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I knew In Love and Warcraft was a contender when I read it the first time. Over the years I have read countless plays trying to combine virtual and real life onstage. But characters sitting at keyboards are the opposite of dramatic. There are only so many times a  appearing on a screen or pretty letters in Arial Black scrolling word by word can hold my interest. Then came In Love and Warcraft.

There is a fluidity and fun about In Love and Warcraft that separates the play from other romantic comedies, and an interest in complicated emotional development that separates it from other meditations on technology and our present social condition. Also, there is that special something that has clung to every winner of the past 10 years ­­— a unique quality that defines the writer’s voice as new and different even as we are reading the plays blind. In the case of In Love and Warcraft, written in reaction to campus life at the University of Southern California — so different to Shekar’s own undergraduate experience in India — the play portrays contemporary sexual mores with fierce perception and wit, while at the same time remaining at a slightly critical distance. The play doesn’t ask what’s wrong with a celibate coed but, instead, asks what’s wrong with questioning the choice of a celibate coed. Madhuri is as charming as she is talented, and is having an amazing debut year out of graduate school. She will leave Atlanta to return to Los Angeles to work on her second world premiere, A Nice Indian Boy, at East West Players. She is a unique 21st-century voice — of the global world and of the present moment, while creating charming and hilarious comedies. We are so proud to celebrate and introduce Atlanta to her as the winner of the 10th Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Celise Kalke

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‘I want to make people laugh’ Playwright Madhuri Shekar happily digs into worlds of love and dysfunction

Playwriting is a solitary experience for most. Not so much for Madhuri Shekar.

inviting us to use our imaginations to fill in that story with them.”

The winner of the 2013-14 Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition finds it tough to write a play if she hasn’t talked it out with someone first. Maybe because dialogue is her favorite part.

Shekar, 27, is bilingual (English and Tamil) and splits her time between Los Angeles, where she’s based, and Chennai, a city of 4.4 million in south India, where her parents live. She’s a petite, quiet woman with a selfeffacing humor that shows itself in her conversation and her writing.

“I like theater in general,” says Shekar (as in martini “shaker”). “That experience of sitting with other people, and everyone’s going through it together, and the people you are watching are not just people on a screen who’ve been edited and carefully orchestrated. They’re actual, real people in front of you, and they’re creating stories with their bodies and their voices, and they’re

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Ask her where she sees herself in five years and she replies: “Oh, God, I should have an answer for this, shouldn’t I?” And, going on: “I would love to find a steady teaching job, and continue to make theater. Or maybe write for TV, and make theater. I’d like to

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travel more. My mom would love for me to be married, too. Any eligible bachelors can contact my parents with their resume and horoscopes.” Ask her what she’d want to see if she had but one night to spend in the theater and she says, “I’d want to spend time with characters I can’t help but love and root for, and who make me laugh till I cry.” Sounds like something she might write herself. Shekar writes about couplings. Love stories. Dysfunctional love stories. People who are figuring out how to make their relationships work. She began In Love and Warcraft her first semester in grad school at the University of Southern California, so it dates to 2010. It was, she says, a different play altogether. The first draft explored asexuality. The idea of her lead character writing love letters for other people came from an MFA professor who had done that very thing in college. The gaming angle didn’t find its way into the play until later drafts. “I grew up on the Internet,” Shekar says, “and spent my teenage years forming friendships with people online as opposed to ‘in real life,’ and a lot of my experiences from that time made their way into the play.” She credits friend Earl Baylon, her “nerd consultant,” for keeping the World of Warcraft aspects accurate. In Love and Warcraft isn’t Shekar’s only world premiere this winter. Her comedy A Nice Indian Boy, about gay marriage in an Indian-American family, debuts

Feb. 20 at East West Players in Los Angeles, a company that calls itself the nation’s premier Asian-American theater. “The play deals with gay marriage, but it really is an examination of how marriage works in general, no matter who you are or where you come from,” she says. “I’m fascinated by how the idea of marriage keeps evolving as our society becomes more diverse and inclusive, and each new generation follows different ideals from what came before.” Shekar’s also knee deep in her next project, part of the Center Theatre Group’s 2013-14 Writers Workshop in Los Angeles. That project, a play set in a graduate chemistry lab at a toptier university, follows the relationship between two women — a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate and her high school intern — as they battle over intellectual property rights to a scientific discovery. “There’s a love triangle in there, too,” Shekar says, “because who can resist that? It’s another attempt to enter a world I know very little about, and I’m nervous about getting the science right, and making sure the workplace dynamics ring true, but I’m excited to see where this project takes me.” Ask her what she brings to a play that no one else can and she says, “I write with optimism and compassion, and a lot of love for my characters. All of my plays are political in some way, but my first priority is to ensure that the audience has a good time. I want to make people laugh. I don’t suppose I’m unique in this, but this is what I strive for.”

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By Meg Miroshnik, 2012 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition Winner for The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls Directed by Susan V. Booth

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cast THERE WILL BE A FIFTEEN MINUTE INTERMISSION. SETTING Present day, on a college campus in Southern California. CAST * Lily Balsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Evie * Evan Cleaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raul * Alexandra Ficken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kitty * Patrick Halley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Bobby Labartino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Man * Diany Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Woman UNDERSTUDIES Stephanie Lloyd — Kitty/Evie/Woman Austin Tijerina — Ryan/Man Terrance White — Raul

