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It’s a whole new ballgame. The first professional play I ever directed was a piece called Dig, Volley, Spike. It was based on the true story of an amateur women’s volleyball team that won a British championship, and it was staged in a church basement with the audience on bleachers. Through a series of happy accidents, the show ended up transferring to New York, where we played in a theatre complex in the East Village that was also hosting Ben Hur: The Musical. A few years have passed since then. But when Meg Miroshnik, Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner and author of the revelatory The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, submitted The Tall Girls for consideration for the tenth anniversary (of the Alliance/Kendeda competition) season, it seemed like not so many years. Here was a piece ostensibly about sports, that was really about identity and hope, how we craft the former in pursuit of the latter. Here, again, was a play about a community of women striving both toward individual sense of self and a collaborative goal. Here was a ballgame. But not only are these radically different plays; they happen in radically different times to radically different people. And I count myself in that last category. Life, if we are lucky, presents us with opportunities to revisit terrain we thought we knew, only to discover how changed we are. T.S. Eliot said it pretty well (no surprise): “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Thank you, Meg, for a whole new ballgame. Thank you, Alliance audience, for exploring new worlds and known worlds alongside one another.

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Hoop Dreams Family photo prompts playwright Meg Miroshnik to take a shot at a women’s basketball drama

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Said photograph features her grandfather and the girls’ high school basketball team he coached in 1934 in their home state of Minnesota. The girls are in starched white uniforms; Granddad, then 26, stands tall in a suit. The photograph was a jumpingoff point; The Tall Girls is set in a fictional town called Poor Prairie during the Dust Bowl, not in rural Minnesota and not about her grandfather. That she wants to make clear. Miroshnik’s basketball-play itch gained momentum when she was at the Yale School of Drama, studying with award-winning playwright



Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive,The Long Christmas Ride Home). In Miroshnik’s last year of grad school, Vogel designed “custom bakeoffs” – in which students were challenged to write a play in 48 hours based on specific elements. Miroshnik got Title IX sports and Don Juan. Game on. “I wanted to capture what was exciting and alive about a sporting event, the unpredictability, the thrill of not knowing how the game will turn out,” she says. “No matter how much you rehearse, you can’t guarantee, or fake, making a basket. There’s a real adrenaline rush in taking that risk in front of an audience. I knew from the get-go that I would write a scene in which

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a character had to make a basket before [the play] could go on.” You’ll see. After Yale, The Tall Girls found development homes at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2012 and the 2013 DNA series at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Those opportunities, Miroshnik says, helped ready the play for this world premiere tip-off. It isn’t Miroshnik’s first shot in Atlanta. Alliance audiences met her in the 2011-12 season, when her darkly fanciful play The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls won the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. She’s the last of three Kendedawinning playwrights to return to the Hertz Stage with a new play this season, celebrating the contest’s 10th anniversary. Although the worlds of Fairytale Lives (the enchanted streets and forests of post-Soviet Russia) and The Tall Girls (the American Dust Bowl) are very different, they have common elements. Both are comingof-age stories with a lot of female actors, the playwright says. Both feature characters who find comfort in math and numbers. And both have the word “girls” in their title, which leads to another story. “When I was writing The Tall Girls,” Miroshnik says, “I had given up any hope that Fairytale Lives would ever have a life outside of my desk drawer. A few weeks after I titled The Tall Girls, I got the call from [the Alliance] that Fairytale Lives had won the [Alliance/Kendeda National

Graduate Playwriting Competition]. It’s so wild that these plays have had parallel journeys out in the world.” Out in the world of playwriting, Miroshnik has a specific game plan. “I want to tell stories that can only be told live in a theater, stories that demand distinctly theatrical gestures,” she says. “I try to challenge myself as much as possible to create a way of speaking in each ‘playworld’ that is very different than the last. And I love writing for ensembles of actors. I enjoy creating opportunities for lots of performers to shine. Over the course of a career, I’m interested in making a body of work that will feature a lot of meaty, central roles for women.” Fairytale Lives had a cast of six, The Tall Girls has six. Expect similar numbers in two of her current projects. Old Actress, about two friends who went to drama school together 30 years earlier and then made radically different life choices. And Lady Tattoo, inspired by the early 20th-century tattoo fad that began with carnival workers and made its way to upper-class women. One is about regrets and destiny and second chances, the other about women’s rights to their own bodies, says the Minneapolis-raised, Los Angeles-based playwright. As for her own basketball career? It began and ended quickly. “My high school basketball coach actually suggested that it seemed like this ‘theater stuff’ was working out pretty well for me and that I might want to focus on that instead.” Game over. ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG


