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8 TANGO FIRE COMPANY Saturday, Jan. 20 | 8 pm 10 ROOMFUL OF TEETH Sunday, Jan. 21 | 7 pm 12 JUAN DE MARCOS and the AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS Saturday, Feb. 3 | 8 pm 14  T HE JOHNNY MERCER TRIBUTE featuring Joe Gransden and Francine Reed wih the Georgia State University Jazz Band Sunday, Feb. 11 | 3 pm

6 President’s letter 22 Staff & Advisory Committee

24 Sponsors 26 Donors

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16  C OMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI What the Day Owes to the Night Sunday, Feb. 17 | 8 pm 18  E VA YERBABUENA Flamenco Virtuosa! Saturday, Feb. 24 | 8 pm 2

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ne hundred years ago, an ambitious new venture opened its doors in downtown Atlanta. Debuting as the largest movie house in the Southeast and boasting the largest electric sign south of New York City, the Rialto was emblematic of the booming, bustling city it called home. Motion pictures were still a relatively new art form at the time, but the Rialto gave this new technology a fitting home in the heart of a city on the move, offering Atlantans the latest in arts and entertainment from across the globe. While the theater has seen many changes over the last century (including a completely new structure that replaced the original in 1962), the Rialto has steadfastly anchored its corner of downtown and has consistently adapted to the changes taking place around it. One of the biggest of those changes came 21 years ago this season when the Rialto reintroduced itself to the city as the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts following its acquisition by Georgia State University and an ambitious overhaul of the building itself. No longer a temple to just the motion picture arts, the Rialto was now a state-of-the-art space dedicated to bringing the very best in performing arts to the University community, to Atlanta, and to the region. Welcoming everything from contemporary dance and classic jazz to world music and bluegrass, the Rialto quickly established itself as the city’s most eclectic performing arts venue showcasing the unfamiliar and the unexpected alongside the classics and rediscovered gems. Just as Georgia State University is committed to inquiry and exploration and to bringing the very best students, academics, researchers, athletes, and administrators from across the nation and the world to Atlanta, the Rialto is committed to showcasing the finest performers and performances the world has to offer right here in downtown. And this new season is no exception: you can experience classic American jazz musicians and vocalists; Middle-Eastern music with a modern edge; dance from Argentina, Spain, France and New York City; Cuban music and salsa bands; a cappella South African harmonies and much more. I can guarantee that there will be something awe-inspiring for everyone. Whether you’ve been with the Rialto for the last two decades or are joining us for the first time, attending one performance or ten, I hope you’ll join us, explore new and perhaps unfamiliar artists, and add your voice to a conversation that’s been taking place at the Rialto for over 100 hundred years.

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Tango Fire | Jan. 20, 8 pm

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or more than a century, tango has been the dance of drama, romance and love. Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires brings this smoldering art form and an all-new production to the Rialto stage with a blazing hot, Broadway-style show that is not just about the sensual heat of the tango, but also the heartbreak and desire of human relationships. Directed by international tango superstar and renowned choreographer German Cornejo, Tango Fire’s ensemble of dancers from the greatest tango houses in Buenos Aires expertly performs the lightning-fast, precise footwork and spectacular acrobatic partnering of authentic Argentine tango. Cornejo’s sensuous and passionate

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partner, Gisela Galeassi, along with his cast of glamorous world tango champions, dazzle with an eclectic and electric show. Five couples choreograph their own solos with Cornejo refining the steps. This allows for a creative freedom that showcases each couples’ distinctive styles, making Tango Fire stand alone in the world of tango. The musicians are an emotive element in an intricate and symbiotic relationship between music, the sensuality of dance and the poetry of songs that define Argentine tango. The moments when rhythmical complexity, technical finesse and jaw-dropping movements come together propel the show, creating performances that sizzle with sensuality and unforgettable music.

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“…this is one of the most stupendous and drop-dead-sexy displays of tango – nay, of any type of dancing – that you are likely to see all year.” The Telegraph, London Quarteto Fuego spectacularly manages the music, with each of its four musicians exceptional in his own right. Playing music by a variety of composers — including tango masters Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel — the band of piano, bandoneon, violin and bass is the dynamic foundation and harmonious link between dancers and audience. Singer Jesus Hidalgo’s mournfully rich, vibrant and velvet voice takes the audience to the 1950s, accentuating the sentimentality of the show’s vintage flavor with a smooth singing style. The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires made its world premiere in Singapore at the Esplanade in 2005, the same year

the show debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving rave reviews. That led to engagements in the most prestigious venues worldwide. In the past 12 years, Tango Fire has toured extensively as the world’s leading tango company — a true global phenomenon.

