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There is nothing static about history. There is a seductive desire, sometimes, to think of events of the past — near past and distant past — as fully and permanently in our rearview mirrors. Moments and movements that we read about from our present moment with a kind of distanced gaze. But then a current moment surprises us — maybe even slams up against us in a way that displaces our composure — and we realize that we are always swimming in the currents of what went before. When we first brought Native Guard to the Alliance stage, the year was 2014. Our author was a Pulitzer Prize-winning national poet laureate writing about a personal past, political past and the utterly contemporary resonances of both. She was writing about the monuments we build and the monuments that trouble us. This was before Charlottesville. This was before a national conversation exploded around issues of what histories and whose histories our cities choose to commemorate. And because we are having different conversations in 2018, and because our 24/7 social media-aided news cycle ensures that our conversations tomorrow will be different than our conversations today, this elegy of history and memory is suddenly new. Because the moment is new. Because we are new. We’ve had the gift of some extraordinary community partners this season as we’ve taken our shows on the road, and I am grateful to them all. Yet I have to shout a particular name out for his courage, his spirit of curiosity and his full-hearted partnership, and that is Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. His openness to placing this piece in true dialogue with the narratives of history at the Center dazzles me, and I am forever grateful. A final word. This is a piece in two acts. Act 1 is a sharing of words and images, songs and memories. Act 2 continues that sharing, but our profound hope is that you will join the conversation. We learned in 2014 that our audiences had amazing stories to tell, and we remain grateful for their — and for your — generosity of spirit in sharing them. As ever, my thanks for taking this ride with us.

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The Alliance Theatre’s remount of Native Guard takes its place alongside the Atlanta History Center’s Civil War stories and artifacts. By Therra Gwyn Jaramillo

In December, Alliance Theatre audiences saw Neal A. Ghant reprise his turn as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Now he’s back in Union blue, as the Native Guard in this history story.

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Welcome to the Civil War. Few events in American history, and the country’s cultural landscape, evoke reactions as strong as the War Between the States (18611865). The war may have fired the first cannon in the battle for civil rights, but its legacy is a tangle of fighters, families and the freedom of 4 million slaves. This larger, shared history is a mosaic of real people, disparate philosophies and personal stories like those drawn in Native Guard, the play based on former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s Pulitzer Prizewinning poetry collection. This intimate and lyrical lament of love, loss and duty weaves two stories — the author’s history as the child of a black mother and white father in 1960s Mississippi, and voices, often forgotten, of African-American Union soldiers, the Native Guard, from which the poetry collection and drama take their name. In 2014, when the Alliance first staged Native Guard, artistic director Susan V. Booth called it a theatricalization of Trethewey’s original text: word for word, page by page. “We’re not bending poetry to fit theater,” she said. “We’re bending theater to fit poetry.” Now history and herstory meet again, at the Atlanta History Center, as the Alliance spends a season at alternate venues while renovating its Midtown home.

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“We’re not bending poetry to fit theater. We’re theater to fit poetry.” Susan V. Booth Jennings Hertz Artistic Director 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Native Guard now unfurls alongside a gallery of Civil War photos, dioramas and 1,500 Union and Confederate artifacts. The production features actors from the original staging — Neal A. Ghant as the Native Guard and January LaVoy as the Poet. Vocalist Nicole Banks Long and composer/ music director Tyrone Jackson also return. The fit feels right. “Natasha Trethewey wove a new narrative that brought the past alive in the present,” says Sheffield Hale, Atlanta History Center president and CEO. “We strive to do that every day. We hope the experience of combining Natasha’s work and stories in our Turning Point: The American Civil War

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The environmental set made of rocks and sand, featuring an oversized wall for projected images, is brought back from the 2014 staging of Native Guard. This time, however, the story is told just steps away from the Atlanta History Center’s Civil War photos, dioramas and artifacts.

exhibition will connect audiences with history in a vital new way.� Booth, who again directs, spoke recently about the play and the partnership.

fashion. The notion that we could stage a work about nothing less than the architecture of history itself in the Atlanta History Center was beyond perfection.

QUESTION: Why was the Atlanta History Center chosen as the venue for this remount? What about the meeting of place and production contributes to the staging?

Q: Will there be any noticeable differences between this staging and the one in 2014?

ANSWER: While this piece is about so many things, it has an undeniable resonance with our history of the American Civil War. Who we commemorate and how we do that are enormous and impactful questions that Natasha wrestles with in a deeply catalytic

A: This is largely a faithful revival of the original work, although a great deal has happened in our country in the intervening few years around questions of race and identity. I think not only what the actors bring to the piece is informed by that reality, but I anticipate that what the audience brings to the conversation will feel hyper-relevant.


Q: Although Native Guard is both historical and personal in tone, and uniquely Southern, what about it is universal, in your opinion? A: This piece is about how we define ourselves and how we remember moments of our own 12 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

lives as well as the lives of the family that got us here. While the author locates the source of her story in her own biography, it is so richly available to every child, every parent, every person who has defined themselves or been defined by their place of origin. This is such a remarkably universal work.

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Native Guard, says Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth, is theater bending to fit poetry. The piece is a sharing of words, images, songs and memories. January LaVoy (above) returns to play the Poet, the alter ego of poet/playwright Natasha Trethewey. Vocalist Nicole Banks Long (right) also returns.