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LILY BALSEN

EVAN CLEAVER

ALEXANDRA FICKEN

PATRICK HALLEY

BOBBY LABARTINO

STEPHANIE LLOYD

DIANY RODRIGUEZ

AUSTIN TIJERINA

TERRANCE WHITE

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profiles LILY BALSEN (Evie) is thrilled to be making her Alliance Theatre debut! New York stage credits: EST’s Marathon of One Act Plays/ Kandahar to Canada (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Comedy of Sorrows (HERE Arts), Therese Raquin (PTP/NYC@Atlantic Stage 2), Things I Found On Craigslist and Picnic (29th Street Rep). Regional: 10x10 New Play Festival (Barrington Stage), A Bad Friend (Theatre J), Perfect Pie and Experiment with an Air Pump (Potomac Theatre Project), The Cherry Orchard (Walking the Dog), Ancestor and The 1906 Earthquake (Word for Word Productions) and Monster (Rorschach). Education: Middlebury College and The Studio NY. She sends her deepest gratitude to Meg and Jayd, and deepest love to her amazing parents and brothers. EVAN CLEAVER (Raul) has a B.A. in acting from Dillard University of New Orleans and an M.F.A. in acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). New to the Atlanta area, he was recently seen as Macduff in Theater Emory’s Macbeth as well as In the Boardroom, where he portrayed legendary civil rights activist Dr. Joseph Lowery. Film/TV credits: The Host and “Common Law.” Proud AEA member. Instagram/Twitter @EvanCleaver ALEXANDRA FICKEN (Kitty) is thrilled to be back working at the Alliance where she was the understudy for Penny in Bike America last year. Born and raised in Atlanta, she is also a graduate of The University of Alabama with a B.A. in musical theatre and dance. She was last seen in Georgia Ensemble’s Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club (Christiane) and recently had her television debut on “The Originals” (CW). She would like to thank this incredible cast, crew and the Alliance for this amazing opportunity. All the love to her family and friends for their support and always believing in her! www.alexandraficken.com PATRICK HALLEY (Ryan) is making his Alliance Theatre debut. Recent regional credits include Good People at Cleveland Play House and Syracuse Stage (directed by Laura Kepley); Of Mice and Men (Pioneer Theatre Company); and The Taming of the Shrew (Denver Center Theatre Company). Off-Broadway, he played Clitandre and understudied the title role in The Misanthrope with The Pearl Theatre Company (Lortel nomination, best revival). Patrick has spent four seasons with the critically acclaimed Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, appearing in The Bomb-Itty of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among many others. He is a Poughkeepsie, NY native and graduate of Bucknell University. www.patrickhalley.com BOBBY LABARTINO (Man) is making his Alliance Theatre debut. He was last seen in the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern’s Othello. Regional credits include George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (Colorado Shakespeare), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Orlando in As You Like It (TPHF). He’s also worked locally at Actor’s Express, Georgia Shakespeare, Aurora Theatre, Stage Door Players and 7 Stages. Bobby thanks his parents for their unwavering love and support. STEPHANIE LLOYD (Female Understudy) is thrilled to be a part of this production at the Alliance. Atlanta credits include Anything Goes at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, The Lawrenceville Ghost Tours at the Aurora Theatre, as well as several industrials for AT&T, Speed Queen washing machines, and others. Other credits include Matt Davenport Productions’ A Music Box Christmas (Hershey Park) and Cool Vibrations (SeaWorld San Antonio), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (The Lost Colony) and Nine (Seaside Music Theatre). Stephanie has a B.F.A. in music theatre and a minor in communications from Elon University and is represented by The People Store. Much love to her friends and family and to the Alliance for this incredible opportunity.

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profiles DIANY RODRIGUEZ (Woman) selected Alliance credits: Zorro: The Musical, August: Osage County, Into the Woods, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. Notable regional credits: Carrie: A Comedy (Sue), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Fame (Carmen). Tours: Rent (Mark’s Mom/ US Mimi); Dora: The Explorer (Dora/Map); Junie B. Jones (Lucille). OffBway: Soul Kitchen (Sangita), Shlomo (Ruth/Anjia). Film/TV: Firelight (Oketa), “Vampire Diaries” (Claudine). Thank you, Stone Mountain, for all the parts. Also, thank you: people I love... Also, people I like a lot, thank you too. AUSTIN TIJERINA (Ryan/Man US) is thrilled to be making his Alliance Theatre debut. Other credits include work with the Aurora Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Legacy Theatre and Disney Cruise Line. In 2010, he took part in a reading of a new musical at the Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC. TERRANCE WHITE (Raul US) is enthused to be a part of his first professional production at the Alliance. His theatre credits include In the Red and Brown Water (Baldwin Burroughs Theatre) and A Raisin in the Sun (CAU Players). He has learned a lot over the course of this process. Terrance is pursuing his B.A. in theatre arts at Clark Atlanta University. He is from Los Angeles and has been in Atlanta for the past five years. He is excited to be a part of this wonderful cast and hopes you enjoy the show. ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. MADHURI SHEKAR (Playwright) was born in California and grew up in India, with a couple of quick detours in Singapore and London. She is thrilled to have her first professional production be at the Alliance Theatre. In Love and Warcraft won the 2013/14 Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and her play A Nice Indian Boy will also receive a world premiere in February at East West Players in Los Angeles. She is a finalist for the 2013 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship and the 2013 Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, and is a member of the Center Theatre Group’s 2013-14 Writers’ Workshop. She received her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from USC, and divides her time between Los Angeles and Chennai, India.  LAURA KEPLEY (Director) is thrilled to return to the Alliance Theatre where she served as Susan Booth’s assistant on the world premiere of Managing Maxine. Laura is the artistic director of Cleveland Play House, where she directed Venus in Fur; Good People; A Carol for Cleveland (world premiere); In the Next Room (or the vibrator play); and My Name is Asher Lev. She has also directed for Asolo Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Syracuse Stage, The Kennedy Center and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, among others, and has collaborated with playwrights on the development of their work at The Public Theater (N.Y.), The Playwright’s Center (Minn.), PlayPenn (Pa.), and The New Harmony Project (Ind.). Laura received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Master’s in fine arts from Brown University/Trinity Rep. She is a Drama League Fellow and a recipient of the 2009-2011 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors. ANDREW BOYCE (Set Designer) is a NY-based scenic and costume designer who works in theatre, opera and film. At the Alliance: Bike America. Recent NYC credits include This Is My Office (Play Company); Bike America (Ma-Yi); Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street/Rattlestick); Trevor (Lesser America); Red Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm/Cherry Lane); Dreams of Falling, Dreams of Flying (Atlantic Theatre Company). Regional credits with Center Theatre Group (sets/costumes), ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