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cast THERE WILL BE AN INTERMISSION. SETTING Poor Prairie in the days of the dust. CAST Lauren Boyd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inez * Veronika Duerr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lurlene * Kally Duling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Almeda * Emily Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jean Hayley Platt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Puppy * Travis Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haunt Johnny UNDERSTUDIES Molly Coyne — Jean/Lurlene Rachel DeJulio — Almeda/Inez Jenny Holden — Puppy Chad Martin — Haunt Johnny

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profiles LAUREN BOYD (Inez) is thrilled to be in her first production at the Alliance Theatre. She has an MFA in acting from the New School for Drama in NY. Recent theater credits include Benny in Every Tongue Confess (Horizon Theatre), Cadee in Barron, CA (Samuel French Festival) and Edge in Screams of the Butterflies (Off Off Broadway). Film credits include Suzy in Delusions of Guinevere, and Polly in the short film The Brazilian (WIFTA International Film Festival, Female Eye International Film Fest and Long Island International Film Expo). You can also see her online as Cassio in Othello: the web series (Catskills Film Fest). MOLLY COYNE (US Jean/Lurlene) is overjoyed to return to the Alliance Theatre, where this fall she understudied the role of Gloria Mitchell (played by the incredible Courtney Patterson) in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Molly is a graduate of Denison University and holds a BA in theatre and a BA in music (vocal performance). Favorite regional roles include: Suzanne in Don’t Dress for Dinner (The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville, FL), Luisa in The Fantasticks (Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers, FL – Best Actress in a Musical 2013), and Roxie Hart in Chicago (Weathervane Playhouse, Newark, OH – Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Award for Excellence in Acting 2011). This spring, Molly will appear in the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of Annie as Grace Farrell. Thanks to Jody, Susan, this incredible cast and company and my AMAZING family – Mom, Dad and Nunu. RACHEL DeJULIO (US Almeda/Inez) is delighted to be making her Alliance Theatre debut! Previous theatre credits include: Circle Mirror Transformation (Theatre in the Square), A Confederacy of Dunces (Theatrical Outfit), 100 Saints You Should Know (Actor’s Express) and Autobahn (Pinch n’ Ouch Theatre). In television, she appeared as a co-star on the VH1 series “Single Ladies.” Rachel is a proud alumna of Kennesaw State University. VERONIKA DUERR (Lurlene) is a proud member of Actors Equity and a founding member of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project (check us out on FB and Twitter). Since graduating from SCAD with a BFA in theatre, she has worked in NYC, LA and ATL. You may have seen her work around town at Theatrical Outfit, Actor’s Express, Synchronicity, The Shakespeare Tavern, or right here on the Hertz stage. In 2009, Veronika was honored to win the Suzi Bass award for best actress and this year she was awarded best actress in Atlanta by the Broadway World organization. Next up Veronika will be playing Lady MacBeth at The Shakespeare Tavern followed by a world premiere at Serenbe Playhouse. Thank you to Susan and all of the Alliance crew for this exciting opportunity and thank YOU for supporting live theatre! KALLY DULING (Almeda) is thrilled to be making her Alliance debut in The Tall Girls! Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, she has been living and working in New York for the past several years. Favorite credits include Shirley Talley in The Fifth of July (Williamstown Theater Festival and The Bay Street Theatre), Elma Duckworth in Bus Stop (Fulton Theatre), Amy in Little Women: the musical (John Engeman Theatre), Mock Turtle in Alice Unraveled (NYMF), Izzy in As It Is In Heaven (Stonington Opera House), Lourve in The Short Fall (Toy Box Theatre Company), Sally in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sage Theatre) and Michael in Peter Pan (Weathervane Theatre). Kally sends love and thanks to her family, especially Kenny and Ellie Mae, for all of their support! JENNY HOLDEN (US Puppy) is an Atlanta-based actor and improviser. Favorite past credits include: Aggie/The Game’s Afoot (Stage Door Players), Judith/Song of the Living Dead (Dad’s Garage Theatre Co.), Louise/The Fox on the Fairway (Aurora Theatre), and Sheila/Wrath of Con (Dad’s Garage Theatre Co.). Member of the general company at Dad’s Garage Theatre, member of Banshee Improv and featured performer with Laughing Matters. Jenny would like to thank her friends, family, Jody Feldman and Susan Booth for this wonderful opportunity!