DIRECTOR OF CHOREOGRAPHY German Cornejo THE DANCERS German Cornejo & Gisela Galeassi Sebastian Alvarez & Victoria Saudelli Marcos Esteban Roberts & Louise Junqueira Malucelli Ezequiel Lopez & Camila Alegre Julio Jose Seffino & Carla Dominguez THE BAND - QUARTETO FUEGO Clemente Carrascal- Bandoneon Gemma Scalia - Violin Matias Feigin - Piano Facundo Benavidez - Contrabass THE SINGER Jesus Hidalgo Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication | encoreatlanta.com

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Roomful of Teeth | Jan. 21, 7 pm Grammy Award-Winning Vocal Group & Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, Caroline Shaw

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from the press ... “The voices and percussion [of Roomful of Teeth] meshed to colorful effect, the story propelled by a high-energy blend of stylistic influences including reggae, hip-hop and rock…” — The New York Times

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he vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is a multi-tonal feast for the ears. These versatile, Grammy-winning performers have studied and trained with masters of singing traditions the world over, from the Arctic to the Caribbean. They are dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice, while expanding each member’s vocabulary of singing techniques. In doing so, the group forges new repertoires without borders. Composer and founding member Caroline Shaw is the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for her a cappella masterpiece Partita for 8 Voices. The eight-voice ensemble’s four-octave range explores a bold sonic palette of speech, sighs, whispers, murmurs, wordless melodies, spoken prattle and throat singing. The result: a Rialto performance with never a dull moment.


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Afro-Cuban All Stars | Feb. 3, 8 pm

JUAN DE MARCOS and the AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS Standing on the Roots of Cuban Music to Create the Future

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hat’s how bandleader Juan de Marcos González, the producer behind the Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro-Cuban All Stars is described. He’s been a longtime crusader for Cuban music and the captivating sounds he’s helped popularize. “Music,” de Marcos says, “is the most international language of all, especially when it comes to ours. It’s a natural rhythm. The body is practically asking to dance when it comes to Afro-Cuban music.” De Marcos has produced some of the best Latin musicians in the world. In the 1990s, for example, he paired retired Cuban

music masters with younger musicians to form the 15-member Afro-Cuban All Stars. The multi-generational group draws on classic Cuban styles like son and danzón, and contemporary dance rhythms like timba, to showcase Cuba’s best musicians (many of them members of the Buena Vista Social Club). A five-year Cuba-U.S. travel restriction prompted de Marcos to bring together the cream of Cuba’s expatriate musicians. They’d been playing internationally and were not subject to immigration restrictions. These musicians had played conga drums for Sting and the timbales for Phil Collins.

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“A Cuban maestro who combines the musical sixth sense of Quincy Jones with the international savvy of James Bond.”


Today’s band combines jazz influences with traditional Cuban music, guajira, timba and has a slightly more contemporary style. By adding younger musicians to the All Stars, de Marcos developed a guiding principle: stand on the roots to create the future. The group’s successes include four Grammy nominations, profiles in several films and documentaries, and a number of other distinctions. Simply put, the Afro-Cuban All Stars are one of the best-known and most successful Cuban orchestras of all time. While all the syncopated styles of AfroCuban music are danceable — bolero, cha-cha, salsa, guajira, danzón and rumba, among them — González’s goal is to make sure listeners enjoy the quality, diversity and vitality of Cuban music as well.

“Not only can Cuban music inspire, it also can be contagious,” he says. “Cuban music is a little wider than what people call world music, but world music is very important in order to bring different cultures to audiences of the First World and give them another cultural choice.”