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profiles The Geffen, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Longwharf, Curtis Opera Theatre (sets/ costumes), Williamstown, Des Moines Metro Opera, Westport Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Syracuse Stage, Theatreworks (Calif.), Bay Street Theatre, Portland Center Stage, The Wilma, Marin Theatre Company, The Magic Theatre and American Players Theatre, among others. Andrew is a member of the Wingspace Design Collective and is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, where he is on the design department faculty. LEX LIANG (Costume Designer) Liang’s work includes design for theatre, film, dance and special events. In Love and Warcraft marks his fourth production with the Alliance Theatre, having designed scenery and costumes for Carapace, and costumes for Into the Woods (Suzi award) and What I Learned in Paris (Suzi award nomination.) Select NYC/off-Broadway credits include The Yellow Wood (Dir. B.D. Wong), Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Dir. Judith Ivey), and Made in Heaven. Regionally, his work has been seen at Paper Mill Playhouse, the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center (Gypsy, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz) and Penobscot Theatre (30+ productions). Liang is the principal at LDC Design Associates, a NY-based firm providing design and production services for retail and residential spaces, and special events, including the launch of The Kardashian Kollection at Liebovitz studio, the creation of a Times Square forest campsite for “Outdoor Life” and Sears’ “Jean Scene” in Central Park. A graduate of NYU-Tisch, Liang is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local-829. www.LDCdesign.com LIZ LEE (Lighting Designer) always enjoys her work at the Alliance. Her previous designs include The Whipping Man, God of Carnage, Sleuth, Cuttin’Up, Tick, Tick… Boom! and Top Dog/Under Dog. Based in Atlanta, she is producer and resident lighting designer for the Center for Puppetry Arts, where her most recent projects include Tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Other recent designs also include Metamorphoses and Shrew the Musical for Georgia Shakespeare. KENDALL SIMPSON (Original Music & Sound Designer) has designed and composed original scores for Atlanta theatres including Georgia Shakespeare, Alliance Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Theatrical Outfit and Theater Emory. Working in film, Simpson scored The Promotion (2011). Other independent films include The Etiquette Man, which received top honors at several film festivals. Television credits include scores for “Sesame Street” and Elmo DVDs. Simpson’s most recent work for dance is a video, Transit, which premiered at the 2012 American Dance Festival. Other works include Papillon, premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Lee Harper and Dancers. Simpson is honored to have won three Suzi Bass awards. He serves as music director of the Emory dance program. CELISE KALKE (Director of New Projects) is honored to work as dramaturg on the 10th world premiere of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. She joined the staff of the Alliance in 2005, and is amazed at the growth of the competition and the Atlanta audience’s welcoming response to the writers coming through the program. Managing the many projects in the 10th anniversary season is a career highlight. Celise has grown the competition to include collaboration with the Lark Theatre Center in New York, a reading festival in Atlanta, a workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and ongoing new play workshops across the country. The competition world premieres at the Alliance include these critically acclaimed and exciting productions: Bike America, Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls, Carapace, Tennis in Nablus, Smart Cookie, In the Red and Brown Water and False Creeds. Before moving to the Alliance she was the director of the literary department at the Public Theater in New York, working with writers such as John Guare, Diana Son, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stephen Adly Guirgis, and serving as the production dramaturg for the Shakespeare in Central Park productions.

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profiles R. LAMAR WILLIAMS (Stage Manager) is an Atlanta native. Rodney studied theatre at Florida A&M University’s Essential Theatre. His 12-year tenure at the Alliance has included stage managing Choir Boy, Bike America, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Carapace, Sammy & Me, Tennis in Nablus, The Second City: Peach Drop Stop & Roll, The Second City: Miracle on 1280 Peachtree Street and Broke; and assistant stage managing Zorro, What I Learned in Paris, August Wilson Full Circle: Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf; Doubt; Jelly’s Last Jam and the world premieres of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Women of Brewster Place, Sister Act: The Musical and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. For Sensei, JDawn, Chelsea & Solari and all humanity — “changing the world 1 play @ a time!” JODY FELDMAN (Casting) began her theatre career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the assistant general manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Jody is the associate producer at the Alliance Theatre, where she started in 1991 as casting director. While at the Alliance, Jody has cast and produced more than 200 LORT B, D and TYA productions including a wide range of world premieres including The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, Broke by Janece Shaffer, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and 10 years of Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition-winning plays, as well as world and regional premiere musicals such as Aida, The Color Purple, Sister Act: The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and, most recently, Zorro. Jody is most proud of the thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection. SUSAN V. BOOTH (Jennings Hertz Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, created local producing partnerships and has overseen regional collaborative productions as well as commercial partnerships on projects including Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. As a director, she has worked at theatres including the Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern and DePaul universities, and serves as adjunct faculty with Emory University. She is the past president of the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group (the national service organization for the field), is on the artistic board of the Steinberg Charitable Trust in New York and is a trustee of Denison University. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal. susan.booth@woodruffcenter.org

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KENDEDA TURNS Anniversary season features new plays from old friends and 2014’s winner

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The Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage this season is home to an epic conflagration of imagination, talent and original voices. The four-show lineup introduces Atlanta audiences to new work by some of America’s brightest young playwrights — three old friends and one new one.

Tarell Alvin McCraney

The lineup celebrates a milestone for the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, an idea that took root 10 years ago. This one-of-a-kind contest helps student playwrights in leading graduate programs make the transition to professional theatre. This year’s winner, Madhuri Shekar, comes from the University of Southern California. And we’ve welcomed back Tarell Alvin McCraney (In the Red and Brown Water, 2008) and Kenneth Lin (…,” said Said, 2006). Next is Meg Miroshnik (Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, 2012).

Kenneth Lin

Madhuri Shekar

Meg Miroshnik

Audiences have already seen McCraney’s Choir Boy, a coming-of-age story about a charismatic gay boy at an all-boys private prep school for African-Americans (touted by critics as one of the Atlanta season’s best), and Lin’s political thriller Warrior Class, about an Asian-American on the rise in the Republican Party. Miroshnik’s The Tall Girls (March 7-30) is a world premiere set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The story: Sometimes basketball is the only way out, even for a girl. When a mysterious young man gets off the train in Poor Prairie, a few things are clear: He’s teaching at the high school, he knows the game and he has the only inflated basketball in town. These four writers are part of a group of 50 artists to come through the Kendeda/Alliance competition. The roll call of winners features some of the brightest playwrights working today, including (most recent first): Shekar; Mike Lew (Bike America, 2012-13); Miroshnik; David Robinson (Carapace, 2010-11); Ismail Khalidi (Tennis in Nablus, 2009-10); Julia Brownell (Smart Cookie, 2008-09); McCraney; Darren Canady (False Creeds, 2006-07); Lin; and Daphne Greaves (Day of Kings, 2004-05).

