Alliance Theatre updates its 2020/21 Season with drive-in productions and online streaming

The Alliance Theatre today announced the location details of its upcoming drive-in production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY, as well as updates to its fall season schedule. 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY

Due to the effects of COVID-19, the Alliance decided to produce a new adaptation of the beloved Christmas Carol story that could be enjoyed safely from a car.  From December 4 – 23, 2020, the Summerhill Lots at Georgia State University’s Center Parc Credit Union Stadium will transform into a drive-in theater, with a stage for live actors and big screens providing a live concert-style experience.  Capacity will be limited to allow for distance between cars.  Audience members may enjoy the outdoor space beside their car if they wish.  Masks will be required for anyone who is outside of their vehicle.  Learn more about our safety procedures here.

Tickets for A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY will be available for Alliance Theatre Members beginning today, October 7.  Tickets for the general public will go on sale on October 21 at 10:00 a.m.  General admission tickets start at $50 per car. The production will also be available to stream on Alliance Theatre Anywhere beginning in early December.  The stream will cost $20. 

A VERY TERRY CHRISTMAS

The Alliance’s production of A VERY TERRY CHRISTMAS, originally planned for an in-person run on the Coca-Cola Stage, will now be filmed for streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere.  In the filmed production, writer and star Terry Burrell will visit iconic Atlanta holiday destinations while sharing delightful stories and jazz-inspired versions of favorite holiday songs.  A VERY TERRY CHRISTMAS will be available for streaming starting Black Friday, November 27, 2020.   

FAMILY PROGRAMMING

The Alliance’s first-ever animated production for youth and family audiences, SIT-IN, originally scheduled to stream on Alliance Theatre Anywhere beginning in October 2020, will now be streamed in early 2021.  Switching places with SIT-IN in the season calendar is the hilarious family production NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE.  The Alliance Theatre’s production of NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSEDwas filmed in March 2020 before COVID-19 forced the production to close early.  Families can experience all the fun for a limited time when NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED streams on Alliance Theatre Anywhere from October 21 – November 3, 2020.  The stream will cost $10.

Two productions from the Alliance Theatre’s Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young are also available this fall for streaming – IN MY GRANNY’S GARDEN is available now on Alliance Theatre Anywhere.  (KNOCK, KNOCK) THE SOUNDS OF WINTER will be available in November.  Families who purchase a Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young membership will also have access to three TVY production streams plus at-home learning materials and fun, supplementary video content.  The membership is $50 per family and the individual streams cost $10 each.

TICKETS

Annual Memberships for the Alliance Theatre are on sale now and are the only way to secure tickets now for A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY.  Members enjoy 12 months of world-class theatre, as well as a variety of benefits including members-only events, a welcome gift, discounts, flexibility, and free access to all streaming content. For more information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/membership

Single tickets for A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY, A VERY TERRY CHRISTMAS, and NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE will go on sale on Wednesday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. 

2020/21 SEASON SCHEDULE 

NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE (musical) 

October 21 – November 3, 2020

Streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere 

Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems 

Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma 

Based on the book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems 

Directed by Leora Morris 

Children’s book author and artist Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play) brings another loveable character to life in this exciting family musical.  Grab your friends and watch as Wilbur, a clothes-loving mole rat with exceptional style, navigates the pressure to be just like everyone else. With tail-shaking tunes, empowering messages of individuality, and classic Mo Willems humor, this musical is sure to rock audiences of all ages.  For tickets or information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org/nakedmolerat

A VERY TERRY CHRISTMAS 

November 27 – December 31, 2020​

Streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere​

By Terry Burrell​

Directed by Susan V. Booth

From author and Broadway icon Terry Burrell (Ethel; Ever After; Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous) comes a holiday celebration of all the things that give us joy – even in the most chaotic of times. Terry will take us on a tour of her favorite Atlanta destinations while sharing her personal holiday stories and songs in this pre-recorded streaming production.  Give yourself the gift of laughter, light, and love by spending a very Terry evening.​  For tickets or information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org/terrychristmas.  

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY​

December 4 – 23, 2020​

Summerhill Lots at GSU’s Center Parc Credit Union Stadium

18 Georgia Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

By Charles Dickens​

Directed by Leora Morris​

JINGLE! JANGLE! DASH! The sounds of the season come to life in the Alliance Theatre’s brand new, interactive experience A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play. ​JINGLE! Hear the bells jingle on the streets of Victorian England as you’re transported back in time with Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.​  JANGLE! Watch and listen to how a sound effect artist creates the jangling of Marley’s chains in real-time with the story. ​DASH! Load up your sleigh (or car) in front of our drive-in theatre stage and big screen for an evening of stories, singalongs, and honking horns.​  For tickets or information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas

SIT-IN (world premiere, animated)

January 8 – February 28, 2020

Streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere

By Pearl Cleage

Inspired by the book Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

A Palette Group Production

Directed by Mark Valdez

Written by Atlanta’s bestselling author, playwright, and Civil Rights Activist, Pearl Cleage (Blues for An Alabama Sky, In My Granny’s Garden, Tell Me My Dream) this original animated short celebrates the power of youth to change history.  We meet three friends as they learn about the sit-ins of the Civil Rights era, and powerfully apply those lessons to issues they – and we all – face today. The play invites students, parents, teachers, and families to experience the Civil Rights Movement as a living, breathing energy with practical lessons, ethical challenges, and moral choices that remain relevant today. Presented in collaboration with the High Museum of Art’s Picture the Dream exhibition, the story creates dynamic history, moving audiences through the real-life context of where we were then, the major forces that shaped the movement, and where we could be headed today.  Featuring a mixture of Civil Rights anthems and new freedom songs composed specifically for the play, Sit-In will move audiences, encourage inter-generational conversations, and inspire the next generation of conscientious social activists.  For tickets and information, call 404.733.5000 visit www.alliancetheatre.org/sitin