“Drawing rave responses wherever they play, a Nashville show review praised: ‘For nearly two hours, the AfroCuban All Stars had the audience on their feet, singing and dancing in the aisles.’ ” —The Maui News

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Johnny Mercer Tribute | Feb. 11, 3 pm

JOHNNY MERCER TRIBUTE

Featuring Joe Gransden and Francine Reed with the Georgia State University Jazz Band ohnny Mercer’s name became a symbol for a standard of excellence in songwriting, as in: “Yeah, I’m a good songwriter, but I’m no Johnny Mercer.” Even the crème de la crème thought of Mercer in another league. When singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson was asked who he considered the greatest lyricist of all, his response was swift and unequivocal. “Johnny Mercer,” he said. “Anyone who can rhyme ‘aurora borealis’ with ‘red and ruby chalice’ is not bad.” John Henderson (Johnny) Mercer was born Nov. 18, 1909, in Savannah, and became one of America’s first and foremost performing songwriters. His songs — from the lighthearted “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” to the romantic

“Laura,” from the dramatic “Come Rain or Come Shine” and cinematic “Hooray for Hollywood” to the timeless “Moon River” — have been heard by millions of people worldwide on recordings, radio, films, TV programs and Broadway. Mercer’s lyrics were specific and oneof-a-kind, reflecting his Southern roots, his appreciation for nature and his love of family. He portrayed the pastoral, sentimental South as opposed to the hustle and bustle of cities so often portrayed in popular song. Mercer wrote the lyrics to more than 1,400 tunes, plus another 100 for the movies. He won four best-song Academy Awards (for “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the

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Joe Gransden has performed worldwide and released eight CDs. He’s celebrated for his hard-bop approach to the trumpet as well as his singing voice, which often is compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Gransden has toured as a sideman with the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller big bands, as well as with Barry White, the Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, the Temptations and Aretha Franklin. He plays regularly in Atlanta and recently released his latest CD, titled “Close to My Heart” (produced by saxophonist Kenny G) and a new project titled “Live at Cafe 290, It’s a Beautiful Thing.” The latter features Gransden singing and playing with his 16-piece big band.

Opposite Page: Johnny Mercer at NBC (left), Shirley Temple and Johnny Mercer (top right), Louis Armstrong and Johnny Mercer (bottom right). Above: Francine Reed and Joe Gransden

Evening,” “Moon River” and “Days of Wine and Roses”) amid a total of 18 nominations. His legacy includes 23 theatrical productions that feature his lyrics and/or music. There’s more. Mercer was a popular radio personality and recording artist. He co-founded and served as president of Capitol Records; nurtured such artists as Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Margaret Whiting, Jo Stafford and Peggy Lee; and helped establish the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He died June 25, 1976, in Los Angeles, and is buried in Savannah’s historic Bonaventure Cemetery. The Johnny Mercer Collections, including his papers and memorabilia, are preserved in the Georgia State University library.

Francine Reed began singing professionally with her family’s gospel group when she was 5, and often states, “I was born singing!” She married young, which meant delaying her singing career until her children were older. Reed has performed at metro jazz clubs for years, earning distinction for her powerful voice and inclusive stage presence. She favors an eclectic blend of jazz, blues and R&B, and has regularly opened for such headliners as Miles Davis, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and the Crusaders. In 1985, she began touring with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, first as a background vocalist and later as an integral part of his show. In the mid-1990s, Reed moved to Atlanta to pursue a solo career and recorded two albums. Their success resulted in nominations for the prestigious W.C. Handy awards (blues song of the year, 1997 soul/ blues female artist of the year). Reed, an Atlanta treasure, continues to expand her fan base around the country, displaying amazing vocals and a vibrant personality. Gransden and Reed share their talent here in performance with the GSU Jazz Band led by trumpeter Gordon Vernick. Dr. Vernick is an author and musician. He leads Georgia State University’s Jazz Studies program and the Rialto Jazz for Kids education program for elementary and middle-school students in metro Atlanta.

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Astounding French Dance from the Streets of Algeria

COMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI

What the Day Owes to the Night (“Ce que le jour doit a la nuit”) A fading, yellowing photograph changed Hervé Koubi’s life.

