Ten years after she cried "witch" and sent the town of Salem into a frenzy, the woman who started it all, Abigail Williams, is seeking redemption with a new name and a new town. But in Abigail/1702, she'll discover that her past has a powerful hold on her, with the day of reckoning looming ahead. Can Abigail find redemption or will the devil have his just due? This intense, complex drama comes from Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa, who was a writer for Glee and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. See it at the Aurora Theatre near Atlanta.
Lucas Hnath's drama The Christians focuses on Pastor Paul, the founding pastor of a mega-church who's suddenly hit with a crisis of faith. He feels compelled to lead his thousands-strong flock in a new and unexpected direction on its 20th anniversary -- one that directly conflicts with the former tenets of his ministry. When his motives are questioned, both his professional and personal relationships are put to the test. Backed by a community choir, The Christians is both epic and unexpectedly intimate. This provocative play now comes to Atlanta's Actors Express, offering an unflinching look at faith -- of any denomination -- and its power to unite or divide.
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award, Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Catch this comedic play at ACT3 Productions in Sandy Springs.
The Dixie Swim Club focuses on five vibrant women who have called each other friends since their time spent together on a college swim team 33 years ago. Every year since graduation, they've kept their bond alive by spending a long summer weekend together at the same beach cottage, leaving husbands, children and work behind to share in each other's challenges and triumphs. Spotlighting four specific weekends throughout the span of these 33 years, this poignant comedy is a blend of tender moments and raucous repartee that brings the beauty of lifelong friendships onto the stage and into the spotlight of OnStage Atlanta.
"Misled from childhood, where I went astray; Till this day I still pray for a better way. Can't help but feel hopeless and heartbroke; From the start I felt the racism 'cause I'm dark." These lyrics appear on Tupac Shakur's "My Block," a song that forms the spiritual backbone of this Broadway musical that utilizes the words and music of Tupac to tell a non-biographical story about family, camaraderie, revenge, change and, ultimately, hope. The harsh realities of inner-city life remain as relevant now as they were when this show's songs -- like "Dear Mama," Me Against the World" and "Hail Mary" -- were written, and the lessons found within are profoundly important. For the first time since its Broadway debut three years ago, Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon brings Holler If Ya Hear Me to the stage at Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center.
Join Mowgli and his animal friends when Rudyard Kipling's classic children's story The Jungle Book comes to life on stage at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center near Atlanta. Audiences of all ages will thrill to this tale of a boy raised by wolves who sets out on an adventure through the jungle with the help of his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear, where they must face the evil tiger Shere Khan, who hates mankind. The timeless tale teaches audiences about loyalty, honor, courage, tradition, integrity and persistence.
Set in the French Antilles, this romantic musical from the creators of Ragtime and Seussical combines elements of both Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid. The result is an energetic story with a tropical twist, filled with infectious Calypso rhythms, rousing dance and catchy music. The Tony-nominated hit chronicles the fairy-tale love of the young peasant girl Ti Moune for a handsome young aristocrat. But far outside the earthly plane and totally unknown to her, the island's gods have chosen Ti Moune as their pawn in a divine debate over which is stronger: life or death. The gods will debate the star-crossed lovers' fate, and the islanders will gather to sing and celebrate the hope of the human spirit in the Georgia Ensemble Theatre's moving production of Once on This Island at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Of all the romantic comedies ever written, those by Jane Austen are not only among the most romantic, but also the most fiercely and originally comic. And you've never seen Austen quite like this before. Her keen sense of humor and deep humanity shine at their brightest in Kate Hamill's playful adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, hailed as "the greatest stage adaptation of [Sense and Sensibility] in history" by The Huffington Post. Follow the Dashwood sisters as they discover that the course of love, though true, does not always go straight, with this fresh, humorous and emotional adaptation at Atlanta's Synchronicity Theatre.
Young playwright Will Shakespeare is stuck. He's past deadline for finishing his latest play -- a half-baked mess of a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Then, he finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, who is driven to do anything (even disguise herself as a man) to fulfill her dream of performing onstage, where women aren't permitted. Surrounded by familiar players, including Queen Elizabeth herself, backstage antics collide with onstage dramas. Will and Viola's passionate, forbidden love affair goes on to inspire the most romantic tragedy ever written. Based on the multiple-Oscar-winning big screen romance, the acclaimed theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare in Love comes to Conant Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.
When the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Beasts of the Southern Wild's new play features elements like a lecherous goat, a clutter of inbred cats, phone calls from death row and more, you know you're in for a pretty wild ride. Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up, written and performed by Lucy Alibar, serves up a delicious and magical stew of stories about an unforgettable childhood spent growing up in Grady County, Oklahoma. Catch this powerful, magical and poetic Southern coming-of-age tale at Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre.
The classic Star Wars tale, as told from the Ewoks' perspective. Prepare for the cutest, cuddliest, deadliest creatures as they sing and dance to share their story of what was really going on in the Galactic Federation.