “We are still searching for avenues to process what we all went through. This play invites not just the audience, but the artists, to explore the meaning of life through humor and physical play that hopefully leaves us thankful for another day to live on purpose.”
Since its origin on Signature Theatre’s Irene Diamond Stage in 2017, this play has captivated audiences with its cutting wit, hard-hitting questions, and, most notably, its unique storytelling device. Very rarely do actors (apart from swings) enter a theatre space not knowing what role they will be called upon to play, and yet that is exactly what Everybody asks them to do.
At the beginning of the play, five of the roles are decided by lottery, live before the audience. Most of Booth and Kajese-Bolden’s cast of “beautiful humans, inside and out” have each learned every single part in the show. “We knew we needed fearless performers,” Booth says, “who bring their full and authentic selves to the stage.”
“The thrill of the unknown is super delicious,” KajeseBolden adds. “No show will ever be the same because every night the roles are cast by lottery and there are 120 combinations. Crazy!”
Everybody co-directors Susan V. Booth and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
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Another way Everybody breaks boundaries is that the scenic design completely shatters the expectation of what the Coca-Cola Stage will look like. In addition to typical seating, the artistry of the woodwork in the house and additional seating have been added to the stage, creating an incredibly unique theatre-inthe-round experience.
“Lex Liang, our brilliant scenic and costume designer, has imagined an environment for this piece that truly celebrates the beautiful architecture of the Coca-Cola Stage,” Booth says. “And our actors will be inhabiting a whole lot more of it than just the stage.”
“It’s exciting when you get to play with the familiar, but in a whole new configuration,” Kajese-Bolden continues. She’s eager to see how the audience reacts to seeing how the Coca-Cola Stage has been transformed. “We are approaching this stylistically in a way that one might for a smaller space, so that excitement is making this gorgeous vast space feel intimate and safe.”
“There might be a dance break that involves the whole audience,” Booth adds. “I’m not saying there is, I’m saying there might be…”
Kajese-Bolden and Booth also got to play with their own sense of familiarity in codirecting the show. Both had co-directed before but were hesitant to try it again; especially with such a quirky, off-the-wall show. However, once they dove into the project, they both swiftly changed their minds.
“To have this brilliant brain/heart/ visionary partner in the work of conceiving this event has been pretty glorious,” says Booth.
“It’s an experiment in working at the top of our game without having to sacrifice meaningful events [and] relationships in our lives that so often get sidelined when you are working on a show,” KajeseBolden adds. “We also said our number one rule is to keep the joy meter on high, which is the only way we want to work after a pretty stressful couple of years.”
Coming full circle to that everpresent topic of joy, the codirectors also hope the audience will walk away from the show with “a feeling of communal connection and a deeper engagement with their own purpose and passions,” says Kajese-Bolden.
Booth agrees, adding, “Make it count. Right here and right now; make it matter.”
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FROM EVERYMAN TO EVERYBODY
STORY BY Makalee Cooper, Emory Literary Intern
When Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Everybody ’s playwright, was asked about his playwriting process in an interview, he emphasized his “investment in the tradition we’re writing in. Theatre is an old thing. It’s thousands of years old. TV isn’t. Film isn’t. We’re doing a really old thing.” In such an old art form, it’s practically impossible to tell an entirely new story. After all, that’s what genres are — a way to define humans telling slightly varied versions of the same story again and again.
Jacobs-Jenkins has welcomed the opportunity to use historical text as the basis for a modern story. During the opening monologue of Everybody, it is revealed that Everyman, the play that directly inspired Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to write Everybody, is a 15th century morality play. Although Everybody explains that a “morality play” is simply a play with a moral, theatre scholar John Payne Collier defines the genre as “a drama, the characters of which are allegorical, abstract, or symbolical, and the story of which is intended to convey a lesson for the better conduct of human life.”
This definition is a bit stuffy, and the realistic applications of morality plays are more nuanced. When a play is performed on stage, life is breathed into these allegorical figures and they are no longer abstract concepts that exist on a page; instead, they are a part of the real world that are more capable of making people understand the consequences of their actions. Although morality plays do teach a moral, they do it in a way that makes people realize how applicable to everyday life seemingly far-away concepts like death are.
Although Everybody defines Everyman as a morality play, the opening stage directions state that it is a “treatise in the manner of a morality play.” This distinction, although small, insinuates that Everyman was not created to be performed. In fact, the play has no record of being performed until 1901 — 500 years after it was translated into English. Instead, many historians have theorized that Everyman was written as a religious text, to be read and to help people understand that they can — and will — be confronted with death, so living a life of sin is not doing anyone any favors.
Everyman’s moral is explicitly Catholic, which makes sense, as Catholicism was the dominant sect of European Christianity during the 15th century. The moral can be loosely understood as follows: many people are leading lives of sin, forgetting
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about God, and not doing the Corporal Acts of Mercy, such as giving to the poor or feeding the hungry. However, all that anyone needs to do is confess, repent, and scourge/ punish themselves, and their good deeds will then be strong enough to speak for them in front of God, and allow them to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
To amplify this moral, God specifically asks Death for a man who has forgotten that God is almighty in favor of worshiping his own riches, who happens to be Everyman.
Although Everyman’s strict Catholic moral is a product of a society with a unifying belief, the essence of the story is one that every society can relate to: How do we deal with our imminent death? JacobsJenkins took this question one step forward: How do we deal with our imminent death in today’s secular, diverse society?
Of course, taking any mention of repentance and confession out of the script was the first step in making Everyman modern. However, another feat that JacobsJenkins accomplished with this play was an exploration of the limits of theatre and casting: the lottery system. During each performance, Everybody and all of the allegorical figures are chosen by chance, in a lottery system. There are 120 different casting combinations that can be made from the 5 actors that will be affected by the lottery.
Not only does this system of chance force each actor — and audience member — to confront their own mortality, but it also illustrates the beauty of theatre. The production will be different every time it’s onstage, just as life and death are different for every person. Everybody holds a mirror to the audience in both the actors’ dialogue and the mechanics of the show.
Theatre may be an old thing with the same basic stories being told again and again, but finding ways to shape these stories around an ever-changing world is what keeps art alive.
The cover of the 15th century play Everyman.
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STORY BY Claire Jackson, Spelman College Student
“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”
This quote, spoken in a bout of existentialist frustration by Rick and Morty character Morty Smith, is a bleak but also gripping message. He says it in the wake of his sister, Summer, realizing she was an unplanned pregnancy that changed the trajectory of their parents’ lives. But hey, it’s true, right? Maybe Morty would like Everybody as a play because of it. Because of the truth that we don’t pick our parents, our destiny is up to us and what we make of our situations. And spoiler alert: Everybody dies.
