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Spring awakening Still shocking after a century on the shelf
By Kathy Janich
German province, 1891. A world in which adults have all the power and dole out discipline with an iron fist and no sentiment. This is where the beautiful young Wendla observes the mysteries of her maturing body and wonders aloud where babies come from — until her mother tells her to shut up and put on a proper dress. Atlanta, 2010. Imagine this centuryold story propelled by contemporary rock music and told by actors with super-modern headset microphones but starchy-stiff 19th-century costumes. It’s in this edgy, incongruous, layered landscape that Jake Epstein and 16 friends make a living six days a week. As Melchior, the love-struck student who fancies Wendla (a role originated by Lea Michele of TV’s “Glee”), Epstein often is at the center of a tale he describes as a “comingof-age story about teenagers living in a repressive society and discovering their sexuality.” The score he calls “alternative rock meets Joni Mitchell.” Melchior, Epstein says, is “charismatic and atheistic, with an inner need for change.” He, Wendla and best buddy Moritz — all students at an impossibly strict school — form a curious yet innocent trinity done in by the morals of the day. They deal with love, lust, pregnancy, abortion and even less palatable experiences. This world without light was first envisioned by German playwright Frank Wedekind just before the turn of the 20th Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication
century. A play without music, his heavily censored Spring Awakening opened in Germany in 1906. It debuted in New York in 1917, had one performance, was deemed obscene and then shut down. History shows that Wedekind, a friend of Samuel Beckett and fan of August Strindberg, dared to deal with issues of sexual freedom and release, problems of puberty, moments of ecstasy between the sexes, and moments of misunderstanding and violence. In his era, these themes were deemed pure pornography. So why would a musical’s modern-day creators want to take on such a piece? Steven Sater, who wrote the book and lyrics, fell in love with Wedekind’s play while in high school. In 1999, in the
wake of the Columbine shootings, he shared it with composer Duncan Sheik, who, as the story goes, was intrigued but not interested in doing a typical musical in which characters speak one moment and serenade each other the next. So they conceived Spring Awakening as a piece of musical theater and a poprock album. They would use the songs as interior monologues, voicing only the thoughts and feelings of the characters. With the help of director Michael Mayer, that concept stuck. Even in group numbers, Epstein says, characters are immersed in their own thoughts and feelings, not one another. It worked, splendidly. In a season that also birthed Grey Gardens, the whodunit Curtains and Mary Poppins, Spring Awakening won eight Tony Awards — best musical, book, music, choreography, direction, orchestrations, lighting and featured actor (for John Gallagher Jr., who played Moritz). Epstein first saw Spring Awakening with his parents and older sister on Broadway, long before he auditioned. “I grew up in a very musical family, but I never connected to the classic American musical,” he says. “And then I saw this. I was on the edge of my seat. I had never seen anything like it.” His parents? Well, they didn’t discuss it until Epstein booked the tour. “I think they really loved it,” he says, looking back. “I think they certainly were uncomfortable and were in shock at times; it certainly challenges you. When they came to see me in it, they
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felt that the more times you see it the more you come to understand it.” Atlanta is the 11th city the 23-yearold Canadian will see on this tour that, he says, has given him an interesting view of the regional morals of America. Washington, D.C., embraced the show. Kansas City, Mo., was silent, with a lot of walkouts. Denver was very appreciative but very quiet. Austin, Texas, “really connected” with it. Fort Myers, Fla., seemed polarized, with some audience members loving it and others being shocked by it. “It’s really interesting,” Epstein observes. “In movies and TV, sex is a main topic. [However,] when you are talking about it onstage, it can make people very uncomfortable. “I always feel like we’re doing a good job when people get offended,” he says. “It’s not a bad thing to think outside the box sometimes. We’ve had walkouts, we’ve had things shouted to us from the audience. People have written or talked about how they relate to a character. During sex scenes you hear gasps, approval, disapproval. Some people will laugh uncomfortably. But that’s kind of the point of the play.” 12 EncoreAtlantA.com
As Melchior, he is rarely offstage. His favorite moments as an actor change constantly because the play, he says, is “really alive and different from night to night.” Currently, he enjoys a pivotal moment between his character and Wendla that leads to the song “The Mirror-Blue Night” and all of his scenes with Moritz, calling them fun because Melchior and Moritz are best friends who love each other and have each other’s backs but are very different people. And he enjoys the joyful “improvisational modern dance” that Moritz and Wendla do backstage before the final number, celebrating as the 2½ -hour show nears its conclusion. And about those rock-concert-worthy microphones? Think of Melchior, Moritz and company as “everyteens,” caught (as were all were) in the dramas of our own adolescence. Like teenagers everywhere, they are rock stars in their own worlds. Kathy Janich is an Atlanta theater artist and freelance writer. After more than 20 years in daily newspapers she has found a joyous second career as marketing coordinator and dramaturg at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre.
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Ira Pittelman Tom Hulce Jeffrey Richards Jerry Frankel ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY Jeffrey Sine Max Cooper Cindy and Jay Gutterman/Joe McGinnis/Judith Ann Abrams/Patricia Flicker Addiss ZenDog Productions/CarJac Productions Aron Bergson Productions/Jennifer Manocherian/Ted Snowdon Harold Thau/Terry Schnuck/Cold Spring Productions Amanda Dubois/Elizabeth Eynon Wetherell/Joan Cullman Productions present
Book & Lyrics by Music by
Steven Sater Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by
Frank Wedekind with
Krystina Alabado Christy Altomare David Breitbarth Justin Scott Brown Steffi D Chase Davidson Jake Epstein Ben Fankhauser Kayla Foster Gabrielle Garza Kimiko Glenn Kate Hampton Sarah Hunt Anthony Lee Medina Andy Mientus Krista Pioppi Angela Reed Matt Shingledecker Taylor Trensch Lucas A. Wells John Wojda Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design
Christine Jones Susan Hilferty Kevin Adams Orchestrations
Vocal Arrangements String Orchestrations Music Coordinator
Duncan Sheik AnnMarie Milazzo Simon Hale Michael Keller Casting Fight Direction
Jim Carnahan, C.S.A. Carrie Gardner Technical Supervision
Production Stage Manager
J. David Brimmer Eric Sprosty General Management
Marketing & Publicity
Neil A. Mazzella Abbie M. Strassler Allied Live足 Music Director足 Associate Choreographer
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld足
JoAnn M. Hunter
Kimberly Grigsby Choreography
Bill T. Jones Directed by
Michael Mayer Originally produced by the Atlantic Theater Company by special arrangement with Tom Hulce & Ira Pittelman.
cast in order of appearance
Wendla............................................................................. Christy Altomare The Adult Women.......................................................................Angela Reed Martha....................................................................................... Sarah Hunt Ilse...................................................................................................Steffi D Anna.................................................................................. Gabrielle Garza Thea........................................................................................Kimiko Glenn The Adult Men............................................................................. John Wojda Otto ............................................................................ Anthony Lee Medina Hanschen................................................................................Andy Mientus Ernst.................................................................................. Ben Fankhauser Georg.......................................................................... Matt Shingledecker Moritz.................................................................................. Taylor Trensch Melchior....................................................................................Jake Epstein Ensemble......................................Krystina Alabado, Justin Scott Brown, Kayla Foster, Lucas A. Wells STANDBYS AND UNDERSTUDIES Standbys and understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.
