Theatre in the Square Continues to Please
By Andrea Redd
September 2009 – Theatre in the Square continues to do it right for theatre goers while moving through its 2009-2010 Season. Remembering the Theatre’s beginnings in historic downtown Marietta, I am more than pleased that our community continues to foster growth and support of the arts in its revitalized downtown communities.
The 28th season is already in progress. Presently running is The Savannah Disputation by Savannah playwright Evan Smith. This comedy pits a evangelical against Catholic sisters and their priest! Thought provoking and hilarious, you have a chance to catch this through September 13,2009.
Raye Varney, the Theatre’s Managing Director reinforced the season’s mix of classic, farcical, thriller and dramatic and tossing in some plain ‘ol fun. A Season Ticket for the 5 Show MainStage series deliver a full spectrum of entertainment. Theatre in the Square has 2 performance venues; the MainStage, seating 225 and the Alley Stage, seating 123. If you have never been, you must take the opportunity to treat yourself. Check it out!
2009-10 MainStage Series:
Now Playing: The Savannah Disputation
August 12, 2009 – September 13, 2009
Playwright: Evan Smith
The Woman In Black
September 30, 2009 – November 1, 2009
Playwright: Stephen Mallatratt / based on the novel by Susan Hill
This thriller, still running in London after 20 years, will send fright-chills down your spine. The Guardian called this ghost story based on the book by Susan Hill “brilliantly effective” and “gripping.” A middle-aged solicitor hopes to exorcise the mysterious woman in black aided by some clever – and terrifying – theatrical techniques.
Caught In The Net
January 20, 2010 – February 21, 2010
Playwright: Ray Cooney
The farce master is at his reckless best in this out-of-control outing. A bigamist taxi driver’s teenage son and daughter meet on the internet and are anxious to get together as their father juggles to keep them apart.
March 10, 2010 – April 11, 2010
Playwright: Dennis Krausnik / based on the novel by Edith Warton
A new adaption of Edith Wharton’s classic heart-wrenching tale. Set in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, a tragic sledding accident creates an ironic twist to this story, which explores a haunting and passionate love triangle with its secret frozen in time.
His Eye Is On The Sparrow
April 28, 2010 – May 30, 2010
Playwright: Larry Parr
The inspiring story of actress/singer Ethel Waters, who rose from a downtrodden life in Philadelphia’s back alleys to become a celebrated talent. Who better to interpret Ethel’s life and music than Atlanta’s own Bernardine Mitchell (Mahalia, Zion!)
A Tuna Christmas
Alley Stage – November 18, 2009 – January 3, 2010
Playwright: Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams
Christmas is coming to Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK’s two leading personalities portray more than 20 different colorful characters of all ages and genders as they report on holiday activities at a whirlwind Texas pace.
Sanders Family Christmas
MainStage – November 24, 2009 – January 3, 2010
Playwright: Connie Ray / conceived by Alan Baily
A lively event that has become a family destination in the holiday season. The beloved Sanders Family (of Smoke On The Mountain and Mount Pleasant Homecoming) are dealing with the beginning of WW II and its effects on the gospel singing clan. A fun show for the whole family!
Theatre for Youth:
The Library Dragon – Extended Run
Alley Stage – September 15, 2009 – October 18, 2009
Playwright: Carmon Agra Deedy
TEACHERS: THE LIBRARY DRAGON WEEKDAY SHOWS ARE ALMOST COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSIONS PAST 10/18/09! Book your group, before it’s too late- 770 422 8369 ext 29. Back for the kids, this tale of a fire-breathing librarian with a burning love for books is destined to delight. A co-production with Aurora Theatre. (For ages 5 – 11 years old)
Something New! Touring Middle School Performances
High John the Conqueror and African Folktales
The spirited escapades of High John the Conqueror and his trickster friends are told with humor and song by the masterful storytelling of one of Atlanta’s treasures, Rob Cleveland. Infused with mystery and excitement, this thrilling collection of folktales, as seen through the eyes of High John the Conqueror, takes us on a journey beginning in Africa, through the Middle Passage, and finally landing in America.
Theater in the Square
11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA 30064 Box office: (770) 422-8369
or go to http://www.theatreinthesquare.com for more information.
About the Author: Andrea Redd is a performer and has served as an arts consultant to theatres and cities throughout the Southeast.