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Joy. It’s a word more associated with A Christmas Carol and December than the Alliance/Kendeda winner and February, but this year joy is in the house as we produce Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jiréh Breon Holder. Jiréh won this competition as all winners do: through a blind submission process and two rounds of thorough reading. So it was a VERY good day at work when I realized our anonymous winner was well known to us: a former Kenny Leon Fellow who spent two years as a mentee of the Alliance before going to the Yale School of Drama. And another VERY good day when Lisa Paulsen let me know Jiréh had gone through a second blind submission process to become the Emory Playwright Fellow. Jiréh is talented, driven and at ease in a theater. That a talent like his came out of Atlanta (as a Morehouse graduate) and can be nourished after graduate school by our theater community speaks volumes to what Atlanta as a cultural center has become. This play grew out of conversations that Jiréh had with his grandmother during a long, slow summer of research into the Freedom Rides that took place during the summer of 1961. It tells the story of the people living next door to a revolution; they still try to fix cars, sew clothes, buy groceries and get college degrees as the world around them changes. Too Heavy for Your Pocket has been enlightening to work on and is a piece I hope you will discuss with passion. Sincerely,

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Black lives matter, then and now Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder revisits the era of Freedom Riders in his Alliance/Kendeda Award-winning drama, Too Heavy for Your Pocket

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t’s too bad books and movies and plays have to have titles. To Alliance/Kendeda Awardwinning playwright Jiréh Breon Holder they are more of a burden than an opportunity. “If it were up to me, I’d just call something

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Play No. 14,” he says. “But maybe no one would go see that.” And so, he carries a small batch of maybe-someday titles with him. Too Heavy for Your Pocket was among them. Holder found that it fit his four-character drama,


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CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder reminisces about his grandmother while looking at family photos; Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth and the playwright; actors Miranda Childers (who understudies Evelyn) and Rob Demery (who plays Tony).

chosen from 64 submissions as the 2017 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, the theater’s one-ofa-kind program to nurture and launch young playwrights. The Alliance/Kendeda prize is like panning for gold and finding a fat, shiny nugget. The contest, in its 14th season, gives the winning script a fully staged production in the 200-seat Hertz Stage, with professional designers and actors and all the support of a major American regional theater. Four finalists receive staged readings. The impressive lineup of Alliance/Kendeda alumni includes Tarell Alvin McCraney (In the Red and Brown Water), whose work is seen regularly in New York and around the country and who recently was named chairman of the playwriting department at the Yale School of

Drama. His play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue inspired the current feature film Moonlight. Other Kendeda alumni include Mike Lew, whose Tiger Style! premiered on the mainstage in 2015; Megan Gogerty (Love Jerry), who continues to write and perform, do stand-up comedy and teach at the University of Iowa; Bekah Brunstetter, a producer on the NBC drama “This Is Us”; and Meg Miroshnik (The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls), whose Tall Girls was also done at the Alliance and whose work is regularly produced nationwide. Holder, a Memphis native and Morehouse College graduate, recently earned his M.F.A. in playwriting from Yale and is working at Emory University through a playwriting fellowship. He’s already got 10 full-length scripts and a half-dozen one-acts to his name. Holder’s work tends to focus on political ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

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LEFT: Costume designer Sydney Roberts shares her ideas with Eboni Flowers (who plays Evelyn); Too Heavy is, in part, a tribute to his mother and grandmother, says playwright Jiréh Breon Holder.

subjects and domestic life in the South. He’s a fun, eager and friendly guy in conversation, but as a dramatist he’s more serious and driven. “If I’m angry, I’m probably writing a play,” he says. “If I’m sad, I’m probably writing a poem. I’m not really productive if I’m happy.” Holder wrote Too Heavy as a tribute to his mother and grandmother and as a “standing ovation” to the Black Lives Matter movement. Set in 1961 Nashville, the drama centers on two young black couples. Their lives are entwined because the men — Bowzie and Tony — have been best friends since childhood. Bowzie (BOE-see), married to a small-time singer named Evelyn, has earned an academic scholarship to Fisk University. Tony can’t even read; he’s “all muscle,” a mechanic married to the petite Sally. As the play begins, Sally is graduating from the Joyce Howard School of Glamor. Bowzie begins at Fisk but is unexpectedly drawn in by fellow students fired up by the Freedom Riders. “Ain’t no use in sitting up in those classes if I’m the only Negro there,” Bowzie says. Holder had been wanting to write a play “about people who were alive during the civil rights movement and how they chose to respond.” When the Black Lives Matter movement began making headlines, Too Heavy began to percolate for him. “For me personally, it’s cut and dried — that 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

if an unarmed citizen is killed by a police officer, then there’s something wrong. However, the more I had conversations with people of different backgrounds, the more I realized that not everyone saw it the same way.” He zeroed in on activists known as Freedom Riders — peaceful protestors who rode interstate buses into the Deep South in the 1960s — to shine a light on states that ignored U.S. Supreme Court decisions that found segregated public buses unconstitutional. As with today’s #blacklivesmatter movement, not everyone supported the Freedom Riders. Evelyn, for instance, thinks her man is a “damn fool” throwing his life away to ride a bus he doesn’t need to take. “Why you just dangling your scrawny black ass in front of the Klan,” she asks him. Each character in Too Heavy has a distinct relationship with the other three. “They all love each other and are very close,” Holder says. “They each have their opinions and each opinion is valid. I tried not to have any villains.” It’s a lot to ask anyone to “sacrifice their own personhood on behalf of a movement,” he says. “I think I’m particularly interested in how we can incorporate activism into our daily lives. What can we do on a daily basis that moves us forward as a race of mankind? Maybe that’s what all my plays are about.” A


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PAUL SCHUTZER, BETTMANN-CORBIS, FEDERA; BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Freedom Riders at a safe house in Montgomery; John Lewis and James Zwerg in May 1961; Mae Frances Moultrie Howard after a bus is attacked in Anniston, Ala.