For Melchior — Justin Scott Brown, Matt Shingledecker, Lucas A. Wells;. for Moritz — Chase Davidson, Lucas A. Wells; . for Georg, Otto, Hanschen, Ernst — Justin Scott Brown, . Chase Davidson, Lucas A. Wells; . for Wendla — Krystina Alabado, Kayla Foster, Krista Pioppi; . for Ilse — Krystina Alabado, Kayla Foster; . for Anna, Thea, Martha — Krystina Alabado, Kayla Foster, Krista Pioppi; . for the Adult Men — David Breitbarth; for the Adult Women — Kate Hampton; . Swings — Chase Davidson, Krista Pioppi. Dance Captain — Jason DePinto
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scenes & Musical numbers TIME/PLACE The play is set in a provincial German town in the 1890’s. ACT I “Mama Who Bore Me”..........................................................................Wendla “Mama Who Bore Me” (Reprise)................................................................Girls “All That’s Known”.............................................................................. Melchior “The Bitch of Living”................................................................Moritz with Boys “My Junk”................................................................................. Girls and Boys “Touch Me”............................................................................... Boys and Girls “The Word of Your Body”.........................................................Wendla, Melchior “The Dark I Know Well”................................................... Martha, Ilse with Boys “And Then There Were None”...................................................Moritz with Boys “The Mirror-Blue Night”........................................................ Melchior with Boys “I Believe”................................................................................ Boys and Girls THERE WILL BE ONE 20-MINUTE INTERMISSION ACt II “The Guilty Ones”..................................... Wendla, Melchior with Boys and Girls “Don’t Do Sadness”.............................................................................. Moritz “Blue Wind”..............................................................................................Ilse “Left Behind”.....................................................................................Melchior “Totally Fucked”..................................................... Melchior with Full Company “The Word of Your Body” (Reprise).............. Hanschen, Ernst with Boys and Girls “Whispering”...................................................................................... Wendla “Those You’ve Known”................................................ Moritz, Wendla, Melchior “The Song of Purple Summer”......................................................Full Company THE BAND Conductor/Keyboards.....................................................Kristen Lee Rosenfeld. Guitar............................................................................................ Freddy Hall. Bass................................................................................ Alan Stevens Hewitt. Associate Conductor.................................................................. Charity Wicks. Drums......................................................................................Marques Walls. Cello............................................................................................... Alon Bisk. Violin.............................................................................................. Ben Lively. Viola.......................................................................................Pinky Weitzman The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, . either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited.
WHO’S WHO KRYSTINA ALABADO (Ensemble; u/s Graduate of the National Theatre School of Wendla, Ilse). Debut national tour. Regional:. Canada. Theatre: Dog Sees God, Cinderella, Crazy For You (Phoenix Theatre). Thanks Dangerous Liaisons, Our Town and Cameron to Dad, Mom, Alec, Juju, Carly, Kristen, MacKintosh’s Oliver! Selected film and Seth and her family. Love you all! Proud television: Charlie Bartlett, “Degrassi: The Equity member. Next Generation,” “The Zack Files.” He Christy Altomare (Wendla) is thrilled thanks Shari, Mom, Dad and Gubs, for all to be part of Spring Awakening. Graduate of their love and belief. Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music 2008 (B.F.A. Musical Theater). Regional credits include: Little Women (Amy), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), The Last Five Years (Kathy). Songwriter: music at christyaltomare.com, myspace.com/christyaltomare. Thanks to the creative team, Station3, KSA, teachers, friends and family for all your support. David Breitbarth (u/s Adult Men) is thrilled to join the tour of Spring Awakening. Over the past 13 years, he has been an associate artist at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Fla., where he has played more than 60 roles. Justin Scott Brown (Ensemble, u/s Melchior). Credits: Meet Me in St. Louis (Warren) at The MUNY, How to Succeed… (Finch), Passion (Giorgio) at CCM (2009 Graduate). Love to Mom, Dad, J&J! STEFFI D (Ilse). A Top 5 finalist on “Canadian Idol” 2006, Steffi has been seen both on stage, in plays and puppet shows, and on the small screen as one of the leads in a French Canadian television series, for which she also recorded the theme song. Steffi is ecstatic to be on tour living her dream with the Spring Awakening family. “I believe…”
Ben Fankhauser (Ernst). Professional debut. He is currently pursuing his B.F.A from Ithaca College. Many thanks to teachers, family and friends for the undying love and support.
Kayla Foster (Ensemble, u/s Wendla, Ilse). Ecstatic to be joining the cast. Studying Musical Theatre at Emerson College. Love to teachers, friends and family. Mom/Dad: Thanks for no Plan B. Gabrielle Garza (Anna) is thrilled to be touring with Spring Awakening. She received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Emerson College. Thanks to family, friends, teachers and mentors for their faith, love and guidance. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Kimiko Glenn (Thea). National tour debut. Kimiko would like to thank everyone at The Boston Conservatory, Tess, Toshani,. Gina, Amanda, and, of course, her parents for their endless supply of love. and support. Kate Hampton (u/s Adult Women). Broadway: The Best Man, The Deep Blue Sea. Off-Broadway: All My Sons (Roundabout). Regional: Bristol Riverside, Humana Festival, Asolo Rep, etc. T.V.: “Law & Order” trifecta, “Sex and the City.”
CHASE DAVIDSON (Swing; u/s Moritz) attended The Boston Conservatory. Recent credits include Hello Again (The Young Thing), Bent (Rudy), Elegies: A Song Cycle. Thanks friends and family for their love, support and inspiration.
SARAH HUNT (Martha), a recent high school graduate, feels fortunate to make her professional debut in Spring Awakening. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Nicole, Ernie, Cyndy, friends and family.
Jake Epstein (Melchior). Joining the. Spring Awakening tour is a thrill for Jake.
