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WINTER 5 world and 2 regional premieres, Chris Coleman’s return, and evenings with August Wilson and Pearl Cleage top our list of what to see in Atlanta theater. By Kathy Janich 6 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


BY

DARYL LISA FAZIO

APR 21-MAY 13, 2018

YES, HAMILTON IS ON THE HORIZON. Arriving in May, in fact.

But don’t look too far ahead just yet. From now through the end of April, Atlanta’s homegrown professional theaters will stage an intriguing and ambitious mix of comedy, topical drama, world and regional premieres and, in several cases, a welcome look back at some of America’s smartest plays. We’ll encounter Euripides, Nazis, closeted Feds, gods and people who think they’re gods. We get twice as many plays by women as by men, including a double dip with Pearl Cleage in Hospice + Pointing at the Moon, two one-acts that are now a single piece, at the Alliance Theatre. This rich list of nine (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Maytag Virgin and Angels in America have already come and gone) was culled from conversations, research, press releases, season brochures, a lifetime of theatergoing and some 40 years as a theater artist and/or arts journalist. We welcome — encourage even — your thoughts, comments and debate. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION

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THE STAGES OF WINTER FEBRUARY The Followers; A Retelling of the Bacchae

THROUGH FEB. 25 | 7 Stages. The 38-year-old Little Five Points company looks to ancient Greece — 405 B.C., give or take — for its first production of 2018. Euripides’ The Bacchae delves into opposite sides of human nature: the rational, civilized side represented by the king of Thebes (Lowrey Brown) and the instinctive side represented by Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy (Ofir Nahari, a guest artist from Israel). 7 Stages’ telling, which qualifies as a world premiere, comes from Margaret Baldwin, an Atlanta playwright of note. It uses opera, dance, puppetry and physical theater to tell its story of blind faith, abuse of power and vengeance. Michael Haverty, the company’s co-artistic director, directs. Klimchak, an Atlanta music-maker who builds and plays unusual instruments, provides original music, with musical direction by Bryan Mercer and Nahari’s choreography. Back Stage Black Box. $15-$25. 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Details, tickets at 404.523.7647 or www.7stages.org.

The Mystery of Love & Sex

THROUGH MARCH 11 | Out Front Theatre Company. Regional premiere. London-born playwright Bathsheba “Bash” Doran’s four-character drama is an unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up. Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since age 9. She’s Jewish, he’s Christian; he’s black, she’s white. Their differences intensify their connection until sexual desire complicates everything. The play premiered in 2014 at New York’s Lincoln Center (“written with compassion and wry wisdom,” said The New York Times) and has played Chicago and Los Angeles. Doran also has written for television (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Masters of Sex,” “Smash”). Amber Bradshaw of Working Title Playwrights directs a cast comprising Donald McNamus, Tiffany Morgan, Terrance Smith and Rachel Wansker. The piece contains nudity. $20 + $25. 999 Brady Ave. in West Midtown. Details, tickets at 404.448.2755 or www.outfronttheatre.com.

King Hedley II

THROUGH MARCH 11 | True Colors Theatre Company. August Wilson (1945-2005) is one of the great American playwrights of any century, and remains a personal favorite. King Hedley II is part of his 10-play Century (or Pittsburgh) Cycle, all reflecting the black experience in 20th-century America. King (Neal A. Ghant) is an ex-con peddling stolen refrigerators in inner-city Pittsburgh in the 1980s. His goal: Buy a new business and thus, a new life. Surrounding him in his quest, for better or worse, are his wife, his mother, his mother’s ex-lover, his best friend and a neighbor named Stool Pigeon (Spelman College’s Eddie Bradley), a wise, Greek chorus-kind of character. Also in the cast: Tiffany Denise Hobbs, Tonia Jackson, E. Roger Mitchell and Eugene H. Russell IV). Some consider King Hedley II a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. It seemed so in a mesmerizing production at the Alliance Theatre in 2003/04. Recommended for age 16 and up (language, content). $20-$35. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW. Tickets online at Ticket Alternative or 877.725.8849. Details at truecolorstheatre.org.

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FEB. 22-MARCH 11 | Theatrical Outfit. Bob loves Jim, and Norma loves Millie. Both couples are masquerading as heterosexual during the Lavender Scare of the 1950s (when sexual “deviants” were targeted for dismissal from federal employment). Topher Payne, well-known to metro audiences (Angry Fags, The Only Light in Reno, Let Nothing You Dismay, Swell Party), won the 2014 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Prize for his script, called “a clever canapé of a comedy” by The New York Times. It has played across the country and off-Broadway and although the Outfit run is its professional Atlanta premiere, it workshopped in its early days at the Process Theatre. The cast: Joe Knezevich (Bob), Clifton Guterman (Jim), Courtney Patterson (Norma), Ann Marie Gideon (Millie), plus Stacy Melich, Kevin Stillwell and Ann Wilson. Adam Koplan of New York’s Flying Carpet Theatre Company directs. Contains mature themes and content. $20.50-$49 (Feb. 22-23 previews a bit cheaper). Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW. Details, tickets at 678.528.1500 or www. theatricaloutfit.org.

MARCH Sheltered

MARCH 1-25 | Alliance Theatre at Actor’s Express. World premiere and winner of the 2018 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. New York-based playwright Alix Sobler’s suspense story, based on true events, takes place in 1939 as World War II begins in Europe. Two ordinary Philadelphians make an extraordinary decision: to bring 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied territory to safety in America. Kimberly Senior, a freelance director based in New York City, directs a cast comprising Lauren Boyd, Amanda Drinkall, Park Krausen, Lee Osorio and John Skelley. Recommended for age 12 and up. The Alliance’s annual Kendeda Week, featuring staged readings of four competition runners-up, is one of the highlights of Atlanta’s theatrical season. The readings (not Sheltered) are free. Don’t miss out! $42; $10 teens. Actor’s Express in the King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. NW in West Midtown. Details, tickets at 404.733.5000 or alliancetheatre.org.