“It is my legal right to be on this bus.” D

ec. 5, 1960: The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Boyton v. Virginia that the racial segregation of public transportation violates the Interstate Commerce Act and is therefore unconstitutional. This decision gives the era’s Freedom Riders the legal foundation on which to challenge Southern practices of segregation in public facilities on interstate highways. The summer of 1961: 13 activists board a bus in Washington, D.C., bound for New Orleans, intending to challenge the non-enforcement of the Supreme Court ruling protecting their human rights. The Freedom Riders prevail, despite plenty of obstacles. Local officials, the police and the Ku Klux Klan use brute force, severely beating and arresting the courageous participants. The Freedom Riders practice nonviolence to combat

the massive violence inflicted upon them. History shows that a single Freedom Ride in the spring of 1961 grew into a massive movement that involved more than 400 Americans. People of all ages, races, genders and religious beliefs, from the North, South, East, and West rode integrated Freedom buses into the American South. Family, love, aspiration — these were the values in the forefront of the riders’ minds. These were the values that kept these individuals from assuming the role of passive observer. Each person made sacrifices and experienced private struggles for their vision of a better, brighter future. The stakes were high. And the values at stake were undeniably righteous. “I pray to God, I can walk off this bus. I pray so hard.”

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THE ALLIANCE THEATRE Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director presents

BY JIRÉH BREON HOLDER SET DESIGN

REID THOMPSON CASTING

COSTUME DESIGN

SYDNEY ROBERTS

JODY FELDMAN & HARRIET BASS

LIGHTING DESIGN

LIZ LEE

DRAMATURG

CELISE KALKE

SOUND DESIGN

ELISHEBA ITTOOP STAGE MANAGER

lark hackshaw

DIRECTED BY MARGOT BORDELON This production is generously supported by the Kendeda Fund for New Works. This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Special thanks to the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the National Graduate Playwriting Competition.

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CAST in alphabetical order ROB DEMERY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony * EBONI FLOWERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Evelyn * MARKITA PRESCOTT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sally STEPHEN RUFFIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bowzie UNDERSTUDIES MIRANDA CHILDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Evelyn CYRAH HILL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sally KAMERON NEAL KIERCE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bowzie ASANTE WILLIAMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony

STAGE MANAGEMENT * lark hackshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Manager BRITNEY DeROSA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Production Assistant PRODUCTION AND DESIGN ASSISTANCE ELISA CARLSON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dialect Coach JOI PORTER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Director/Script Manager FOR THIS PRODUCTION NICOLE CLOCKEL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wardrobe EMMA LIPSITT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sound Engineer JENN NAKAHARA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lighting Programmer JOHN UNDERWOOD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Operations Additional Dramaturgical Support provided by Kyra Cohen, Adam Friedman, Cameron Frostbaum, Max McCreary, Dalyla McGee, Sam Oppenheim, led by Lisa Paulsen, Emory University Senior Lecturer .

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profiles ROB DEMERY (Tony) is thrilled to make his Alliance debut as Tony. Stage credits: Fetch Clay, Make Man (Muhammad Ali, Suzi nom); Lombardi (Dave Robinson); The Watsons Go to Birmingham (Byron); Sarafina (Silence); Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Theo); To Kill a Mockingbird (Tom Robinson); A Christmas Carol (Fred); Othello: The Remix (Othello); A Soldier’s Story (Corporal Cobb); The Waiting Room (Riley Innes); Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil (Lem); No Land’s Man (Dred Scott); Twelfth Night (Sea Captain/Priest). Film/television credits: Get On Up, 90 Minutes in Heaven, Devil’s Knot, “2nd Generation Wayans” and soon to be seen in a co-starring role on the WGN television show “Underground.” Thanks to my heartbeat, Amber Demery. This one, as usual, is for my Brother J. Demery is the founder/artistic director of Red Light Arts in Riverdale. RedLightArts.com EBONI FLOWERS (Evelyn) New York: Dead Dog Park (Bedlam), Paradox of the Urban Cliché (Wild Project), Miss Julie (August Strindberg Rep ­— NYIT Award nomination), Court Martial at Fort Devens (New Federal/Castillo Theater — AUDELCO award winner), The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile (Billie Holiday Theater). Regional: The Sting of White Roses (NC Black Rep), Three Sisters, Trojan Women, The Winter’s Tale, Coriolanus, As You Like It, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Sex Acts (PushPush Theater), Freddie Hendricks YEA (7 Stages). Television: “Blue Bloods (CBS),” “Show Me a Hero (HBO)” and “Friends of the People (TruTV).” Clark Atlanta University (B.A.), Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama (M.F.A). Dedicated to the Freedom Riders in all of us. MARKITA PRESCOTT (Sally) is proud to make her Alliance stage debut! Recent credits include Lucretia in Flambeaux at the Poet’s Den in NYC (AUDELCO award nominee for best actress in a musical); The First Noel (workshop at the Classical Theater of Harlem); Hit-Lit (Queens Theatre). TV/film: “Barry” (Netflix), “The Knick” (Cinemax). M.F.A. in