Growing up in Cannes, France, the choreographer always thought of himself as French. Late in his 25th year, however, he realized his origins were Algerian. On his deathbed, Koubi’s father showed him an old photograph of a solitary man. “This man only speaks one language, Arabic … only Arabic, and he was

your great-grandfather,” Koubi recalls learning. “It was a shock to me.” The revelation opened the door to Africa for Koubi’s poetic quest of rediscovery and family roots. It took him to Algeria in 2009, where he sought street dancers for his new company. Most members of Koubi’s 17-man compagnie come from Algeria (one is from Burkina Faso, another from France). With these “found brothers,” Koubi co-produced — over a three-year period — his latest

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Compagnie Hervé KOUBI | Feb. 17, 8 pm


CHOREOGRAPHER Hervé KOUBI CHOREOGRAPHIC ARTISTS Compagnie Hervé KOUBI Hamza Benamar Lazhar Berrouag Nasserdine Djarrad Fayçal Hamlat Nassim Hendi Amine Maamar Kouadri Riad Mendjel Issa Sanou Ismail Seddiki Reda Tighremt Mustapha Zahem Adel Zouba

work, the stage show What the Day Owes to the Night. The dance takes its title from Yasmina Khadra’s 2008 novel, which interweaves the private story of a man and the public life of a nation. Algeria, like the book’s hero, continues to be torn between identities — seeking liberation from the demons of the past while seeking to come to terms with it. The cast of What the Day Owes to the Night toured the world extensively before debuting the full-length piece in October

2015 in the United States. It continues to receive acclaim for their physicality, powerful imagery and choreography. The dancers use urban and contemporary dance, capoeira and other martial arts to bring the piece alive, defying gravity and taking audiences’ breath away.



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Eva Yerbabuena | Feb. 24, 8 pm

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Eva Yerbabuena, at 5 feet tall, is a petite performer with a giant presence. She’s an innovator who admires tradition, an individualist who reveres formal discipline and an introvert with

an expressive persona. In this way, she embodies the many paradoxes of flamenco itself.

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OMPANY Eva María Garrido García was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1970 (the name Yerbabuena was given much later by a guitarist friend). She was 2 weeks old when she moved to her grandparents’ home in Granada, Spain, staying there while her parents continued working in Germany.

Eva started flamenco classes at age 11 and, at 15, began performing professionally with dancer and choreographer Rafael Aguilar. She left home at 16 to work in Seville with singer Paco Moyano’s dance company. In Seville, she performed in festivals with such renowned artists as Manolete and Merche Esmeralda. It was there, at age 19, that she met her husband-tobe, musician Paco Jarana. In 1998, Yerbabuena formed her own dance company, choreographing six awardwinning shows and a repertoire that includes three assemblages. With her company, Yerbabuena has traveled the world, most notably as the first flamenco dancer invited to perform at Australia’s Sydney Opera House. She has performed at Paris’ Theâtre de la Ville, London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Barbican Centre, New York City Center, Germany’s Opera de Dusseldorf and, in Brazil, at São Paolo’s Teatro Municipal. Yerbabuena has twice worked with filmmaker Mike Figgis — for the 1997 documentary Flamenco Women and the 2001 experimental feature Hotel. She appeared in STOMP’s award-winning IMAX film Pulse (2002), performed in Teatro Español’s gala homage to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (2008), and worked with filmmaker Carlos Saura in Flamenco, Flamenco (2010). Yerbabuena, who has earned more than 50 nominations and awards for performance and choreography, won Spain’s National Dance Prize (the Premio Nacional de Danza) in 2001. She’s widely considered one of flamenco’s foremost performers, and she is a leading Spanish dancer. Ay!

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TICKET SERVICES STAFF Kaci Casey, Zarria Chatman, Raven Jones, Nika O’Neal, Breion Russell FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF Sebah Abdu, Brian Ball, Michael Clinton, Mikayla Collins, Ethel Hill, Jasmine Holt, Delores James, Evelyn Kemp, Janet Lewis, Vera Mack BACKSTAGE CREW Daniel Armbrust, Andrew Brown, Bryan Feeney, Nina Gooch, Damien Helms, Christopher Hollis, Nathaniel Kiser, Marshall Moore, Michael Morgan, Sequoyah Murray, Barbara O’Haley, Tony Reid, Dave Reiersen, Anna Richardson, Asalh Scruggs, Danielle Styles, Christa Wood, John Woodson, Megan Worthington STUDENT ASSISTANTS Julie Atcheson, Emily Louis GRADUATE ASSISTANT Justin Jones

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in profound and moving ways. Each year, more than 60,000 people come together to share the Rialto’s performances and events. We aim to entertain diverse audiences by presenting arts programming that is both exceptional and unexpected while cultivating influential community partnerships. An investment in the Rialto’s future will help ensure a more connected arts community in downtown Atlanta and provide the city with the thriving, historic performing arts venue it needs to maintain its prominence and appeal as a premier city. Now in our second century, the Rialto aims to heighten our impact by enhancing our performing arts portfolio, extending our education outreach, and upgrading our technology and infrastructure. Our next century begins now!