profiles EMILY KITCHENS (Jean) Alliance debut. Regional: Dell/Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Denver Center New Play Summit), Natasha/Three Sisters adapted by Sarah Ruhl (Yale Repertory Theatre/Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Betsy & Lindsey/Clybourne Park, Belle/A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); Lady Windermere/ Lady Windermere’s Fan, Miranda/The Tempest, Molly/John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Hero/Much Ado about Nothing (California Shakespeare Theater); Calpurnia/ Julius Caesar and Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Emily received her BFA from the University of Evansville and MFA from A.C.T. Emily served as an actor at The New Harmony Project several times with writers including Theresa Rebeck, Mat Smart, Susan Bernfield, David Caudle and Constance Congdon. CHAD MARTIN (US Haunt Johnny) is proud to be a part of the new play process with the Alliance Theatre. He has taken part in several professional readings including The Steadfast by Mat Smart and Roman Candle Summer by Neeley Gossett as part of the Alliance/Kendeda Playwriting Series. Other Atlanta credits include Ross Gardiner/ Visiting Mr. Green (Stage Door Players), Henry Harry/Brilliant Traces (Synchronicity Theatre), Barry/The Boys Next Door (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), Skeeter Jett/Tradin’ Paint (Theatre in the Square) and Harker/Dracula (Aurora Theatre). It’s always a joy to visit the Hertz Stage for a new play, but especially the day I met Kelly – love you always! HAYLEY PLATT (Puppy) is honored to be making her Alliance Theatre debut in The Tall Girls. Her recent Atlanta credits include A Christmas Carol, Cordelia in King Lear, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Atlanta Shakespeare Company); Dr. Faustus (Resurgen’s Theatre); and Peter Pan (Legacy Theatre). National: Feld Entertainment’s Playhouse Disney Live!, and Entertainment Cast Member for the Walt Disney World Corporation in Florida. International: Feld Entertainment’s Playhouse Disney Live! (South America, Caribbean, and Canada), Winnie the Pooh Live (China, Russia, and Japan), Disney Live: Three Classic Fairy Tales (China, Italy, Australia, and Spain), and Disney Live: Mickey’s Music Festival (Spain). Hayley graduated with a B.A. in theatre and classical culture from the University of Georgia, where she had the opportunity to play Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing in Cortona, Italy using English and Italian. This show is for my family especially; I love you to the sky and back! TRAVIS SMITH (Haunt Johnny) was last seen at the Alliance as Andy in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Other Atlanta credits: Metamorphoses, Much Ado About Nothing, Illyria, The Glass Menagerie (GA Shakespeare), Going With Jenny, Godspell, Keeping Watch, Summer and Smoke, Lost Highway (Theatrical Outfit), Smoke on the MT, Sanders Family Christmas, MT., Pleasant Homecoming (Theater in the Square), and Lenny in Of Mice and Men (Shakespeare Tavern). Film and Television: Shotgun Stories, Ring of Fire, The Good Lie, “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Necessary Roughness” (USA Network). Trained at North Carolina School of the Arts School of Drama (2000). Many thanks to my loving family. ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. MEG MIROSHNIK (Playwright) Meg Miroshnik’s plays include The Tall Girls (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2012; La Jolla Playhouse DNA Series, 2013; world premiere Alliance Theatre, 2014, directed by Susan V. Booth), The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist, 2012; Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award, 2011-12; Yale Rep, 2014, directed by Rachel Chavkin), The Droll {Or, a Stage-Play about the END of Theatre}, Fault and an adaptation of the libretto for Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki. Her work has been developed or produced by La Jolla Playhouse, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Center Theatre Group, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, South Coast Repertory, the Sallie B. Goodman Fellowship