Anthony Lee Medina (Otto). Pro fessional debut. Currently a freshman in
who’s who Pace University’s Musical Theater B.F.A. program. Thanks to family, The Four Quadrants, The Littles, Amy Rogers, Sheri Sanders and Tom Burke. ANDY MIENTUS (Hanschen) is honored to join the Spring Awakening family. Regional: Huck in Big River at Music Theater of Wichita and at the University of Michigan, where he is a senior in Musical Theater. Thanks to Michael, Tom, Carnahan Casting, Michael Kirsten and the ZenDog guys. For those I’ve known and lost. Krista Pioppi (Swing, u/s Wendla) National tour debut. Credits: High School Musical and The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse, original workshop 13 (Patrice). Love to Mom, Dad, Gina and Dina Bogner. ANGELA REED (Adult Women) recently made her Broadway debut stepping in for Frances McDormand in The Country Girl opposite Morgan Freeman. Other N.Y. credits include Tom Stoppard’s Rock ’n’ Roll and The Rainmaker. Additionally, she has worked Off-Broadway and at numerous theaters around the country. T.V. credits include “Law & Order,” “Third Watch” and “Criminal Intent.” Matt Shingledecker (Georg; u/s Melchior). Broadway: Spring Awakening. Regional: 1776 (Courier), The Fantasticks (Matt), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph), Bat Boy (Pan). ALW’s Phantom (Phantom) at Elon University. T.V.: “Barflies” (series pilot). Thanks family and friends. Taylor Trensch (Moritz) is psyched to be a part of this extraordinary production and stellar cast. Regional credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Frank ’N’ Furter), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Rabbit Hole (Jason). He loves his Elon University family and his real family very much. LUCAS A. WELLS (Ensemble, u/s Melchior, Moritz) trained at Siena Heights University.
Proud to be making his professional debut. Thanks to family and friends. I love you all. For RW. JOHN WOJDA (Adult Men). Broadway: Present Laughter, Merchandt of Venice, Two Shakespearean Actors, Macbeth Holiday. Off-Broadway: Ecstasy (Obie Award). Canada’s Stratford Festival (four seasons). “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Law & Order” “Third Watch,” Manhattan by Numbers, Seven Servants, Visiting Friends, all N.Y.-based soap operas. Training: University of Michigan. ALON BISK (Cello). Master’s from The Manhattan School of Music. Former member of Tact and Jaradoa Theater. Much love and thanks to my parents, for giving me everything. FREDDY HALL (Guitar). Recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. Thanks family, Mom, Dad, Kim, Thad, Sandy and Collin for your support and encouragement. It keeps me working hard. Myspace.com/ freddyhallmusic. Alan Stevens Hewitt (Bass). Lizzie Borden Co-Composer, musical director lizziebordentheshow.com; the Signal Corps myspace.com/thesignalcorps; Spring Awakening (original Broadway production) Bass sub.; Everyday Rapture (Second Stage) Bass sub.; Baal (Looking Glass Theatre) composer, musical director. BEN LIVELY (Violin/Guitar). Credits include Spring Awakening on Broadway, The Elliott Smith Project, Slow Six and Redhooker. He holds degrees from Middlebury College and the Centre Des Musiques Didier Lockwood. Marques Walls (Percussion). Fresh off of the national tour of Rent, Marques would like to thank his family and sponsors Sabian Cymbals and Spaun Drums. Pinky Weitzman (Viola). One of N.Y.C.’s few but proud rock violists, Pinky has Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 21
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The Nightingale, based on the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. The two are also in talks about a contemporized Charity Wicks (Associate Conductor). film musical version of Shakespeare’s Broadway: Spring Awakening, Wicked, In Twelfth Night. In addition, Sheik has The Heights. Associate Conductor: world. been working with playwright Kyle Jarrow premier of Stephen Schwartz’s opera, Séance and director Keith Powell on an original on a Wet Afternoon. Have Music Directed musical currently titled Whisper House. The Whisper House CD, featuring Duncan at NYU, Joe’s Pub, Upright Cabaret. Sheik, is available on Sony/Victor. In STEVEN SATER (Book & Lyrics) won the the mid-1990s, Sheik’s self-titled debut 2007 Tony Awards for Best Book and Best on Atlantic Records, was an enormous Score for his work on Spring Awakening, popular and critical success and spent along with the Drama Desk and Outer 50+ weeks on the Billboard 200 and Circle Award for Best Lyrics and a 2008 earned him a Grammy nomination for Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Best Male Vocal. Sheik has composed for Album. His plays include the long-running film and T.V., including Curious Pictures’ Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll forthcoming animated film Little Spirit. (Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse), Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), MICHAEL MAYER (Director) received the A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage 2007 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics and Film), Asylum (Naked Angels), Circle awards for Spring Awakening. Murder at the Gates (commissioned by Broadway: ’night Mother; After the Fall; Eye of the Storm) and a reconceived Thoroughly Modern Millie (Drama Desk version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Award and Tony nomination); An Almost with music by Laurie Anderson, which Holy Picture; Uncle Vanya; You’re a Good played London’s Lyric Hammersmith Man, Charlie Brown (Tony nomination); and toured internationally. In addition to The Lion in Winter; Side Man (Drama Desk Spring Awakening, Sater has collaborated and Outer Critics Circle awards); A View with Duncan Sheik on the N.Y. premiere From the Bridge (Drama Desk and Outer of Umbrage (HERE), Nero (The Magic Critics Circle awards, Tony nomination); Theatre), The Nightingale (O’Neill Musical Triumph of Love. Off-Broadway: 10 Million Theatre Conference, La Jolla Playhouse), Miles, The Credeaux Canvas, Stupid Kids, the critically acclaimed album Phantom Antigone in New York, Baby Anger, View Moon (Nonesuch) and the songs for of the Dome, Missing Persons, America Michael Mayer’s feature film A Home at Dreaming, Hundreds of Hats. National tour: Angels in America, Thoroughly the End of the World. Modern Millie. West End: Thoroughly DUNCAN SHEIK (Music/Orchestrations) Modern Millie, Side Man. Film: A Home at received the 2007 Tony Awards for Best the End of the World, Flicka. Orchestration and Best Original Score and a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical BILL T. JONES (Choreographer) received Show Album for his Broadway hit, Spring the 2007 Tony Award for this production Awakening. Sheik and his collaborator on of Spring Awakening. He also won the Spring Awakening, playwright Steven Sater, 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding are developing Nero (Another Golden Choreography for the New York Theatre Rome). The pair has also been developing Workshop’s production The Seven. Mr. 22 EncoreAtlantA.com
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who’s who Jones formed the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982 with his Late partner Arnie Zane. Mr. Jones has also choreographed for numerous companies worldwide. In 1994, Mr. Jones received a MacArthur “Genius” Award as well as several New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awards; the 2005 Wexner Prize; the 2005 Samuel Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; a 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award; and the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. In 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.” Frank Wedekind (Author) (1864–1918) was born in Hanover, Germany. His first major play was Spring Awakening (1891). The “Lulu” plays, Earth Spirit (1895) and Pandora’s Box (1904), are probably his best-known pieces. During Wedekind’s lifetime, his plays were repeatedly banned and only performed in censored versions. They were considered scandalous, for he dared to deal with issues of sexual freedom and release, problems of puberty, moments of ecstasy between the sexes and moments of misunderstanding and violence. His work broke through all the clichés of the theater of his time, and today he is considered one of the founders of modern drama and a pioneer of expressionism. in the theater. CHRISTINE JONES (Set Designer). Broadway: The Green Bird directed by Julie Taymor. Off-Broadway: The Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen, a staged concert with music by Philip Glass (Lincoln Center Festival); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Park); Burn This, starring Ed Norton (Signature Theatre). Opera: Giulio Cesare (Houston Grand Opera), Lucia Di Lammermoor (New York City Opera), The Elephant Man (Minnesota Opera). Creator of “Theatre for One,” 24 EncoreAtlantA.com
which can be seen at theatreforone.com; M.F.A. from NYU, Professor at NYU. SUSAN HILFERTY (Costume Designer) has designed more than 300 productions worldwide. Directorial collaborators include Athol Fugard (set, costumes, co-director), James Lapine, Robert Falls, Robert Woodruff, Joe Mantello, JoAnne Akalaitis, Garland Wright, Mark Lamos, Frank Galati, Des McAnuff, Richard Nelson, Laurie Anderson, Tony Kushner, Walter Bobbie and Garry Hynes. Recent work: Wicked (2004 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards), Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), Assassins, Into the Woods (Hewes Award, Tony nomination), Love Stories (Alvin Ailey), Elton John’s Lestat (Tony nomination), Manon (L.A. Opera) and August Wilson’s Radio Golf. She chairs Grad Design at NYU/Tisch. Kevin Adams (Lighting Designer). Broad way includes: Spring Awakening (Tony Award), The 39 Steps (Tony and Drama Desk awards), Passing Strange, Take Me Out, John Leguizamo’s Sexaholix, Eve Ensler’s The Good Body. Off-Broadway: the original production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and many others. Also Steppenwolf Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, N.Y. City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Tanglewood, Atlanta Ballet, Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs, Obie for Sustained Excellence. ambermylar.com. BRIAN RONAN (Sound Design). Broadway: Grease; Curtains; Grey Gardens; Pajama Game; All Shook Up; Twelve Angry Men; Master Harold and the Boys; Look of Love; The Boys from Syracuse; Fortune’s Fool; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; The Rainmaker; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Little Me; Cabaret; Triumph of Love; 1776; and State Fair. Off-Broadway: Bug, Next to Normal, Saved.