The cast of Everybody is randomized, the roles known by each actor, and the lottery is performed every show in order to notify them of who they will be embodying for that performance. It’s random, and it’s spur of the moment, but so is death, isn’t it?
Our lives are a blank canvas that we are tasked with painting. Which virtues will help us fill the white space with color, and which ones do we neglect, leaving them on the palette? Do we call on our Strength too much, leaving Emotions behind? Or maybe Love saturates the canvas, and Time is pushed to the side. It is up to each of us, at the end of the day, to realize what legacy we want to leave on the world, and at the end of the day, how the world will reflect on each of us.
So, perhaps, this all means we should take a step back, and enjoy the little things more. Life and Death are scary things to think about, let’s talk about fun things instead. Go on that walk with the friend you haven’t seen in years. Pick that hobby up that you’ve been pondering for a while. Tell the people in your life that you’re grateful for them. Because, while Morty was harsh, he might have had a point. Sometimes, you just gotta watch TV. VIRTUES: WHAT MAKES MEANING OF WHAT MATTERS IN LIFE?
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THE ALLIANCE THEATRE
World Premiere produced by Signature Theatre, New York City (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder)
EVERYBODY by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. in part by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.
Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director & Mike Schleifer, Managing Director present DIRECTED BY SUSAN V. BOOTH & TINASHE KAJESE-BOLDEN BY BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS
This production is supported
SCENIC & COSTUME DESIGN LEX LIANG LIGHTING DESIGN THOM WEAVER CASTING JODY FELDMAN STAGE MANAGER ANNA BARANSKI* SOUND DESIGN MELANIE CHEN COLE PROJECTION DESIGN MILTON CORDERO SPONSORED BY
*ANDREW BENATOR Death
*BRANDON BURDITT Somebodies
*SHAKIRAH DEMESIER Love
SKYLAR EBRON Girl/Time
*DEIDRIE HENRY Usher/God/Understanding
*CHRIS KAYSER Somebodies
*BETHANY ANNE LIND Somebodies
*COURTNEY PATTERSON Somebodies
*JOSEPH J. PENDERGRAST Somebodies
SOLEIA HOWINGTON Girl/Time
PARRIS SARTER Usher/God/Understanding/Love
DELLAN SHORT Somebodies/Death
*ANNA BARANSKI Stage Manager
*BARBARA O’HALEY Assistant Stage Manager (Aug 1 — Sept 4)
*KACIE PIMENTEL Assistant Stage Manager (Aug 29 — Oct 2)
SAMANTHA HONEYCUTT .Stage Management Production Assistant
PRODUCTION AND DESIGN ASSISTANCE
HAYLEE SCOTT COVID Coordinator
LAURY CONLEY Associate Costume Designer
SEAMUS BOURNE Associate Scenic Designer
RAIYON HUNTER Casting Associate
CONNOR HAMMOND Fight Coach
ANNA BARANSKI .......................Fight Captain
VICTOR JACKSON II.................Movement Consultant
FOR THIS PRODUCTION
SAMANTHA HONEYCUTT . Young Performer Supervisor (Aug 1 — Aug 14)
AMANDA PEREZ Young Performer Supervisor (Aug 15 — Sept 4)
BARBARA O’HALEY Young Performer Supervisor (Sept 5 — Oct 2)
JAYSON T. WADDELL Deck Sound
MONICA SPEAKER, RODNEY WILLIAMS Wardrobe
SKYLAR BURKS Properties Stagehand
BRYAN PEREZ Crew Chief
VICTOR MOULDEOUX Automation Stagehand
GABRIELLE DRUM Electrician
STEVE JORDAN Light Board Operator
Sandy Kemper Comedian David Perdue Comedians Lace Larrabee and Katherine Blanford Michael Rooks Nicole Albert, MHS., LPC Ethics Emory University notes
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A S TA G E FOR EVERY AG E Now enrolling for fall classes. alliancetheatre.org/classes This production is approximately ninety minutes long and has no intermission.
ANDREW BENATOR (Death) is thrilled to be a part of this cast and telling this story. Previous Alliance credits include A Christmas Carol; Small Mouth Sounds; Crossing Delancey; Troubadour; Disgraced; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark; Good People; August: Osage County; Tennis in Nablus; and Eurydice. Other Atlanta credits include Indecent and Pitmen Painters at Theatrical Outfit, RACE and Between Riverside and Crazy at True Colors Theatre, and Boeing Boeing at Aurora Theatre. Andrew has worked offBroadway and in regional theaters across the country. Film and TV credits include The Founder, Game Night, Million Dollar Arm, “Amazing Stories,” “Bigger,” and “Stranger Things.” 2016 Recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. Thank you for supporting live theater!
BRANDON BURDITT (Somebodies) is thrilled to be returning to the Alliance Theatre! Burditt is a proud alum of Morehouse College (‘18). He was most recently seen at Illinois Shakespeare Festival as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Edgar in King Lear. Past roles include Hands Up here at the Alliance, Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Cymbeline in Cymbeline at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Caesar in Gem of the Ocean directed by Chuck Smith, The Soldier in The Colored Museum (2017), Canewell in Seven Guitars (2015), and Jib in Hoodoo Love (2015). He has written a one-act play honoring survivors of sexual assault titled Interviews, which awarded him a grant from Morehouse. The play has been performed at both Morehouse and Tougaloo College in Mississippi.
SHAKIRAH DEMESIER (Love) is elated to be back at the Alliance Theatre... or any theatre really because Covid is rude. She is a Haitian-American stage and tv/film actress and comedy writer from NYC now based in Atlanta. She’s a Hofstra University, HB Studio, and UCB graduate with a penchant for performing in and writing stories that focus on the African diaspora. Her work has been recognized by the NAACP and the ABC Network’s
Talent Showcase and she is currently creating her own series of work focusing on immigrants in America. Shakirah’s favorite regional credits include: Streetcar Named Desire; Nick’s Flamingo Grill; Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous; and Seize the King. You’ll also find her on tv series: “Cobra Kai” on Netflix, “American Soul” on BET, “Watchmen” on HBO, “Queens” on ABC and the CW’s “Legacies”. Follow her at: @pleasedontcallmeshak
SKYLAR EBRON (Girl/ Time) [she/her] is ecstatic for her debut performance with the cast of Everybody at the Alliance Theatre!