acting from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. SAG/AFTRA/AEA. Thank you Mom and Dad for your sacrifices! Jeremiah 29:11. STEPHEN RUFFIN (Bowzie) is honored to return to the Alliance Theatre. Recent credits include Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project (Synchronicity Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Atlanta Shakespeare Company); A Christmas Carol, The Tempest (Hippodrome State Theatre); Tell Me My Dream (Alliance Theatre). TV/film: “Sleepy Hollow,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” Thank you Jody for believing in me, Margot for leading us and Jiréh for trusting me with this beautiful character. Mad love to my family, friends, pets and my alluring WIFE! MIRANDA CHILDERS (U/S Evelyn) is beyond excited to make her debut at the Alliance Theatre! Recent credits include Nina in the MXAT/Harvard A.R.T. reworking of The Seagull (Moscow); 3 Days in Savannah (Manhattan Repertory Theatre); Rosa Parks/Doña Louisa in The Roberto Clemente Story (Teatro Sea’s bilingual theater); and Sarah in Ragtime (Cape Fear Regional Theatre). Professionally trained in theater at the University of Evansville. Childers has a B.A. in Spanish from Methodist University and the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Humble thanks and appreciation to friends, family and the entire Too Heavy for Your Pocket team! CYRAH HILL (U/S Sally) is thrilled to make her Alliance stage debut! Recent TV/film credits include “Hashtags, Heels and Happiness” and commercials for Harris Teeter and the NBA App. B.A. in theater with a dance concentration from Spelman College with additional training at NYCDA. Hill is the owner and operator of Fehree Performance Atlanta, an after-school performing-arts program serving Atlanta Public Schools. Deepest gratitude to family, friends and fellow artists.

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profiles KAMERON NEAL KIERCE (U/S Bowzie) was last seen in Alliance’s Collision Project X, and is now grateful to work on the Hertz Stage! Favorite credits include Hairspray (Suwanee Amphitheater), Peter & the Starcatcher, Mamma Mia, The Wiz (Weathervane Rep), Yeah I Said It ! (The Rialto) and The Color Purple (Viola Turner Theatre). TV credits: “Fatal Attraction,” “StartUp” and “Murder Chose Me.” Kierce is an August Wilson Monologue Competition finalist, student of Rob Mello and a soon-to-be junior at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama. His goal is to continue to tell stories that inspire change and encourage love. Follow his journey at kameronkierce.com ASANTE WILLIAMS (U/S Tony) is a native Californian who earned his bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a humble, versatile actor who tries to bring both a comedic and a dramatic touch to each role, and has an interest in both film and stage. His goal is to continue to study the craft and keep competing at a high level to one day grind his way to Broadway or a major movie/TV sitcom. Recent credits include Miss Evers’ Boys, Fabulation, The American Play and Local Celebrity, which was part of the Las Vegas Fringe Festival. JIRÉH BREON HOLDER (Playwright) is honored to return to the Alliance Theatre as the 2016/17 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition after serving as the Kenny Leon Fellow in 2012. Holder serves is now the Playwriting Fellow in the Department of Theater and Creative Writing Program at Emory University. He has received a TCG Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. His plays have been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre, the Kennedy Center and the Old Globe. After graduating from Morehouse College, he received his M.F.A. in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where his plays The Rules, 50:13 and Some Bodies Travel (cowritten with Tori Sampson) received productions. He is a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa, and dedicates this 16 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

production to Nola Holder and Cassandra Holder, the original Sallys. MARGOT BORDELON (Director) is a New York-based director who specializes in new work. Upcoming: peerless by Jiehae Park at Marin Theater Company and T. by Dan Aibel at American Theater Company. Recent projects: The Pen by Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins for Premieres NYC (New York Times Critics’ Pick); peerless at Yale Rep; A Delicate Ship by Anna Ziegler at the Playwrights Realm (NYT’s Critics’ Pick); and Okay, Bye by Joshua Conkel for Steppenwolf Theater. She’s developed new plays for Ars Nova, Atlantic Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Cherry Lane, Juilliard, NYTW, PlayPenn, Portland Center Stage, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Roundabout and the Wilma, among others. Bordelon moved east after spending six years in Chicago as a director, writer and performer. She is a founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago and spent four seasons at Lookingglass Theatre as literary manager and company dramaturg. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama, B.F.A.: Cornish College of the Arts. margotbordelon.com REID THOMPSON (Set Designer) is a Brooklyn-based scenic designer for plays, musicals and opera. He is thrilled to be designing his first show in Atlanta, where so much of his family is from. Recent NYC credits: Among the Dead, House Rules (Ma-Yi); The Electric Baby (Fordham); Empathitrax (Colt Coeur); Tartuffe (Atlantic Theater School); Dust Can’t Kill Me, Lisa and Leonardo (NYMF 2016); Half Moon Bay (Lesser America); Lucia di Lammermoor, Dido & Aeneas (Heartbeat Opera); A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm). Recent regional: Little Shop of Horrors, The Homecoming, Bells Are Ringing (Berkshire Theater Festival); Disgraced (Asolo Rep); Fault (Theater Squared); Merrily We Roll Along (Yale Drama); A Streetcar Named Desire (Yale Rep). Upcoming: Into the Woods (Princeton/McCarter); Lucretia (Stony Brook Opera); Madama Butterfly (Heartbeat Opera). B.F.A.: School of the Art Institute of Chicago; M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. Thompson is a proud member of Wingspace and USA-829.


profiles SYDNEY ROBERTS (Costume Designer) is an Atlanta-based costume designer who has been a regular at the Alliance Theatre since 2001. Recent Alliance design work: Ugly Lies the Bone; Tell Me My Dream; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and the Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young’s productions of Bucket of Blessings and From Head to Toe. Awards: Suzis Bass awards for Mary Poppins (costume design of a musical, Aurora Theatre); James and the Giant Peach and Shrek the Musical (design team for a TYA show, Alliance Theatre); and a Drammy for The Devils at Portland Center Stage in Oregon. Roberts has taught costume design at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Emory University and Oglethorpe University. She is a member of USA 829. Soon to be produced: The Bee Opera, a comic opera by Sorrel Hays performed as part of the International Festival of Contemporary Arts-City of Women in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in October. LIZ LEE (Lighting Designer) always enjoys her work at the Alliance. Previous designs include Ugly Lies the Bone; Ethel; The C.A. Lyons Project; Steel Magnolias; In Love & Warcraft; The Whipping Man; God of Carnage; Sleuth; Cuttin’ Up; Tick, Tick … Boom! and Top Dog/Under Dog. Based in Atlanta, she is producer and resident lighting designer for the Center for Puppetry Arts, where upcoming projects include The Adventures of Mighty Bug and Pete the Cat. ELISHEBA ITTOOP (Sound Designer) Elisheba’s designs and original music have been heard at the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Trinity Repertory, LaMaMa, 59E59, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music Festival and the Center for Puppetry Arts. She was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights Conferences; a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. She is the podcast producer for StoryCorps. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts. elishebaittoop.com

