Live performances are the essence of our industry, but virtual performances are the temporary trend in our society right now. So why not have both?
Just the facts
Synchronicity Theatre has announced their revamped ’20-’21 season, featuring musicals, new works, and more. In an effort to serve audiences and company members in the safest way possible, the theatre company is offering limited in-person seating for each performance, with an accompanying streaming option. Check out the full lineup of performances below!
In the words of Synchronicity Theatre
Synchronicity Theatre’s staff and administration weighed the option to offer live theatre experiences very carefully and determined that the less-risky, safer approach is to use data and the recommendations of health care providers and scientists to make informed decisions about the best ways to protect the health and well-being of our actors, audiences, staff and crews.
We have decided to offer extremely-limited live viewing opportunities, and reserve the right to cancel ‘In the Theatre’ performances if certain criteria are not met. Our commitment to providing a space for audiences to come together live with our artists, whenever we are able to do so, reflects our mission to use theatre to build community.-Synchronicity Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Rachel May
October 5 — November 8, 2020
4 weeks. 4 women. 4 stories.
4×4 is told through four different one-woman shows created by Atlanta artists. Whether you decide to watch via our “In the Theatre” ticket option, where you’ll join a salon audience at the theatre for a live performance, or you decide to watch the show at home via our “On the Screen” ticket option, these plays will show you the power of theatre.
Week 1: Backstage and Other Stories
A New Play Written and Performed by Terry Burrell
Direction and Musical Direction by S. Renee Clark
“On the Screen” Run: October 5-25, with virtual viewing party and happy hour on Thursday, October 8 at 8:30pm. There will be no “In the Theatre” option for these performances.
After a lifetime on Broadway and regional stages, Terry Burrell spills the tea in a joyful, sassy, musical joint, accompanied by S. Renee Clark on the keys. These are two local legends you won’t want to miss!
Week 2: Stiff
By Sherry Jo Ward
“In the Theatre” Run: October 7-11
“On the Screen” Run: October 12-25, with virtual viewing party and happy hour on Thursday, October 15 at 8:30pm
When professional actress Sherry Jo Ward was diagnosed with Stiff-Person Syndrome, a rare degenerative disease that slowly inhibits mobility, she turned to theatre to tell her story. Funny yet vulnerable, STIFF offers a poignant experience for all audiences.
Week 3: Chorus of Bears
By Lucy Smith
Directed by Rachel May
“In the Theatre” Run: October 14-18
“On the Screen” Run: October 19-November 1, with virtual viewing party and happy hour on Thursday, October 22 at 8:30pm
In this riveting and honest story about the trials of parenting, Lucy Smith explores one woman’s experience bearing her child, baring her soul, and embracing her inner mama bear.
Week 4: RIP By Danielle Deadwyler
Directed by Addae Moon
Choreography by Anicka Austin
“In the Theatre” Run: October 21-25
“On the Screen” Run: October 26-November 8, with virtual viewing party and happy hour on Thursday, October 29 at 8:30pm
Equal parts performance art and domestic drama, RIP explores the collapse of a young couple’s marriage. Written by notable screen and stage actress Danielle Deadwyler (The Watchmen, The Devil to Pay), this show is a breathtaking deep dive into the lifecycle of relationships.
A Year with Frog and Toad
December 11, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Book & Lyrics by Willie Reale, Music by Robert Reale
Based on the Books by Arnold Lobel
Remounted by Jenna Tamisiea
Back by popular demand! Frog and Toad hop from the page to the stage in this whimsical and irresistible retelling of Arnold Lobel’s A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. This version of the Tony-nominated musical follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog, and the grumpy Toad — through all of their fun-filled escapades! Part vaudeville, part magic, and all charm, this audience favorite tells a story of friendship that endures every season.
*VIRTUAL school performances are available.
Mirandy and Brother Wind
January 29 – February 21, 2021
Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt and John L. Cornelius
Based on the book by Patricia McKissack
Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius
Directed by Taryn Carmona
Springtime has arrived in South Carolina and 10 year-old Mirandy is preparing for her town’s big cakewalk. After a bitter loss to her rival, Orlinda, the year before, Mirandy is determined to do whatever it takes to win the coveted first place prize. When Mirandy learns about the legend of Brother Wind, she decides to capture the playful spirit to serve as her dancing partner in the cakewalk — and celebrate what it truly means to be free.
*VIRTUAL school performances are available.
Blue Angels Weekend
March 12 – April 4, 2021
A New Play By Lee Nowell
What if Hunter S. Thompson told Thelma and Louise to take a vacation? Odd Couple college roommates Kathleen and Steph reunite to ring in their 40th birthdays. They head for Florida with completely different objectives in mind. Steph wants to drink too much and end up in bed with a Blue Angels pilot, and Kathleen wants a quiet girls’ weekend to figure out how to meet the love of her life. When they happen upon Jason, a Blue Angels pilot, and Brian, a mild mannered grad student, things start to heat up. If the universe gives you exactly what you want for your 40th birthday, what do you do then?
The Bluest Eye
June 4 — 27, 2021
Adapted by Lydia R. Diamond
From the Book by Toni Morrison
Directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Join us in honoring Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison in Synchronicity Theatre’s production of THE BLUEST EYE. Adapted for the stage by Lydia R. Diamond, this is the powerful story of Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl who believes that all the obstacles in her life could be overcome if she just had blue eyes. Gripping, thoughtful, and stunning, THE BLUEST EYE offers a poignant experience for audience members familiar and unfamiliar with this classic novel.
About those tickets
Virtual viewing is $10, and in-person performances are $25-$35.