Skylar is a 5th grade vocal and dramatic arts student who also plays piano and guitar. Skylar is grateful to her parents for nurturing and supporting her dreams as a young actor and performer. When not on stage, Skylar is an active Junior Girl Scout and avid animal lover. Find her on social media: @skylar_ebron_official
DEIDRIE HENRY (Usher/ God/Understanding)
Regional: To the Yellow House (LaJolla Playhouse), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage), It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep), A Streetcar Named Desire (Portland Center Stage), American Night (Yale Repertory), Raisin in the Sun (Mark Taper, Kirk Douglas Theatre), Parade (Mark Taper, Center Theatre Group), Ballad of Emmett Till (Goodman), Yellowman (Berkeley Rep), As You Like It, Three Sisters, Wit, Hamlet, Seven Guitars, Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Alliance Theatre, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Huntington). Film/TV: Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Silence, BOSCH, to name just a few. It’s great to be back home.
SOLEIA HOWINGTON (u/s Girl, Time) is excited to be making her debut in Everybody at the Alliance Theatre. A 4th grader at Brighten Academy, where she has enjoyed participating in annual musical productions as an ensemble player. At Brighten, she received the “Good Citizen” award, for which she is
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proud. Aside from enjoying language arts, reading, and writing, she loves painting, drawing, singing, dancing, and playing Roblox. She is a member of the chess club, enjoys learning Japanese, and is fascinated by the world of astronomy and astronauts. She loves being a mentor to younger kids at her school, ensuring that everyone knows that her favorite color is pink. She loves traveling with her family and discovering fun vacation spots. She is very grateful to all her family and friends for their support.
BETHANY ANNE LIND (Somebodies) is thrilled to be back on the Alliance stage. Previous Alliance credits: Shakespeare in Love, Cuckoo’s Nest, August: Osage County, and the world premieres of Edward Foote, Carapace, Troubadour, and 26 Miles. She has appeared on stages from coast to coast including La Jolla Playhouse: His Girl Friday; and originating roles in the world premieres of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre then Arena Stage; The Storytelling Ability of a Boy at Florida Stage then Aurora Theatre; and Really Really at Signature Theatre. Recurring television roles include Grace Young in “Ozark,” Molly Quinn in “Reprisal,” and Clara Steele in “Doom Patrol,” as well as guest roles on “Stranger Things,” “The Walking Dead,” “Greenleaf,” “Lore,” “Rectify,” and an upcoming episode of Branden JacobsJenkins’ FX series: “Kindred.” Film: Chaos Walking, Flight, Doctor Sleep, Crackerjack, Mean Girls 2, and leading roles in critically acclaimed indie features: The Wheel, Through the Glass Darkly, and opposite Will Patton in Blood on Her Name. Thank you for supporting local theatre, independent films, and Atlanta based artists! Insta: @BethanyAnneLind Twitter: @LindBethanyAnne
CHRIS KAYSER (Somebodies) is thrilled to continue his collaboration with the Alliance Theatre in Everybody. Previous Alliance credits include Peter Pan, Brigadoon, A Christmas Carol, The Grapes of Wrath, Eurydice, Art, Miss Evers’ Boys, Angels in America: Perestroika, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Glengarry Glen Ross, August: Osage County, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ever After
COURTNEY PATTERSON (Somebodies) returns to the Alliance after appearing in several productions including Small Mouth Sounds, Disgraced, Geller Girls, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and A Christmas Carol She has been on various stages around the city throughout her career (Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, and Synchronicity Performance Group). TV/Film: “The Walking Dead,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Good Eats,” SuperIntelligence, Life of the Party, Anchorman 2, Let’s Be Cops, Trouble With the Curve. Thank you for supporting live theatre! Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom, and Dad. www.courtneypatterson.net
JOSEPH J. PENDERGRAST (Somebodies) [they/ them] is thrilled to return to the Alliance. They have performed in most theaters in Atlanta including Alliance Theatre (Alice Between and Ever After); Found Stages (Frankenstein’s Funeral); Aurora Theatre (In the Heights); Serenbe Playhouse (Spring Awakening); Actor’s Express (Head Over Heels); and Synchrocity Theatre (Lyle the Crocodile).
PARRIS SARTER (u/s Usher, God, Understanding, Love) is delighted to be back at the Alliance. She holds an M.A. in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Alliance: A Christmas Carol (u/s Mrs. Cratchit/Missy Watkins) Atlanta: Booty Candy, Angels in America (Suzi Recipient), and An Octoroon (Suzi nominee) (Actor’s Express); Eclipsed (Suzi Recipient) (Synchronicity Theatre); Angry Fags and The Revolutionists (7Stages); The Cake and Square Blues (Horizon Theatre). Regional: Wrong River (Flint Repertory). Upcoming: Eucine in Paris. The life of Nina Simone with Hush Harbor Labs at the Black Arts Festival this September. Thank you again for supporting live theater.
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DELLAN SHORT (u/s Somebodies, Death) is a 2022, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, graduate from Brenau University; he is thrilled and overjoyed to be making his professional debut on the Alliance stage. Dellan would like to thank his parents Jill and Jim, his brothers Britton and Tanner, and his girlfriend Ryan for their endless support. Find Dellan on socials: @Shellan_dort
SUSAN V. BOOTH (Co-Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project, the Kendeda Playwriting Competition, the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, and commercial partnerships on such projects as The Prom; Tuck Everlasting; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. She has directed nationally at the Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern Universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. Booth’s leadership is underwritten by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. She is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.
TINASHE KAJESEBOLDEN (Co-Director) is the BOLD Associate Artistic Director at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Tinashe is a Princess Grace Award 2019 Winner for Directing, and Map Fund Award recipient to develop her devised new work All Smiles centering the experience of children on the Autism Spectrum. Most recently, she was Associate Director with Kenny Leon for Trading Places. Tinashe held a salaried creative and Director’s Shadow position during the pre-production, pilot and 2nd episode development of the TV Series “Our Kind of People” (Fox Studios) under
Lee Daniel’s production company and was Director Shadow on the season finale of “BMF.” Select directing productions include Toni Stone (co-production Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Alliance Theatre), School Girls, Or the African Mean Girls Play (Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre), Ghost (Alliance Theatre), Native Gardens (Virginia Stage Company), Pipeline (Horizon Theater), Nick’s Flamingo Grill (World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre, Hertz Stage), Eclipsed (Synchronicity Theatre, Best Director Suzi Bass Award). Upcoming projects: The Many Wondrous Realities of Jasmine Starr-Kidd (2022/23 Alliance/ Kendeda National Playwriting Competition Winner/World Premiere Alliance Theatre). As a director and actor, she has worked on + off Broadway, including The Imperial Theatre, Primary Stages, 59E59 Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem; and regionally at Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theater Co, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Geva Theatre, CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, among others, as well as recurring roles on TV/Film (Suicide Squad 2, Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” CW’s “Valor,” “Dynasty,” HBO’s “Henrietta Lacks,” Ava Duverney’s “Cherish the Day,” among others.) She proudly serves on the ARTS-ATL Artist Advisory Council. “My mission is the pursuit of what connects our different communities and how we create art that serves that.”
BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS (Playwright)’s plays include Girls, Everybody, War, Gloria, Appropriate, An Octoroon, and Neighbors. A Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a 2020 Guggenheim fellow, his honors include a USA Artists fellowship, the Charles Wintour Award, the MacArthur fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He currently serves as Vice President of the Dramatists Guild council and sits on the boards of Soho Rep, Park Avenue Armory, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Dramatists Guild Foundation. This fall, he joins the faculty of Yale University as Professor of Practice.
LEX LIANG (Scenic & Costume Design) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance, where he has previously designed scenery for Carapace, and costumes for Into the Woods, What I Learned in Paris, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Troubadour, Candide, and others.
Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, The
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Asolo, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, Geva Theatre, The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Playmaker’s Rep, Portland Center Stage, St. Louis Rep, Syracuse Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and many others. NYC/Off-Broadway: 50+ productions—recent work includes Penelope, Or How The Odyssey Was Really Written, and The Bacchae Upcoming: The Acting Company’s Romeo & Juliet. Lex is the founder and principal of LDC Design Associates, an experiential event design and production company in NYC. Recent projects include Ubuntu Pathways: Fight For Good, Operation Smile’s 35th Anniversary Gala, The Tony Awards Gala, and BCBG’s 30 Year Retrospective, NYFW. www.LexLiang.com
THOM WEAVER (Lighting Design) Previously for Alliance: Toni Stone. OffBroadway credits include: The Total Bent (Public), Kingdom Come (Roundabout), Exit Strategy (Primary Stages), King Hedley II, How I Learned What I Learned, The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre Company); Teller’s Play Dead (The Players Theater). Regional credits include productions with: Huntington Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, The Wilma Theater (Associate Artist), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Getty Pavilion, Children’s Theatre Company, The Cleveland Play House, Portland Center Stage, The Folger Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre, Hangar Theatre, CenterStage, California Shakespeare Theater, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as numerous designs with Pilobolus. He is the recipient of two Jeff Awards, six Barrymore Awards and two AUDELCO Awards. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale. He is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and Co-Founder of Die-Cast. He/him. Black Lives Matter.
MELANIE CHEN COLE (Sound Design) [she/her] is thrilled to be making her design debut at the Alliance Theatre with this production of Everybody! Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman
Theatre, The Huntington, Indiana Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, PlayMakers Rep, South Coast Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Education: M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego. melaniesound.com, @melaniechencole.
MILTON CORDERO (Projection Design) is thrilled about making his Coca-Cola Stage debut. Cordero started his career in film and theater (actor, Electric, Light Design) at a very young age. Eventually, he explored the use of multimedia in live performances, which led him to develop a career as a projection designer. Cordero’s Projection Designs have been seen on stages in New York, Atlanta, and Puerto Rico. Favorites credits include: Anna in the Tropics (Bay Street Theater, NY), Hands Up (Alliance Theatre, GA), In the Heights (Choliseo, PR), The Nether (Emory Theatre, GA), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime (Aurora Theatre & Horizon Theatre, GA), Tierra Mia (Gibaro de Puerto Rico), and El Burlador de Sevilla (Teatro Círculo, NY). You can follow Milton on IG: mcorderodesigns and/ or take a glance at his work on www. miltoncordero.com. His goal is to keep exploring and contribute to bringing the Latin theater to the next level, as well as honoring God with his talents.
JODY FELDMAN (Casting) began her theater career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the Assistant General Manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Feldman started her career at the Alliance as casting director in 1991 and added producer to her title and responsibilities in 2001. She has cast and produced more than 200 productions at the Alliance, encompassing a range of world premieres that includes The Last Night of Ballyhoo, What I Learned in Paris, Broke, Troubadour, In the Red and Brown Water, and more than 10 years of Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition-winning plays, plus such world and regional premiere musicals as Tuck Everlasting; Aida; The Color Purple; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring It On: The Musical; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; Harmony, A New Musical, and The Prom. Jody is most proud of the thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection.
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ANNA BARANSKI (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to Alliance Theatre after working on the 2021 adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Previously Anna was a seasonal stage manager with the Dallas Theater Center (2009-2020). In addition, she has enjoyed stage managing at the following select theaters: The Children’s Theatre, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Triad Stage, Musical Theater West, Circle Theater, Casa Mañana Theatre, Theatre Arlington, Kids Who Care, Inc., Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Second Thought Theatre. Anna is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with an MFA in Stage Management, and completed her professional internship at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. www.annabaranski.com @dinosaur.stage.manager
BARBARA GANTT O’HALEY (Assistant Stage Manager Aug 1 — Sept 4; Young Performer Supervisor Sept 5 — Oct 2) [she/her] is glad to be working at the Alliance again after six years away. Previous Alliance credits include: Slur, Tell Me My Dream, Courage, Grimm Lives of the In-Betweens. Other Atlanta credits include: Big Fish, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Simply Simone, In the Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Perfect Arrangement, Indecent, Slow Food, Ms. Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Wickhams, Our Town, 110 in the Shade, Pitmen Painters, An Iliad (Theatrical Outfit); as well as My Fair Lady, Cats, Young Frankenstein (Atlanta Lyric Theatre). Love to Patrick, Elliana, and Keeva! Proud Member AEA.
KACIE PIMENTEL (Assistant Stage Manager Aug 29 — Oct 2) graduated from the University of Houston, where she received her BFA in Theatre Stage Management. She has recently finished the SM apprenticeship at Studio Theatre where she worked on The Hot Wing King, John Proctor is the Villain, and White Noise. She has also previously worked in stage management at Casa Mañana Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, and Sea World San Antonio.
SAMANTHA HONEYCUTT (Stage Management Production Assistant; Young Performer Supervisor Aug 1 — Aug 14) studied Stage Management at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before beginning her career working across the country.