lark hackshaw (Stage Manager) Although lark has been stage managing at the Alliance Theatre for more than 25 years, she also has worked at such regional theaters as the Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Metro Stage, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Maltz Jupiter, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, MUNY and North Carolina Black Rep, and has taken out several major tours. Favorite shows include Broadway’s Stick Fly plus Proof, Smart People, Anne & Emmett, Black Nativity, Kandi Burruss’ A Mother’s Love, The C.A. Lyons Project, Maurice Hines’ Tappin Through Life, The Tall Girls, The Geller Girls, ’da Kink in My Hair, Bring It On: The Musical, Zorro, The Nacirema Society, Broke, Dreamgirls, Sheddin’, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Good People and Wit. lark is a line producer/ executive assistant for Winston-Salem’s National Black Theatre Festival and the proud recipient of Howard University’s 2012 Distinguished Howard Player Award. CELISE KALKE (Director of New Projects) is thrilled to be working with Jiréh Holder on this world premiere and couldn’t be more proud. She joined the staff of the Alliance in 2005 and has managed the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition. Alliance/Kendeda competition activities include a prominent New York festival, a festival in Atlanta and a workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The competition’s world premieres at the Alliance include these critically acclaimed and exciting productions: Start Down, The C.A. Lyons Project, In Love & Warcraft, Bike America, Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls, Carapace, Tennis in Nablus, Smart Cookie, In the Red and Brown Water and False Creeds. Before moving to the Alliance, Kalke was the director of the literary department at the Public Theater in New York, working with such writers as John Guare, Diana Son, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stephen Adly Guirgis, and serving as the production dramaturg for Shakespeare in Central Park productions. She was an artistic associate at Next Theatre and the resident dramaturg at Court Theatre in Chicago.

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

SUSAN V. BOOTH (Jennings Hertz Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, local producing partnerships and regional collaborations as well as commercial partnerships with Tuck Everlasting; The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away With Me; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’ da Noise, Bring in ’ da Funk and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. As a director, she has worked at such theaters as the Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern, DePaul and Emory universities. She is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the field, and is a trustee of Denison University. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.

Stop by the upstairs lobby of the Hertz Stage for AFTER SELMA, a photography exhibit exploring the Civil Rights Movement, by International Photography Award-winner Joshua Rashaad McFadden.

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discover us. discover you. discover us. discover you. Jeréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket takes us back to a time of turmoil, tragedy and triumph in American history. Through his rich and distinct characters, Holder is able to reveal how hungry and determined African-Americans were to achieve the evasive American Dream. His emphasis on education is a commentary on the two opposing philosophies for how to uplift the race: one, W.E.B. Dubois’ notion of the talented 10th and the pursuit of higher education; the other, Booker T. Washington’s belief that African-Americans should seek vocational training to “work with their hands.” This clash of approaches is clearly realized in Holder’s work. These ideas, as expressed by the play’s characters, paint an honest picture of what it was like to live, work and play in the South against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. The character Bowzie says at one point, “Baby, you know don’t nothing stay the same. That’s how the world work. Everything change.” What I discovered in this play is that yes, everything changes. But real change sometimes requires sacrifice, suffering and an unyielding commitment to the cause. Sometimes real change only happens if you GET ON THE BUS! — Eddie Bradley Jr., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theatre, Spelman College

synopsis:

In the outskirts of Nashville, Tenn., is a neighborhood called “the Hill.” At the height of the civil rights movement, two young couples there — Sally and Tony, and Bowzie and Evelyn — struggle to understand justice, love and their own responsibilities. When Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend Fisk University, he has the opportunity to improve his family’s life. His education goes beyond the classroom, though, as he ponders whether to become a Freedom Rider. He questions joining the fight against racism in the Deep South, which would mean leaving his obligations as a husband and friend behind. His decision creates ripples through this dynamic foursome. Connect with us and other audience members on your Alliance experience. Share your comments and photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with hashtags #TooHeavyForYourPocket and #AllianceTheatre. Plus, search your social media platforms with those hashtags for fun, behind-the-scenes photos from our cast, crew and creative team.

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about the alliance theatre The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. The Alliance delivers powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education, and community engagement. Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 100 original productions including Tony Award® winners The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice, and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. The Alliance has developed and premiered important American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring, and subsequent productions, including the world premieres of Sister Act: The Musical, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, Bring It On: The Musical, Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the world premiere of the new musical Tuck Everlasting, and most recently, Born for This: the BeBe Winans Story. The Alliance also creates and nurtures the careers of artists through the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing the world premiere for the competition winner as part of the regular season, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental support and production resources for three performing arts projects each year. The Alliance’s dedication to providing access to the arts is reflected in its commitment to creating new work for all ages, and to bringing that work into classrooms and communities across Atlanta and throughout the region. More than 50,000 students each year experience age-specific professional performances and participate in acting classes, drama camps, and in-school initiatives through the Alliance Theatre Acting Program and Education Department. The Alliance’s groundbreaking Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young performances offer professionally-produced, fully interactive theater for infants and toddlers; the Palefsky Collision Project invites high school artists to create and perform new civic-minded theater based on a classic text; and community acting classes and skill-building workshops engage professional artists, young actors, business leaders, and curious learners of all ages. Twice recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for leadership in arts education, the Alliance Arts for Learning Institute equips classroom teachers with theatrical techniques that link directly to school curriculum and have been empirically proven to improve student learning. These programs include Georgia Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts and Dramaturgy K–12, in which students create research material that informs Alliance productions and prepares peer audiences. The work produced by the Alliance allows locally based artists the chance to create on a nationally watched stage, building and sustaining Atlanta’s artistic community. The vision of the Alliance Theatre is to be a beacon of leadership for the national field, while remaining deeply rooted in and reflective of our local Atlanta community. MISSION Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. VISION The Alliance will lead the national field by deeply engaging with its local community, modeling radical inclusion and catalytic experiences on our stages, in our classrooms, and throughout Atlanta. alliancetheatre.org or 404.733.4650

