Feature photo: the newly-renovated Coca-Cola Stage at the Alliance Theatre. Photo by Greg Mooney.
The Alliance Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season!
Read about the shows comprising the Alliance Theatre’s
Shows on the Coca-Cola Stage
It’s 1979 in the south London suburb of East Dulwich and David Starr is unquestionably one of the smartest, most talented kids in the 12th grade – he’s got a wild imagination, a vocal range to die for, and a bedroom plastered with posters of his beloved pop idols: Blondie, Sting, and Kate Bush. But smarts, talent, and great taste in music may not be enough to get him through secondary school, where, to his great surprise, he’s just been given the female lead in the school play. The unconventional casting sends shockwaves through David’s small town, first with David, and then with his parents, his aunt, and his classmates. Before long, it seems like everybody has an opinion on whether David should go on with the show, inspiring him to turn to his no-nonsense best friend Frances and his unlikely co-star Maxie, the enigmatic captain of the football team. Becoming Nancy is the huge-hearted new musical that weaves a story of family bonds, first loves, and the courage it takes to find your own spotlight. Based on the best-selling British novel by Terry Ronald, this world premiere musical boasts an exciting international creative team, with direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winnerJerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), a book by Elliot Davis (Peter Pan, Loserville), and a score by the songwriting team of George Stiles (Music) and Anthony Drewe (Lyrics) (Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Honk!).
Maybe Happy Ending
Set in the not-too-distant future in Seoul, Korea, two obsolete helper-bots are living an isolated existence in a robots-only housing complex on the edge of the city. Oliver is waiting for his former-owner to come looking for him, and Claire is just… waiting. When the two discover each other across the hall, they have a surprising connection that challenges what they believe is possible for themselves, relationships, and love. Looking past our era of technology-driven detachment, this award-winning musical imagines a magical and bittersweet reawakening to the things that make us human. Maybe Happy Ending is by Will Aronson and Hue Park and is directed by two-time Tony Award® nominee Michael Arden (Once on This Island, Spring Awaking). The Alliance Theatre’s production of Maybe Happy Ending will be the American premiere of the award-winning musical.
In one of the poorest cities in America – Reading, Pennsylvania – a group of down-and-out factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in
Shows on the Hertz Stage
Small Mouth Sounds
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six strangers in search of serenity meet at a silent wellness retreat for what they hope will be a life-changing five-day experience. Guided by an unseen guru, they are challenged to abandon technology and reset. As they confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward and insightful humor, Small Mouth Sounds is a unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. This Off-Broadway hit comedy and 2016 Critics’ Pick (The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York) is written by Drama Desk Award winner Bess Wohl (Pretty Filthy) and directed by Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth (Ever After, Native Guard). The New York Times says, “It leaves you moved, refreshed and even enlightened.” And The Huffington Post calls it “a play unlike any other.”
Seize the King
On the Hertz Stage, the Alliance will produce Seize the King, award-winning playwright Will Power’s propulsive, timely, and modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. With his country’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his ascension, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped — who can ensure a tyrant won’t rise in his place? The San Diego City Beat described the show as “a sharp, lyrical script that blurs the line between the past and the
The Alliance is pleased to announce this season’s winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition – 53% OF, by Steph Del Rosso – which will receive its world premiere on the Hertz Stage in March 2019. Set in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York, three collections of like-minded people
A Christmas Carol
Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an all-star Atlanta cast. On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man well-known for his miserly ways, is visited by ghosts offering him a chance at a better future – his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future – who teach him it is never too late to change. See the Alliance’s 30th annual production of A Christmas Carol at its new home, The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre.
Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays
Max Makes a Million
Poetry, dance, jazz, visual art, and most of all, dreams coalesce in a glorious theatrical adaptation of Maira Kalman’s one-of-a-kind book Max Makes A Million. Adapted and directed by celebrated theatre artist Liz Diamond, this play follows the beat-poet dog Max Stravinsky on his quest to get to Paris and celebrates those wishful thinkers who dare to dream beyond what seems possible. Max Makes a Million is produced in collaboration with the High Museum of Art’s exhibition, The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children, a
In the Alliance’s fall production for middle and high school audiences, Castle Crenshaw, a.k.a. Ghost, has been running his entire life, but for all the wrong reasons. Then one day he meets Coach, an Olympic medalist who sees his unique talent and offers him a life-changing invitation to join the middle school track club. Can Ghost harness his raw gift for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him? Based on the popular YA novel of the same name that was a National Book Award finalist for young people’s literature and named one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read, Ghost teaches the importance of finding your team.
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
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
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