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Q: Can you talk a bit about Natasha Trethewey and her work? A: She’s astonishing. She has this rare capacity to render that which moves her deeply into a kind of verbal music that feels — to the reader, to the audience member

— as if it were composed just for them. I have watched people of seemingly radically diverse backgrounds sit side by side in audience to those words and have a common experience of truly personal connection. There aren’t many writers with that gift. She has it.


You received a Memory Tag with your program. It is meant to be part of the Native Guard set, and we hope you’ll contribute. Please write a name, a moment or an idea that you feel needs to be memorialized. Then attach the Memory Tag to the set walls before or after the performance to share your memory with future audiences.

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program note AN EPIGRAPH is a quotation or reference that will illuminate what the writer is about to say in a way that deepens the experience of reading or listening. The following is a list of epigraphs used by Natasha Trethewey in Native Guard. Charles Wright “Memory on Form and Measure” from Black Zodiac: Memory is a cemetery I’ve visited once or twice, white ubiquitous and the set-aside Everywhere under foot ... Traditional “Wayfaring Stranger”: And I’m going there to see my mother She said she’d meet me when I come And I’m only going over Jordan And I’m only going over home Robert Herrick “To Daffodils”: Faire daffadills, we weep to see You haste away so soone. Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddam”: Everybody knows about Mississippi. Fredrick Douglass “Address given at the Graves of the Unknown Dead” at Arlington Cemetery in Virgina. May 30, 1871: If this war is to be forgotten, I ask in the name of all things sacred what shall men remember? Bell Irvin Wiley and Horst D. Milhollen “They Who Fought Here”: the dead they lay long the lines like sheaves of Wheat I could have walked on the boddes all most from one end too the other Walt Whitman “O Magnet-South”: O Magnet-South! O glistening perfumed South! my South! O quick mettle, rich blood, impulse and love! good and evil! O all dear to me! Allen Tate “Ode to the Confederate Dead”: Now that the salt of their blood Stiffens the saltier oblivion of the sea ... E.O. Wilson “Consilience: the Unity of Knowledge”: Homo sapiens is the only species to suffer psychological exile. Excerpt from “Meditation on From and Measure” from Black Zodiac by Charles Wright. Copyright © 1997 by Charles Wright. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, LLC.

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CAST in alphabetical order * THOMAS NEAL ANTWON GHANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Native Guard * JANUARY LAVOY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Poet * NICOLE BANKS LONG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vocalist TYRONE JACKSON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keyboard UNDERSTUDIES JARRYN M. BINGHAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Native Guard MAYTHINEE WASHINGTON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Poet JASMYNE HINSON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vocalist STAGE MANAGEMENT * BRET TORBECK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Manager * JAYSON T. WADDELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Manager SKYLAR BURKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Production Assistant PRODUCTION & DESIGN ASSISTANCE COREY BRADBERRY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Director FOR THIS PRODUCTION GABBY IDE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lighting Programmer EMMA LIPSITT, GRAHAM SCHWARTZ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sound Engineers KATY MUNROE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wardrobe WILLIE PALMER PARKS, VINCENT SIMONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Operations SPECIAL THANKS To our hosts at Atlanta History Center

*Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States The Alliance Theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union. The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences (ASSITEJ/USA), The Atlanta Coalition of Theatres, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Midtown Alliance.

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profiles THOMAS NEAL ANTWON GHANT (The Native Guard) is truly humbled to once again with the Alliance in what could only be called a night of thoughtful words, insights, discussion and hopefully a little education thrown into the mix. What an opportunity! He hopes you are given as much freedom as he has been given with Natasha’s book, to explore tough questions about how we interact and perceive one another. How, because of our shared history, our future is truly linked and is whatever we make it. It’s been a pleasure, a pleasure he hopes to share with you again sometime. JANUARY LAVOY (The Poet) is honored to return to Native Guard and the Alliance, where she has also been seen in Pearl Cleage’s What I Learned in Paris and 2014’s Native Guard. Broadway: Enron. Off-Broadway: Wakey, Wakey; Funnyhouse of a Negro; Two Trains Running; Home; Measure for Measure; Wings; Coraline. Regional: Benny & Joon (Old Globe), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Mark Taper Forum), Good People (Pittsburgh Public), A Streetcar Named Desire, Lobby Hero, The Merchant of Venice (Denver Center). TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order,” Noelle Ortiz on “One Life to Live.” VO: 150+ audiobooks, multiple Audie Awards. Thanks to DBA and Innovative. For KC and GT. www.januarylavoy.com NICOLE BANKS LONG (Vocalist) is elated to return to the Alliance for another incredible experience. Regional credits: Native Guard (2014) as the Vocalist, Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL as Mary Magdalene (Alliance Theatre); GloATL

on-site at the High Museum of Art as vocalist (Alliance partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Music credits: The Servant as lead female vocalist (Rod McGaha’s album); Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra as female vocalist (Lionel Hampton Tour). Nicole spends her days working in corporate America and is blessed with an adoring husband, Stan Sr., and loving son, Stan Jr., who are the center of her universe. TYRONE JACKSON (Composer/Music Director, Keyboard) was born in New Orleans’ cradle of jazz and embodies the spirit of the Crescent City but makes his home in Atlanta. He has performed with Earl Klugh, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Jennifer Holliday and Marcus Miller. He’s a professor of music at Kennesaw State University, where he teaches applied jazz piano, group piano (jazz), jazz improvisation II & III and the blues. Lecturer and clinician with the Rialto for Youth Jazz Ensemble. Three CDs of original work: Dedicated, Another Voyage and Melody in Nede: Suite for Jazz Quartet. Jackson has written and arranged countless works for a litany of artists and performers. JARRYN M. BINGHAM (U/S The Native Guard) is excited to make his Alliance Theatre debut. Fairly new to the acting world, he has trained throughout Atlanta and has performed in several community theaters in the metro area. Recent credits: King Hedley II (New African Grove Theatre), Indigo (Yellow Dream Productions), Suzette’s Saga (Atlanta Black Theatre Festival), Love’s Last Episode (Porter Sanford). His love is forever extended to his family. ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG 19