Hospice + Pointing at the Moon

MARCH 23-APRIL 15. Alliance Theatre at the Southwest Arts Center. A world premiere, of sorts. Pearl Cleage, the Alliance’s playwright-in-residence, gives us two one-acts that follow a woman named Jenny as she deals with unresolved questions from her past. In Hospice, she confronts the approaching death of her estranged mother. Her story continues some 30 years later in the brand-new Pointing at the Moon, which takes place immediately after the 2016 presidential election. Jenny, now a respected scholar and literary critic, is reluctantly drawn into the swirl of political and cultural changes and must choose between her comfortable life and her deeply held beliefs. Hospice, which premiered in 1983, won five AUDELCO awards for achievement off-Broadway; Pointing at the Moon is a world premiere. The cast adds to the excitement of a new piece: Atlantabased actors Terry Burrell (Ethel, Cinderella and Fella, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill) and Tinashe Kinjese (Disgraced, Blues for an Alabama Sky). Timothy Douglas, a New York-based director/actor/ writer/educator, directs. $20-$45 (previews cheaper); $10 teens. The Southwest Arts Center is at 915 New Hope Road SW. Details, tickets at 404.733.5000 or alliancetheatre.org. 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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THE STAGES OF WINTER The Harvey Milk Show

MARCH 9-10 | Actor’s Express at St. Mark United Methodist Church. Welcome home, Chris Coleman. The return of Actor’s Express’ cofounder and longtime artistic director is, indeed, reason to rejoice. He’s back for a two-night-only concert version of The Harvey Milk Show (done at AE in 1992 with Coleman in the title role). Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco, serving on the board of supervisors for 11 months before his assassination on Nov. 27, 1978, at age 48. Coleman helped create the Express in 1988 and led the company until 2000, when he became artistic director at Portland Center Stage in Oregon. In May, he becomes artistic director at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is part of the Express’ 30th-anniversary-season celebration. $55. Post-show cocktail party with Coleman on Saturday is an additional $50. St. Mark is at 781 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets at 404.607.7469 or www.actors-express.com.

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APRIL 13-MAY 6 | Synchronicity Theatre. This world premiere by Jennifer Barclay won the National New Play Network’s 2016 Smith Prize for political theater. It brings us to Tavistown, N.Y., where a recent tragedy has shaken the small community. Zoe, our narrator and the town historian, recounts the days leading to the incident, as the high school prepares for its semiannual production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Barclay, an actor-turned-playwright formerly based in Chicago and California, is now on the faculty at the University of Maryland. Atlanta-based A-listers Cynthia D. Barker, Megan Cramer (Georgia Shakespeare back in the day) and Taylor M. Dooley (Aurora Theatre’s Burnpile) lead the cast, with artistic director Rachel May directing. $27-$31 (previews cheaper; swanky seat upgrades available). Synchronicity is in the One Peachtree Pointe building, 1545 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets at 404.484.8636 or www.synchrotheatre.com.

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APRIL 21-MAY 13 | Actor’s Express. World premiere. Atlanta playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio’s comedy, part of AE’s 2016 Threshold Festival of New Plays, now gets a full staging. It follows Ingrid (Stacy Melich), an uptight academic who researches sexual behavior in primitive cultures while remaining completely closed off from her own sexual self. When she loses her university job, she writes erotica to pay the bills — unleashing her own journey of, well, discovery. Melissa Foulger directs a cast that includes Matthew Busch (The Thrush and the Woodpecker), Eliana Marianes and Joshua Quinn. $31-$44 (previews cheaper, opening night most expensive). King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. NW. Details, tickets at 404.607.7469 or www.actors-express.com.

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Members of Rent’s 20th Anniversary Tour celebrate their on-the-edge lifestyles in the table-dancing Act 1 finale, “La Vie Bohème.”

Rent creator Jonathan Larson lived his bohemian life in the moment. His innovative musical encourages us all to do the same. By Kathy Janich

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Rent rocked my perception of what musical theater could be.

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t’s been five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes — and 21 years — since Jonathan Larson gifted the world with Rent and left an indelible mark on American musical theater. The convention-busting show opened April 29, 1996, on Broadway and ran for more than 12 years. But its roots go back to 1993 and the New York Theatre

Workshop, where the show was nurtured, had its offBroadway home and suffered an unbelievable loss. Larson died suddenly of an aortic dissection, likely caused by undiagnosed Marfan syndrome, on Jan. 25, 1996 — the night before the show’s offBroadway opening. He was 35. The bohemians, the friends with whom he created Rent, were left to

Hamilton auteur Lin-Manuel Miranda, who saw Rent when he was 17


Longtime pals Mark Cohen (Sammy Ferber, left) and Roger Davis (Kaleb Wells, right) and upwardly mobile ex-roommate Benjamin Coffin III (Marcus John) catch up in the drafty, dumpy East Village apartment they sometimes share.