who’s who KIMBERLY GRIGSBY (Music Supervisor). Broadway: Spring Awakening; The Light in the Piazza; Caroline, or Change; The Full Monty; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Twelfth Night (music by Jeanine Tesori). Off- Broadway: Mother Courage; Spring Awakening; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Songs From An Unmade Bed; Caroline, or Change; The Immigrant; Radiant Baby; Twelfth Night (music by Duncan Sheik). Ms. Grigsby holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Manhattan School of Music. ANNMARIE MILAZZO (Vocal Arrange ments). Music and lyrics: Pretty Dead Girl, 2004 Sundance Film Festival/ Araca Group NYC; Sea Change, book by Karen Hartman; Beautiful Criminal, book by Leigh Silverman. Lyricist/vocal arranger: Carmen, La Jolla Playhouse. Vocal arranger/actor: Bright Lights, Big City at New York Theatre Workshop. Female singer for The East Village Opera Company on Universal Records’ Jonatha Brooke Live in New York DVD. SIMON HALE (String Orchestrations). After graduating from the University of London with an honors degree in composition, Simon Hale’s acclaimed solo album, East Fifteen, led to recordings with many artists, including George Benson, Simply Red, Jamiroquai and Björk. In 1996, he orchestrated Duncan Sheik’s first album, and their musical collaboration has continued ever since. Simon’s involvement with Spring Awakening marked his Broadway debut and the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations in 2007. He continues to work with Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik on other projects. For more information please visit simonhale.co.uk. Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Music Director) First national tour. N.Y.C. credits include NYMF, American Theatre of Actors, Prospect Theatre Co., Family Opera
Initiative. Regional: Barn Theatre, Cortland Rep, SecondStory Rep, Saxtons River Playhouse. Ms. Rosenfeld has composed original music for shows at Wooden O Theatre, the Atlantic Acting School and Red Fern Theatre, among others. She lives in N.Y.C and teaches at JP Taravella High School in Florida. Many thanks to Kimberly Grigsby, Jared Stein, and her incredible family and friends. JOANN M. HUNTER (Associate Choreo grapher). The choreographic supervisor of the Broadway company of Spring Awakening. As a performer, she has 12 Broadway shows to her credit. As the associate choreographer she adds three more: Curtains, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up, Princesses at 5th Avenue Theatre, Thoroughly Modern Millie with Michael Mayer (West End), Marty (workshop) and Petroushka for ABT. MICHAEL KELLER (Music Coordinator). Music Coordination for In the Heights, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Spamalot, Wicked, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Barbra Streisand concerts (1994/2001/2006/2007). Life is complete. with wife Pamela Sousa, son Zachary and daughter Alexis. J. DAVID BRIMMER (Fight Director, SAFD) has choreographed some stuff (Killer Joe, Bug, Lieutenant of Inishmore), taught a few places (RADA, Yale, NYU) and worked with some great folks (Stella Adler, Joe Chaikin, Joe Papp, Franco Zeffirelli). “Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”— G. Fox NEIL A. MAZZELLA (Technical Super vision) is president of Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc. Broadway credits include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Movin’ Out, The Lion King and Chicago. As technical Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25
who’s who supervisor: Glengarry Glen Ross, The Boy From Oz, Private Lives, Proof, Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Angels in America. Graduate, Yale Drama School. ABBIE M. STRASSLER (General Manager). Credits include Spring Awakening, Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, Movin’ Out Broadway and national tour, Contact national tour, Private Lives, Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds From Broadway, The Dinner Party, Stones in His Pockets, The Iceman Cometh, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Side Show, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy for You, The King and I with Yul Brynner, Zorba and Chu Chem. She began her career at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., working with the late Sam L’Hommedieu. JIM CARNAHAN (Casting). Roundabout Theatre’s Director of Artistic Development. Roundabout Casting: Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park, Pajama Game, Twelve Angry Men, Assassins, Twentieth Century, Nine, Joe Egg, Cabaret, Side Man, View From the Bridge, 1776. Film: A Home at the End Of The World. Other Broadway: Boeing-Boeing, Curtains, Pillowman, Democracy, Fiddler, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Noises Off, Into The Woods, True West, Copenhagen. CARRIE GARDNER (Casting) also serves as a casting director for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Shows cast for the Roundabout include: A Man For All Seasons, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Overwhelming, Speech & Debate. Other theater: Spring Awakening (Broadway), 10 Million Miles, Cycling Past The Matterhorn, 3 Musketeers, Viva La Vida. Eric Sprosty (Production Stage Manager).. Broadway: Fosse. National tours: The Drowsy Chaperone, Movin’ Out, Contact. Regional credits: stage manager of more than 75 productions. Highlights: ten 26 EncoreAtlantA.com
seasons at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, three seasons at Paper Mill Playhouse including Follies and the PBS “Great Performances” Crazy For You. Alison Harma (Stage Manager). National. tours: Drowsy Chaperone, Movin’ Out, Little Shop of Horrors, Saturday Night Fever, Tommy. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Theater Under the Stars, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Theatre of the Stars, Maine State Music Theatre. Jason DePinto (Assistant Stage Manager/ Dance Captain). Stage management debut, but no stranger to the stage. Jason has danced his way across the world and performed in shows including Saturday Night Fever and Movin’ Out. Proud AEA member. IRA PITTELMAN (Producer) won a Tony Award in 2002 for Private Lives starring Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan. In that same year he co-produced Top Dog/ Underdog, which won the Pulitzer Prize for (Best) Drama. His additional Broadway credits include the acclaimed revival of The Iceman Cometh starring Kevin Spacey, Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party starring Henry Winkler and John Ritter, Stones In His Pockets, Baz Luhrman’s production of La Bohème, Mark Twain Tonight starring Hal Holbrook and Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. His Off-Broadway credits include Our Lady of 121st Street and Loves Fire which featured new works by Wendy Wasserstein, Tony Kushner, John Guare and Marsha Norman, among others. Mr. Pittelman has also been in the music industry for more than 30 years and has worked with artists as diverse as Placido Domingo, John Denver, Randy Newman, Johnny Mathis, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, Smokey Robinson and Ringo Starr. TOM HULCE (Producer) starred in Equus and A Few Good Men (Broadway), The Normal Heart (London’s West End) and