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board of directors officers

Chair Reade Fahs Immediate Past Chair Victoria Palefsky Treasurers Steve Chaddick Fran Rogers

lifetime directors

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

directors

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

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

advisory board

Advisory Board Chair Laura Hardman* Vice Chair Phil Moise* Joel Alvarado Shean L. Atkins Maurice Baker Shana Basnight Danny Blumenfeld Keith Arthur Bolden Donna Bowman Heidi Boykin Kristen Wood Burke Tarsha Whitaker Calloway Madison Cario Andrew Chang Greg Changnon Caren Cook Emily Decker Makeba Dixon-Hill Angela Edmond Lisa Ramirez Ellinger David Felfoldi Ashby Fox Patsy Garrett Matt Geller Karen Gentry Barbara Goldman Henry Gonzalez September Gray Lauren Linder Grunberg Nancy Halwig Janet Stovall Harrell Michael Kaluzny Rachelle Kuramoto Mark Lee Carolina Margarella Santiago Marquez Carol Meadows Ryland McClendon Darryal McCullough Liza McSwain Marjorie Mitchell Dedi Mohr Michelle Morgan Valerie Mosley

Joan Netzel Gail O’Neill Michael Parver Kendrick Heather Phillips Kathy Portnoy Almeera Jiwa Pratt Jennifer Schwartz Ron Segal Jibran Shermohammed Nancy Silverboard Robert D. Simmermon Susan Stiefel Chuck Taylor Natasha Trethewey Alexandra Tucci Shawn Tylka Nse Ufot Avril Vignos Charmaine Ward Amanda Watkins Ellen Adair Wyche * Executive Committee Member ^ Ex-officio

volunteer leadership

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

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

★★★★★★★ $250,000+ The Coca-Cola Company Anonymous

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation

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

The Kendeda Fund The Shubert Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc. Turner

★★★★★ $50,000+ Carter’s Fulton County Board of Commissioners MAP Fund North Highland

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

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

Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Rich Foundation The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

★★★ $10,000+ The Abraham J & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Allstate Foundation Alston & Bird Anonymous Cartoon Network Georgia Council for the Arts

Georgia Natural Gas Georgia-Pacific Corporation Greenberg Traurig Hire Profile National Endowment for the Arts State Bank & Trust Company

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

Jones Day King & Spalding The Rockdale Foundation Rotary Education Foundation Theatre Communications Group

Theatre Forward Thompson Hine United Distributors

★★ $5,000+ Aon Risk Solutions Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia DeepStream VR William and Eva Fox Foundation John and Mary Franklin Foundation

By attending our theatre, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. With the 2016/17 Season, the Alliance Theatre turns 48. Help us celebrate the power of great theatre for 48 years by making another statement of support louder than any standing ovation. Visit our website at alliancetheatre.org and click on Donate.

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sponsors TURNER VOICES, Turner’s signature corporate

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

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restaurant partners

government

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

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

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

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annual fund Individual donors contribute more than $2 million to the Alliance Theatre so that we are able to present exceptional theater and educational programming to our community. We are deeply grateful for their support. To find out more about the benefits of giving or to make your gift, visit us at alliancetheatre.org/donate or call 404-733-4710. Listed below are pledges and gifts to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and special events for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons from June 1, 2015 through January 1, 2017. $100,000+

$10,000-$14,999

$2,500-$4,999

$1,500 - $2,499

Dean DuBose & Bronson Smith Spray Foundation, Inc.

Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Mr. & Mrs. Peter Carter Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Cashdan Mr. & Mrs. William Dukes Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Evans Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Andrea & Boland Jones Mrs. Leslie Joyce James & Lori Kilberg Anna & Hays Mershon L. Paul Pendergrass Mr. & Mrs. Sean Reardon Travis Reed & Michael Kriethe of Harry Norman Realtors Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Bobby & Debra Rosenbloum Dr. & Mrs. R. K. Sehgal Pam Sessions & Don Donnelly Mr. & Mrs. Chris Sizemore William & Margarita Sleeper Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Karen & John Spiegel Carol & Ramon TomĂŠ Family Fund Benny & Roxanne Varzi Suzy Wilner Joni Winston