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share it with the world. You may know their names: Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega. Eight actors in the 15-member cast were making their Broadway debuts. Larson’s baby went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and four 1996 Tony awards, including best musical. Two went to Larson posthumously for his book and score. Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel) won the fourth. Rent won six Drama Desk and two Theatre World awards, as well. American musical theater wasn’t quite sure what had happened to it, but it was exciting and the rules were changing. Larson’s Rent became a watershed moment like Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in 1943, Stephen Sondheim’s work in the 1970s and, of course, Hamilton. Hamilton auteur Lin-

Manuel Miranda saw Rent when he was 17, later recalling: “Rent rocked my perception of what musical theater could be. It was the first musical I had ever seen with a cast as diverse as the subway riders I saw on the way to school. It was the first musical I had ever seen that took place in the present day, and sounded like the present day. The characters were worried about the things I worried about.” Larson dreamed of being an actor after graduating from Adelphi University, but Stephen Sondheim pushed him toward composing. In short order, Larson won a Richard Rodgers Studio Production Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Rodgers Development Grant and a Stephen Sondheim Award from the American Musical Theater Festival. He lived much like his


Mimi and Roger (Skyler Volpe, Kaleb Wells) in “Light My Candle”; Mimi prepares to “Go Out” for a wild night.

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Rent characters — on love, friendship and a survival instinct. “Our apartment is what you see in Rent,” Larson roommate Jonathan Burkhart told Playbill in 2016. “We literally had one extension cord that snaked all the way through the apartment. There was no heat except from the oven, and the shower was in the kitchen.” Despite his lack of funds, Larson quit his job at a SoHo diner two months before Rent debuted off-Broadway. He dreamed of earning enough money to afford cable TV. Ten days before he died, he sold books to get money for a movie ticket. His musical drama, loosely based on Puccini’s La bohème, depicts an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists — a filmmaker, a musician,

a performance artist and a drag queen, among them — struggling to celebrate life in the shadow of drugs, poverty and AIDS. The characters in Rent’s AIDS support group (the number “Life Support”) are named for real-life friends who died). Larson’s score uses pop, dance, salsa, R&B, gospel, Broadway and rock music. In The New Yorker, John Lahr wrote: “The show features, among 40 well-sung numbers, songs that are as passionate, unpretentious and powerful as anything I’ve heard in musical theater for more than a decade. His songs have urgency — a sense of mourning and mystery which insists on seizing the moment.” Like many creative people, Larson has been called


The cross-dressing Angel (Aaron Alcaraz) celebrates joy to the world as only he can — dressed to the nines, drumsticks in hand and ready to dance. Angel is the beating heart of the close-knit band of artists/friends in Jonathan Larson’s Rent.

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contradictory. He was shaken by his lack of professional success but confident of his talent. (He once broke up with a woman because she said he couldn’t write an authentic gospel song.) He came from a comfortable suburban home but s relished his ragtag lifestyle. He expected musical theater to be literate, bracing and up to date. To Larson, a friend recalled at his memorial, “Stephen Sondheim was God; Jerry Herman was the devil.” The idea for Rent was suggested to Larson by a young playwright named Billy Aronson, who’s still credited with the lyrics to “Santa Fe,” “La Vie Bohème” and “I Should Tell You.” Aronson wearied of the project, but Larson carried on — for seven years. He envisioned a Hair for the 1990s.

Rent’s six-week offBroadway run at the 150-seat New York Theatre Workshop sold out. It was extended, and sold out again. A bidding war began for the right to produce the $240,000 show on Broadway. It reopened April 29 at the Nederlander Theatre with a budget of more than $2 million. Tony Award nominations seemed inevitable. Record deals were being discussed. Larson, of course, wasn’t there to see it. But his friends were. “Every night we got up on the stage, and we had one responsibility,” Idina Menzel recalls on Live: Barefoot at the Symphony, her 2012 CD. “That was to communicate Jonathan’s music, his work and his story. He taught us to try to live in the moment.”


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A Note About the Plot

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enny is Mark and Roger’s former roommate. With the help of his wealthy father-in-law, Benny has bought the building in which Mark and Roger live, and the lot next door that is inhabited by a group of homeless people. Benny wants to build a high-tech cyber-arts studio on the property. Toward this end, he plans to clear the homeless from the lot and evict all the tenants from the building, including Mark and Roger.

Mark’s former lover, Maureen, schedules a performance protest of Benny’s scheme for midnight on Christmas Eve. Benny offers a deal to Mark and Roger: If they convince Maureen to stop her protest, they can stay in the building rent-free. At the end of Act I, Maureen stages her performance. A riot erupts in the lot, which Mark videotapes. Then Benny padlocks the building, locking out all the tenants. Act II begins on New Year’s Eve as Mark, Roger and friends attempt to break back into the building. The rest of the act follows the events of the year.

Mark and Roger are best friends and roommates

ROGER

MIMI

Benny used to date Mimi

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Mark and Roger are friends with ex-roommate Collins

ANGEL

COLLINS

WHO’S WHO

Benny is married to Alison Grey of Westport (whom we never see)

BENNY

Benny used to live with Mark and Roger

MARK Mark used to date Maureen

MAUREEN JOANNE

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WORK LIGHT PRODUCTIONS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, STEPHEN GABRIEL

Book, Music and Lyrics by

Jonathan Larson

Set Design

Costume Design

Paul Clay

Angela Wendt

Musical Arrangements

Steve Skinner

Musical Direction

Matthew DeMaria

Lighting Design

Jonathan Spencer

Original Concept & Additional Lyrics

Sound Design

Keith Caggiano Dramaturg

Billy Aronson

Lynn M. Thompson

Set Design Adaptation

Production Stage Manager

Matthew E. Maraffi

Alexander Pierce

Casting Additional Casting Tour Marketing

Joy Dewing Wojcik | Seay Casting Casting

Producer

Nancy Gabriel

Production Manager

Rhys Williams

Associate Choreographer

Allied Touring

General Manager

Anièle Fortin

MiRi Park

Company Manager

Jon Satrom

Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements

Tim Weil Choreography

Marlies Yearby Directed by

Evan Ensign Based on Original Direction by

Michael Greif

Originally produced on Broadway by

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CAST

(in order of appearance)