Her credits include: Year of the Rooster, When January Feels like Summer, and Five Times in One Night (Ensemble Studio Theater). Legally Blonde; Hello, Dolly!; My Fair Lady; and Music Man (Cape Playhouse). Frankenstein, Hairspray, Penny Candy, American Mariachi, Supreme Leader (Dallas Theater Center). Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous (Hartford Stage), and Trading Places (Alliance Theatre).
MIKE SCHLEIFER (Managing Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2014 as General Manager, and in 2016 became Managing Director. Schleifer has led the administrative team on more than 50 productions and was one of the architects of the “On the Road” season, in which the Alliance produced 12 shows at 12 venues. He started the Alliance’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee and serves on the League of Resident Theatre’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Initiative. Previously, he spent 13 years at Baltimore’s Center Stage, working as Associate Producer, Production Manager and Resident Stage Manager. While in Baltimore, he spent seven years as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and guest lectured all over the East Coast. He began his career as a Stage Manager and has dozens of stage-management credits in New York and regionally. He is married to theater director and educator Laura Hackman and is the proud father of two boys, Jack and Ben.
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA) Founded in 1913, AEA is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. www.actorsequity.org
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Everybody is a happy person, a free person, a person who believes nothing but the best lies ahead. Then Death comes calling, and Everybody must go on a journey to find what has had lasting significance in their lifetime. Inspired by the 15th century play Everyman, Everybody explores the meaning of life and the roles we play along the way.
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As a young seminary student, I can recall many days in the (no longer standing) Bishop Hall of the Candler School of Theology waxing poetic about the meaning of biblical texts. I can remember debating not only varying interpretations of some of the most commonly recited scripture but also the validity, scarcity, and origins of the texts themselves.
Though we had varying beliefs of the words on those pages, essentially what drove our discussions and ultimately our very presence at this place of higher learning was our quest to understand not only the meaning of these words but the implications of these words on our lived experience and the implications of these words in the afterlife.
In this funny, witty, surprising, sobering, and thought-provoking play, it feels that the playwright has distilled the entire three years I spent pursuing a Master of Divinity degree into less than two hours and, considering the price of a theatre ticket, did so for tens of thousands of dollars less!
In such a divisive world where we struggle to find common ground on much of anything, it is refreshing to come together for an amazing ride exploring one of the very few things we all share in common… the inevitability of death.
Those big questions that I explored as a student and that are creatively presented in this play spilled into the work that I do to this day. In fact, it was in part my preoccupation with these very questions that attracted me to the position at the Emory University Center for Ethics where today, 15 years later in a building shared with (believe it or not) the Candler School of Theology, I direct the Ethics & the Arts Program.
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The Ethics & the Arts Program is centered on the belief that the production of art, its role in public conversation, its preservation, and its presentation all provoke us to confront ethical challenges, sometimes in startling new ways. We are committed to inspiring innovative thought by using creative expression to elevate moral discourse. Since the inception of the Ethics & the Art Program our longstanding partnership with the Alliance Theatre to create space for deeper engagement with the audience has always been central to our work within the program.
On a more personal note, this play is coming right on the heels of the one year anniversary of the passing of my father. It is without doubt that reflections about life and death have been very present on my mind. What this play helped me explore was not only what might happen after we die but, more importantly, in what ways do we want to live. It challenges us to question not just what we want to do for a living, but who do we want to be while we are yet living.
My dad provided a great model for me to personally grapple with and strive to live into these big questions. My work in the community, at the Center for Ethics, and in partnership with the Alliance allow me to feel like I may in fact be carrying that out. And this play invites us ALL an opportunity to step outside of ourselves into the shared world of Everybody and begin the process of exploring those questions for ourselves… together.
Carlton Mackey Director of the Ethics & the Arts Program and Associate Director of the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership Emory Center for Ethics
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ABOUT THE ALLIANCE THEATRE
Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theatre in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® for sustained excellence in programming, education, and community engagement. In January 2019, the Alliance opened its new, state-of-the-art performance space, The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre. Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 116 productions including nine that have transferred to Broadway. The Alliance education department reaches 90,000 students annually through performances, classes, camps, and in-school initiatives designed to support teachers and enhance student learning. The Alliance Theatre values community, curiosity, collaboration, and excellence, and is dedicated to representing Atlanta’s diverse community with the stories we tell, the artists, staff, and leadership we employ, and audiences we serve. www.alliancetheatre.org.
To expand hearts and minds onstage and off.
Making Atlanta more connected, curious, and compassionate through theatre and arts education.
In the sincerest efforts to gain further understanding of the history that has brought us to reside on this land and to accept the knowledge that colonialism is a current and ongoing process under which we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation, we hereby acknowledge this native land of the Muscogee Creek Nation.
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Jocelyn J. Hunter
Immediate Past Chair
E. Kendrick Smith
Richard S. Myrick
Helen Smith Price
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brittany Boals Moeller
Jane Jordan Casavant
Anne Kaiser John Keller
Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy Robert Masucci
Jean Ann McCarthy
Paul Pendergrass Jamal Powell Ali Rahimi
Asif Ramji Patty Reid
Steve Selig Mital Shah
E. Kendrick Smith
Dana Weeks Ugwonali Benny Varzi
Rebekah Wasserman Glenn Weiss
Cynthia Widner Wall
Advisory Board Co-Chair
Advisory Board Co-Chair Phil H. Moïse
Charmaine Alexander Joe Alterman
Kelli Bennett Molly Cantrell
Merry Hunter Caudle Elizabeth Cooper
Rev. Everett Flanigan
Mary Beth Flournoy Jennifer Foster Lula Gilliam
Shauna Grovell Elizabeth Hollister
Debby Kelly Robin Kendric Triplett Joyce Gist Lewis Indira Londono Theo Lowe Monica McLary Jaime McQuilkin
Nishant Mehta Victoria Necessary
Shirley Powell Nancy C. Prager
Kristin Ray Kat Reynolds Kirk Rich Linda Robinson
Pastor Beverly Brown Shaw
Dan Moss Silverboard
Kathy Gillespie Tomajko
Ronald J. Tomajko
Chairman, Theater Advocates
Chairman, Theater Ushers
Alliance Sponsors are businesses, corporations, and institutions that have supported the work of the Alliance Theatre. We thank them for their generosity and support.
The Coca-Cola Company
Rhonda and Dan Cathy Lettie Pate Evans Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Goizueta Foundation
Helen Gurley Brown Foundation
John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation WarnerMedia & AT&T Foundation
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Foundation
Charles Loridans Foundation
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Georgia Natural Gas Invesco QQQ
The Kendeda Fund Norfolk Southern PNC
The Rich Foundation Shubert Foundation
The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
The David, Helen, and Marian Woodward Fund
The Zeist Foundation
R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
Edgerton Foundation Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.