Elaine & Miles Alexander Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Arcus Capital Partners Ellen Arnovitz Deborah Bannworth & Joy Lynn Fields Karen Beardslee & Susie McGinnis Ariana L. Hargrave Sara & Alex Brown Frank & Mary Anne Chew Mark & Ruth Coan Susan & Ed Croft Brad & Sally Currey Olivia Delacruz Foundation Mr. & Mrs. C. Edward Dobbs Marcia & John Donnell Bo & Eileen DuBose Diane Durgin Eierman Foundation Ms. Elizabeth R. Etoll Kathryn T. Farley, PhD Michael & Jody Feldman Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Viki & Paul Freeman Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller Heidi & David Geller John Vaught & Karen Gentry Tuvy Guss in Memory of Pete Shinn Mrs. Carrie G. Hall Burch & Mark Hanson Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman Henry & EttaRae Hirsch Foundation Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky Linda & Richard Hubert Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt Jason & Laurie Jeffay Samuel B Kellett, Sr. Foundation Leslie D. Leigh M.D. Kristie L. Madara Daniel Marks & Keri Powell Mr. Walter W. Mitchell Dedi & Julian Mohr June M. Morrison Mr. Thomas Pinckney Susan & David Peterson Sam & Barbara Pettway Helen M. Regenstein Nancy & Charlie Rigby Peter & Alice Rogers Sonny & Jeanne Seals Charlotte & Tom Shields Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Nancy & Gerald Silverboard Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Linda & Mason Stephenson Karen & Alex Stickney Susan & Alan Stiefel Russell B. Still in honor of Carol Jones Maria-Ruth Storts Michael & June Tompkins Cynthia Widner Wall & James A. Wall J.M. Wilkerson Construction Company Sue S. Williams Lynne Winship The Zaban Foundation John & Kathy Zamer

Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda C. Adams Diane & Kent Alexander Theodore & Andrea Altholz Mr. & Mrs. Brian Anderson Mary Allen Arnold Elizabeth & John Bacon Mr. & Mrs. Roland L. Bates Candace & Jeff Bell Mark & Pam Bell Mr. & Mrs. John Benator Jeff Bergstrom Shirley Blaine Mrs. Lucinda W. Bunnen Aubrey & Carol Bush Susan & Tom Callaway Candace Carson Melodie H. Clayton Rita & Ralph Connell Bill Damaschke Richard & Linda Davis Phil Delanty Mr. & Mrs. David E. Dermer Ralph & Ree Edwards The Robert S. Elster Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Tim Eyerly Andrew & Wendie Fisher Linda M. Garrett Mr. & Mrs. Taylor Glover Lynne & Jack Halpern Valerie Hartman John Haupert & Bryan Brooks Richard & Dorothy Hines Stephen & Taylor Horne Dr. Joyce F. Houser Adrienne Hudson Kay H. & Burke C. Jones Mark Keiser Dr. William A. Kiser Steven & Sheri Labovitz Conchita Heyn & Robert Lichtefeld Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh, III Raymond & Penelope McPhee Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger Janice & Tom Munsterman Debbie & Lon Neese Bill & Carey Peard Peg Petersen Karen Porch Erin Quinn Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Dr. Denise Raynor Rebecca & John Reeves Dr. Susan Rifkin & Mr. David Rifkin Dr. & Mrs. Fredric Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg Michael & Debbie Salyards Sam Schwartz & Lynn Goldowski Dr. and Mrs. Robert Simmermon Smith, LLC Mr. Scott Sorrels Ms. Martha B. Stephens & Ms. Linda B. August Jim & Janie Stratigos Dr. & Mrs. Alan Sunshine

$50,000+ Barbara & Steve Chaddick Katie & Reade Fahs David & Carolyn Gould Starr Moore & the James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Victoria & Howard Palefsky Sally G. Tomlinson $25,000+ Ms. Kristin Adams Stephanie Blank Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile Ellen & Howard Feinsand Jocelyn J. Hunter Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer Jane & Hicks Lanier Hala & Steve Moddelmog Stephen & Marjorie Osheroff Dan & Garnet Reardon Patty & Doug Reid Linda & Steve Selig; Kathy & Steve Kuranoff Mr. & Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins Ramona & Ben White Paul Wrights $15,000-$24,999 The Balloun Family The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Susan Booth & Max Leventhal Laura Brightwell LeighAnn & Chad Costley Linda & Gene Davidson Doris & Matthew Geller Marsha & Richard Goerss Doug & Lila Hertz Anne & Mark Kaiser John C. Keller David & Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Malinda Krantz Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley Phil & Caroline MoĂŻse Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison Bob & Margaret Reiser Waffle House Mark & Linda Silberman Dr. & Mrs. Robert Simmermon Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles* & Delores Stephens Tim & Maria Tassopoulous Rosemarie & David Thurston Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Mr. & Mrs. Monte Wilson Amy & Todd Zeldin

$7,500-$9,999 James Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Adam Fuller Mr. Christopher M. Jones & Mr. Roger J. Smith Mr. & Mrs. John S. Markwalter, Jr. $5,000-$7,499 Gene G. Abel, M.D. & Nora Harlow John & Lynn Ayers Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Frank Buonanotte Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Franklin & Dorothy Chandler Ezra Cohen Charitable Trust Ann & Jim Curry Eve & Bob Eckardt Dr. & Mrs. Norman Elliott John & Cindy Ethridge Diane & Daryl Evans Karen & Andrew Ghertner Dr. Marvin Goldstein Erin & John Heyman Mrs. Erika James Paul & Rosthema Kastin David L. Kuniansky Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Scott, Dallas, & Mia Pioli Bill & Rhonda Rowland Sharon & David Schachter Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton III Mr. & Mrs. Sandeep Soni Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Lynne & Steve Steindel Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Susan & Tom Wardell