profiles MAYTHINEE WASHINGTON (U/S The Poet) is delighted to understudy her first role at the Alliance Theatre. Recent credits include Macbeth (Serenbe Playhouse); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Nevada Conservatory Theatre); Constellations (Cockroach Theatre). M.A. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Love and gratitude to friends and family. JASMYNE HINSON (U/S Vocalist) is delighted to make her Alliance Theatre debut. Recent theater credits: The First Noel (True Colors) and The Life (FSU Theater Association). TV: “Greenleaf” (OWN). She has toured with numerous artists as a professional background vocalist for the past 11 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in theater performance from Florida A&M University and a Master of Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. Jasmyne dedicates this performance to her grandmother Catherine Hawkins, the first person who enrolled her in performing arts school, at age 4. 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 theater as an essential component of our society. NATASHA TRETHEWEY (Author) served two terms as the 19th poet laureate of the United States (2012-14). She has written four poetry collections: Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), Native Guard 20 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

(2006) — which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize — and Thrall (2012). In 2010 she published the nonfiction book Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Beinecke Library at Yale and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. In 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2017 she won the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities. SUSAN V. BOOTH (Jennings Hertz Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, local producing partnerships and regional collaborations as well as commercial partnerships for such productions as The Prom; Tuck Everlasting; The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away With Me; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’ da Noise, Bring in ’ da Funk and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. As a director, she has worked at 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, DePaul and Emory universities. She is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service


profiles organization for the field, is a trustee of Denison University, and a member of the Carter Center’s Board of Councilors. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.

Award for August: Osage County, nomination for The Legend of Georgia McBride. For 10 years, Taylor chaired Emory University’s Department of Theater and Dance. She is now executive director of the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts.

ANNE PATTERSON (Set Designer) has created incredibly varied works for technologically advanced performances, including Mercury Soul at New World Symphony, as well as designs for musicals, operas and large-scale art installations. Her theatrical and symphonic partnerships have included such major U.S. venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Arena Stage, the Wilma Theater, the Kennedy Center, the Alliance Theatre and symphonies (San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago). Her large-scale installations can be seen at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco; Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati; the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla.; the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas; and 125 High Street in Boston.

KEN YUNKER (Lighting Designer) is the resident lighting designer at Sarasota Opera in Florida. Alliance credits: Troubadour; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Tiger Style!; Native Guard; The Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Good People; What I Learned in Paris; Into the Woods; August: Osage County; The Underpants; Mrs. Warren’s Profession. National credits: Florida Grand Opera, Utah Shakespeare, Atlanta Opera, Bermuda Arts Festival, McCarter Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Utah Opera. Atlanta awards: Suzis for Pancakes, Pancakes!, The Geller Girls and Avenue X, with four additional nominations; Abbey artist of the year nomination; featured in Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta.

LESLIE M. TAYLOR (Costume Designer) Alliance Theatre: Native Guard (costumes); August: Osage County; Jacque Brel ...; Glengarry, Glen Ross; Other People’s Money (sets). Theatrical Outfit: Blood Knot, Ah Wilderness (sets); Cotton Patch Gospel (costumes). Actor’s Express: The Legend of Georgia McBride, Stupid F**king Bird, End of the Rainbow, Dark Play, I Am My Own Wife, Thom Pain (sets). Regional: Georgia Shakespeare, Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Theater Emory. National: Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Geva Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre and off-Broadway. Broadway: Tony Award-winning K2 (associate designer with Ming Cho Lee; Maharam Award). Suzi Bass

CLAY BENNING (Sound Designer) has been the resident sound designer at the Alliance Theatre for 17 years, designing more than 95 productions, including 27 world premieres, 30 musicals and 25 Theater for Young Audiences productions. Recent works include Disgraced; Pancakes, Pancakes!; Cinderella and Fella; and Troubadour. He also has designed at Georgia Shakespeare, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theatrical Outfit, Geva Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Georgia Aquarium. Awards: seven Suzi Bass awards for outstanding sound design with 14 nominations. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.A.), the North Carolina School of the Arts (M.F.A.) and a member of IATSE/ USA829 and TSDCA.

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CONTRIBUTING EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTERS: Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, and Joyce and Henry Schwob. GENEROUS SUPPORT IS ALSO PROVIDED BY The Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, and John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund. Al Taylor (American,1948–1999), Odd Vows, 1988, The Estate of Al Taylor, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London. © The Estate of Al Taylor.