King & Spalding National Vision Northside Hospital $25,000+
Alston & Bird
City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Fulton County Board of Commissioners Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia-Pacific
The Imlay Foundation National Endowment for the Arts
Northern Trust Rotary Education Foundation of Atlanta William Randolph Hearst Foundations
AEC Trust Anonymous
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation
CNP Disney Publishing
Do a Good Day Foundation
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation
George M. Brown Trust of Atlanta
John and Mary Franklin Foundation
The Johnny Mercer Foundation
Macy’s Osiason Educational Foundation
South Arts Theatre Forward Worldpay US, Inc.
$5,000+ Anonymous Camp-Younts Foundation Lexus
Mary Wilmer Covey Charitable Trust
Publix Super Markets Charities
By attending our theater, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. Make another statement of support louder than any standing ovation. Visit alliancetheatre.org and click on Donate.
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Alliance Series Sponsor
The Coca-Cola Company is a total beverage company with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories. Our company’s purpose is to refresh the world and make a difference. We sell multiple billion-dollar brands across several beverage categories worldwide. Our portfolio of sparkling soft drink brands includes Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta. Our hydration, sports, coffee and tea brands include Dasani, smartwater, vitaminwater, Topo Chico, Powerade, Costa, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest and Ayataka. Our nutrition, juice, dairy and plant-based beverage brands include Minute Maid, Simply, innocent, Del Valle, fairlife and AdeS. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We seek to positively impact people’s lives, communities and the planet through water replenishment, packaging recycling, sustainable sourcing practices and carbon emissions reductions across our value chain. Together with our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide.
Official Hotel Official Research Partner
Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners
This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agencythe National Endowment for the Arts.
Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
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Individual, foundation, and corporate donors contribute more than $10 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 your support. To find out more about the benefits of giving or to make your gift, visit us at alliancetheatre.org/waystogive or call 404-733-4710.
Listed below are pledges and gifts to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund from June 1, 2021 – August 4, 2022.
The SKK Foundation
The Antinori Foundation
Artistic Director’s Circle $35,000+
Barbara & Steve Chaddick
Chairman’s Circle $25,000+
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Kathy* & Ken Bernhardt
Nancy and Kenny Blank
Ms. Stephanie Blank & Mr. David Williams Roxanne & Jeffrey Cashdan
Ann & Jeff Cramer
Katie & Reade Fahs
David & Carolyn Gould
Jocelyn J. Hunter
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Ivester
Starr Moore & James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation
The Naserian Foundation
Rosemarie & David Thurston
Leadership Circle $15,000+
Farideh & Al Azadi Foundation
Susan Booth & Max Leventhal
Jane Jordan Casavant
Ms. Alison Danaceau & Mr. Tim McKinley Dean DuBose & Bronson Smith
Ellen & Howard Feinsand Doris & Matthew Geller Heidi & David Geller Anne & Mark Kaiser
David & Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Jane & J. Hicks Lanier
Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler
Loeb Family Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Barry McCarthy
Daniel Marks & Keri Powell
Phil & Caroline Moïse
Allison and Shane O’Kelly Victoria & Howard Palefsky Patty & Doug Reid Bob & Margaret Reiser Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum
Linda & Steve Selig William & Margarita Sleeper
Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith
Tim & Maria Tassopoulos
Mr. & Mrs. Art Waldrop Amy & Todd Zeldin
Director’s Circle $10,000+
Ms. Kristin Adams
Mr. and Mrs. George Ajy James Anderson
Ms. Evelyn Ashley & Mr. Alan B. McKeon
The Balloun Family
Deborah L. Bannworth & Joy Lynn Fields
Alba C. Baylin
Terri Bonoff & Matthew Knopf
Brian & Jennifer Boutté Judge JoAnn Bowens
Laura Brightwell Martha & Toby Brooks
Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund Miles and Nicole Cook
LeighAnn & Chad Costley
Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile
Doug & Lila Hertz
Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt
In honor of Carol Jones Malvika Jhangiani
John C. Keller
Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer
James & Lori Kilberg
Brian & Carrie Kurlander
Kristie L. Madara
Dori & Jack Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison
Paul Pendergrass & Margaret Baldwin
Jamal & Tiffany Powell
Wade Rakes & Nicholas Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Asif Ramji
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Reardon
Robyn Roberts & Kevin Greiner
Ms. Mital Shah
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Mark & Rebekah Wasserman
Dana & Obi Ugwonali
Benny & Roxanne Varzi
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Asher
Lisa & Joe Bankoff
Mrs. Juanita Baranco
Mr. & Mrs. Roland L. Bates Natalie & Matthew Bernstein
Lucinda W. Bunnen*
Chuck & Lisa CannonTaylor Franklin & Dorothy Chandler
Joe Crowley & Phil Mack
Ann & Jim Curry
Linda & Gene Davidson
Diane Durgin Eve Joy Eckardt
The Robert S. Elster Foundation
Kathy & Jason Evans Ezra Cohen Charitable Fund
Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette
Dr. & Mrs. Marvin Goldstein
Tad & Janin Hutcheson
John & Mary Franklin Foundation
Boland & Andrea Lea Jones
Mr. Charles R. Kowal
Dr. & Mrs. John Lee Lubo Fund
Melanie & S. Alan McKnight, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger
Hala & Steve Moddelmog
Steve & Tonya Paro
Mr. & Mrs. Norman J. Radow
Mr. George Russell, Jr. & Mrs. Faye SampsonRussell
Lynne & Steve Steindel Charlita Stephens & Delores Stephens
Maria-Ruth Storts Ramona & Ben White
Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Anonymous
Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust
Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Marcia & John Donnell
Mr. Mark Fogas Karen & Andrew Ghertner
Mr. David F. Golden
Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman Ariana L. Hargrave
Henry & Etta Raye Hirsch Heritage Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky
Linda & Richard Hubert Andjela and Michael Kessler
Mr. James Kieffer
Jason & Laurie Jeffay Debbie & Lon Neese John & Helen Parker
Sam & Barbara Pettway
Ms. Kristin L. Ray Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Dana Rice
Jane & Rein Saral
Sharon & David Schachter Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer Sam Schwartz & Lynn Goldowski
Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Alex and Betty Smith Foundation, Inc.
Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats
Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Susan & Alan* Stiefel G. Scott Thompson Kathy & Ron Tomajko
Ms. Kathy Waller & Mr. Kenny Goggins
Ms. Cathy Weil The Zaban Foundation
Trent Anderson & Leandro Zaneti Anonymous Kim Boldthen & Carolyn Wheeler
Dr. Aubrey Bush & Dr. Carol Bush Candace Carson
Melodie H. Clayton
Susan & Ed Croft
Mr. & Mrs. Erik Curns
Tim & Tina Eyerly
Mr. & Mrs. David Felfoldi Andrew & Wendie Fisher
Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Flexner
Andrea and Jerry Freeman Sandeep Goyal and Taylor England
Elaine L. Hentschel
Randy & Connie Jones
Joan Netzel & John Gronwall
Sheri & Steve Labovitz
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Masucci
Clair & Thomas Muller
Lynn & Galen Oelkers
Mr. & Mrs. Armond Perkins
Ms. Margaret Petersen
Helen M. Regenstein
Dr. & Mrs. Fredric Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg
Ms. Donna Schwartz
Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton III
Mr. & Mrs. S. Albert Sherrod
Jim & Janie Stratigos
Dr. & Mrs. Harry Strothers
Judith & Mark Taylor
Stan & Velma Tilley
Ms. Avril Vignos
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Weiss
Penn & Sally Wells
William & Nancy Yang
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Dawn & Michael Adamson Anonymous
John & Lynn Ayers
George T. Baker
Margo Brinton & Eldon Park
Marla Jane Franks, MD
Louise S. Gunn
Drs. Cathie & Hugh Hudson
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kelly
Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich
Mr. Kevin and Dr. Jennifer Lyman
Judith Lyon & Ron Bloom Raymond & Penelope McPhee
Anna & Hays Mershon
Ann Starr & Kent Nelson
Susan and Tom Puett
Lois & Don Reitzes
Deborah W. Royer
Ron Russell & Tommy Sweat
Jane E. Shivers
Wayne & Lee Vason
Dr. Evelyn R. Babey
Rob & Suzanne Boas
Ms. Jennifer L. Calvert
Dr. & Mrs. S. Wright
Frank & Mary Anne Chew
Mr. Kevin Clift & Mr. Michael Yochelson
Mr. Derrick Doose
Mrs. Eleanor H. Finley
Ms. Maira Goytia
The Gutenberger Family
Ms. Joy Hambrick
Ms. Jo Ann Hayden-Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Phillip S. Hodges
Jennifer and William Kahnweiler
Mrs. & Mr. Donna R. Kallman Elena Kaplan
Ms. Lauren Linder & Mr. Jonathan Grunberg Faith & Howard Levy Ms. Jaime McQuilkin
The Merkel Family In Memory of Amelia Cruz
Drs. Sharon Neulinger & Richard Kaplan Denis & Mary Jane Ng
Mr. Mark A. Pallansch
Rishi Renjen Miss Lillie M. Robbins
Mr. & Mrs. David W. Scheible
Ms. Janet F. Smith
Lynda Smith & Travis Boatright
Ms. Martha Solano Karen & Alex Stickney Ed Tam
John & Bunny Underwood Kaniaru Wacieni Elizabeth Wallace & Christopher Scislowicz
Mr. Brian C. Wolfgram Sherry Wright
Alfred G. & Sarah H. Adams
Anonymous Atlanta Workshop Players Derrick Banks
Bonny Breuer Lee Buechele
Mr. Brandon Bush Karen and Harold Carney William M. Carroll
Carol Comstock & Jim Davis Colonna Family
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence R. Cowart Gray & Marge Crouse
Alexandra & Charlotte Dretler
Kip & Genia Duchon Mitch & Jane Durham
Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Drs. Bryan & Norma Edwards Richard & Su Ellis B.J. Erb, M.D. & Bruce I. Crabtree III Henry Farmer Judy and Stan Fineman Brenda Fleming Louise B. Franklin Steve & Peggy Freedman Christine & Andrew Fry Shelley & Bruce Gaynes Bryant Gresham
Mr. Alfred Hanner Anne Hansen Ronald L. Harris & Jacqueline Pownall
Dr. & Mrs. David M. Hill
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Kalista
Ms. Jacquel Kelly
Ken & Susan Kincaid
Terry & Elaine McClean
Gayle & Peyton Morgan
June M. Morrison
Mr. & Mrs. Leo F. Mullin, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Stephen I. Oppenheimer
Edward M. Panetta
Joan & Neal Patton
Lori & Jonathan Peterson Marc & Jean Pickard
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Ms. Shannon L. Price
Rodney & Sharon Raines
Gloria J. Rodgers
Ms. Tiffany Rosetti
Mr. Dan Silverboard
Nancy & Gerald Silverboard
David & Virginia Sjoquist
Ms. Carol Smith
Fred B. Smith
Mrs. Jill Strickland
Mr. & Mrs. Micky Tate
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Vivona Simmie Walker
Brooke & Winston Weinmann
Mr. Bruce Wilson
Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Young
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Ms. Aparna Bhattacharyya & Mr. Paul Nilsson
Dr. Deloris Bryant-Booker
Mr. Brandon Bush
Mr. W. Imara Canady
Karen & Harold Carney
Mr. William Carroll David Cashman
Ms. Jacquel Chambers
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Jennings Hertz Artistic Director
Producer & Casting Director
Distinguished Artist in Residence
Susan V. Booth
BOLD Associate Artistic Director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Associate Producer Amanda Watkins
BOLD Producing Associate Kay Nilest
Spelman Leadership Fellows Raiyon Hunter, Assata Amenkeechi
Emory Literary Intern Makalee Cooper
Resident Artist & Allyship Program Director Maya Lawrence
Director of Community Partnerships & Engagement Rita Kompelmakher
Reiser Lab Artists
Round 8 Jeff Mather, John Doyle, Jr., Marquetta Johnson, Dwight Andrews, Louis Massiah, Ben Polite, Frankie Mulinix, Jase Wingate, Humlao Evans
Director of Production Lawrence Bennett
Associate Directors of Production Phil Baranski, Courtney O’Neill
Costume Director Laury Conley
Design Assistant Kayli Warner
Tonja Petersen, Cindy Lou Who
Crafts Master Diana L. Thomas
1st Hands/Stitchers Lyudmila Fesenko, Brett Parker, Mary Cruz Torres
Wardrobe Supervisor Hauzia Conyers
Wardrobe Monica Speaker, Rodney Williams
Wig Master Lindsey Ewing
Director of Lighting & Projections
Rachael N. Blackwell
Associate Director of Lighting & Projection Joy Diaz
Head Electrician Steve Jordan
Staff Electricians Neil Anderson, Gabrielle Drum, Benjamin Strickland
Props Department Director Suzanne Cooper Morris
Props Artisans Kathryn Andries, Bruce Butkovich Props Artisan/Buyer Kimberly Townsend
Technical Director Ruth Richardson Assistant Technical Directors Tamara Morris-Thompson, Rigel Powell
Shop Supervisor Patrick Conley
Lead Welder Chris Seifert
Carpenters Will Davenport, Kian DeVine, Amy Jackson, Marlon Wilson
Charge Scenic Artist Kat Conley Scenic Artist Brianna Bass Sound
Sound Department Director Clay Benning
Production Sound Engineer Michelle Jarvis Sound Engineers Tamir Eplan-Frankel, Emma Mouledoux, Graham Schwartz
Resident Stage Manager Liz Campbell
Stage Managers Anna Baranski, Jayson T. Waddell, R. Lamar Williams
National Vision Stage Management Fellow Kacie Pimentel Stage Management Production Assistants Samantha Honeycutt, Amanda Perez
Stage Operations Manager Scott Bowne
Assistant Stage Operations Manager Kate Lucibella
Flyman Willie Palmer Parks
Automation Stagehand John Victor Mouledoux Jr.