This anniversary season also features readings and workshops by other alumni winners and finalists. Experiences have already included an exciting portrait of a drag family hosted by the Jungle, and 570 people sobbing through a mother/daughter reunion in the face of dementia. For details, please email celise.kalke@woodruffcenter.org or check Alliance.theatre.org.

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Sweeney Todd

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street A Musical Thriller Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Book by HUGH WHEELER

From an Adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND Originally Directed On Broadway by HAROLD PRINCE Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Originally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in Association with Dean and Judy Manos

March 7-9, 2014 Conant Performing Arts Center

Co-sponsored by Arts, Education, & Ideas at Oglethorpe University


about the alliance theatre Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre has become the leading theatre of the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse audiences. The Alliance values excellence, pursued with integrity and creativity, and achieved through collaboration. Reaching more than 200,000 patrons annually, the Alliance delivers programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, the Alliance received the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award in recognition of excellence. The Alliance, known for its artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, has premiered more than 80 original productions including Tony winners The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. It has a reputation for developing important American musicals with a track record of Broadway, touring and subsequent productions, including the world premieres of Sister Act, Come Fly Away, Bring It On and the U.S. premiere of Zorro, with music by the Gipsy Kings. The Alliance nurtures the careers of playwrights through its Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing a premiere for the winner and national networking opportunities for four finalists. The Acting Program and Education Department reach nearly 50,000 students annually through performances, classes, drama camps and in-school initiatives. The Alliance creates and produces plays for young audiences at every age level: from the Collision Project, where high school artists create and perform new work based on a classic text, to Theatre for the Very Young, creating interactive shows for infants and toddlers. The Alliance offers community education classes for all ages and levels of theatre interest, and adult student productions of unproduced plays in development. Active in Georgia classrooms, the Alliance has developed programs using theatre techniques to help students learn through storytelling and problemsolving. The Alliance’s Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists equips teachers with theatrical techniques that link directly to school curriculum, align with the Georgia Performance Standards and increase student learning. These programs include GA Wolf Trap, which focuses on literacy skills for children in Pre-K — 2nd grade, and Dramaturgy K-12, in which students create research material that informs Alliance productions and prepares peer audiences. Twice recognized by the U.S. Education Department as leaders in arts education, these programs reflect the Alliance’s commitment to citywide arts access. The Alliance delivers the finest talent, art and educational opportunities for Atlanta audiences — proving once again that this is where great theatre lives. alliancetheatre.org or 404.733.4650

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discover us discover us. discover you. I just read the script for In Love and Warcraft, and I learned something that I will keep in my heart until the day I die... online worlds are a great place to pick up chicks. Seriously, who knew that there are some smokin’ hot ladies playing WoW? I certainly didn’t! From now on, whenever I hear someone discussing their 14-hour binge gaming session, instead of my usual, “We need to get you to the hospital before your limbs atrophy,” I will simply extend my hand for a high five and say, “Up top, brother.”

– Kevin Gillese Artistic Director of Dad’s Garage

SYNOPSIS Evie Malone — gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin — has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in World of Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who’ve screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It’s all about strategies, game plans and not taking stupid risks. Everything is working for her… until she actually falls for a guy. In Real Life. And no amount of gaming expertise will help her out when she finds herself with a non-virtual, totally real and incredibly cute boyfriend, who wants more from her than she’s willing to give. Do you appreciate live theatre, enjoy meeting new people and trying new things? If so, then get involved with one of the largest volunteer forces in the arts. The Alliance Theatre volunteer STARS program offers a wide range of opportunities, which includes advocating for live theatre, ushering for Alliance productions, participating in and staffing fundraising & hospitality events, and assisting Alliance staff members with daily office tasks. STARS is composed of four separate organizations working together on fund-saving and fund-raising projects to benefit the theatre. The four volunteer groups are the Alliance Children’s Theatre Guild, Alliance Theatre Guild, the Direct Volunteers and the Usher Corps. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Shana Orr at shana.orr@ woodruffcenter.org or call 404.733.4761.

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board of directors Officers Chair: Vice Chair: Immediate Past Chair: Treasurer:

Victoria Palefsky* Reade Fahs* Dan Reardon* Steve Chaddick*

Lifetime Directors George Goodwin Laura Hardman Hays Mershon Richard S. Myrick Helen Regenstein

Rita Anderson Ken Bernhardt Frank Chew Ann Cramer Linda Davidson*

Bob Reiser Debbie Shelton Jane Shivers Sally G. Tomlinson Ben White

Directors Kristin R. Adams* James Anderson* Lynn Ayers^ Kenny Blank Philippa Ellis Daryl Evans Joseph W. Evans Howard Feinsand* Molly Fuller Richard Goerss Andrew Golde, M.D. Alexander Goldsmith Pat Gunning

Virginia A. Hepner*^ Lila Hertz Jocelyn Hunter* Rosthema Kastin John Keller Lauren Kiefer James Kilberg* William F. Kimble^ Jeff Levy* Cynthia Maloy Alan McKeon Carol Meadows Hala Moddelmog

Phil Moise* Maureen Morrison Scarlet PressleyBrown Helen Smith Price Patty Reid Margaret Reiser Maurice Rosenbaum* Bill Rowland Steve Selig Pam Sessions Frank Ski Bill Sleeper

Bronson Smith Karen Spiegel John Strom Chuck Taylor Rosemarie Thurston Rebekah Wasserman Cynthia Widner Wall Peter Weitzner Jill Wilson P.J. Younglove Hovey Todd Zeldin

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Chair: Ann W. Cramer* Madelyn Adams Tracie Arnold Connie Austin Terri Bagen Michael Barrett Candace Bell Mark Bell Veronica Biggins Melanie Boltax Erin Brown Stephen Brown Donna Burchfield Catharine Burkett Susan Callaway Imara Canady Sona Chambers Tony Conway Jackie Cushman Sallie Daniel Debbie Dermer

John Deushane Sally Dorsey Enid Draluck Cydnee Dubrof Diane Durgin Robert Eckardt Kathryn Farley, Ph.D. Donna Fitzmaurice Cindy Fowler Kevin Glass Patrice Greer Michael Harper Heather Vincent Holley Rita Izaguirre Stacii Jae Johnson Andrea Jones David Kuniansky Constance Lewis Kristie Madara Rosemary Magee