profiles at the McCarter Theatre Center, Alliance Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Lark New Play Development Center, Chicago Opera Theater, the Moscow Playwright and Director Center, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Yale Cabaret, Perishable Theatre, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, One Coast Collaboration and published in Best American Short Plays, 2008-2009 (Applause, 2010). She holds commissions from South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Yale Rep. Originally from Minneapolis, she currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the Playwrights Union. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, she is a recipient of the 2012 Whiting Writers’ award. SUSAN V. BOOTH (Jennings Hertz Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, created local producing partnerships and has overseen regional collaborative productions as well as commercial partnerships on projects including Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. As a director, she has worked at theatres including the Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern and DePaul universities, and serves as adjunct faculty with Emory University. She is the past president of the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group (the national service organization for the field), is on the artistic board of the Steinberg Charitable Trust in New York and is a trustee of Denison University. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal. CHIEN-YU PENG (Scenic Designer) is a Taiwan and NY-based scenic designer. Recent credits include TV Concert- The Next Big Thing (Street Voice, Taiwan); Life Science (Berkshire Playwright Lab); The Arabian Nights (Theatre Fairfield); Home (Redfern Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Studio M, Taiwan); Lungs (Brown University); The City of Love (Eight Points Theater, China); K24 (Tainaner Ensemble, Taiwan). MFA: Yale School of Drama. LEX LIANG (Costume Designer) Liang’s work includes design for theatre, film, dance and special events. The Tall Girls marks his fifth collaboration with the Alliance Theatre, and third Kendeda production, having recently designed the costumes for In Love and Warcraft, and scenery and costumes for Carapace. Lex also designed the costumes for Into the Woods (Suzi Award) and What I Learned in Paris (Suzi Nom.) Select NYC/ Off-Broadway credits include The Yellow Wood (Dir. B.D. Wong), Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Dir. Judith Ivey), and Made in Heaven. Regionally, his work has been seen at Papermill Playhouse, The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center (Gypsy, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz), and Penobscot Theatre (30+ productions). Liang is the Principal at LDC Design Associates, an NYC based firm providing design and production services for retail and residential spaces, and special events, including the launch of The Kardashian Kollection at Liebovitz studio, the creation of a Times Square forest campsite for “Outdoor Life”, and Sears’ “Jean Scene” in Central Park. A graduate of NYU-Tisch, Liang is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local-829. PETE SHINN (Lighting Designer) is the master electrician for the Alliance Theatre. His most recent designs have been Shrek The Musical, Charlotte’s Web, Apples and Oranges, The Wizard of Oz, Broke, Honk!, Disney’s Mulan,Class of 3000 LIVE, Seussical: The Musical, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Glengarry Glen Ross at the Alliance; Blood Knot, Keeping Watch and A Christmas Memory for Theatrical



profiles Outfit. His previous designs have been with the Alliance Theatre (Alliance Stage and Hertz Stage), Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, George Street Playhouse and Delaware Repertory Theatre. CLAY BENNING (Sound Designer) has been the resident sound designer at the Alliance Theatre for 14 years and has designed more than 80 productions. Recent works include Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Into the Woods, Good People and Next to Normal. Associate artist at Georgia Shakespeare with over 20 productions. Other designs include Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Theatre. Awards: 2006, 2007 and 2009 Suzi Bass awards for outstanding sound design with an additional 11 nominations. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College (BA), North Carolina School of the Arts (MFA) and a member of IATSE/USA829. lark hackshaw (Stage Manager) although lark has been stage managing at the Alliance Theatre for more than 20 years, she has worked at many regional theatres including Cleveland Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Maltz Jupiter, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, MUNY, North Carolina Black Rep and has worked on several major tours. Her favorite shows include Broadway’s Stick Fly; the Housewives of Atlanta’s A Mother’s Love (Rialto); the Dreamgirls tour starring Jennifer Holliday and Sheddin at the Horizon Theatre; and Alliance productions: What I Learned In Paris, Good People, Bring It On: The Musical, Zorro, The Nacirema Society, Broke, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Topdog/Underdog, Wit and The Geller Girls. She is a line producer/ executive assistant for Winston-Salem’s National Black Theatre Festival. lark is the proud recipient of Howard University’s 2012 Distinguished Howard Player Award. CELISE KALKE (Director of New Projects) is honored to work as dramaturg again with Meg