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Donors

Gifts from Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2017

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hen you donate to the Rialto, you enable us to further enhance and broaden our arts portfolio and educational programming; maintain and expand the Rialto Series, featuring the best of national and international jazz, world music and dance; and to continue building our educational outreach to high-need public school students throughout Atlanta. With donor categories from $1 to more than $100,000, no amount is too small to contribute! We invite you to become part of the Rialto family, and with your gift, the Rialto will be able to bring the arts to more audiences, more classrooms and transform even more lives. For information on how to donate, please visit rialto.gsu.edu/support or contact Suzy Blough at sblough@gsu.edu or 404-413-9821. IMPRESARIO | $25,000+ Anonymous (3) Bill & Peg Balzer Mark Becker Charles Loridans Foundation Inc. The Erroll & Elaine Davis Charitable Foundation Thomas H. & Mabel Dorn  Reeder Foundation Laura Voisinet VIRTUOSO | $15,000-$24,999 Fulton County Arts Council State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company MAESTRO | $10,000-$14,999 John Bare City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Georgia Council for the Arts South Arts Winnifred Smith O’Dell Fund BENEFACTOR | $5,000$9,999 100 Peachtree Naomi M. Kirkman-Bey W. Imara Canady Christine & David Cofrin David & Mary Haddow

PRODUCER | $2,500-$4,999 David Caudill & Julia Bannerman Nancy Nolan & Harold Shumacher New England Foundation for the Arts

Katherine Klein Munir Meghjani Randy and Marc Sharpiro James & Susan Slemenda Les & Susan Spencer Verah M. Turner

LEADER | $1,000-$2,499 Richard & Marty Alterman Ken & Kathy Bernhardt Tony & Mary Burger David M. Cheshier Walter Coffey & G. David Sprowl Sally Atkins Cohen & Rocky Atkins GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group Leslie Gordon & Blake Leland Jo Ann Haden-Miller & Bill Miller Tammy & Don Hale Robert & Connie Hawkins Gloria J. Mims Carl D. Hudson & Jennie Raymond Randy E. Hyman & Marc Shapiro William & Nancy Yang

STAR | $250-$499 Anonymous (1) Judith A. Aehle & Andy Weiskoff Suzy & Doug Blough Darrell W. Daniels Carlye W. Dooley Christopher Escobar Ralph & Mary Gilbert Valerie A. Gilbert Harry Haisten Harvey & Sarah Hill Glenn & Patti Langford Alfred & Vernita Lockhart Rodney & Felicia Mayfield Christina C. Million Judith Service & Juan H. Montier Ronald & Sara Reams Fred B. Smith John A. Steward & Patricia Riley Michael J. Worley

SUSTAINER | $500-$999 William & Mildred M. Cody Darryl Holloman & Glynis Williams Minette Kirkman Naomi Kirkman Bey, MD

PARTNER | $100-$249 American Endowment Foundation Clinton F. Aul Thornton Beech Jane E. Bickerton Lawrence E. & Leslie W. Blumberg David & Connie Breeser

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PARTNER | $100-$249 (CONT.) Gene B. & Charlesey W. Brown Lawrence & Marva G. Carter C. Ray Chapman Kelly G. & Anthony C. Chelena Gregory S. Cherry Carl & Kimberly C. Clifford Judith Adriana Dia Rotta Jonathan N. Dietch Enid Draluck Christopher S. & Sonnet C. Edmonds Ian & Constance Falconer Anna M. Gray Julie Fishman & Terry F. Pechacek Henry & Joanne J. Fowler Roger & Cheryl Gelder Stuart Gerber Anna M. Gray Richard & Janet Grimshaw Larry R. Hilliard Jack & Michal H. Hillman Merle I. Hoch Walter W. Klein Emma Lankford Damien Lawrence Janet J. Love Sharon L. Margetson Janet V. Mark Ray & Mary Maynard Donald & Carmen Newton Suzanne K. Nieman Sue E. Olszewski Sandra L. Owen Alan & Patricia Pinado Jerry & Usha Rackliffe Susan E. & Frederick L. Roberts Gordon Robinson Benjamin S. Roth David & Sharon Schachter Robert & Camille Simmons