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annual fund $1,500 - $2,499 (cont’d) Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Kathy & Ron Tomajko Ms. Natasha Trethewey Penn & Sally Wells Mr. & Mrs. D. K. Wheeler Barbara A. White Sue S. Williams $1,000 - $1,499 Dr. & Mrs. Marshall Abes Sharon Adams Michael & Andrea Barrett Mr. & Mrs. Billy Bauman Mr. & Mrs. Francis S. Blake Thomas Brown Family Charity Dean & Tarsha W. Calloway David Cofrin & Christine Tryba-Cofrin Julian Dejuan Christopher & Sonnett Edmonds Dr. Kathryn Farley Bryan & Barbara Fields Mr. & Mrs. William C. Fowler Debbie Frank Mr. & Mrs. John J. Gillin Mr. & Mrs. Frank S. Goodman Mr. Kevin Greiner & Mrs. Robyn S. Roberts James & Vicki Griffiths Warren M. Gump Mr. Lucas Hathaway Mr. Walter Henderson Mrs. Elaine L. Hentschel Bruce & Elizabeth Herman Benjamin & Allison Hill in Memory of Pete Shinn Mark Hobson The International Council of Fine Arts Deans Suzanne & Thad King Lucy Kinnaird Mrs. Bobbi Kornblit Elizabeth Levine in honor of Billy Levine Richard Long & Sheri Easton-Long Lubo Fund William McKay Jim & Jo McLean Carol & Dart Meadows Susan L. Nardelli Ann Starr & Kent Nelson

Joan Netzel & John Gronwall Mr. & Mrs. Paul Ollinger Dr. Jerry & Mrs. Linda Richman Roger & Lynn Ritvo in honor of Ken McNeil Dr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg Ronald Russell & Don Sweat Neil & Susan Sandler Chris Schneider Elizabeth Wallace & Christopher Scislowicz Rochelle Barker Shinn in Memory of Pete Shinn Jane E. Shivers Philip Slaughter Mark & Judith Taylor Mr. Richard Thomas Laura Thruston in Memory of Pete Shinn Mrs. & Mr. Velma C. Tilley Ms. Avril Vignos Vogel Family Foundation Mr. Kevin Warren Adrienne Whitehead John Williamson Melody Wilder Wilson & David Wilson Ms. Amy Winokur Lynne Winship William & Nancy Yang P.J. Younglove Hovey $750 - $999 Lisa & Joe Bankoff Ms. Donna C. Bowman Ronald L. Budde Mr. & Mrs. Gary Elder Shan Franklin Dr. Arthur Griffiths & Dr. Deborah Griffiths Louise S. Gunn Carsten Hilker Kurle Law, LLC S. Jarvin Levison Ms. Theresa McCabe Geoffrey & Betsy Meacham Dori & Jack Miller Mr. & Mrs. Isador Mitzner Peter Ohanlon Ratonyi Family Philanthropic Fund Judith Reece The Shockley Family Tate & Paige Smith Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Vivona

$500 - $749 Mr. Thomas G. Abrams & Mr. Britt Wood Joe Arnold Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Dr. Gordon Baker Barbizon in Memory of Pete Shinn Michael & Mary Baron Ms. Mary Bergh Thomas & Wendy Betenia Betty Blondeau-Russell Judge JoAnn Bowens Bonny Breuer Helen Brown Thomas Brown Mr. James Clements Mr. & Mrs. Charles Conover Ms. Celestine Cookson Darryl Cooper Rosalie & Max Cooper B.J. Erb, M.D. & Bruce I. Crabtree III Lisa Cremin & Bruce Harlan Celeste Davis WMLB, AM 1690 Dr. Julia Emmons Leonard Epley Ms. Gail H. Evans Angeline Fife Pat & Jerry Gardner Mr. & Mrs. Edward T.M. Garland Matty L. Garrett Ed Gentle George T. Baker Foundation, Inc. Martin & Doris Goldstein Dan & Susan Graveline Julie Hadden Nancy & J. Michael Halwig MD Tyson Harper Dawn & Jack Hereth Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Hermann Mr. Edward Hewett James A. Hill Mr. & Mrs. David E. Homrich Darlene & Lonnie Jenkins William Kendall Christopher Kettrey in Memory of Pete Shinn Carol & Paul Kurtz Liz Lee & Liz Brock in Memory of Pete Shinn Dr. & Mrs. Mitchell Lippman

Michael Lipsitt William L. Lundy, Jr. Guidian Healthcare Consulting Doug & Norma McNeill Stacia Minton Mr. & Mrs. Charles Moseley Dennis & Debra Murphy Margaret H. Murphy Ellen & George Nemhauser Mr. & Mrs. Peter O’Hanlon Anna & Richard Pare John & Helen Parker Jana Stein-Payan Mike Peck LP Pendergrass Physical Therapy Pros LLC Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Pollock Deborah Chasin & Dennis Renyi Douglas & Reginia Riffey Carol Riggs Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Rothberg Dr. Susan E. Shapiro David & Virginia Sjoquist Brenda J. Smith Chantel Taylor Herman & Jasmine Taylor Lanie Taylor & Evan Pontz Johnie L. Teague Mr. & Mrs. Norman Thomas Wanda & Robert Truesdale Leanne Van Dyk Dan & Jennifer Van Horn Mr. & Mrs. Ted Verren Mr. Bradlee C. Ward Mark & Dara Wassersug Amanda Watkins Caitlin Way Greg & Teresa Wellborn The Westminster Schools Mr. & Ms. Jonathan Wilfong Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Williamson Joyce Smith Wilson Ms. Kristen Wood Burke & Mr. Adam Burke Sherry & Donn Wright

Alliance Theatre Staff Giving We would like to thank the following Alliance Theatre & Woodruff Arts Center staff members who have contributed to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and Transformation Campaign. Emika Abe Brooke Beall Jessica Boatright Susan V. Booth Scott Bowne Kristin Buckley Jamie Clements Kat Conley Patrick Conley Megan DeWitt Christina Dresser Jody Feldman

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Margo Moskowitz Patrick Myers Rosemary Newcott Mary Alice Nichols J. Noble Courtney O’Neill Elisia’ Parker Willie Parks Thomas Pinckney Rebecca Pogue Melissa Rose Mike Schleifer

Amy Schwartz Brian Shively Vincent Simons Paige Smith Matthew Tanner Bret Torbeck Laura Thruston Caitlin Way Cindy Lou Who Jackalyn Williams Jennifer Williford Michael Winn ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG 25