Roger Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KALEB WELLS Mark Cohen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SAMMY FERBER Tom Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOSH WALKER Benjamin Coffin III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARCUS JOHN Joanne Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JASMINE EASLER Angel Schunard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AARON ALCARAZ Mimi Marquez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SKYLER VOLPE Maureen Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LYNDIE MOE Mark’s Mom and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . YAEL REICH Christmas Caroler, Mr. Jefferson, Pastor and others . . . . . . . . . . . . CAMERON MULLIN Mrs. Jefferson, Woman with Bags and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALANA CAUTHEN Gordon, the Man, Mr. Grey and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JORDAN DUNN-PILZ Steve, Man with Squeegee, a Waiter and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JORDAN LONG Paul and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DEVIN J. HALL Alexi Darling, Roger’s Mom and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHRISSY NARUO UNDERSTUDIES Swings and understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the appearance. for Roger — TREVOR BUNCE, JORDAN LONG for Mark — JORDAN DUNN-PILZ, JORDAN LONG for Tom Collins — DEVINRÉ ADAMS, CAMERON MULLIN for Benny — DEVINRÉ ADAMS, CAMERON MULLIN for Joanne — ALANA CAUTHEN, ALEXIS LOUISE YOUNG for Angel — DEVIN J. HALL, FELIX MARCHANY for Mimi — PAOLA HERNANDEZ, YAEL REICH for Maureen — PAOLA HERNANDEZ, YAEL REICH SWINGS DEVINRÉ ADAMS, TREVOR BUNCE, PAOLA HERNANDEZ, FELIX MARCHANY, ALEXIS LOUISE YOUNG ORCHESTRA Conductor/Keyboards — MATTHEW DEMARIA Assistant Conductor/Keyboards/Guitar — PAUL O’KEEFE Guitar — DAVID MALACHOWSKI Bass — THOMAS BRINKLEY Drums — JEFF SNIDER

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DEVINRÉ ADAMS

AARON ALCARAZ

TREVOR BUNCE

ALANA CAUTHEN

JORDAN DUNN-PILZ

JASMINE EASLER

SAMMY FERBER

DEVIN J. HALL

PAOLA HERNANDEZ

MARCUS JOHN

JORDAN LONG

FELIX MARCHANY

LYNDIE MOE

CAMERON MULLIN

CHRISSY NARUO

YAEL REICH

SKYLER VOLPE

JOSH WALKER

KALEB WELLS

ALEXIS LOUISE YOUNG

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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT 1 “Tune Up/Voice Mail #1” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark, Roger, Mrs. Cohen, Collins, Benny “Rent” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company “You Okay Honey?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angel, Collins “One Song Glory” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roger “Light My Candle” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roger, Mimi “Voice Mail #2” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson “Today 4 U” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angel “You’ll See” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benny, Mark, Collins, Roger, Angel “Tango: Maureen” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark, Joanne “Life Support” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul, Gordon, The Company “Out Tonight” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mimi “Another Day” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Roger, Mimi, The Company “Will I?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company “On the Street” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company “Santa Fe” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collins and The Company “I’ll Cover You” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angel, Collins “We’re Okay” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joanne “Christmas Bells” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company “Over the Moon” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Maureen “La Vie Bohème/I Should Tell You” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company ACT 2 “Seasons of Love” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company “Happy New Year/Voice Mail #3” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mimi, Roger, Mark, Maureen, Joanne, Collins, Angel, Mrs. Cohen, Alexi Darling, Benny “Take Me or Leave Me” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maureen, Joanne “Without You” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roger, Mimi “Voice Mail #4” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexi Darling “Contact” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company “I’ll Cover You” (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Collins, The Company “Halloween” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark “Goodbye, Love” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark, Mimi, Roger, Maureen, Joanne, Collins, Benny “What You Own” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pastor, Mark, Collins, Benny, Roger “Voice Mail #5” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roger’s mom, Mimi’s mom, Mr. Jefferson, Mrs. Cohen “Your Eyes/Finale” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roger, The Company Film by Tony Gerber “White Christmas” used by arrangement with the Irving Berlin Music Co.; “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, used by permission of Casa David and New Hidden Valley Music. “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, used by permission of Edwin H. Morris & Co., a division of MPL Communications Inc. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” written by Johnny Marks, used by permission of St. Nicholas Music Inc.

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BIOS DEVINRÉ ADAMS (Swing, u/s Benny, Collins) is a theater, dance and musical artist from the D.C./Maryland area. Alma maters include Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the University of the Arts, B.F.A. ’17. He is happy to start his first touring experience with the 20th anniversary Rent tour. AARON ALCARAZ (Angel) is so thankful to be spreading love with this show. Favorite credits include Aladdin in Disney Dreams (Disney Cruise Line) and Paul in A Chorus Line (Ithaca College). B.F.A. in musical theater, Ithaca College. He thanks his family, friends, Hudson Artists Agency, Joy Dewing Casting and the Rent team.” TREVOR BUNCE (Swing, u/s Roger) grew up in Minnesota, where his family has a nonprofit backyard theater company. He fell in love with Rent and went to NYU-Tisch where he played Roger opposite Sammy (who plays Mark). This is his first tour. Love to family, teachers and always, to bean. ALANA CAUTHEN (Ensemble/Seasons of Love Soloist, Mrs. Jefferson, u/s Joanne) is thrilled to join the 20th-anniversary tour of Rent. Recent credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe (BJ), Beehive at Theatre By the Sea; Big River (Alice) at the Old Castle Theatre. Alana thanks her brilliant cast, family and friends for their continued support. Jude 1:2. JORDAN DUNN-PILZ (Ensemble, Gordon, Mr. Grey, The Man, u/s Mark). National tour debut. Recent credits include Spring Awakening and I Carry Your Heart (Hangar Theatre). Love to all the people. Ithaca College B.F.A. 2017. JASMINE EASLER (Joanne Jefferson). Favorite credits include Rose in Fences (WSU) and Velma in Crowns (Human Race Theater). She has a B.F.A. in musical theater from Wright State University and is thrilled to travel with this incredible show. She thanks her family for love, friends for support and Joy Dewing Casting for this opportunity. @JasmineEasler.