Crew Chief Bryan Perez Properties Stagehand Skylar Burks
Dan Reardon Director of Education
& Associate Artistic Director Christopher Moses
Naserian Foundation Head of Early Childhood Programs
Head of Education Advancement Kristen Silton Youth Programs Manager Jasmine Thomas
Education Production Manager/COVID Coordinator Haylee Scott
Jae Ahn, Jimez Alexander, Will Amato, Chase Anderson, Jasmine Anthony, Ricardo Aponte, Imani Banks, Kim Bowers-Rheay Baran, Olivia Aston Bosworth, Jared Brodie, Chelsea Brown, Lon Bumgarner, Sara Burris, Dan Caffrey, April Andrew Carswell, Katie Causey, Lina Chambers, Hannah Lake Chatham, Hannah Church, Megan Cramer, Kelly Criss, Nakeisha Daniel, Peyton McDaniel Davis, Theresa Davis, Shelli Delgado, Sarah Donnell, John Doyle, Laurin Dunleavy, Suehyla El-Attar, Amitria Fanae, Shelby Folks, Sharon Foote, Spencer Ford, Daryl Funn, Allison Gardner, Neeley Gossett, Ilasiea Gray, Meg Grey, Amber Hamilton, Meg Harkins, Robert Hindsman, Julissa Sabino Hobbs, Deja Holmes, Renita James, Meg Johns, Kendra Johnson, Carole Kaboya, Ashe Kazanjian, Chris Lane, Maya Lawrence, Antonia LeChe, Anja Lee, Kathleen Link, Amy Lucas, Ansley Lynn, Christian Magby, Barry Stewart Mann, Cara Mantella, Gloria Martin, Mari Martinez, Dalyla McGee, Candy McLellan, Karin Mervis, Erika Miranda, Mary Moccia, Courtney Moors-Hornick, Amanda Wansa Morgan, Jenna Jackson Morris, Kevin Moxley, Audrey Myers, JD Myers, Patrick Myers, Amor Owens, Mary Michael Patterson, Tafee Patterson, Sydney Patton, Zuri Petteway, Rebecca Pogue, Michelle Pokopac, Samantha Provenzano, V Reibel, Morgan Rysdon, Daniela Santiago, Riley Schatz, Erin Schaut, Avery Sharpe, Caitlin Slotnick, Alexandria Joy Smith, Lucy Smith, Taryn Spires, Destiny Stancil, Autumn Stephens, LeeAnna Lambert Sweatt, Megan Tabaque, Jasmine Thomas, Callie Timme, Sariel Toribio, Ebony Tucker, Julia VanderVeen, Jeremy Varner, José Miguel Vasquez, Rachel Wansker, Megan Wartell, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Ayana Williams, Jay Williams, Vallea Woodbury, Melissa Word
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Caleb Vaughn, Sam Yates, Caroline Chu, Naia Morgan, Cydnee Waltower, Andrew Holmes, Aria Armstead, Reagan Kelley, Adler Horstemeyer, Julianna Pillsbury, Anna Schwartz, Tomi Fawehinmi, Bailey Rodgers, Francesca Fogle, Morgan Stamper, Zariya Hargett, Monteze Sutton, Isabela White, Jada Gorgor, Amari Lewis, Imari Welcher, Tylia De’Armond MANAGEMENT
Managing Director Mike Schleifer Company Manager Laura Thruston Assistant Company Manager Thomas D. Powell
Administration & Finance
Director of Finance & Administration Brian Shively Controller Elecia Crowley Accounting Coordinator Julie Hall Accounts Payable Specialist Kenterill Boden
Senior Data Analyst Christina Dresser Management Assistant Jessica Charlton
Director of Development Trent Anderson
Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving Caitlin Way Associate Director, Strategic Institutional Advancement Collins Desselle Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships & Donor Engagement Toni Friday Manager, Annual Fund & Donor Relations Lindsay Ridgeway-Baierl Manager, Donor Experience & Community Engagement Jo Lopez Development Coordinator for Board Relations & Special Events Kailan Daugherty Coordinator, Development Operations & Institutional Giving Tanesha Ferguson Sales
Director of Sales Operations Danielle Hicks Patrons Services & Memberships Manager Corey L. Smith
Box Office Supervisor James G. Smith
Box Office Supervisor Nicholas Johnson
Box Office Associate David Posada
Season Ticket Concierge Ken McNeil
Season Tickets Associate Ethan Padgett Membership Sales Associate Quintara Johnson Group Sales Coordinator Jocelyn Rick
Head of Youth & Family Programs Olivia Aston Bosworth
Head of Secondary Curriculum & Partnerships Liz Davis
Education Administration & Finance Assistant Dacey Geary
Administrative & Adult Program Manager Robert Hindsman
Head of Strategic Initiatives Aierelle Jacob
Alliance@Work Creative Director J. Noble
Head of Elementary School Programs Rebecca Pogue
Artist in Residence & Teen Program Manager Sam Provenzano
Director of Marketing & Communications Kathleen Covington Associate Creative Director Talia Bromstad Marketing Coordinator Ashley Elliott
Social Media Manager & Content Producer Aniska Tonge Marketing & Public Relations Manager Mashaun D. Simon Manager of Web & Digital Communications Anna Birtles
Lead Front of House Manager Sydney Patton Part Time House Managers
Brittany Mangham, Robyn E. Sutton-Fernandez, Bryshan White