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profiles ADAM LARSEN (Projection Designer) is a documentary filmmaker and designer for live performance. Designs include Hal Prince’s LoveMusik (Broadway); The Gospel at Colonus (Athens, Edinburgh and Spoleto festivals); The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Singapore and Edinburgh Festival); The Women of Brewster Place (Alliance/Arena Stage); Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, 23 Miles, Native Guard (Alliance Theatre); Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia and Prototype Festival); From the House of the Dead (Canadian Opera); Brief Encounters, My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival); Agrippina, A Flowering Tree (Opera Omaha); Flight (Juilliard); Semele (Pacific Musicworks); Maa (Atlanta Symphony); The Pelleas Trilogy (Cincinnati Symphony); Siren Song, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tales of Hoffmann (Hawaii Opera Theatre); Phorion (New World Symphony); Peer Gynt, Peter Grimes, On the Town, SoundBox (San Francisco Symphony). Larsen’s documentary about autism, Neurotypical, aired on the PBS series “POV.” BRET TORBECK (Stage Manager) is honored to work with the cast and creative team of Native Guard at the Atlanta History Center. Previous Alliance credits include Hand to God, Shakespeare in Love, The Magic Negro, Troubadour, Courtenay’s Cabaret, Born for This, Disgraced, A Steady Rain, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Blues for An Alabama Sky. As a regional theater stage manager for more than 25 years, he has worked all over the country, but is now enjoying exploring Atlanta. While based in Seattle, he was a guest faculty member at the University of Washington for five years. JAYSON T. WADDELL (Stage Manager) is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre for his eighth season. He’s worked on such 24 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Alliance productions as Crossing Delancey, Troubadour, Moby Dick, Born for This, Tuck Everlasting, The Geller Girls, A Christmas Carol, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Broke, Sex and the Second City, Next to Normal, Holidays With the Chalks and Bike America. At Atlanta Lyric Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty and Young Frankenstein. At the Illinois Shakespeare Festival: I <3 Juliet, Hamlet, Q Gents, Antony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night and A Winter’s Tale. Waddell graduated from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. JODY FELDMAN (Producer and Casting Director) began her theater career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the assistant general manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Jody is the producer and casting director at the Alliance, where she started in 1991 as casting director. At the Alliance, she has cast and produced more than 200 LORT B, D and TYA productions encompassing a wide range of world premieres including The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, Broke by Janece Shaffer, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney and more than 10 years of Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition-winning plays. She has also cast and produced such world and regional premiere musicals as Tuck Everlasting, Aida, The Color Purple, Sister Act: The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and Harmony, A New Musical. She is most proud of the thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection.


discover us. discover you. discover us. discover you. In Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard, the audience is invited to join a young woman as she attempts to solve the mystery of her mother’s life. The narrative also explores the history of Louisiana’s Native Guard during the Civil War. This is neither your typical detective story nor a historical documentary, but a lyrical journey that pieces together shards of memory, history and the search for identity. I was immediately moved by the way the author uses poetic language to explore something that is both personal and specific. Combining her family’s story with scholarly historical research, she beautifully weaves an epic American saga with which we can all identify. In Trethewey’s expert hands we are allowed to add our own personal experiences to the tapestry she has created. Her story becomes our story. 

— Addae Moon Director of Museum Theater, Atlanta History Center

synopsis

Native Guard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, juxtaposes her deeply personal experiences as a child of a then-illegal marriage (African-American mother, Caucasian father) in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard. The Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War, was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother’s tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.

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about the alliance theatre The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds onstage and off. Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. The Alliance delivers powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, the Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement. Known for its exemplary artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 100 original productions, professionally launching important American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring and subsequent productions, including the Tony Award winners The Color Purple, based on the Alice Walker novel; Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice; and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Recent musical premieres include Sister Act: The Musical, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, Bring It On: The Musical, Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Tuck Everlasting, Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, The Prom and, most recently, Janece Shaffer and Kristian Bush’s Troubadour. The Alliance also creates and nurtures the careers of emerging writers through the Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing the world premiere for the competition winner as part of the regular season. The Alliance is deeply committed to Atlanta artists, showcasing locally based artists on a nationally watched stage, and sustaining Atlanta’s artistic community through the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental support and production resources for an annual roster of locally sourced performance projects. The Alliance’s dedication to providing access to the arts is reflected in its commitment to creating new work for all ages, and to bringing that work into classrooms and communities across Atlanta and throughout the region. More than 80,000 students each year experience age-specific professional performances and participate in acting classes, drama camps and in-school initiatives through the Alliance Theatre Acting Program and Education Department. The Alliance’s groundbreaking Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young performances offer professionally produced, fully interactive theater for infants and toddlers; the Palefsky Collision Project invites high school artists to create and perform new civic-minded theater based on a classic text; and community acting classes and skill-building workshops engage professional artists, young actors, business leaders and curious learners of all ages. Twice recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for leadership in arts education, the Alliance Theatre Institute equips classroom teachers with theatrical techniques that link directly to school curriculum and have been empirically proven to improve student learning. MISSION Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. VISION The Alliance is a beacon of leadership for the national field, while remaining deeply rooted in and reflective of our local Atlanta community. VALUES We believe that acknowledging and embracing differences in identity is essential to a dynamic cultural conversation. This is why we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our organization and programming.

