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You found us! Back when it became clear that this city was generously stepping up to allow us to build the theater we think Atlanta deserves, we had the best of all possible problems. We had to vacate the one we’d lived in for 48 years and still deliver a 49th season that felt essential, delightful and compelling. And while there were certainly easier ways to do it than the one we ultimately landed on, the notion of being able to do an epic field trip — to return the favor of all of you coming to Midtown for all those years by coming to your neighborhoods — well, that was too delicious. Trick is, each match of production and venue had to feel inevitable. The goal was that the audience would walk away saying “of COURSE they did that show there. Of COURSE.” Some of those matches were easier than others. And this one? The most inevitable of all. Once upon a time, Atlanta was graced with a slammingly great Shakespeare company that resided on a college campus in a beautiful facility and featured some of our city’s best artists doing exquisite work. And while chapters sometimes come to an end, really great stories never do. So the opportunity to not only reunite the brilliant helmsman of that company with his cohorts in that very same space — but to do so with the one perfect play this Shakespearean company hadn’t done yet — well that checked the “inevitable” box. (I’d call it a “no-brainer,” but the minds on this piece — from its authors to its director, to its designers and cast are so whip smart, it just doesn’t suit.) Thank you Atlanta, for giving us a reason to be on the road. Thank you, Richard Garner and company, for a chance to revisit your amazing world. And thank YOU — reader of this missive — for following your heart, your fellow subscribers, your GPS or whatever it was that got you here tonight. Adventures require fellow travelers, and we couldn’t have this adventure without you.

Susan V. Booth Jennings Hertz Artistic Director ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

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Profile for Encore Atlanta

ALLIANCE ENCORE :: Shakespeare in Love  

Encore Atlanta is the official show program for the Fox Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, th...

ALLIANCE ENCORE :: Shakespeare in Love  

Encore Atlanta is the official show program for the Fox Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, th...