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who’s who Hamlet (The Shakespeare Theater). Mr. Hulce’s films include Amadeus, Dominick and Eugene, Parenthood, The Inner Circle, Animal House, Fearless, Echo Park, Slam Dance, Wings of Courage and Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Tony, four Golden Globes, two Helen Hayes and an Emmy (which he won for “The Heidi Chronicles”). In addition to Spring Awakening, Mr. Hulce has shepherded the highly acclaimed six-hour two-evening stage adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads and 10 Million Miles, a new musical by Keith Bunin and Patty Griffin. He produced the film of Michael Cunningham’s A Home at the End of the World, directed by Michael Mayer, which premiered in 2004. JEFFREY RICHARDS (Producer) is proud to have presented plays and musicals by David Mamet, Harold Pinter, Tracy Letts, Gore Vidal, August Wilson, Eric Bogosian, George Abbott, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, Herman Wouk, Betsy Kelso and David Nehls, Matthew Barber, Herb Gardner, Peter Ackerman, John Logan, David Ives, Jess Winfield, Adam Long and Daniel Singer. He is equally thrilled to have worked with the following directors: Joe Mantello, Daniel Sullivan, Anna D. Shapiro, Robert Falls, Jerry Zaks, Kenny Leon, Michael Mayer, Kathleen Marshall, Michael Wilson, John Rando, Jeremy Dobrish, Ethan McSweeny, Warner Shook and James MacDonald. JERRY FRANKEL (Producer). Credits include Tony Award-winners August: Osage County; Spring Awakening; Glengarry Glen Ross; and Death of a Salesman. Other Broadway: November; The Homecoming; Talk Radio starring Liev Schreiber; Radio Golf; Enchanted April (Outer Critics Circle Award); Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards — Outstanding Revival of a Play); The Caine 28 EncoreAtlantA.com
Mutiny Court-Martial; Jekyll & Hyde; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Drama Desk Award). Regional: Numerous productions at the Park Cities Playhouse in Dallas, including Love Letters with Charlton Heston. Film: Slap Shot (with Paul Newman), Eye of the Needle (with Donald Sutherland) and Fast Break. ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is the award-winning off-Broadway theater, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, that produces great stories simply and truthfully, utilizing an artistic ensemble. Since its inception 23 years ago, Atlantic has produced more than 110 works, including the world premiere of Spring Awakening; The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh; David Mamet’s Romance; Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening; Pinter’s The Room and Celebration; Woody Allen’s Writer’s Block; and Conor McPherson’s Port Authority. STAFF FOR Spring Awakening GENERAL MANAGER Abbie M. Strassler COMPANY MANAGER David van Zyll de Jong TOUR MARKETING/PUBLICITY ALLIED LIVE. Laura Matalon Tanya Grubich . Mary Alyce Blum Jacqueline Smith NATIONAL PRESS REPRESENTATIVE Pete Sanders/Fifteen Minutes PR INTERNET MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS Situation Marketing: Damian Bazadona Exclusive North American Tour Direction ON THE ROAD Simma Levine, President Production Stage Manager...................Eric Sprosty Stage Manager................................ Alison Harma Assistant Stage Manager................. Jason DePinto Associate Company Manager.... Christopher Recker Dance/Fight Captain....................... Jason DePinto Assistant Fight Director.....................Michael Yahn Associate Technical Supervision.............. Sam Ellis
who’s who Moving Light Programmer.................. Bobby Harrell Assistant Set Designer...................... Edward Coco Assistant Costume Designer..... Maiko Matsushima Assistant Lighting Designer................ Aaron Sporer Assistant Sound Designer............... Ashley Hanson Production Properties........................ Tom Jeffords Properties Coordinator......... Kathy Fabian/Propstar Assistant Properties Coordinators..... Carrie Mossman,. Rose AC Howard Production Carpenter....................... Emmet Kaiser Assistant Carpenter...............................Brian Judd Production Electrician........................ Joel Dunham Moving Light Operator....................... Renee Alaksa Front Light Operator.......................... Collier Woods Production Sound Engineer..........Brian Shoemaker Assistant Sound.............................Pea-Jae Stasuk Wardrobe Supervisor...................... Pamela Raines Hair Supervisor................................Kevin Maybee Music Copyist...............................Steven M. Alper Production Assistants...............Stephanie Cordato,. Austin Regan, Joe Mazzella Management Associate................ Scott Armstrong Assistant to Mr. Hulce.............. Christopher Maring Banking.............. JP Morgan Chase/Richard Callian Payroll.. Castellana Services, Inc./Lance Castellana Accountant.............Fried & Kowgios Partners CPA’s. LLP/Robert Fried CPA Comptroller..... Galbraith & Co., Inc/Sarah Galbraith Insurance................ Tanenbaum Harber of Florida/. Carol Bressi-Cilona Legal Counsel.....................Lazarus & Harris, LLP/. Scott R. Lazarus, Esq., Robert C. Harris, Esq. Merchandising.........................Max Merchandising Merchandise.................................. Ashley Finnerty Advertising................................Serino Coyne, Inc. Website Maintenance.............Situation Marketing/. Damian Bazadona Online Media Manager..........................FocusRelay Production Photography..... Doug Hamilton, Paul Kolnik,. Joan Marcus Travel Agency.....Tzell Travel/The “A” Team, Road Rebel
Frame Up. Flame proofing by Turning Star. Piano provided by Beethoven Pianos. Natural herb cough drops courtesy of Ricola USA, Inc. Rehearsed at the New 42nd Street Studios. Special thanks to Gibson Guitars & Epiphone Guitars for providing all guitars played in Spring Awakening. Originally commissioned and developed by La Jolla Playhouse, Spring Awakening was further developed, in part, with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, the Roundabout Theatre Company and the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Special thanks to Anne Hamburger, Robert Blacker, Todd Haimes and. Jon Nakagawa. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Press Agents and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. This production is produced by a member of the League of American Theatres and Producers in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.
CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Scenery and automation by Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc. Lighting equipment from Hudson Sound and Light LLC. Sound equipment by Masque Sound. Costumes constructed by Eric Winterling, Inc. Hosiery and undergarments provided by Bra*Tenders. Wigs by Jason Hayes. Hair products courtesy of Pravana and Bumble and Bumble, LLC. Specialty props construction by Plumb Square, Aardvark Interiors, and Rose Howard. Specialty Soft Goods courtesy of Ann Guay Inc. Specialty Period Lamps courtesy of City Knickerbocker. Specialty Paint Treatments by Rebecca Perrenod. Custom framing by The Great Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 29
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION The Theatre A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,678 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. Private Rooms 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 brand new Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. All rooms include the Fox Theatre’s professional sales and coordination staff. To book your ”Fabulous Fox“ evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. The Box Office The Fox Theatre Box Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theater. The Box 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 Box Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. During Events, the Box 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 at any TICKETMASTER outlet, by calling TICKETMASTER at 404.817.8700 or 404.249.6400, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office in person during regular Box Office hours. You may purchase tickets for a particular nights performance that night only until 8pm at the box office. Concessions Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, adjacent to the main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. Restrooms Restrooms are located on the main lobby and mezzanine lobby levels. Restrooms are also located on the Gallery level. Restrooms for patrons who are physically challenged are located in the Spanish Room. Gift Shop The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theaterrelated merchandise. The gift shop is located in the main lobby and is open at each performance. Tours Tours of the Fox Theatre are available through the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tours are conducted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tours begin in the Peachtree Street Arcade entrance to the theater. For more information on tours and to confirm the tour schedule, please call the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404.688.3353.
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. Special Needs Ken Shook, Patron Services Director, is our liaison to the disabled community. He can be reached at 404.881.2118 and can provide information on such topics as the locations and prices of accessible seating and other programs for the disabled. The Fox Theatre also has a new brochure detailing all of these programs for our patrons with special needs. They are available at the Guest Relations Table. Fox Ambassadors are located at the Guest Relations Table in the main lobby at the Fox Theatre Merchandise Kiosk to offer their assistance, theater information, and several rental items to enhance your performance enjoyment. An audio clarification device (Phonic Ear) is available for patrons with hearing disabilities. It is available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis on the evening of a performance, or you may reserve a device by calling the Patron Services Director. A limited number of booster seats are also available free of charge. Binoculars are available for sale. All items require a form of identification to be held until the item is returned. 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. 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 Box Office or by calling TICKETMASTER at 404.817.8700. 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. Please be aware that 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. Please limit conversation during the performances. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.
Lost and Found Lost and Found items are turned in to the House Manager’s office. To check on lost items, please call the House Manager at 404.881.2075. Lost and Found items will be retained for 30 days. Emergency Information In the event of an emergency, please walk to the nearest exit. Do Not Run.
Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)
GOLDEN RULES The following brief, but important article has been published to assist in audience etiquette. To this day we get at least one phone call a week asking for reprint rights. These calls and letters come from orchestras and theaters, opera and ballet companies all over the United States and Canada, big and little troupes alike. The message, telegraphed between the lines, seems to be an S.O.S.: American audiences are out of control. Are they? Here’s a refresher course. Please read on, and remember, part of one’s pact as an audience member is to take seriously the pleasure of others, a responsibility fulfilled by quietly attentive (or silently inattentive) and selfcontained behavior. After all, you can be as demonstrative as you want during bows and curtain calls. 1. Go easy with the atomizer; many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne. 2. If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things. 3. Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins. 4. Make sure cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Note to lovebirds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view. 7. THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part. 8. Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack or shopping bag. 9. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous. 10. Honor the old standby: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
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Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . Assistant General Manager Pat “Sunshine” Tucker . . . . . . . . . . Box Office Manager Ben Neill . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Box Office Manager Robert Burnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Jennifer S. Farmer . . . . . . . . Director of Sales/Ballrooms Oliver Diamantstein . . . . . . Director/Food and Beverage Len Tucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations Pat Prill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Manager Greta Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant House Manager Kristen Delaney . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing & PR Ken Shook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patron Services Director Shelly Kleppsattel . . . . . . Booking & Contract Associate Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group Sales Director Molly Fortune . . . . . . Preservation Department Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . Interim Production Manager Rebecca J. Graham . . . . . Assistant Production Manager Gary Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Carpenter Larry Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer Larry Douglas Embury . . . . . . . . . Organist In Residence Tammy Folds . . . . . . . . . . . Production Security Manager
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS Alan E. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman of the Board Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Robert L. Foreman Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st Vice President Beauchamp C. Carr . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President John A. Busby Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Vice President Julia Sprunt Grumbles . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th Vice President Edward Hutchison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Robyn Rieser Barkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Treasurer Clara Hayley Axam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Walter R. Huntley, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Robert E. Minnear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Carl V. Patton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts IV, Keith Cowan, F. Sheffield Hale, John R. Holder, Florence Inman, Craig B. Jones, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Jay Myers, Joe G. Patten, Glen J. Romm, Sylvia Anderson Russell, Nancy Gordy Simms, Clyde C. Tuggle, Carolyn Lee Wills.
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Anne Cox Chambers, Arnall (Pat) Connell, Rodney Mims Cook Jr., Jere A. Drummond, Richard O. Flinn III, Arthur Montgomery, Joseph V. Myers Jr., Edward J. Negri, Edgar Neiss, Herman J. Russell, Preston Stevens Jr.