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board of directors officers

Co-Chairs Anne Kaiser Hala Moddelmog Immediate Past Chair Reade Fahs Treasurer Steve Chaddick

lifetime directors

Rita Anderson Ken Bernhardt Frank Chew Ann Cramer* Linda Davidson Laura Hardman* Hays Mershon Richard S. Myrick Helen Regenstein Bob Reiser Jane Shivers Sally G. Tomlinson Ben White

directors

Kristin R. Adams* James Anderson* Kenny Blank Terri Bonoff Laura Brightwell Megan Burton Peter Carter Jeffrey S. Cashdan Susan Catalfano Steve Chaddick* Tena Clark Leigh Ann Costley Allison Dukes Fred Ehlers Reade Fahs* Howard Feinsand* Andrea Freeman Richard Goerss* Pat Gunning Lila Hertz* Jocelyn Hunter* Erika James

Bob Jimenez Sam Johnson* Anne Kaiser* John Keller Lauren Kiefer* Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Alan McKeon* Dori Miller Hala Moddelmog* Phil Moïse* Jane Morgan^ Maureen Morrison Josh Owen Victoria Palefsky* Paul Pendergrass Scott Pioli Helen Smith Price Asif Ramji Sean Reardon Patty Reid Margaret Reiser* Matthew Richburg Maurice Rosenbaum Steve Selig Pam Sessions Doug Shipman^* Mark Silberman Chris Sizemore Bill Sleeper Bronson Smith E. Kendrick Smith Karen Spiegel Chandra Stephens-Albright Charlita Stephens-Walker Jill Thomas Rosemarie Thurston Benny Varzi Rebekah Wasserman Brad Watkins Cynthia Widner Wall Jill Wilson Paul Wrights Todd Zeldin

advisory board Advisory Board Chair Laura Hardman* Vice Chair Phil Moïse* Andrew Agan Joel Alvarado Chris Appleton Maurice Baker Shana Basnight Heidi Boykin Tarsha Calloway Madison Cario Sarah Chatel Nisha Choksi Ezra Cohen Emily Decker Makeba Dixon-Hill Angela Edmond Dale A. Ferguson Ashby Fox Patricia Garrett Matthew Geller Karen Gentry Sarah Frances Giovino Henry Gonzalez Hari Gopal Arlene Warshaw Gould September Gray Kimberley Joiner Hale Elizabeth Hall Nancy Halwig Janet Stovall Harrell Karl Jennings Michael Kaluzny Gloria Kantor Rachelle Kuramoto Mark Lee Lauren Linder Carolina Margarella Ryland McClendon Darryal McCullough Carol Meadows Marjorie Mitchell Dedi Mohr Michelle Morgan

Valerie Mosley Deborah G. Neese Joan Netzel Gail O’Neill Michael Parver Hetal Patel Kathy Portnoy Jason Rhoades Robyn Roberts Jibran Shermohammed Robert D. Simmermon Nicola Smith Jennifer L. Streeter Mark E. Swinton Chuck Taylor Natasha Trethewey Alexandra Tucci Nseabasi Ufot Roxanne Varzi Diletha Waldon Charmaine Ward Amanda Watkins Ellen Adair Wyche Jennifer Yoffy * Executive Committee Member ^ Ex-officio

volunteer leadership

President, STARS Jane Morgan Chairman, Theater Advocates Andjela Kessler Chairman, Theater Educators Myra Medlin & Faye Windham Chairman, Theater Ushers Mary Wellington Chairman, Hospitality Susan Stiefel

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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 Anonymous The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Rich Foundation Wells Fargxo Foundation

★★★★★★ $100,000+ The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation AT&T Delta Air Lines, Inc. The David, Helen and Marian Woodward Foundation The Edgerton Foundation The Home Depot Foundation

The Kendeda Fund The Shubert Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc. The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Turner

★★★★★ $50,000+ The Carter’s Charitable Foundation Fulton County Board of Commissioners Kaiser Permanente PNC

R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Wal-Mart Foundation The Zeist Foundation

★★★★ $25,000+ Atlanta Foundation Camp-Younts Foundation City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Georgia Natural Gas MAP Fund

Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation

★★★ $10,000+ The Abraham J & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Allstate Foundation Alston & Bird Anonymous Cartoon Network

DS Services Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia-Pacific Corporation Georgia Power Hire Profile

Paymetric Rotary Education Foundation Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

William and Eva Fox Foundation John and Mary Franklin Foundation Jones Day King & Spalding The Kroger Company National Distributing Company

Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright/ Northwestern Benefit Corporation of Georgia Theatre Communications Group Theatre Forward

★★ $5,000+ Anonymous Aon Risk Solutions George M. Brown Trust of Atlanta Cobb EMC Community Foundation DeepStream VR DocAuto

By attending our theatre, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. With the 2017/18 Season, the Alliance Theatre turns 49. Help us celebrate the power of great theatre for 49 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 Hertz Series Sponsor TURNER VOICES, Turnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature corporate

philanthropic program, is committed to meaningful corporate citizenship in the communities where we operate and our employees live and work. With a focus on the arts and culture, fostering creativity, and innovative youth leadership, Turner leverages our people and products to engage in and support our local community. Cast and company flowers sponsored by

Official Hotel

Official Research Partner

Official Advertising Agency

Official Digital Advertising Agency

Foxgloves & Ivy

restaurant partners

government

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major support is provided by the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Cultural Affairs.

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annual fund Individual donors contribute more than $2 million to the Alliance Theatre so that we are able to present exceptional theater and educational programming to our community. We are deeply grateful for their support. To find out more about the benefits of giving or to make your gift, visit us at alliancetheatre.org/donate or call 404-733-4710. Listed below are pledges and gifts to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and special events for the 2017/18 season from June 1, 2017 through November 21, 2017.