Volunteer Leadership

President, STARS: Lynn Ayers President, Alliance Theatre Guild: Sarah Larson President, Alliance Children’s Theatre Guild: Jane Morgan

* Executive Committee Member ^ Ex Officio

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Juanita Markwalter Philip McAdoo Reese McCranie Alan McKnight, Jr. Penelope McPhee Dori Miller Mary Moore Starr Moore Cynthia M. Moreland Bill Nigut Kathryn Richard Georgia Schley Ritchie Candace Rodriguez Bobby Rosenbloum Jack Sawyer Chris Schneider Alan Schreihofer Sonny Seals The Honorable Leah Ward Sears

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

★★★★★★★ $250,000+ The Coca-Cola Company The Goizueta Foundation

The Kendeda Fund The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

★★★★★★ $100,000+ Delta Air Lines, Inc. PNC

The Shubert Foundation Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

★★★★★ $50,000+ The Frances and Beverly DuBose Foundation Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award Fulton County Arts & Culture Hearst Foundations

The Home Depot North Highland Company The Rich Foundation

★★★★ $25,000+ AT&T Atlanta Foundation Carter’s Charitable Foundation City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts

Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Target David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund Wal-Mart Foundation

★★★ $10,000+ Aon Bryan Cave Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation Cartoon Network Connolly Family Foundation Duke Realty

Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia-Pacific Foundation Georgia Power Charles Loridans Foundation Impact Creativity/NCTF Jones Day

Newell Rubbermaid State Bank Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

Greenberg Traurig, LLP JP Morgan

The Japan Foundation Plum Creek

Equifax National Vision

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★★ $5,000+ Express Oil Change John and Mary Franklin Foundation

★ $2,500+

ACG Professionals DocAuto

By attending our theatre, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. With the 2013-14 Season, the Alliance Theatre turns 45. Help us celebrate the power of great theatre for 45 years by making another statement of support louder than any standing ovation. Visit our website at alliancetheatre.org and click on Donate.

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sponsors TURNER VOICES is committed to meaningful corporate citizenship in the communities in which the company operates and its employees work and live. The arts is one focus area of Turner’s local philanthropy, in particular organizations and programs that enhance the quality of life for all residents of its Atlanta hometown.

Cast and company flowers sponsored by

Official Hotel

Official Staffing Consultant

Community Foundation

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government

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of FCAC.

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 agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

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annual fund Alliance donors provide over $1.2 million to the Annual Fund and Annual Fundraising events so that we can continue to present exceptional theatre and educational programs to our community. We are deeply grateful for their support. *Gifts processed as of January 6, 2014.

$50,000+ Victoria & Howard Palefsky

$35,000+ Barbara & Steve Chaddick James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Sally G. Tomlinson

$25,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Howard Feinsand Dan & Garnet Reardon Joni Winston

$10,000+ The Balloun Family Susan V. Booth & Max Leventhal Ansley & Mark Callaway Ann & Jeff Cramer Linda & Gene Davidson Diane & Daryl Evans Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Evans Mr. & Mrs. Reade Fahs Doris & Matthew Geller Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Golde David & Carolyn Gould Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Doug & Lila Hertz John & Angie Keller Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer James & Lori Kilberg Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier Jeffrey C. Levy Mr. & Mrs. Steven J. Moddelmog Phil & Caroline Mo誰se Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Stephen & Marjorie Osheroff Helen Smith Price Patty & Doug Reid Bob & Margaret Reiser Linda & Steve Selig Mr. & Mrs. H. Bronson Smith John & Karen Spiegel Lynne & Steve Steindel Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles* & Delores Stephens Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Tome Rick & Terri Western Ramona & Ben White Suzy Wilner Amy & Todd Zeldin

$7,500 - $9,999 The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Marsha & Richard Goerss

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P.J. Younglove Hovey Jocelyn J. Hunter Andrea & Boland Jones Paul & Rosthema Kastin Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Rosemarie & David Thurston Mark & Rebekah Wasserman

$5,000 - $7,499 Mrs. Kristin Adams James Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Austin Bill & Peg Balzer Lisa & Joe Bankoff Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Frank & Mary Anne Chew Ezra Cohen Charitable Trust Doug & Donna Curling Marcia & John Donnell Eve & Bob Eckardt Gene G. Abel, M.D. & Nora Harlow Erin & John Heyman Mr. & Mrs. James C. Kennedy Philip I. Kent Foundation David L. Kuniansky Cynthia & Alan Maloy Mr. & Mrs. John S. Markwalter, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John Hays Mershon Dedi & Julian Mohr Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Ms. Scarlet Pressley-Brown & Mr. Wendell Brown Hugh & Susanne Ripps Bill & Rhonda Rowland Sharon & David Schachter Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Mr. & Mrs. John R. Strom Bruce Westbrook

$2,500 - $4,999 Alexander Babbage in appreciation of Vicki Palesky Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen In honor of the Alliance Theatre Education Department Ellen Arnovitz Cheryl M. Baer Balfour Beatty Construction Leslie Bassett & Family Ms. Susan Beallor-Snyder & Mr. Stuart Snyder Ms. Beryl Bergquist Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Russell & Sandra Dawson Douglas & Camille Duerr Diane Durgin Dr. & Mrs. Dale E. Edmondson

Eierman Foundation Philippa & Burrell Ellis John & Cindy Ethridge Kathryn T. Farley, PhD Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Adam Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Barry Goheen Mrs. Carrie G. Hall John & Simone Hanson Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Henry & EttaRae Hirsch Foundation Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Dr. & Mrs. John A. Johnson Leslie Leigh M.D. Dick Lyon Kristie L. Madara Mr. & Mrs. Paul P. Mattingly Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley Melanie & S. Alan McKnight, Jr. Carol & Dart Meadows Mr. William E. Michalewicz Nancy & Mike Millett Mr. Walter W. Mitchell Morgens West Foundation Kathleen Nixon & Gregory Berkey Susan & David Peterson Mr. Jared Ripps & Dr. Kiera von Besser Alan & Cyndy Schreihofer Sonny & Jeanne Seals Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Shelton III Charlotte & Tom Shields Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Mr. & Mrs. Mark Silberman William & Margarita Sleeper Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Oronda M. Smith Southern States LLC Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Karen & Alex Stickney Maria-Ruth Storts TAYLAR Development Mr. James Thomas Michael & June Tompkins Kimberly & Kevin Walther Susan & Tom Wardell Janice M. Warner Penn & Sally Wells Joan N. Whitcomb John & Kathy Zamer

$1,500 - $2,499 Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda Adams Diane & Kent Alexander Elaine & Miles Alexander Jeff & Belinda Allen Theodore & Andrea Altholz


annual fund Alliance donors provide over $1.2 million to the Annual Fund and Annual Fundraising events so that we can continue to present exceptional theatre and educational programs to our community. We are deeply grateful for their support. *Gifts processed as of January 6, 2014.