SAMMY FERBER (Mark Cohen) is thrilled to be back on the tour after playing Gordon last year. Credits include The 25th Annual ... Spelling Bee (Leaf), Assassins (Byck) and Company (Robert, nominated for an Illinois High School Musical Theatre Award). B.F.A. in progress at NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing. sammy-ferber.com. DEVIN J. HALL (Paul, u/s Angel). National tour debut. Trained at the American Musical Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Regional: Hair (Hud), Hairspray (Seaweed), Sister Act (TJ), Rent (Angel), Dreamgirls (C.C. White). “To God be the glory! No Day But Today. Matthew 6:33.” Instagram: @devin_hall. PAOLA HERNANDEZ (Swing, u/s Maureen, Mimi, SoL). Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Proud Circle in the Square Theater School alumna. Recent: Rent 20th-anniversary tour (Swing), Twelfth Night (Viola), Rent (Joanne), Spring Awakening (Martha), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Hairspray (Dynamite), Godspell, Hair. Gracias to everyone who helped in the process. To those starting, keep fighting. Follow: @phtanon. MARCUS JOHN (Benjamin Coffin III). B.F.A.: University of the Arts. National tour: Mamma Mia! farewell tour. Favorite regional: iLLA (NYMF), Kill Move Paradise (Interact Theatre), The Jungle Book (Arden Theatre, Mowgli u/s). “I love you today. Pray often, worry not!” MarcusJohn.weebly.com. JORDAN LONG (Ensemble, Steve, The Waiter, Squeegee Man, u/s Mark and Roger). “Happily returning to Rent because this show is far too important to me to only do it once!” Proud Belmont University graduate. Favorite roles: current role in this show, West Side Story (Big Deal), Joseph… nat’l tour (Swing, Joseph u/s), All Shook Up (Chad), Oklahoma! (Will Parker). IG: jordantimothylong. FELIX MARCHANY (Swing, u/s Angel, Dance Captain) is thrilled to join the Rent family on the road. Select regional credits: Spanish-language premiere of In the Heights (Piragua Guy), West Side Story (Pepe), Priscilla ... Desert (Farrah) and more. Proud graduate of ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION I-17


BIOS the University of California, Irvine: B.F.A. in musical theater, B.A. in dance performance. IG: @felix_the_fierce. LYNDIE MOE (Maureen Johnson) is over the moon to make her national tour debut with the 20th-anniversary production of Rent. She just completed her freshman year at Rider University pursuing a B.F.A. in musical theater. Huge thanks to her parents, family and friends for the endless amount of support they provide. CAMERON MULLIN (Ensemble, Christmas Caroler, Mr. Jefferson, Pastor). National tour debut. New York credits: Young Charles Dickens (NYCCT). Regional: Sister Act (Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts), American Idiot (Phoenix Theatre), Seussical (IFT). He thanks JDC, his professors, family and friends for their continued support. Indiana University grad. MT ’16 love! cameronmullin.net. CHRISSY NARUO (Ensemble, Alexi Darling, Mrs. Davis) is very excited to be part of the Rent national tour. Her most recent credits are production cast principal at Norwegian Cruise Lines and an Equity stage performer at Walt Disney World. She thanks God and her family for their love and support. YAEL REICH (Ensemble/Mrs. Cohen, u/s Maureen and Mimi) is honored to share this art. B.F.A.: University of Florida. National tours: Mamma Mia! ’15-’16 and farewell. Regional: West Side Story (Anita), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Annie (Lily St. Regis). Endless gratitude to ATB, JD Casting and the most incredible support system. Spread love and light. yaelreich.com. SKYLER VOLPE (Mimi Marquez) is honored to return to Rent. She has performed at La Mama etc., the Signature Theater, the Mint Theater and others. Recent credits include Passing Strange, Devil and the Deep, Cherchez la Femme. Connecticut College graduate. skylervolpe.com. Instagram: @svulpes. As always, for Uncle Alan.