Miroshnik after a great experience with The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. She joined the staff of the Alliance in 2005, and is amazed at the growth of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and the Atlanta’s audience welcoming response to the writers coming through the program. Managing the many projects in the 10th Anniversary season is a career highlight. Celise has grown the Competition to include collaboration with the Lark Theatre Center in New York, a reading festival in Atlanta, a workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and ongoing new play workshops across the country. The Competition world premieres at the Alliance include these critically acclaimed and exciting productions: Bike America, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Carapace, Tennis in Nablus, Smart Cookie, In the Red and Brown Water and False Creeds. Before moving to the Alliance she was the director of the literary department at the Public Theater in New York, working with writers such as John Guare, Diana Son, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stephen Adly Guirgis and serving as the production dramaturg for the Shakespeare in Central Park productions.

JODY FELDMAN (Casting) began her theatre career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the assistant general manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Jody is the associate producer at the Alliance Theatre, where she started in 1991 as casting director. While at the Alliance, Jody has cast and produced more than 200 LORT B, D and TYA productions including a wide range of world premieres including The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, Broke by Janece Shaffer, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and 10 years of Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition-winning plays, as well as world and regional premiere musicals such as Aida, The Color Purple, Sister Act: The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and, most recently, Zorro. Jody is most proud of the thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection.



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


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

Tarell Alvin McCraney

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

Kenneth Lin

Madhuri Shekar

Meg Miroshnik

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

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



b a L s t´ s i t r A Atlanta

This season marks the inaugural

year of the Atlanta Artist’s Lab, a program developed by the Alliance Theatre to provide opportunities to artists of multiple theatre disciplines and practitioners; to allow the Alliance to invest in our local artistic ecology; and to fuel season planning for the Alliance and other area theatres with home grown work with the hope of finding as many producing homes for the work as possible. 2014 ARTIST’S LAB Ellen McQueen Teaming up with consultants James Knowles and Oliver Turner, Ellen McQueen will further develop “The Projects Project,” a theatre piece built from true stories of folks who grew up in the “war zone” of the Atlanta housing projects. Spoken word, visual images, music and dance are all part of telling the tale. Gabrielle Fulton As the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation is upon us, Gabrielle Fulton aims to examine notions of freedom as she develops her play “Uprising,” which reflects on liberty, self-determination, and sacrifice in a free black community during Secession Era America.

Brian Kurlander and Lane Carlock In collaboration with directing/ dramturgical consultant Elisa Carlson, Brian Kurlander and Lane Carlock will develop “Moxie.” A moving and powerful play, “Moxie” chronicles a handmade book made by a Marine, who is killed while serving in Afghanistan, as a gift for his son. Journeying from place to place, the book goes on to impact the many lives it touches. Suehyla El-Attar and John Stewart: The 2014 Atlanta Artist Lab Fellows Atlanta artists Suehyla El-Attar, top, and John Stewart, bottom, will collaborate with the Alliance artistic and education staff to both develop their own artistry and to discover new ways of engaging our community. ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG


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



discover us discover us. discover you. In The Tall Girls I discovered that while this may be a play about basketball, it carries similar themes from sports into life. Our interest in sports -- the rivalries and the athletes themselves – is perhaps driven in part by the parallels with challenges and successes in our own lives. The intersection of on-court drama and real-life drama that each player brings to the game results in an unpredictable and real experience, and one that is shared by players and observers alike. The play shows that we have an impact on those around us – we have the power to inspire or discourage, to grow or hold back – it is up to each of us how we play our role on the team and how we play the hand we are dealt.