PREMIERE SUPPORT Marsha & Richard Goerss Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt Sam Johnson John C. Keller Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer Terri Bonoff & Matthew Knopf Ms. Evelyn Ashley & Mr. Alan B. McKeon Hala & Steve Moddelmog Phil & Caroline Moïse Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison Stephen & Marjorie Osheroff Mr. & Mrs. Asif Ramji Patty & Doug Reid

Dr. & Mrs. Matt Richburg Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Rosemarie & David Thurston Benny & Roxanne Varzi Waffle House Susan & Tom Wardell Ramona & Ben White Suzy Wilner Joni Winston Woodruff Arts Center President’s Fund Amy & Todd Zeldin

Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Marcia & John Donnell Eierman Foundation David & Jessica Felfoldi Andrea Freeman Heidi & David Geller Karen Gentry & John Vaught The Robert S. Elster Foundation Terrence Hahn & Joan Stanescu Lynne & Jack Halpern Henry & Etta Raye Hirsch Foundation Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky Eddie & Debbie Levin Dr. Roger Lewis Lubo Fund Debbie & Lon Neese Lindy & Norman Radow Denise Raynor Mr. & Mrs. Chip Rumely

Ronald Russell & Tommy Sweat Sharon & David Schachter Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Shelton III Benjamin R. Sillins Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Mark Swinton Michael & June Tompkins Chuck Wolf

Mr. & Mrs. Tim Eyerly Ms. Dale A. Ferguson Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Debbie Frank & Sandy McDonald Ms. Lois Kuniansky & Mr. Ricky Eichholz Sheri & Steve Labovitz Dori & Jack Miller Judy & Lester Miller John & Helen Parker Peter & Alice Rogers Fred & Diane Shaftman Mr. & Mrs. Robert Simmermon Russell Still Mr. & Mrs. Rob Taylor Mr. D. Richard Williams and Ms. Janet M. Lavine Sue S. Williams

Penny & Brian Dyson Drs. Bryan & Norma Edwards Ms. Gail H. Evans Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J Glass James & Vicki Griffiths Mr. Lucas Hathaway James A. Hill Mr. & Mrs. Phillip S. Hodges Venita Howell Leslie D. Leigh M.D. William McGee Raymond & Penelope McPhee JDI Fund Carol Riggs Dr. Donald H. Ross & Ms. Patti Cohen Doug Shipman & Dr. Bijal Shah The Shockley Family David Smith & Katrina Ferguson Smith Stan & Velma Tilley Mr. & Mrs. Jerel Verner

Jay Bernath Judith Lyon & Ron Bloom Mr. Paul Bumblauskas Mr. & Mrs. Joel A. Butler Mr. & Mrs. Charles Conover Gray & Marge Crouse Celeste Davis Jeanne S. Pudenz Emily Decker Sarah l. DeFrancis Eve & Bob Eckardt Mr. Sean Erwin Peter B. Fellman Mr. Henry Frazier Anthony Gary Derrick & Rachel Gervin Crystal Gibbs Anonymous Warren Harper Catherine Binns & Jim Honkisz Mitchell & Pam Hughes Mr. & Mrs. George Ickes Cheryl & Ernie Johnson William Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Edward Koffsky Mr. & Mrs. Russell H. Kramer

Spotlight $100,000+

Leadership Circle $15,000+

SKK Foundation

Farideh & Ali Azadi Foundation Susan Booth & Max Leventhal Ann & Jeff Cramer Ellen & Howard Feinsand Jocelyn J. Hunter Bob & Margaret Reiser Linda & Steve Selig; Kathy & Steve Kuranoff

Artistic Director’s Circle $35,000+ Barbara & Steve Chaddick Victoria & Howard Palefsky Chairman’s Circle $25,000+ Stephanie Blank David & Carolyn Gould Anne & Mark Kaiser Mr. & Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins

BENEFACTORS $5,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Asher Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Frank Buonanotte LeighAnn & Chad Costley Linda & Gene Davidson Diane Durgin Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile Mrs. Erika James Thomas Pinckney Helen Smith Price William & Margarita Sleeper Russell B. Still In honor of Carol Jones $2,500+ Phyllis Kozarsky & Eliot Arnovitz Joe & Lisa Bankoff Candace & Jeffrey Bell Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust

Director’s Circle $10,000+ Anonymous Ms. Kristin Adams James Anderson The Balloun Family Mr. & Mrs. William Dukes

$1,500+ Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda C. Adams Joselyn & Bobby Baker Mr. & Mrs. Billy Bauman Pam & Mark Bell Lesley & Bruce Berman Lubo Fund Karen & David Birnbrey Rita & Ralph Connell

PATRONS $1,000+ Dr. & Mrs. Joel Adler Bruce & Elizabeth Herman Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Michael Kaluzny Suzanne & Thad King Joan Netzel & John Gronwall Kristin Hathaway Hansen Jane & Rein Saral Susan & Jay Smith Nicola Smith Jenny Streeter Jeff Tucker Adrienne Whitehead Mr. & Mrs. Monte Wilson Ms. Amy Winokur $750+ Rob & Suzanne Boas $500+ Dr. Gordon Baker Mr. & Mrs. Neil H. Berman Nisha Choksi

$250+ Dawn & Michael Adamson Phyllis Baskin Mr. Anthony Nastri Ms. Mary Bergh

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J. Bancroft Lesesne Geoffrey & Betsy Meacham Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Murray Mr. & Mrs. Galen Oelkers Michelle Parisi Ms. Amanda Persons Allen & Susan Potter Melissa D. Preston CPA P.C. Brenda Pruitt Dr. Jerry & Mrs. Linda Richman Malik Rose Dr. Debra F. Saxe Amy Jeanne Rosenberg Schwartz Mr. Semon Ricardo Simon Steve & Claudia Smith Anonymous Faye Tate Mr. & Mrs. George M. Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Vivona Ms. Cathy Weil