Judy M. Anderson Rita & Ted Anderson Mr. & Mrs. William Andrade JW Ayers Plumbing, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. John Bacheller, Jr. Elizabeth & John Bacon James & Therese Bailey Mr. & Mrs. Basaraba Karen Beardslee & Susie McGinnis Candace & Jeff Bell Mark & Pam Bell Mr. & Mrs. Mark Blumenthal George H. Boulineau Ginny & Charles Brewer Sara & Alex Brown Stephen Brown Susan & Tom Callaway Christopher Clegg Marc & Ruth Coan Tim D. Couch Brad & Sally Currey Mr. & Mrs. James L. Curry Ms. Sallie Adams Daniel Julia & AndrĂŠ Demetrius Mr. & Mrs. James C. Edenfield Drs. Bryan & Norma Edwards Ralph & Ree Edwards Dr. & Mrs. Norman Elliott Thomas Engler & Ron Davis Ms. Elizabeth R. Etoll Tim & Tina Eyerly Fantastic Finds & Fantastic Finds For Him Michael & Jody Feldman Mr. David Felfoldi Andrew & Wendie Fisher Mike Flueckinger Viki & Paul Freeman Heidi & David Geller Mr. Andrew L. Ghertner Lisa A. Gillespie, M.D. Patrice & Ernest Greer Dr. Steven & Marnie Harris Mrs. Kristin Hathaway Hansen & Mr. Norman Hansen Joan & David Herskovits Fred Hicks Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky Dr. Joyce F. Houser Linda & Richard Hubert Mr. & Mrs. James E Hugh, III Richard & Marcia Jacobson Mr. Robert A. Jetmundsen Dr. & Mrs. Michael Kalson Lucy Kinnaird Dr. Shirley Williams-Kirksey Dr. William A. Kiser Steven & Sheri Labovitz J. Bancroft Lesesne Conchita Heyn & Robert Lichtefeld

Lubo Fund Eric & Marcia Ludgood LTC. (Ret) Eugene Martin The McGee Group Robert & Deborah McKeeman Jim & Jo McLean Sally & Tom McNulty Nikki J. Mercer Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger Ms. Nancy Mitchell June M. Morrison Mr. & Mrs. Charles Moseley Joyce & Michael Natbony Neuro Tour Physical Therapy, Inc. Kathy Pais John & Helen Parker Monica W. Parker Bill & Carey Peard Ms. Kathleen Pendergraft Edwin Perkins & Elicia Scaife Peg Petersen Sam & Barbara Pettway Karen Porch Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Kathryn & John Richard Dr. Susan Rifkin & Mr. David Rifkin Peter & Alice Rogers Dr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg Mr. Scott Shickler Martin & Patricia Silbiger A. Boyd Simpson & Melody Mann-Simpson Drs. Marjorie & Quentin Smith Susan & Alan Stiefel Jim & Janie Stratigos Michelle Sutter Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor The Tolson Firm Joshua & Zenobia Trexler Kimberly S. Tribble & Mark S. Lange Van Laar Skin Care Mrs. Lynda Walker Ms. Ann Westbrook J.M. Wilkerson Construction Company Mrs. Sue S. Williams Jeannie Wynn The Zaban Foundation

Terry & Sharon Culp Mr. & Mrs. Michael R. DePinto Mr. & Mrs. David E. Dermer Mr. & Mrs. John Deushane Ms. Patricia L. Dickey Enid & Jerry Draluck The Galloway Foundation in honor of Dr. Andrew Golde Mr. & Mrs. John J. Gillin Divida Gude Valerie Hartman Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hayler Mrs. Elaine L. Hentschel Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Hindman Mark Hobson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Hyman, Jr. Mr. David Stockert & Ms. Cameron Ives Kay H. & Burke C. Jones In Memory of George Mason Coleman In honor of Billy Levine Gary C. & Carolyn A. Lovett Ron Grapevine & Rosemary Magee William McDaniel Janice & Tom Munsterman Mr. & Mrs. Galen Oelkers Dr. & Mrs. Stephen I. Oppenheimer Mr. & Mrs. Markham D. Oswald Ms. Del Podsiadlo Ms. Rebecca J. Reeves Kevin Ruhl Gary, Cannon, Frankie & Trey Sayers Sharon & Chip Shirley Jane E. Shivers Philip Slaughter Susan & Jay Smith Ann Starr & Kent Nelson Bob Sullivan The Elster Foundation Bill & Judy Vogel Elizabeth Wallace & Chris Scislowicz In honor of Rebecca Wasserman Melody Wilder Wilson Lynne Winship Holly & Marty York Lynne T. Zappone * Deceased

$1,000 - $1,499 Mr. & Mrs. George Ajy Mr. & Mrs. Robert Arogeti Mr. & Mrs. Michael Barrett In Memory of Sol Blaine Mr. Donald Bonar & Mr. Elmer Langham Jim & Barbara Brady David H. & Christine T. Cofrin Ralph & Rita Connell Bob Copeland

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annual fund Legacy Society The following are members of the Legacy Society who are ensuring the future strength of the Alliance Theatre through planned gifts to benefit the Theatre. The Legacy Society is the special recognition group for those who have included the Theatre or any component of the Woodruff Arts Center in their estate plans. For more information about making a planned gift to benefit the Alliance Theatre, contact Maya Robinson, Major Contributions Manager at 404.733.4710 or maya.robinson@woodruffcenter.org Rita M. Anderson Anonymous Betty Blondeau-Russell Jim & Anne Breedlove Ezra Cohen Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft, III Sallie Adams Daniel Linda & Gene Davidson Laura & John Hardman

