7 Stages’ 2013-14 lineup clearly shows the imprint of its new leaders — artistic director Heidi S. Howard, managing director Mack Headrick and associate artistic director Michael Haverty — with four world premieres and two Atlanta premieres.

HEIDI S. HOWARD (left), Mack Headrick and Michael Haverty.
HEIDI S. HOWARD, Mack Headrick (center) and Michael Haverty.

The three have taken over for co-founders Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, who created the company in 1979 and now hold the titles of director of special projects and producing director, respectively.

The company’s 35th seasons begins with a bang in late September. Haverty directs the world premiere of The Navigator, about a journey through time to save the future. He’s adapted it from the 2008 young adult novel by Irish writer Eoin McNamee and will stage it as a roving, large-scale production using multiple venues at the Goat Farm Arts Center in West Midtown. He promises giant puppets, film and shadow projection and otherworldly objects. Actors, too. Its recommended for “brave children and thrill-seeking adults.” It runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13.

The rest of the season, a mix of 7 Stages originals and presentations, takes place at the company’s Little Five Points theater and lines up like this:


Krampus Xmas: Krampus and Santa’s Excellent Adventure. Dec. 19-21. World premiere. The latest in the twisted holiday series from 7 Stages and Java Lords coffeehouse. Krampus is the bad cop to Santa’s good cop. His mission: Punish all the naughty children. Featuring the Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra and the 7 Stages hand bell choir. Howard directs.

Red Badge of Courage. Feb. 27-March 23, 2014. World premiere. Co-created by Haverty and Kennesaw State University’s Jane Barnette. Puppets, object theater, animation and live actors will take audiences into the heart of battle during the Civil War. Based on Stephen Crane’s celebrated 1895 novel.

Mass Transit Muse. May 2-18. World premiere. A hip-hop trip through New Orleans on a city bus. Playwright Michael Molina, a 7 Stages artistic associate, shares the stories of diverse bus riders through spoken word, music and dance. Howard directs.



noseNo(se)onenowhere. Nov. 15-17. Performed by Dimona, a young group of artists from the south of Israel. In No(se)onenowhere, a single actor creates a universe of gibberish, placards and theatrical effects. (Pictured: actor Ofir Nahri. Photo by Asher Svidanski)

The Secret History of Love. May 29-June 1. Transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey reveal the underground ways that LGBT people have managed to survive and love each other in decades past.


In June, 7 Stages holds its first interactive theater festival, titled Curious Encounters and offering viewers entry to a world where nothing is as it seems. The June 14-15 fest will include artists from Saiah, the Object Group and Out of Hand Theater, as well as composer-performer Klimchak and others.

Also this summer 7 Stages will again immerse itself in Youth Creates, a teen training and performance program that culminates in an original work created by the young ensemble. This year, the program’s 11th, metro students will be joined by students from Israel and the Netherlands. The performances are July 26-27.

For details on Curious Encounters, Youth Creates and the 2013-14 season, visit 7 Stages HERE.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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