* Deceased


annual fund Alliance Theatre Staff Giving We would like to thank the following Alliance Theatre & Woodruff Arts Center staff members who have contributed to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and Transformation Campaign. Emika Abe Jessica Boatright Susan V. Booth Scott Bowne Kristen Buckley Jamie Clements Kat Conley Patrick Conley Liz Davis Megan DeWitt Smith Lynn Donoghue Christina Dresser Jody Feldman Collins Goss Kristin Hathaway Hansen Danielle Hicks

Jim Hubbert Rachel Jones Max Leventhal Kyle Longwell Liz Lyons Suzanne Morris Christopher Moses Margo Moskowitz Victor Mouledoux Janine Musholt Patrick Myers Rosemary Newcott J. Noble Johnnie Oliver Courtney Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Willie Palmer Parks

Thomas Pinckney Rebecca Pogue Mike Schleifer Amy Schwartz Brian Shively Vincent Simons Matthew Tanner Laura Thruston Bret Torbeck Brenda Turner Sarah Wallis Caitlin Way Cindy Lou Who Jackie Williams Jennifer Williford Michael Winn

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annual fund legacy society Celebrating our supporters who have made a legacy gift to the Alliance Theatre.

The Legacy Society celebrates individuals who have made a planned gift to the Alliance Theatre. Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for the Alliance Theatre and its mission, while accommodating your own person financial, estate planning and philanthropic goals. With smart planning, you may increase the size of your estate and/or reduce the tax burden on your heirs. Just as important, you will know that you have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the Alliance Theatre. To learn more about the Legacy Society, please contact Caitlin Way at 404.733.4757 or Caitlin.Way@alliancetheatre.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 Diane Durgin Elizabeth Etoll Howard & Ellen Feinsand

Laura & John Hardman Glen E. & Nancy Hesler P.J. Younglove Hovey William C. Hyde Lauren & David Kiefer Virginia Vann* & Ken Large Anna & Hays Mershon Mr. & Mrs. John McColskey Phil & Caroline Moïse Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Victoria & Howard Palefsky Jan Pomerantz

Helen M. Regenstein Margaret & Bob Reiser Neal & Tricia Schachtel Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton, III Jane E. Shivers Roger J. Smith & Christopher M. Jones Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Rick & Terri Western Ramona & Ben White

* deceased

matching gift companies We would like to thank the following companies who have matched contributions to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund. Please visit alliancetheatre.org/match to find out if your employer will match your contribution.

American Express AIG Corporation Aon Risk Solutions AT&T Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Bryan Cave-Powell Goldstein Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Chubb Corporation The Coca-Cola Company Deloitte Equifax, Inc.

GE Energy Georgia Power Home Depot Foundation Honda Motor Co. IBM Corporation JPMorgan Chase Kimberly-Clark Foundation Macy’s Foundation McDonald’s Corporation Microsoft Corporation Neiman Marcus

Norfolk Southern Corporation Plum Creek Prudential Financial Publix Super Markets Sprint SunTrust Foundation Time Warner, Inc. Verizon Corporation Yahoo! Wells Fargo

Do you appreciate live theatre, enjoy meeting new people and trying new things? If so, then get involved with one of the largest volunteer forces in the arts. The Alliance Theatre volunteer STARS program offers a wide range of opportunities, which includes advocating for live theatre, ushering for Alliance productions, participating in and staffing fundraising & hospitality events, and assisting Alliance staff members with daily office tasks. STARS is composed of three committees working together on fundsaving and fund-raising projects to benefit the theatre. The three committees are the Theatre Advocates, the Theatre Educators, and the Theatre Ushers. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Destiny Stancil at destiny.stancil@alliancetheatre.org.

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THE WOODRUFF CIRCLE

Woodruff Circle members each contribute more than $250,000 annually to support the arts and education work of The Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art. We are deeply grateful to these 44 partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.

$1 MILLION+

RHONDA AND DAN CATHY

WALTER CLAY HILL & FAMILY FOUNDATION A FRIEND OF THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

$500,000+ Gordon W. Bailey

Bank of America Mr. and Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation Invesco Ltd. Sarah and Jim Kennedy

The Marcus Foundation, Inc.

A FRIEND OF THE WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER

SunTrust Teammates

SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust

WellsFargo The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

The Sara Giles Moore Foundation

$400,000+ Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Douglas J. Hertz Family Lucy R. and Gary Lee, Jr.

$300,000+ King & Spalding, Partners & Employees PNC The Rich Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc.

$250,000+

Estate of Andrew Musselman PwC, Partners & Employees Tull Charitable Foundation

Turner

UPS Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wood

KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees

Victoria and Howard Palefsky Mr. and Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Patty and Doug Reid Louise S. Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Contributions Made: June 1, 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 31, 2017

Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors

The Antinori Foundation / Ron and Susan Antinori

Deloitte, its Partners & Employees

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alliance theatre staff ARTISTIC Jennings Hertz Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan V. Booth Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosemary Newcott Producer & Casting Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jody Feldman Director of New Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celise Kalke Playwright in Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pearl Cleage Casting & Engagement Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hershey Millner Spelman Leadership Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maya Lawrence Yale Directing Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Dinkova Kenny Leon Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibi Owolabi Literary Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Graf Evans Spelman Interns . . . . . . . . . . La’Candis Brown, Joi Elaine Porter, Eniola Sodeke Reiser Lab Artists . . . . Melissa Foulger, Keith Franklin, Hank Kimmel, Eric Little, Daphne Mintz, Lee Osorio, Angela Farr Schiller, Tisha Whitaker, Anthony White, Rodney Williams