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JOSH WALKER (Tom Collins) is a recent WPU graduate. This is his first national tour. He has spent his last semester working at Mill Mountain Theatre as a teaching artist. He is thrilled to join this amazing cast and thanks his loved ones for all the support. KALEB WELLS (Roger Davis) is honored to keep the spirit of Rent alive. Kaleb, from New Hampshire, has performed around the United States and internationally. Recent credits: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, Jesus Christ Superstar. B.F.A. acting, Pace University. Kaleb-wells.com. Insta: @kalebwells. Thank you, Jonathan Larson. ALEXIS LOUISE YOUNG (Swing, u/s Joanne, SoL). Elated to rejoin the touring company of Rent. Regional: Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (Danielle), Lisa Kron’s In the Wake (Tessa), The Trip to Bountiful (Thelma). Love and gratitude to KMR and friends and family back home. Let positivity trail you! @mslexilouyou. JONATHAN LARSON (Book, Music, Lyrics) received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rent, which received four 1996 Tony awards (including best musical and two to Mr. Larson for best book of a musical and best score. Other honors: six Drama Desk awards (including best musical, book of a musical, music and lyrics); best musical from the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle (off-Broadway); and three Obie awards (including outstanding book, music and lyrics). Previously, he received the Richard Rodgers Award, the Richard Rodgers Development Grant, the Stephen Sondheim Award and the Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation’s Commendation Award. Earlier work includes Superbia; tick, tick ... BOOM!; the score of J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation; and selections of Sitting on the Edge of the Future. He wrote music for “Sesame Street,” the children’s book-cassettes of An American Tail and Land Before Time and for Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed and wrote four original songs for the children’s video Away We Go! Rent had its


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BIOS world premiere Feb. 13, 1996, at the New York Theatre Workshop and opened at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996. Mr. Larson died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm, believed to be caused by Marfan Syndrome, on Jan. 25, 1996. It was 10 days before his 36th birthday. His semiautobiographical musical tick, tick … BOOM! (written before Rent) had a successful run offBroadway at the Jane Street Theatre. MICHAEL GREIF (Original Broadway Director) most recently directed Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box and War Paint at the Nederlander. Additional Broadway credits: Rent, Grey Gardens, Next to Normal (Tony noms.); Never Gonna Dance; If/ Then. Recent work includes A Parallelogram (Second Stage); Our Lady of Kibeho and Angels in America (NY’s Signature Theatre); The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide … (Public); and The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet at the Public’s Delacorte Theater. OffBroadway, he’s received Obie awards for Machinal, Dogeaters (Public) and Rent (NYTW) and has directed new plays and musicals at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, MTC, MCC, New York Theatre Workshop and Second Stage, where he directed Next to Normal and Dear Evan Hansen. Regional work includes premieres and revivals at Williamstown Theatre Festival (10 seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (AD, five seasons), Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theater Center and Trinity Repertory. Mr. Greif holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. EVAN ENSIGN (Director) has director: Rent (U.S. 20th-anniversary tour, Montreal and Far East); Richard Thomas’ Wrong Songs for Christmas (London’s National Theatre); Avenue Q (two U.K. tours); Wrong Songs for Summer (London); Womyn in Three, Out of the Reach of Children and Simone at Town in NYC. Associate: Avenue Q (Broadway, Vegas, London and U.S. tours); Rent (Broadway and U.S. tours); Les Misérables (U.S. tour); Elf (London) and Shrek (Broadway and U.S. tour). As resident: The Phantom of the Opera I-20 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

(London and U.K. tour); White Christmas, Strangers on a Train (London). Other: Chicago, Exit the King, Annie Get Your Gun, Barbara Cook — Mostly Sondheim, Julie Andrew’s The Gift of Music —London and workshops of The Book of Mormon. Film/TV: “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. MARLIES YEARBY (Choreography) is the Tony-nominated and Drama League Awardwinning choreographer of Rent. Her work was licensed for the film adaptation. She ihas received the New York Dance Performance Bessie Award and nominations for the Helen Hayes Award and Joe A. Callaway Award. Theater commissions include the American Music Theatre Festival and Penumbra Theatre. Ms. Yearby is the founder/artistic director of Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater and has toured with her company nationally and internationally. Company commissions include Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Harlem Stages, Kansas Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and American Festival of Theatre and Dance in France. TIM WEIL (Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements). As musical director on Broadway: Jonathan Larson’s Rent, Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers, Jeanine Tesori’s Shrek the Musical. Off-Broadway: Patti Griffin’s Ten Million Miles, Stephen Schwartz’s The Baker’s Wife. Regional: South Pacific (Guthrie Theater, dir. Joe Haj). As a composer on Broadway: Sally Marr and Her Escorts starring Joan Rivers. Off-Broadway: Susan Lori Parks’ F***ing A. As arranger/orchestrator on Broadway: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill starring Audra MacDonald (also for HBO), Rent, Shrek the Musical. Film: Todd Graff’s Camp, Chris Columbus’ Rent and The Mark Pease Experience with Ben Stiller and Anna Kendrick. Also, Tim has served on the board of the Jonathan Larson Foundation, which provides grants for upcoming composers and lyricists. PAUL CLAY (Set Design) is an awardwinning artist and designer. Projects include scenic design for Rent (Broadway, NYTW,


BIOS tour). Recent projects include In Water I’m Weightless (National Theatre Wales, the Southbank Centre, London); Commedia (Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam); Forgetful Snow (The Kitchen, NYC). Clay has worked with Mabou Mines, La MaMa, David Dorfman (at BAM) and many more in the N.Y. theater and dance community. He has received MAN Theatre awards’ best design, Municipal Arts Society Times Square Spectacular Award, a Drama-Logue Award, an NEA/TCG Fellowship and the Bessie Award, among others. MATTHEW MARAFFI (Touring Set Adaptation) is proud to return to Rent for its 20th anniversary. As a member of IATSE Local 829 and Local 74, he has worked on projects large and small worldwide. Projects include Ring of Fire, La Bohème, Buried Child, How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying and Side Man. In film, he’s known for his production design of π (Pi), (1998 Sundance Directors Award). He has been director of operations at Global Scenic Services since fall 2007, while continuing his passion for live entertainment as production manager for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys fishing with sons Luke, Will and Mark, and serves on the board of his town youth soccer program and the SWD Connecticut Junior Soccer Association. ANGELA WENDT (Costume Design) received the American Theatre Wing Design Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her Rent costume designs. Her theater credits include the off-Broadway and studio productions of Rent (NYTW); All My Sons by Arthur Miller (50th-anniversary production at the Roundabout Theatre); the American premiere of Play With Repeats by Martin Grimp; Lysistrata by Barry Edelstein; Twelfth Night (Tennessee Rep); The Great Pretenders (Juilliard); Marisol by Jose Rivera (Public Theatre). Feature film: Childhood’s End directed by Jeff Lipsky. Dance: Tilliiboyo and Regions by Molissa Fenley; Savanna by Peggy Baker. She also has designed music videos in the United States and Europe.