Jeremy R. Sims Anthony Stringer

Ralph & Rachel Greil Catherine P. Hartsfield

The Coca-Cola Company Jeanette G. & Maurice R. Turcotte Gordon J. Vernick Arthur G. Wasserman Aileen J. Wallace Brad & Kay C. Wideman Gregory & Susan S. Wills Gareth J. Young

Martha Hartzell Mattie Hatten John F. Hicks Jr. Douglas Jewett Sharon L. Margetson Michelle Maziar Jason R. McCullough Julie Mei Lawrence & Ruth P. Menter Joseph & Susan P. Mondello Francisco J. Montero Willie M. Oyogoa Mark A. Prichard Thomas J. Ptaszynski Kathryn Ralston Vidyashankar & Vita Rangaswamy Jean Rearick Leslie K. Robins Marsha Sargeant George P. Shoultz III Jeffrey Slattery Diana M. Smedler Elizabeth H. Smith David S. Stevson Charles Storm Yvette S. Strickland Elizabeth Sullivan Luke Swanger Robin K. Taylor Shaleen Tibbs Melody D. Travis Charlena Waller Allen Ward Martin J. Wildes Harrison E. Williams Fred & Constance G. Woodruff

FRIEND | UP TO $99 Joe Alvarado Mary Ann Back Letitia Baldwin Monica Barnes Isaiah T. Bell Angela K. Bennett Rosiland A. Billingsley Ira T. Brown Lilllian Muriel Birchette Elaine Blumenthal Ira T. Brown Michael Connor & Cynthia Cindric William Scott Cleland Tonya D. Cook Jo E. Costanzo Jacob D. Curtis Vernon J. Davis Victoria Inez Dorsey Pinky G. Elliott Kel-Ann & James W. Eyler Diana Farmer Ken & Barbara J. Feinberg Devon E. Ferguson James Filey Jr. Charne Fucron Luther & Myra Gooden William L. Green

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General Information

TICKETS Tickets available for purchase by phone at 404.413.9TIX (9849), online at rialto.gsu.edu, or in person at the Rialto box office, 80 Forsyth St. NW (corner of Forsyth and Luckie streets). BOX OFICE HOURS Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. WEBSITE Visit rialto.gsu.edu for a complete calendar of events or to purchase tickets 24 hours a day. REFUNDS & EXCHANGES All sales are final with no exchanges or refunds. Patrons may return tickets before a performance and receive credit for a taxdeductible donation. USHERING Interested in volunteering as a Rialto usher? Sign up online or call 404.413.9845. PARKING The 100 Peachtree Garage (formerly the Equitable Building parking deck) at the corner of Fairlie and Williams streets, provides official parking for the Rialto Center. SPECIAL NEEDS The Rialto Center is fully accessible to patrons with special needs. Wheelchair seating can be reserved in advance. Patrons who are TTY users, hearing impaired, speech disabled or hard of hearing can call us through the Georgia Relay Service at 711. For more information about these services, please call 866.787.6710. You can also email us at info@rialtocenter.org.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY The exit sign closest to your seat shows the shortest route out of the theater. In case of an emergency, please walk to the exit. ETIQUETTE Please turn all cellphones and electronic devices to silent operation upon entering the theater. Late-arriving patrons will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion during a pause in the performance. Please refrain from talking during the performance. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE We encourage you to share your experience at the Rialto on social media before and after the show using #Rialto100 and #RialtoATL. CAMERAS/RECORDING DEVICES The use of cameras or sound/video recording equipment without the written permission of the management is strictly prohibited. LOST AND FOUND For items lost or left at the theater, please call the House Manager at 404.413.9844. MERCHANDISE The Rialto has items available for purchase at the box office including umbrellas, coffee mugs and more. RENT THE RIALTO Our state-of-the art facilities offer the perfect setting for everything from a VIP reception to an unforgettable corporate event. For more information, please contact Jo Costanzo at 404.413.9814 or jcostanzo@gsu.edu.

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