Glen E. & Nancy Hesler P.J. Younglove Hovey William C. Hyde Virginia Vann & Ken Large Mr. & Mrs. John Hays Mershon Mr. & Mrs. John McColskey Phil & Caroline Moïse Jan Pomerantz Helen M. Regenstein Bob & Margaret Reiser

Neal & Tricia Schachtel Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Shelton, III Jane E. Shivers Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Rick & Terri Western Ramona & Ben White Lynne Winship

Matching Gift Companies We would like to thank the following companies who have donated matching gifts to the Alliance Theatre’s Annual Fund. Please check to see if your employer will match your contribution. American Express American Honda Motor Co. AIG Corporation Aon Corporation AT&T Bank of America Bryan Cave-Powell Goldstein Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Chubb & Son, Inc. CIGNA Corporation Citigroup Foundation

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The Coca-Cola Company Equifax, Inc. Federated Department Stores Inc. GE Energy Home Depot Foundation IBM Corporation JPMorgan Chase Kimberly-Clark Foundation Macy’s Foundation McDonald’s Corporation Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

Microsoft Corporation NDCHealth Norfolk Southern Corporation Prudential Financial Sprint SunTrust Foundation Time Warner, Inc. UPS Verizon Corporation Yahoo!


alliance theatre staff Artistic

Jennings Hertz Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan V. Booth Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth . . . .Rosemary Newcott Associate Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jody Feldman Director of New Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Celise Kalke Playwright in Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pearl Cleage Community Engagement Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Winn Artistic Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margo Moskowitz Artistic Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Kleypas Literary Interns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Levi Jelks, Emily Kelly

Education

Director of Educational Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Moses Director, Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists . . . . . Michele Mummert Education Coordinator & Producer of Drama Camps . . . . . . Christina Dresser Education Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Jones Theatre for the Very Young Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Aston Resident Artist in Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick McColery Resident Teaching Artists . . . . Kim Bowers-Rheay Baran, Valetta Anderson Teen Programs Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Wallis Project Coordinator, Institute for Educators & Teaching Artists . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Alice Nichols Education Communications Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J . Noble Education Sales and Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Kang Teaching Artists . . . . . . . . . Ricardo Aponte,Olivia Aston, Sharon Brewer, Katie Grace Brown, Daniel Brown, Kristin Calvert, Sarah Lancaster Cave, Jaehn Clare, Steve Coulter, Jessica De Maria, John Doyle, Sharon Foote, Polly Garcia, Allison Gardner, Kimberly Geter, Trevor Goble, Neeley Gossett, Garrett Gray, Terry Guest, Holly Godwin, Al Hamacher, Amy Handler, Michele Hazard, BJ Hughes, John Jaramillio, Rachel Jones, LeeAnna Lambert, Clayton Landy, Amy Lucas, Barry Stewart Mann, Bryan Mercer, Marcie Millard, Tracy V. Moore, Claire Ritzler, Diany Rodriquez, Kirk Seaman, Linda Sherbert, Jade Lambert Smith, Sheri Mann Stewart, Michael Stiggers, Shirnest Tolbert, Ebony Tucker, Jeremy Varner, Davia Weatherill, Elizabeth Wexler ArtsVibe Teen Ensemble . . . . . . . . Adia Barlow, Shelby Bice, Lucy Brooks, Torreke Evans, Delly Fears, Rachel Jordan, Jackie Kenny, Shaina McLawrence, Zoe Nuhfer, Nick O’Neill, Pedro Rios, Carolyn Rogan, Emily Russ, Jaelen Tyner

Administration /Finance

Director of Finance & Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Shively Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Thruston Manager of Information Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Hubbert Accounting Coordinators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashley Bradford, Julie Hall Management Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenna Harris

Development

Director of Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristin Hathaway Hansen Major Contributions Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maya Robinson Special Events & Board Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryan Saxon Grants Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Levenberg Development Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Janet Abercrombie Development Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elaine Hentschel

Marketing

Director of Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Sayers Brand Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caroline Tanner Communications Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathleen Covington Marketing Communications Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holland Baird Online Marketing Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Maley Creative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Talia Bromstad Group Services Coordinators . . . . . . . . . . . Celeste Mercer, Kate McNeely Ticketing & Patron Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shana Orr Front of House, Patron Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marjon D. Wolfe House Managers . . . . .Olivia Aston, Dana Hylton Calabro, Christina Dresser, Kate McNeely, Ken McNeil, Margo Moskowitz, Lynn Vatter Assistant Manager Season Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danielle Hicks Senior Ticket Agents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chad Martin, Ken McNeil Marketing Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Vann

Production Production Management

Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor W. Smith

Costumes

Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Hammond Design Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . English Benning, Lea Preston Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Kennedy, Cindy Lou Who Craft Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diana L. Thomas Monster & Craft Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scottie Rowell Stitchers/First Hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April Andrew, Laury Conley, Lyudmila Fesenko, Donna Memmer, Maegan Robinson, Emily Wille Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hauzia Conyers, Alexandra Matthews Scottie Rowell, Niki Traxler Wigs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Ewing

Electrics

Electrics Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Shinn Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Jordan, Steven Love, Jenn Trippe Additional Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Heather Pynne, Tara O’Neill, Dylan Phillips, Scott Ross

Sound

Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Sound Engineers/Board Ops . . . . . . . . . . . Holly Blakely, Michelle Jarvis, Hidenori Nakajo

Properties

Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Elliott Master Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzanne Cooper Morris Properties Buyer/Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Schroeder Properties Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Butkovich Additional Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Lyons

Scenery

Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kyle Longwell Assistant Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Kier Shop Foreman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Conley Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Manny Abreo, Erin Canfield, Jonathan Fries, Michael Lyons Charge Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kat Conley Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenna Engelmann

Stage Management

Alliance Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lark hackshaw, Liz Campbell Alliance Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jayson T. Waddell Hertz Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R. Lamar Williams Hertz Stage Manager Production Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haylee Scott Stage Management Apprentice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tia Herrod TYF Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Campbell TYF Stage Management Production Assistant . . . . . . . Barbara Gantt O’Haley

Stage Operations

Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Bowne Crew Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vincent Simons Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Parks Properties Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney O’Neill Additional Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Russell Michniak