JONATHAN SPENCER (Lighting Design) designed the lighting for the first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. OffBroadway credits include Middle of the Night by Keen Theater, The Ohmies at DRT and Playwrights Horizons, Who Is Floyd Stearn? and Squeeze Box and John Moran’s Book of the Dead Second Avenue at NYSF Public Theater. Re-lights for Legally Blonde at the Star Theater in Sydney, Wicked at Universal Studios Japan and Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses at St. Louis Rep, Missouri Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse and Hartford Stage. Associate/ assistant Broadway credits include Cabaret, Pippin, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sister Act, Finian’s Rainbow, Wicked, Legally Blonde, White Christmas and Metamorphoses. Jonathan teaches a summer master’s program in lighting design at Southern Oregon University, lives in New York City and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Visit JSpencerDesign.com. KEITH CAGGIANO (Sound Design) has worked nationally and internationally with musicals on Broadway, in London’s West End and Australia and spectacles in Las Vegas. Recent New York credits: Holiday Inn (in production), Himself and Nora, The Radio City Spring Spectacular, Cabaret, Disenchanted. Tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes. Regional: American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. STEVE SKINNER (Arrangements) worked with Jonathan Larson as an arranger and recording producer for 12 years. He received the 1996 Drama Desk Award for best arrangements for Rent. Broadway: Doonesbury (keyboards, assistant conductor). Recording/ arranging for Bette Midler, Taylor Dayne, Billy Mann, Chaka Khan, Bebe & Cece Winans and Michael Crawford. BILLY ARONSON (Original Concept and Additional Lyrics). His plays have been honored with publication in Best American Short Plays ’92-93 and are frequently performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre. His lyric writing includes the libretto for an opera being developed by American Opera Projects, and first-draft lyrics for “Santa Fe” and “I Should ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION I-21


BIOS Tell You.” His new play, The Art Room, premieres at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., this spring. His true love is Lisa Vogel. LYNN M. THOMSON (Dramaturg) is a dramaturg, director and teacher. She brought nearly 20 years of new-play dramaturgical experience to her work with Jonathan Larson on the Rent script. She was associate artistic director for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, where she created and administered a new-play festival. She was dramaturg at Circle Repertory Company and She has directed more than 100 productions of new plays and revivals at regional and New York theatres, plus workshops and readings of new plays. She leads the dramaturgy M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College. ALEXANDER PIERCE (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to explore the country with Rent. National tours: Mamma Mia! Regional: Sheryl Crow’s Diner the Musical (Delaware Theatre Company). Several shows at Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company and Ogunquit Playhouse. Thanks to Work Light Productions. Graduate of Emerson College. EMILY PATHMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to join the touring company of Rent. NYC: Sleep No More. Regional: Contemporary American Theater Festival, Actors Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, A.R.T. and Boston Ballet. Emily was a stage management apprentice in the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville and received her B.F.A. from Emerson College. JON SATROM (Company Manager) is thrilled to join the Rent touring family. He most recently was assistant company manager on the Mamma Mia! tour and has worked with Work Light Productions. Onstage credits include national tours of A Year With Frog and Toad and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. NYU grad. ANABEL FRANKLIN (Assistant Company Manager) is from Truro, Mass., and moved I-22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

to NYC to attend NYU, graduating with a bachelor of music in vocal performance. She has performed worldwide but most recently managed restaurants in NYC. She is thrilled to return to her theater roots with Rent. MATTHEW DEMARIA (Conductor/ Keyboard 1) is ecstatic to be a part of the Rent family. He most recently assisted the music department on the Broadway production of Come From Away. Thanks to Tim Weil for this opportunity, to his family for their endless support and to Kate for being his sanity. mcdemaria.com. ALLIED TOURING (Tour Marketing & Press) is a full-service engagement management agency representing Broadway tours and other live touring events in North America. Current tours: An American in Paris, The Book of Mormon, Bright Star, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Elf the Musical, The Humans, Kinky Boots, Motown the Musical, Rent, School of Rock, Something Rotten! and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Upcoming tours: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Groundhog Day and The Scenario. JOY DEWING CASTING (Casting Director) is thrilled to join the Rent family. Credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, dance companies and about 525,600 tours. Recent tours: 42nd Street, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young), Mamma Mia!, The Wizard of Oz, and the upcoming Cheers Live on Stage. Past tours: In the Heights, Cats, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar (Ted Neeley), Movin’ Out, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Bring It On. WOJCIK | SEAY CASTING (Additional Casting). Tours: Kinky Boots, Motown, Vocalosity, Flashdance, Dreamgirls, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jekyll & Hyde, Joseph ... Dreamcoat and A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway: Othello: The Remix, Church & State, The Portal, Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play, Handle With Care, Triassic Parq and more. Regional: Multiple seasons/shows for Riverside Theatre, Fla.; the Engeman Theatre, N.Y.; Theatre Raleigh, N.C.; Stages St Louis; Theatre


BIOS Aspen, Colo.; Gretna Theatre, Pa.; the Arvada Center, Colo.; and Tuacahn PAC, Utah. wscasting.com. WORK LIGHT PRODUCTIONS (Producer). is dedicated to creating and producing live entertainment. In addition to Rent, productions include Motown, Something Rotten!, Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Crazy for You. Created the a cappella group Vocalosity with Deke Sharon and is developing a new stage play based on the Paramount movie Clue. Produced Julie Andrews — The Gift of Music with performances at the Hollywood Bowl and London’s O2 Arena. Other recent touring productions include the Tony Award winners American Idiot, In the Heights and Avenue Q. WLP is led by founding partner and president Stephen Gabriel and vice president Nancy Gabriel. worklightproductions.com.