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The Jewel of the South The Temple In 1922, a parcel of land along Peachtree Street between Kimball Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue was purchased by the Yaarab Shrine of Atlanta, a fraternal subset of the Masons, formerly known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and informally known as the Shriners. The group had outgrown their headquarters at Peachtree and Cain streets (now International Boulevard) and intended to build a Yaarab Temple Mosque where they could hold meetings, social gatherings, and fundraising events. To 34 EncoreAtlantA.com
offset costs, the mosque would also be able to host concerts, plays, and events for the citizens of Atlanta. The Shriners envisioned a facility with room for 7,500 people, several club and lounge rooms, a reading room and library, soundproof practice rooms, storage, a kitchen, office space, ballrooms, and more. Within a month of initiating a $1 million fund-raising campaign in 1925, the Shriners had met their goal. The Shriners held an architectural competition in 1927 and the winning design came from local architectural firm
Atlanta’s Fox Theatre turns 80 this Christmas. The story of its birth, near death and phenomenal rebirth is chronicled in The Fox Theatre — Atlanta: The Memory Maker, now on sale at the theatre’s merchandise kiosk before and after performances. Here is an excerpt from “Part One: The Origins.” By Kristi Casey Sanders
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Marye, Alger & Vinour. Thirty-year-old Frenchman Ollivier Vinour became the mosque’s principal designer. Vinour drew inspiration from the Middle Eastern theme of Shriner rituals and symbolism, as well as his travels to Africa, and postcards and lithographs from Egypt, Sudan, Spain, and the Middle East. Vinour’s designs exceeded the Shriners’ wildest imagination, but it was expensive to realize. The cornerstone for the Yaarab Temple Mosque was laid on June 14, 1928. Six months later, the Shriners ran out of money. Afraid they wouldn’t have enough money to finish the mosque, the Shriners added a row of “temporary” storefronts to the Peachtree Street side and gave movie palace mogul William 36 EncoreAtlantA.com
Fox a 21-year lease they hoped would cover operating expenses. As part of their arrangement, they renamed the mosque the Fox Theatre and moved the main entrance to Peachtree Street, converting what was intended to be a ballroom into a 140-foot-long covered arcade.
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This rendering of the Yaarab Temple was the winning design submitted by local architectural firm Marye, Alger & Vinour. The Architectural Library at Georgia Tech has two books of David Roberts’ lithographs, Egypt and Nubia and The Holy Land, which Vinour consulted for ideas.
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The crowd for the Fox Theatre’s grand opening celebration stretched around the block. On the bill of fare were a series of acts that were designed to offer pure escapist entertainment. At the end of each show, bleached cornflakes fell like “snowflakes” from the ceiling.
William Fox’s Movie Palace William Fox intended Atlanta’s Fox Theatre to be the Southeastern jewel in a crown of theatres he operated from San Francisco to Brooklyn. When he signed the 21-year lease in 1928, he was on top of the world. Unfortunately, 1929 was a very difficult year. First, the Justice Department sued Fox for violating federal antitrust laws for his intent to merge the Fox and Loew’s theatre chains. Then, he was involved in a serious car accident. He recovered to find that the stock market crash had wiped out most of his financial holdings, dashing any hopes of expanding his film empire. Two months later, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta opened. The exterior was reminiscent of the skyline of a Moorish village with onion domes, ornate arches, and minarets. But what lay inside was even more magnificent. A writer from the Atlanta Journal called it a “holiday gift from the gods of entertainment to Atlanta and the Southeast,” and warned, “don’t go unprepared for the shock.”
Opening day celebrations were scheduled for December 25, 1929. Two shows were advertised: the first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. Each show lasted for several hours and featured Iris Wilkins on organ, the Fox Grand Orchestra playing Sir Edward Elgar’s “This Shrine of Beauty,” Walt Disney’s cartoon Steamboat Willie, a singalong, Fanchon and Marco’s Sunkist Beauties (called “two carloads of feminine pulchritude” by the Atlanta Constitution), Fox Movietone News, and the film Salute, which starred George O’Brien, Helen Chandler, and Stepin Fetchit. “It makes no difference whether you have been in the Roxy or Paramount in New York or not,” wrote an Atlanta Journal reporter. “If you have seen a moon somewhere, that wouldn’t make you indifferent to your first glimpse of the sun ... For this Fox Theatre, in the simplest and least patriotic terms possible, is a bewildering spectacle of sheer opulent magnificence.” For more information, visit foxtheatre.org. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 37
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Fox theatre Dining Guide Looking for a great night out? Try one of these local restaurants before or after the show. For Dinner and a Show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers. Neighborhood codes: A–Alpharetta, B–Buckhead, IP–Inman Park, OFW–Old Fourth Ward, M—Midtown, D–Downtown, P–Perimeter Mall area, SS–Sandy Springs, VH–Virginia-Highland, V—Vinings, W–Westside
American Canoe Located in Atlanta’s historic Vinings area on the Chattahoochee River where Buckhead meets Vinings. Its original cuisine and distinctive design have already been featured in Bon Appetit, Food And Wine, Gourmet, The Wine Spectator and The New York Times. Canoe, recipient of the prestigious Mobil 4 Star Award, was also selected as one of the “Best New Restaurants” in the country by the James Beard Foundation. 4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, 770-432-2663, canoeatl.com. V (Re-opening late November) Lenox Square Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. DJ every Friday and Saturday night till 2am. Private meeting rooms accommodate up to 150. 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.841.2377, lenoxsquaregrill. com. B 38 EncoreAtlantA.com
Livingston Restaurant and Bar It’s hard to beat the location (across the street from the Fox at the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area, which is available in warm weather. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 800651-2316, livingstonatlanta.com. M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17 St., 404-961-7370, lobbyattwelve.com. M ONE.midtown kitchen Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-892-4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M Murphy’s This restaurant has one of the city’s top brunch menus, but it’s known for great people-
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watching and its contemporary comfort food. 997 Virginia Ave., 404-872-0904, murphysvh. com.VH Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, twourbanlicks.com. M WaterHaven is an upscale casual restaurant, featuring contemporary American cuisine with local influences. The menu focuses on fresh homemade products with a farm-to-table philosophy utilizing local, organic and seasonal products, whenever possible. 75 5th St., 404214-6740, waterhavenatl.com. M
American/steakhouse Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steakhouse has a staggering selection of spirits and a hot after-dinner singles scene. 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., 770-512-7063, centraarchy.com. P New York Prime A Prime Time Top-10 USDA Prime Steakhouse known for its wine list, atmosphere and world-class service. 3424 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-846-0644, centraarchy.com. B Prime Enjoy steak, sushi a nd seafood in a festive atmosphere near Lenox Mall. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-812-0555, h2sr.com. B Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse A favorite local steak house with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hotspots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Three locations: Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-365-0660; Sandy Springs, 5788 Roswell Road, 404-255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; ruthschris.com. B, SS, D The Tavern at Phipps This is one of Atlanta’s hottest after-work spots, and has been singled out for its happy hour and singles scene by Jezebel, InSite Magazine and the AOL City Guide. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-8149640, centraarchy.com. B
South City Kitchen (two locations) With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Sundays are BBQ Nite. Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave. 404-873-7358, Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. 770-435-0700. southcitykitchen.com. M Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures the pure simple flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678.651.2770, ellishotel.com/terrace. D