THE NEW BLACK FEST’S HANDS UP: 7 PLAYWRIGHTS, 7 TESTAMENTS​

February 2021​

Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre​

By Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi E. Kelley, Nsangou Njikam, Eric Holmes, and Dennis Allen II​

Co-Directed by Keith Arthur Bolden​ and Alexis Woodard

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc., concordtheatricals.com

Originally commissioned by the New Black Fest in response to the 2015 events in Ferguson, MO, where a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, Hands Up is comprised of separate monologues written by seven Black playwrights. The play depicts the realities of Black America from the perspective of varying genders, sexual orientations, skin tones, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Hands Up is produced in association with Spelman College.​  For tickets or information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org/handsup

DATA (world premiere; winner of the 2021 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition)

March – April 2021

Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre

By Matthew Libby

Directed by Susan V. Booth

Maneesh is a brilliant entry-level programmer at Athena Technologies, a software development firm deep in Silicon Valley. Content to work in the low-stress environment of User Experience, Maneesh has a crisis of conscience when he is offered a transfer to the more-central Data Analytics team, where he learns the true nature of Athena’s confidential and highly controversial work. Torn between idealism and company loyalty, Maneesh is forced to come to terms with his own American identity, as well as the personal and societal cost of his work — all while learning the extent to which Athena is willing to go to hide its secrets.  Winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, Datais a fast-paced drama for our technology-driven era that looks behind the closed doors of Silicon Valley.  For tickets or information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org/data

ACCIDENTAL HEROES – THE REAL LIFE ADVENTURES OF ROY ROGERS AND DALE EVANS (world premiere; musical)

April – May 2021 

Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre 

Book by Marshall Brickman (Jersey Boys, Annie Hall)

Music and Lyrics by T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart, Walk The Line)

Directed by Des McAnuff (Ain’t Too Proud, Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy)

Heroes aren’t born; they’re made – with a little bit of luck.  Accidental Heroes – The Real Life Adventures of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans is the world premiere musical about the extraordinary rise of Hollywood’s iconic Western stars. Over 80 million people every year watched the adventures of Roy, Dale, and their sidekicks – Trigger “The Smartest Horse in the Movies” and Bullet “The Wonder Dog.” They are remembered as authentic American heroes, yet their paths to stardom were anything but straightforward.  Created by a renowned team of Tony, Academy Award, Grammy, and Olivier Award winners, Accidental Heroes – The Real Life Adventures of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans makes its world premiere on the newly redesigned Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre in April 2021. For tickets and information, call 404.733.5000 visit www.alliancetheatre.org/heroes.

TONI STONE 

June – July 2021 

Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre

By Lydia R. Diamond

Directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.,concordtheatricals.com

Considered a pioneer, Toni Stone is the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, also making her the first woman to play professionally in a mens’ league.  Against all odds, Toni blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, breaking through the limitations others placed on her, and creating her own set of rules. Follow Toni’s journey as she fights for love, equality and a chance to do what she wants the most — play some world class baseball. Declared the Best New Play of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, Toni Stone is a funny and fascinating story of race, gender, and raw ambition… and an unheralded superstar you’ll never forget.  For tickets and information, call 404.733.5000 or visitwww.alliancetheatre.org/tonistone.

KATHY & KEN BERNHARDT THEATRE FOR THE VERY YOUNG

IN MY GRANNY’S GARDEN

October 2020​

Streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere​

By Pearl Cleage & Zaron Burnett Jr​

Inspired by Pearl Cleage and Zaron Burnett Jr.’s children’s book of the same name, In My Granny’s Garden invites our youngest audiences to explore the glory of growing your own food. Watch a tiny seed become a field of corn, green beans, collard greens, and bright red tomatoes. Step into a visual feast inspired by world renowned artist Radcliffe Bailey’s original paintings, and discover the one superpower that fuels Granny’s garden. This fully immersive play promises to leave you nourished in body and soul.  For tickets or information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org/garden

(KNOCK, KNOCK) THE SOUNDS OF WINTER​

November – December 2020​

Streaming Audio Play on Alliance Theatre Anywhere​

By Samantha Provenzano and Olivia Aston Bosworth​

​Come in from out of the cold and celebrate community, family, and warmth this holiday season! Welcome to The Apartment Building. Below us, above us, and beside us, the residents are preparing for the holidays and trying to stay warm.  Join us on a floor to floor adventure, meeting and ultimately celebrating with a variety of friends who all call The Apartment Building home. Surprises hide behind each door, all you need to do is (Knock, Knock) and listen closely to the sounds of winter and celebration.  For tickets or information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org/wintersounds

THE SOUNDS OF THE WEST END​

March – April 2021​

Streaming Audio Play on Alliance Theatre Anywhere

By Will Power & R. Gregory Christie​

Conceived and directed by Ameenah Kaplan

Inspired by the children’s book In the West End by Will Power & R. Gregory Christie, this aural adventure will immerse you in the sounds of the historic Atlanta neighborhood.  From the talk on the sidewalks to the whoosh of the Marta trains, join us for a rhythmic and tasty trip through the epicenter of vegan cooking in Atlanta.  For tickets or information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org/westendsounds

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