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The Woodruff Circle

The Woodruff Arts Center and our four artistic partners – the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences – rely on the generosity of those donors whose support extends to all parts of our organization. The members of The Woodruff Circle each contributed more than $250,000 to our efforts last year. We are deeply grateful to these 34 partners who help to ensure that the arts thrive in our city. $1,000,000+

$500,000 - $999,999

$250,000 - $499,999

Yolandra & Joseph Alexander Gordon W. Bailey Debrah & Harris Feinn Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Goizueta Foundation Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Pamela & Douglass Selby Margaretta Taylor Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

A Friend of The Woodruff Arts Center (3) AT&T Bank of America Charitable Foundation Pamela & Oliver Cobb The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Deloitte, its Partners & Employees Equifax, Inc. & Employees Fulton County Arts Council The Home Depot Foundation Sarah & Jim Kennedy

PNC PwC, Partners & Employees The Rich Foundation, Inc. Mrs. William A. Schwartz SunTrust Foundation, SunTrust Bank Employees and The SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Florence C. & Harry L. English Memorial Fund and Greene-Sawtell Foundation UPS Zeist Foundation, Inc. Donations made from June 1, 2012- May 31, 2013

The Patron Circle

Each year The Woodruff Arts Center raises critical dollars in support of the organization’s day-to-day operations through the Annual Campaign. The Patron Circle contributors helped us exceed a $9.2 million goal, ensuring that our artistic partners can continue to bring the best in visual and performing arts, as well as arts education, to millions of people in the years ahead. $500,000+

$200,000+

$150,000+

The Coca-Cola Company* Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.*

AT&T The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Deloitte, its Partners & Employees* Equifax Inc. & Employees Ernst & Young, Partners & Employees The Sara Giles Moore Foundation SunTrust Foundation, SunTrust Bank Employees and The SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Florence C. & Harry L. English Memorial Fund and Greene-Sawtell Foundation*

Alston & Bird LLP Jones Day Foundation & Employees KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees The Rich Foundation, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Wells Fargo

$300,000+ Cox Interests Atlanta Journal-Constitution, James M. Cox Foundation, Cox Radio Group Atlanta, WSB-TV The Hon. Anne Cox Chambers* The Home Depot Foundation PwC, Partners & Employees UPS*

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$100,000+ AGL Resources Inc. Bank of America Delta Air Lines, Inc. Invesco Ltd. Kaiser Permanente Kilpatrick Townsend


Goodwin Group The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Novelis Inc. Regions Financial Corporation* RockTenn Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund

Mr. & Mrs. M. Douglas Ivester JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Klaus Family Foundation The Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Norfolk Southern Foundation Printpack Inc./The Gay & Erskine Love Foundation Mr. & Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe Patty & Doug Reid Family Foundation SCANA Energy Southwire Company United Distributors, Inc. Waffle House, Inc. Gertrude & William C. Wardlaw Fund Yancey Bros. Co.

$50,000+

$15,000+

A Friend of The Woodruff Arts Center Crawford & Company Frank Jackson Sandy Springs Toyota and Scion Holder Construction Company NCR Foundation PNC Foundation The Primerica Foundation Southwest Airlines Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. Zeist Foundation, Inc.

ACE Charitable Foundation Acuity Brands, Inc. Aflac, Inc. AIG Alvarez & Marsal Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Assurant Specialty Property The Partners & Employees of Atlanta Equity Investors Atlanta Marriott Marquis Juanita Powell Baranco Anna & Ed Bastian Susan R. Bell & Patrick M. Morris Laura & Stan Blackburn The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Nancy & Kenny Blank The Boston Consulting Group W. Paul Bowers Catherine S. & J. Bradford Branch Bryan Cave LLP Camp-Younts Foundation Center Family Foundation Mr. Charles Center Mr. & Mrs. Fred Halperin Ms. Charlene Berman The Chatham Valley Foundation, Inc. CIGNA Foundation Cisco The Correll Family Foundation The Cousins Foundation, Inc. Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Suzie & Randy Donaldson Mike Donnelly Fifth Third Bank Ford & Harrison LLP Frazier & Deeter, CPA Gas South, LLC Genuine Parts Company Golden Peanut Company Harland Clarke Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes IBM ICS Contract Services, LLC

$100,000+

(cont’d)

King & Spalding Partners & Employees The Marcus Foundation, Inc.* Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc. The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund $75,000+

$35,000+ Chick-fil-A Foundation CSX The Imlay Foundation, Inc. Infor Global Solutions IntercontinentalExchange Sarah & Jim Kennedy Newell Rubbermaid Troutman Sanders LLP Verizon $25,000+ A Friend of The Woodruff Arts Center, In Honor of Virginia A. Hepner Atlanta Foundation Balch & Bingham Julie & Jim Balloun Lisa & Joe Bankoff BB&T Corporation The Connolly Family Foundation Cousins Properties Foundation First Data Corporation John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III Georgia Natural Gas Georgia-Pacific Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund GMT Capital Corporation Greenberg Traurig, LLP The Howell Fund, Inc.*

Jenny & Phil Jacobs Jamestown Properties Lou Brown Jewell Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation Ingrid Saunders Jones Jones Lang LaSalle JPMorgan Chase, Atlanta Philip I. Kent Foundation Kimberly-Clark Kurt P. Kuehn & Cheryl Davis Lanier Parking Solutions Blanche Lipscomb Foundation, Inc. Livingston Foundation, Inc. Karole & John Lloyd Macy’s Foundation The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Mohawk Industries, Inc. & Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Boykin Nonami Foundation Victoria & Howard Palefsky Vicki & John Palmer Mr. & Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation, Inc. Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. Post Properties, Inc. Jane & Joe Prendergast Mary & Craig Ramsey/Accenture The H. English Ermine Cater Robinson Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William H. Rogers, Jr. Russell Reynolds Louise Sams & Jerome Grilhot Selig Enterprises, Inc./The Selig Foundation Seyfarth Shaw LLP Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Shirk Smith & Howard Karen & John Spiegel State Bank & Trust Company Superior Essex Inc. Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor Taylor Consulting Group, Inc. Taylor English Duma LLP Tishman Speyer Properties Towers Watson Trimont Real Estate Advisors, Inc. Sue & John Wieland Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP Mr. & Mrs. James B. Williams Carla & Leonard Wood The Xerox Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees *Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donor Donations for the Annual Campaign from June 1, 2012- May 31, 2013

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