Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta. Marta gave up college and life outside her family’s double-wide trailer in Texas to care for her manipulative mother. In fact, none of her siblings have escaped their mother’s grasp. A new online relationship reignites Marta’s dreams and curiosity about the world outside, but her younger sister will do anything to escape home life — even if it means sacrificing Marta’s happiness. Directed by Anthony P. Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre’s producing artistic director.
Noms de Guerre by Jacqueline E. Lawton. Mira is a rising star in the Democratic Party in this piece about friendship, love, war and politics. Her campaign against women’s reproductive rights, however, puts her at odds with her best friend, an award-winning journalist. At home, Mira struggles to run a campaign for governor and help her war-hero husband adjust to civilian life. But it’s complicated. Lawton calls Noms de Guerre is a sociopolitical drama that addresses the ever-changing role of women and the damaging impact of PTSD on veterans and their family. Directed by Atlanta-based actor/director David de Vries.
Sender by Ike Holter (Exit Strategy). It’s summertime in Chicago. A year after his supposed death, a man returns to his former life — alive, well and with a new perspective on what went wrong. An upfront miracle turns everyone’s life upside down, including his former girlfriend. Directed by Melissa Foulger, artistic director of Georgia Tech’s DramaTech and a frequent Actor’s Express collaborator.
The First Noel by Lelund Durond Thompson and Jason Michael Webb. A musical set in 1980s Harlem. It follows three generations of a family forever changed by the tragic loss of a loved one. Then an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. The creators call this a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things. The score includes a reimagining of traditional holiday favorites in gospel and pop styles. Directed by Atlanta-based actor/director Jasmine Guy.