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Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Emily Pathman Dance Captain . . . . . . . . . . Felix Marchany Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . Noah Smith Assistant Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . Chee Lee Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . James Lees Assistant Electrician . . . . . . . Miriam Michaels Head Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Ransom Second Audio . . . . . . . . Ashley Ottensmeier Head Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Wilson Head Wardrobe . . . . . . . . Marianne VanStee Production Hair & Makeup Designer . . . Barry Lee Moe Head Hair & Makeup . . . . . . . . John McAbee Production Photography . . . . . . Carol Rosegg General Management Consultant . . . John Corker Legal Counsel . . . . . .Levine Plotkin Menin, LLP Loren Plotkin, Hailey Ferber Accounting . . . . . . . . . WithumSmith+Brown Robert Fried, CPA, Karen Kowigos, CPA, Anthony Moore, CPA Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . Galbraith & Co Kenny Noth & Jill Johnson Merchandising . . . . . . Broadway Merchandising Merchandise Supervisor . . . . . . Christa Arzon Insurance . . . . . . . . Maury, Donnelly and Parr Bob Middleton Banking . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Signature Bank Tomas Kasulka, Margaret Monigan Payroll . . . . . . . . . . . PEOPLE/Kim Merhar Travel Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Rebel Trucking & Hauling . . . . . . . . Janco Limited TOUR BOOKING AGENCY THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair, Mollie Mann Brian Books and Rich Rundle thebookinggroup.com CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Sound Equipment by Masque Sound ® Lighting Equipment by Christie Lites Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.).


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shaded by Spanish moss-draped trees and restored antebellum homes. Southern Living magazine named Beaufort the South’s best small town in 2017. Found between Charleston and Savannah on the coast, it’s a quick trip to the Sea Islands, the barrier islands between Beaufort and the Atlantic Ocean. HUNTING ISLAND STATE PARK’S historic lighthouse is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in South Carolina. Also worth a look-see: the BEAUFORT HISTORY MUSEUM and the PENN CENTER, founded in 1862 to provide education for recently freed slaves. For breakfast or lunch, visit LOW COUNTRY PRODUCE AND MARKET. Grab regional gifts for folks not lucky enough to be with you. Later, head to SCOUT SOUTHERN MARKET for a sweet tea float that includes a dollop of lemon, peach or mango sorbet. Wear your walking shoes. Beaufort is a fine place for strolling. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Great Smokies, Tenn. | 4.5 hours Two destination towns and the most visited national park in the United States sit in the misty mountains of eastern Tennessee. If you think it’s Dolly Parton’s world and we just live in it, you’d be right, at least in Pigeon Forge. It’s home to DOLLYWOOD theme park, the biggest ticketed attraction in the state, and DOLLY’S SPLASH COUNTRY, a 35-acre water park named one of America’s best by TripAdvisor. In addition to rides and regional arts and crafts, Dollywood has concerts and the SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME. 18 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walk-up ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email foxgroup@foxtheatre.org. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.  Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.  Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.  Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.  Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.  Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)


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4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers.

Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Shannon Caudill. . . Director of Operations & Public Safety Lester Andrews. . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Lucy Lawler-Freas. . . . . . . . . . Director of Programming Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Events Erick Jimerson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ticket Office Manager Shelby Moody. . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Grubb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Andy Arnold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Jerome Carter. . . . . . . . . Facilities Operations Supervisor Amy Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point.

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2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3.  Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting.

6.  Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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FRIENDS OF THE FOX Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia. To learn more about the Friends of the Fox membership program, please visit www.foxtheatre.org/support-us, email membership@foxtheatre.org, or call 404.881.2023.

The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels:

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Watch what’s under your feet — that’s not just any old carpeting Chances are you’ve never given the floor of the Fox Theatre much thought. We’re thinking you might want to pay a bit more attention to the patterns beneath your feet. You are, in fact, walking on a woven bit of history. Here’s what we mean:

• The design of the theater carpet has symbols that represent the Shriners, who once owned the building, and theater founder William Fox. • Sheep from New Zealand and Scotland produced the wool mixture that is part of the carpet. • Bloomsburg Carpet Industries in Pennsylvania custom-made the Fox Theatre’s auditorium, gallery and Egyptian Ballroom carpets. They cover more than an acre of space. • The Egyptian Ballroom’s original carpeting was made in Ireland. • Bloomsburg Carpet Industries also produced the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Senate’s carpeting. 28 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

• The Fox replaces it carpet every 18-20 years. • A recent carpet installation took 21 days and more than 900 people hours to complete. • In January, carpet was installed in the gallery section of the auditorium, covering the original linoleum flooring so it looks uniform with the rest of the theater. This is the first time since opening day in 1929 that carpet has covered this section of the auditorium. • Additional carpeting is always ordered for the Fox’s attic stock in case repairs are needed for existing carpeting. • The yarn was processed and dyed in North Georgia and woven in Pennsylvania.

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