asian fusion Aja Restaurant & Bar Serving modern Asian cuisine, Aja has a 150-seat patio overlooking Buckhead and a huge lounge, where diners nosh on dim sum and sip mai tais. 3500 Lenox Rd., Ste. 100, 404-231-0001, h2sr.com. B
brasserie Joël is a chic yet relaxed French restaurant that blends contemporary style with rustic flavors. Responsible for one of Atlanta’s most acclaimed dining experiences, Chef Cyrille Holota guides the kitchen as executive chef, bringing his full-flavored brasserie concept to the menu. 3290 Northside Parkway, 404-233-3500, joelbrasserie.com. B
brew pub/gormet pub fare Gordon Biersch Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox. 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805, gordonbiersch.com. M Tap A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St., 404-347-2220, tapat1180.com. M
Home Restaurant & Bar Farm-to-table Southerninspired cuisine is served nightly; half-price bottles of wine available every Sunday. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd., 404-869-0777, h2sr.com. B
Parish New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar; a Nawlins-inspired brunch is served on the weekends. Downstairs, a take-away market sells sand-
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european fusion Ecco Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a “Best New Restaurant in America.” It’s also gotten raves for its killer wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404-347-9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M LOLA Bellini bar and restaurant specializing in wood-fired meats and pastas. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-892-9292, h2sr.com. B
italian La Tavola Serving classic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner in the heart of VirginiaHighland. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, latavolatrattoria.com. VH Medici Tuscan cuisine served in the typical Tuscan spirit; flexible menu with Tuscan-rubbed steaks and a wide selection of antipasti, insalata e zuppes, pastas, hand tossed pizza and bistecches. 2450 Galleria Pkwy., 770953-4500, renaissancewaverly.com. V
mediterranean ENO Atlanta’s true European Mediterranean inspired restaurant and wine bar, or “enoteca”, has come to epitomize European-Mediterranean quality of life in Atlanta. 800 Peachtree St., 404685-3191, enorestaurant.com. M
mediterranean/latin/asian fusion Shout A young crowd keeps Shout’s rooftop lounge hopping every night. The menu reflects a mix of Mediterranean, Far Eastern and South American influences. 1197 Peachtree St N.E., 404-846-2000, h2sr.com. M
MEXICAN El Taco An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and killer margaritas. 1186 N. Highland Ave. NE, 404-873-4656, eltaco-atlanta.com. VH
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pillows and enjoy savory food eaten by hand. It is a truly unique dining experience with nightly belly dancing performances and live music starting at 7:30 p.m. 2285 Peachtree Rd. NE, #102, 404351-0870, imperialfez.com. B
seafood/sushi Goldfish This fun seafood/sushi restaurant has Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri and nightly entertainment in its lounge. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., 770-671-0100, h2sr.com. P
spanish/tapas Noche A Virginia-Highland favorite known for its Spanish-style tapas dishes and margaritas. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404-815-9155, h2sr.com. VH
sports bar STATS A modern sports bar that doesn’t skimp on the quality of its food; five bars and multiple screens are at your service. 300 Marietta St., 404-885-1472, statsatl.com. D
steak/sushi Room This elegant restaurant serves steak and sushi on the ground floor of the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. 400 W. Peachtree St., 404-418-1250, roomattwelve.com. D Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404385-2005, h2sr.com. M Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, and sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, h2sr.com. B Ray’s Restaurants Ray’s in the City is the downtown location of the steak, seafood and sushi chain. Ray’s Killer Creek offers an award-winning Sunday brunch, and Ray’s on the River is one of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants. All three have excellent food, award-winning wine lists and live entertainment. Ray’s in the City: 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, 404-5249224; Ray’s on the River: 6700 Powers Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 770-955-1187; Ray’s Killer Creek: 1700 Mansell Rd. (at Ga. 400), 770649-0064; raysrestaurants.com. D, SS, A
Eco-friendly fun Putting the green in date night By Carly Felton
ow that green is the new black, eco-consciousness can be seen everywhere, from Smart Cars and low-flow toilets to farm-to-table fare, but is it applicable to a night on the town? With that question in mind, and tickets to a show at the Fox in hand, I decided to explore some eco-friendly date night options. Using Google Maps, I plotted my course. Since I don’t live within walking distance to a MARTA station, I cheated a little — I drove to Lindbergh Station. A swipe of our Breeze Cards and my significant other and I were waiting for
the train. Ten minutes later, we exited at Peachtree Center Station, albeit a little disoriented. Good ol’ southern hospitality guided us toward Luckie Street, where we entered green restaurant Ted’s Montana Grill four minutes later.
At Ted’s, the flavorful American fare is paired with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Right away, I noticed the unusual polymer-coated paper drinking straws, brown recycled butcher paper table coverings, and recycled paper menus. Surprisingly, the bison burger (Ted’s specialty) was just as flavorful as its beef counterpart, but healthier (hormone-free) and more environmentally friendly. Since we were in a rush to make it to the Fox, I asked for my coffee to go. The cup looked like ordinary plastic, but the server assured me it wasn’t; it actually was made of compostable cornstarch. Feeling satisfied, we made our way back to MARTA outpost, where we waited eight minutes for a train to take us on a two-minute ride to the North Avenue station. From there, it was a four-minute walk (or a two-minute run, not easy in heels!) to the Fox. We made it just in time for the opening number, so I made a mental note to give myself more time for future eco-adventures (and to leave the heels at home). After the show, I was reenergized and ready for the 10-minute walk to Beleza, my choice restaurant/lounge for organic drinks. We braved the unexpected rainstorm and made it to Beleza ready for a Caja Crush — a sweet, floral drink made with the pulp of the Brazilian fruit, elderflower syrup, limejuice and
Other eco-friendly dining options: WaterHaven
A classic contemporary American restaurant near Georgia Tech, WaterHaven uses local ingredients in its food and sustainable practices throughout the restaurant. The menu items are prepared on efficient equipment that uses clean, natural gas. The fryer oil is converted into biodiesel and everything is recycled. Waterhavenatl.com. Fifth Group Restaurants
Fifth Group is comprised of Ecco, South City Kitchen, La Tavola Trattoria, The Original El Taco and Bold American — all of which utilize ecofriendly practices. Ecco is Georgia’s first dumpster-free restaurant and the first to receive Green Foodservice Alliance certification. Fifthgroup.com.
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We both knew he was just playing it cool. When we entered the Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Ballroom and saw a group of scuba divers sitting on the floor of the Ocean Voyager tank, he started to get excited, asking our guide all sorts of questions about what kind of fish and sharks were in the tank, what we’d be doing and where the aquatic animals came from. After a quick briefing in the River Scout classroom, we headed up to the dive area to suit up and learn how to use our breathing equipment. They gave us regulators — chest-level air tanks that allow you to breathe in and out of a mouthpiece without resurfacing. The regulators also acted as buoys, keeping us afloat as we swam the football-sized tank in a graceful figure eight formation.
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We traveled through a magnificent realm without words, just weightlessness, brilliant flashes of color and muted sounds. Far below us, family members took pictures from a pedestrian tunnel and an underwater filmmaker encouraged us to smile and wave. We communed with strange animals Iâ€™d only seen through a glass â€” sharks, manta rays and schools of golden trevally (one of which mistook my gloved finger for a snack). The whale sharks were my and Luckyâ€™s favorites. We had no peripheral vision, so our divemaster told us when one was coming by gesturing for us to stretch ourselves flat and stop moving. Laying still on the surface of the water, weâ€™d feel the 40-ft. long whale sharks before weâ€™d
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