Properties Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liz Lyons Master Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzanne Cooper Morris Props Artisans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Butkovich, Kimberly Townsend Scenery Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Longwell Assistant Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ruth Richardson Shop Foreman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Conley Lead Welder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Lyons Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manny Abreo, Cassie Garner, Marlon Wilson Charge Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kat Conley Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Brooks Sound Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Jarvis Sound Engineers . . . . . . . . . . Emma Lipsitt, Holly O’Reagan, Graham Schwartz

Production Management Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor W. Smith Associate Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margo Moskowitz Stage Management Resident Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bret Torbeck Alliance Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Campbell, lark hackshaw, Costumes Kara Procell, Jayson T. Waddell, R. Lamar Williams Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . Spencer Henderson Assistant Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April Andrew Stage Management Production Assistants . . . . . . . Skylar Burks, Allison Kelly Design Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Clockel Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Kennedy, Cindy Lou Who Stage Operations Craftsmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diana L. Thomas Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Bowne Stitchers/1st Hands . . . . . . . . . . Laury Conley, Lyudmila Fesenko, Brett Parker Assistant Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney O’Neill Wig Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Ewing Crew Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Simons Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hauzia Conyers, Katy Munroe, Niki Traxler Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Palmer Parks Automation Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Victor Mouledoux Jr. Properties Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haylee Scott Electrics Lighting and Projections Department Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steven Love Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabby Ide, Steve Jordan, Lauren Robinson EDUCATION Dan Reardon Director of Education Teaching Artists (cont’d) . . . . . Neeley Gossett, Al Hamacher, Robert Hindsman, & Associate Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Moses Mira Hirsch, Catherine Dee Holly, Elizabeth Horn, BJ Hughes, Jenna Jackson, Administrative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Jones Rachel Jones, Carole Kaboya, Ameenah Kaplan, Ashe Kazanjian, Adam King, David Kote, LeeAnna Lambert, Clayton Landey, Bethany Lind Mendenhall, Database & Content Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Dresser Nicole Livieratos, Amy Lucas, Barry Stewart Mann, Cara Mantella, Gloria Martin, Family Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Aston Bosworth Early Childhood Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen Buckley Mari Martinez, Patrick McColery, Bryan Mercer, Karin Mervis, Sarah Newby Halicks, Rosemary Newcott, Donal Noonan, Lee Nowell, Teundras Oaks, Teen & Adult Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Wallis Mary Emily O’Bradovich, Lee Osorio, Brooke Owens, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs, Institute Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Pogue Tafee Patterson, Kelsey Poole, J.L. Reed, Gabriella Rosado, Julissa Sabino, Manager of Education Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Davis Viviana Sawyer, Linda Sherbert, David Sterritt, Jasmine Thomas, Education Customer Service Associates . . . . . . . . Nicole Kang, Tiffany Porter Ebony Tucker, Mark Valdez, Jose Vasquez, Amanda Wansa Morgan, Camp Coordinator & Family Programs Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . Aierelle McGill Rachel Wansker, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Caitlyn Weaver, Communications Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J. Noble Katy Whitson, Vallea Woodbury, Melissa Word Education Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Bunch Education Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin Geter Teen Ensemble Members . . . . . Austin Anderson, Gillian Baker, Laughton Berry, Tyler Bey, Caroline Caden, Amiel Djoume, Kalonjee Gallimore, Travis Harper, Teaching Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Amato, Ricardo Aponte, Kim Bowers-Rheay Baran, Jared Brodie, Chelsea Brown, Danye Brown, Laila Henderson, Skylar Hensley, Jalexis James, Daisy Jinadu, Barbara Kincaid, Kati-Grace Brown, Lon Bumgarner, Kevin Bunch, Kirstin Calvert, Kara Cantrell, Joshua Lelonek, Marshall Mabry, Geordyn Marks, Taylor McKinney, Katie Causey, Greg Changnon, Hannah Chatham, Hannah Church, Steve Coulter, William Milhouse, Jordan Powell, Adirah Robinson, Kellie Rodriquez, Megan Cramer, Nakeisha Daniel, Ben Davis, Theresa Davis, Shelli Delgado, Emmanuel Rojas, Monique Schloss, Stella Storino, Ever Taylor Phillip DePoy, Jorge Donoso, John Doyle, Rachael Endrizzi, Jessica Espinoza, Hao Feng, Shelby Folks, Sharon Foote, Daryl Funn, Allison Gardner, MANAGEMENT Managing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Schleifer Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Thruston Off-Site Season Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donya K. Washington Assistant Managing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emika Abe Administration & Finance Director of Finance & Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Shively Manager of Information Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Hubbert Accounting Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Hall Accounts Payable Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kadeja Moton Management Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patrick Myers Administration/Education Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elecia Crowley Development Director of Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Clements Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving . . . . . . . . . . . Caitlin Way Grants Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Collins Goss Development Managers, Individual Giving . . . . . . . . . . Megan DeWitt Smith, Julianne Gambert Development Coordinator, Board Relations & Special Events . . . Lindsay Ridgeway

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Marketing Director of Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Boatright Brand Marketing Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Holland Baird Creative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Talia Bromstad Content Strategist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathleen Covington Patron Experience Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danielle Hicks Brand Marketing Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grace Madden Digital Media Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Maley Season Ticket Concierge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken McNeil Sales & Revenue Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Pinckney Group Services Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jocelyn Rick Group Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daviorr Snipes Brand Journalist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A’riel Tinter Community Engagement Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Winn Lead House Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Destiny Stancil Assistant House Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen Parker House Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dana Hylton Calabro, Christina Dresser, Ken McNeil, Brittany Smith, Sarah Wallis


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