Kelly Loeffler Co-Owner, WNBA Atlanta Dream

SYNOPSIS Welcome to Poor Prairie, the dusty, desolate town where fifteen-anda-half-year-old Jean has been exiled as caretaker for her wild-child cousin, Almeda. It’s a grim, dangerous place to eke out an existence as a teenage girl — until a handsome man with a past arrives, a brandnew basketball in tow. As the town’s girls come together to form a team set on making it out of Poor Prairie, a murky committee of townspeople threatens to stamp out girls’ sports altogether. Inspired by the flourishing and decline of high school girls’ basketball teams in the 1930s rural Midwest, The Tall Girls asks: Who can afford the luxury of play? What is the cost of childhood? And who is responsible for keeping the promise of social mobility that sports make in this country?



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

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

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

Rita Anderson Ken Bernhardt Frank Chew Ann Cramer Linda Davidson*

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

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

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

Hala Moddelmog Phil Moise* Maureen Morrison Helen Smith Price Patty Reid Margaret Reiser Maurice Rosenbaum* Bill Rowland Steve Selig Pam Sessions Bill Sleeper Bronson Smith

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

Advisory Board

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

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

Volunteer Leadership

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

* Executive Committee Member ^ Ex Officio


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


Linda Selig Janece Shaffer Jonathan Shapero Linda Silberman E. Kendrick Smith Lynda Smith Chandra StephensAlbright Charlita StephensWalker Steven Steindel Todd A. Tautfest Wayne R. Vason Lynda Walker Bob Walker Aaron Watson Mary Williams Suzanne B. Wilner Joni Winston Paul Root Wolpe


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Featuring some of Atlanta's finest and most beloved talent in the show the New York Times called "...good news for theatregoers."

By Horton Foote Directed by Tom Key April 2 – April 27, 2014 Old resentments and sibling rivalries bubble to the surface as the hilariously dysfunctional Gordon family of Harrison, Texas, spar to claim the biggest piece of the pie in the wildly funny, Tony-nominated Dividing the Estate by Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning Horton Foote. Matriarch Stella Gordon keeps her aging and money-strapped children on a short financial leash with no plans to split her 100-year old estate. But the kids have other ideas. The NY Daily News declares, "Dividing the Estate goes for laughs and succeeds, and at the same time comments on more sweeping notions of avarice, entitlement and carpetbagging karma." Photo: Bree Anne Clowdus

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

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

The Kendeda Fund The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

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

The Shubert Foundation Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

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

The Home Depot North Highland Company The Rich Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP JP Morgan

The Japan Foundation Plum Creek

Equifax National Vision

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

★ $2,500+

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



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

Cast and company flowers sponsored by

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

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

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



annual fund Alliance donors provide over $1.2 million to the Annual Fund and Annual Fundraising events so that we can continue to present exceptional theatre and educational programs to our community. We are deeply grateful for their support. *Gifts processed as of February 14, 2014. $50,000+

Victoria & Howard Palefsky $35,000+

Barbara & Steve Chaddick James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Sally G. Tomlinson $25,000+

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Feinsand Dan & Garnet Reardon Joni Winston $10,000+

The Balloun Family Susan V. Booth & Max Leventhal Ansley & Mark Callaway Ann & Jeff Cramer Linda & Gene Davidson Diane & Daryl Evans Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Evans Mr. & Mrs. Reade Fahs Doris & Matthew Geller Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Golde David & Carolyn Gould Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Doug & Lila Hertz John & Angie Keller Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer James & Lori Kilberg Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier Jeffrey C. Levy Mr. & Mrs. Steven J. Moddelmog Phil & Caroline Mo誰se Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Stephen & Marjorie Osheroff Helen Smith Price Patty & Doug Reid Bob & Margaret Reiser Linda & Steve Selig Mr. & Mrs. H. Bronson Smith John & Karen Spiegel Lynne & Steve Steindel Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles* & Delores Stephens Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Tome Rick & Terri Western Ramona & Ben White Suzy Wilner Amy & Todd Zeldin $7,500 - $9,999