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 in their estate plans. For more information about making a planned gift to benefit the Alliance Theatre, please contact Caitlin Way, Associate Dir. of Development, Board/Major Gifts at 404-733-4757 or caitlin.way@ alliancetheatre.org. Rita M. Anderson Anonymous Betty Blondeau-Russell Jim & Anne Breedlove Ezra Cohen Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft, III Sallie Adams Daniel Linda & Gene Davidson Howard & Ellen Feinsand Laura & John Hardman Glen E. & Nancy Hesler

P.J. Younglove Hovey William C. Hyde Lauren & David Kiefer Virginia Vann* & Ken Large Anna & Hays Mershon Mr. & Mrs. John McColskey Phil & Caroline Moise Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Victoria & Howard Palefsky Jan Pomerantz Helen M. Regenstein Margaret & Bob Reiser

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

* deceased

matching gift companies We would like to thank the following companies who have matched contributions to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund. Please visit alliancetheatre.org/match to find out if your employer will match your contribution. American Express AIG Corporation Aon Risk Solutions AT&T Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Bryan Cave-Powell Goldstein Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Chubb Corporation The Coca-Cola Company Deloitte Equifax, Inc.

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

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

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


THE WOODRUFF CIRCLE Woodruff Circle members each contribute more than $250,000 annually to support the arts and education work of the Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art. We are deeply grateful to these 39 partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.

$1 MILLION+

$500,000+ A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Bank of America Chick-fil-A Foundation / Rhonda and Dan Cathy Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation The Marcus Foundation, Inc.

Spray Foundation, Inc. SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Bank Teammates and The SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust

Terra Foundation for American Art Wells Fargo

$400,000+ Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Douglas J. Hertz Family PwC, Partners & Employees

Patty and Doug Reid The Rich Foundation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation

$300,000+ Mr. and Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Deloitte, its Partners & Employees Forward Arts Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Keough King & Spalding, Partners & Employees UPS Mr. and Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wood

$250,000+ EY, Partners & Employees Invesco Ltd. KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees

Turner wish Foundation

Woodruff Circle & Patron Circle donations made: June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016 Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors

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alliance theatre staff ARTISTIC Jennings Hertz Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan V. Booth Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosemary Newcott Producer & Casting Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jody Feldman Director of New Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Celise Kalke Playwright in Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pearl Cleage Yale Directing Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leora Morris Artistic Support Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Kleypas Kenny Leon Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Matthews Spelman Interns . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ciara Jones, Maya Lawrence, Janerica Smith Reiser Lab Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Anderson, David De Vries, Patricia Henritze, Matt Huff, Derreck Kayongo, Hank Kimmel, Vynnie Meli, Mary Lynn Owen, Naima Carter Russell, Kendall Simpson

Scenery Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Longwell Associate Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Kier Shop Foreman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Conley Lead Welder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Lyons Lead Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Victor Mouledoux Jr. Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manny Abreo, Cassie Garner Charge Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kat Conley Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brooke Beall Additional Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Shipp Sound Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Jarvis Sound Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kris Meyer, Emma Lipsitt, Holly O’Reagan

Production Management Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Victor W. Smith Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margo Moskowitz Stage Management Resident Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bret Torbeck Costumes Alliance Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lark hackshaw, Liz Campbell, Barbara O’Haley, R. Lamar Williams Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Cone Assistant Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April Andrew Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jayson T. Waddell Design Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Jaked Carrier Stage Management Production Assistants . . . . Skylar Burks, Britney DeRosa, Kara Procell Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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Willie Parks Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gabby Ide, Steve Jordan, Properties Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haylee Scott Jennifer Nakahara Additional Load-in Crew . . . Adrian Barzaga, James McBrayer, James Schlachter, Properties John Underwood Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liz Lyons Master Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzanne Cooper Morris Props Artisan and Buyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kimberly Townsend Props Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Butkovich EDUCATION Dan Reardon Director of Education Teaching Artists (cont’d) . . . . . . . Taryn Carmona, Katie Causey, Greg Chagnon, & Associate Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Moses Hannah Church, Jaehn Clare, Steve Coulter, Nakeisha Daniel, Benjamin Davis, Administrative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Jones Theresa Davis, Shelli Delgado, Jorge Donoso, John Doyle, Rachael Endrizzi, Jessica Espinoza, Sharon Foote, Daryl Funn, Allison Gardner, Trevor Goble, Database & Content Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Dresser Neeley Gossett, Al Hamacher, Robert Hindsman, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs, Family Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Aston Bosworth Catherine Dee Holly, BJ Hughes, Rachel Jones, Ameenah Kaplan, Adam King, Early Childhood Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen Buckley David Kote, LeeAnna Lambert, Clayton Landey, Bethany Lind, Nicole Livieratos, Teen & Adult Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Wallis Cara Mantella, Gloria Martin, Marielle Martinez, Tiffany McGettee, Bryan Mercer, Institute Program Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Pogue Karin Mervis, Sarah Newby Halicks, Donal Noonan, Mary Emily O’Bradovich, Education Sales & Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Kang Lee Osorio, Tafee Patterson, Tawny Powell, Eric Prather, Julie Puckett, JL Reed, Camp Coordinator & Family Programs Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . Aierelle McGill Rebeca Robles, Julissa Sabino, Viviana Sawyer, Avery Sharpe, Linda Sherbert, Communications Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J. Noble Education Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Bunch David Sterritt, Barry Stewart Mann, Suzanne Stroup, Ebony Tucker, Jeremy Varner, Jose Miguel Vasquez, Rachel Wansker, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corinne Weintraub Corinne Weintraub, Stephanie Willis, Michael Winn, Vallea E. Woodbury, Melissa Word Teaching Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abyss, Nikki Adkins, Karen Aguirre, Isake Akanke Slaughter, Ricardo Aponte, Olivia Aston Bosworth, Teen Ensemble Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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