Is Tess “fine”? She tells her sister she is, but why do strange things keep happening in her home? A surrealistic family drama about two women trying not to drown in the legacy of their troubled past.
Featuring: Rachel Wansker, Alex Van, Suzanne Roush, Heather Schroeder
“Rachel Graf Evans is another exciting American voice launching in Atlanta. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her work – she’s at the beginning of an amazing career.” —Celise Kalke, Artistic Programs Manager, Alliance Theatre
“Maybe I’m biased because Rachel Graf Evans was my 2017/2018 Dramatists Guild Atlanta Young Ambassador… but COME ON, she also wrote a smart and very funny play about Pheromone Parties that rocked the house at Working Title Playwrights, and another very poignant one about Greek bad girl Medusa’s difficult romantic life. And, now, with BUILT TO FLOAT, she’s setting an “emotional déjà vu with a complete stranger” in the middle of America’s very real Opioid Crisis. It’s got poignancy and humor and the warm intimacy of a family trying to re-make itself. So, hurry up. Go see it!” –Pamela Turner, Atlanta Regional Rep, Dramatists Guild of America Performances: July 27 at 8 p.m., July 28 at 8 p.m., Aug. 4 at 8 p.m., Aug. 5 at 2 p.m., Aug. 10 at 8 p.m., Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., Aug. 13 at 8 p.m., Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., Aug. 20 at 8 p.m., Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.
WOKE by Avery Sharpe
Directed by Ellen McQueen
Two close friends from different backgrounds are trying to navigate the already rocky transition from high school to college, when a calamitous event captures national attention, forcing them to wrestle with their conflicting understandings of social awareness. Through family, romance, and their own friendship, they painstakingly and comically explore what it truly means to be woke.
Featuring: Derrick Robertson, Paul Danner, DeShon Green, Karina Simmons, Kathleen Wattis Kettrey, Fred Gaylean
“ WOKE is a special piece of writing, and I hope this production will turn out to be the first of many.”–Freddie Ashley, Artistic Director, Actor’s Express
Performances: Aug. 3 at 8 p.m., Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., Aug. 6 at 8 p.m., Aug. 8 at 8 p.m., Aug. 9 at 8 p.m., Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., Aug. 12 at 2 p.m., Aug. 18 at 8 p.m., Aug. 19 at 2 p.m., Aug. 21 at 8 p.m., Aug. 23 at 8 p.m., Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., Aug. 26 at 2 p.m.
A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT WAYS I’D LIKE TO DIE
Written and performed by Tim McDonough
A dark, comic meditation on life and mortality, by one of Atlanta’s Shakespearean actors who has been named Best Actor by the Boston Theater Critics Circle and by Creative Loafing.
A former dance student and actor who trained in New York with Maggie Flanigan, Susan is a PR professional who writes about the arts. She has studied jazz with pianist Connie Crothers, and guitar and natural-foods cooking with Berklee graduate and James Beard award-winning chef Peter Berley.
Susan reviews the performing and culinary arts as a hobby and often receives free tickets to shows or free food from the venues she writes about. She reviews everything on merit alone and receives no money for any of her reviews. While she loves to attend theater and eat out, freebies will not sway her from stating her honest opinion.
My Favorite Band in the World!
The Microscopic Septet is the greatest band I've ever heard in my life. I first heard them when I was living in New York working in a club called The Dive in 1981. I wrote home to my friends working at my old college radio station, WUOG in Athens, Ga., about this incredible house band called the Microscopic Septet. These guys blew me away! I wrote: it's like Duke Ellington, meets the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the World Saxophone Quartet, and Spike Jones.
Whenever one of the band's four sax players was out, a former band member, who I thought was one of the greatest sax players of all time, sat in. John Zorn was like a bubbly sprite who spilled joy everywhere and added sounds reminiscent of Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton.
To this day, when I listen to the Micros I dance and laugh. Watch the video above, and see if you don't do the same. I know it's not the best picture quality, but listen to the music and let me know your thoughts. If you know of another band whose greatness comes close to the Micros, please contact me. Because no matter how well-known or unknown they are, I'd love to hear them. Click on the video above to see the Microscopic Septet perform "Lobster in the Limelight." You can see the full-size screen of it on YouTube.