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Alliance Feature Archives

May 2015


Thank goodness author Mo Willems has so many ‘terrible’ ideas

Mo Willems has “more fun seeing the world than anybody else,” says the Alliance Theatre’s Rosemary Newcott, who’s directing his “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical.” “He is one of those people who really lives his art.”

Older Stories


April 21, 2015

When the Alliance Theatre premiered “Blues for an Alabama Sky” in 1995, Phylicia Rashad played the leading role of Angel Allen, a down-on-her-luck singer. A relatively unknown Atlantan named Crystal Fox was her understudy. This go-round, Fox is front and center as Angel.


March 18, 2015

For Atlanta playwright DePoy, the arrival of “Edward Foote” on the Alliance Theatre stage marks the end of a journey that took root in 1969 — during a student research trip where he witnessed a Pentecostal service with snake handling, people talking in tongues and screaming.

Lovers of new plays, rejoice. It’s Kendeda season.

February 16, 2015

Kendeda season at the Alliance Theatre begins Feb. 16 and includes four days of new-play readings, chatter and debate. Oh, boy! Or, this year, should we say, oh, girl?!


January 23, 2015

“The C.A. Lyons Project,” the 2015 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, began as “a whole bunch of thoughts and scraps of stuff” relating to the playwright’s experiences on the black dance scene as AIDS took hold.


January 22, 2015

“This one was a little tough at first,” director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw says of “Tuck Everlasting.” “Its themes about life and death are as big as you can get. Those themes and the story’s emotional power make it right for a musical adaptation.”

It’s a Whole New Scrooge

November 18, 2014

The 25th edition of the Alliance Theatre’s popular “A Christmas Carol” features a new Scrooge. Atlanta-based actor David de Vries takes over from Chris Kayser.

Letting her hair down

October 14, 2014

Ultimately, director Judith Ivey sees “Steel Magnolias” as a love story honoring the strength women gain from their friendships with other women. She also likes the play’s emphasis on women accepting one another warts and all.

Guardians of Our Past

October 3, 2014

“We’re not bending poetry to fit theater,” says Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth. “We’re bending theater to fit poetry.”

Play Ball!

August 20, 2014

The score for “Bull Durham,” a new musical getting its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre, “lives at the intersection of sports and sex,” says composer Susan Werner.

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