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Marsha & Richard Goerss P.J. Younglove Hovey



Jocelyn J. Hunter Andrea & Boland Jones Paul & Rosthema Kastin Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Rosemarie & David Thurston Mark & Rebekah Wasserman $5,000 - $7,499

Mrs. Kristin Adams James Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Austin Bill & Peg Balzer Lisa & Joe Bankoff Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Frank & Mary Anne Chew Ezra Cohen Charitable Trust Doug & Donna Curling Marcia & John Donnell Eve & Bob Eckardt Gene G. Abel, M.D. & Nora Harlow Erin & John Heyman Mr. & Mrs. James C. Kennedy Philip I. Kent Foundation David L. Kuniansky Cynthia & Alan Maloy Mr. & Mrs. John S. Markwalter, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John Hays Mershon Dedi & Julian Mohr Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Ms. Scarlet Pressley-Brown & Mr. Wendell Brown Hugh & Susanne Ripps Bill & Rhonda Rowland Sharon & David Schachter Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Mr. & Mrs. John R. Strom Bruce Westbrook $2,500 - $4,999

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

Philippa & Burrell Ellis John & Cindy Ethridge Kathryn T. Farley, PhD Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Adam Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Barry Goheen Mrs. Carrie G. Hall John & Simone Hanson Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Henry & EttaRae Hirsch Foundation Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Dr. & Mrs. John A. Johnson Leslie Leigh M.D. Dick Lyon Kristie L. Madara Mr. & Mrs. Paul P. Mattingly Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley Melanie & S. Alan McKnight, Jr. Carol & Dart Meadows Mr. William E. Michalewicz Nancy & Mike Millett Mr. Walter W. Mitchell Morgens West Foundation Kathleen Nixon & Gregory Berkey Susan & David Peterson Mr. Jared Ripps & Dr. Kiera von Besser Alan & Cyndy Schreihofer Sonny & Jeanne Seals Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Shelton III Charlotte & Tom Shields Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Mr. & Mrs. Mark Silberman William & Margarita Sleeper Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Oronda M. Smith Southern States LLC Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Karen & Alex Stickney Maria-Ruth Storts TAYLAR Development Mr. James Thomas Michael & June Tompkins Kimberly & Kevin Walther Susan & Tom Wardell Janice M. Warner Penn & Sally Wells Joan N. Whitcomb John & Kathy Zamer $1,500 - $2,499

Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda Adams Diane & Kent Alexander Elaine & Miles Alexander Jeff & Belinda Allen Theodore & Andrea Altholz Judy M. Anderson

annual fund Alliance donors provide over $1.2 million to the Annual Fund and Annual Fundraising events so that we can continue to present exceptional theatre and educational programs to our community. We are deeply grateful for their support. *Gifts processed as of February 14, 2014.

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

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

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

$1,000 - $1,499

Mr. & Mrs. George Ajy Mr. & Mrs. Robert Arogeti Mr. & Mrs. Michael Barrett In Memory of Sol Blaine Mr. Donald Bonar & Mr. Elmer Langham Jim & Barbara Brady David H. & Christine T. Cofrin Ralph & Rita Connell Bob Copeland Terry & Sharon Culp

* Deceased



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

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

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

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

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

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

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 and hospitality events, and assisting Alliance staff members with daily office tasks. STARS is composed of four separate organizations working together on fund-saving and fund-raising projects to benefit the theatre. The four volunteer groups are the Alliance Children’s Theatre Guild, Alliance Theatre Guild, the Direct Volunteers and the Usher Corps. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Shana Orr at or call 404.733.4761.



alliance theatre staff Artistic

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


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

Administration /Finance

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


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


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

Production Production Management

General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Schleifer Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victor W. Smith Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laura Thruston


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


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


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


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


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

Stage Management

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

Stage Operations

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



The Woodruff Circle

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

$500,000 - $999,999

$250,000 - $499,999

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

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

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

The Patron Circle

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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