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Impact and Academy Theatres present The ReRooting

Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta will be finishing their 2018/19 season with The ReRooting by Betty Chaney, directed by Brenda Porter. This play is the conclusion to the trilogy including The Rooting Place, presented in 2016, and The Uprooting, presented in 2017.

The Story

The story begins as a storm of epic proportions erupts for Jeffrey Lee. Unknown to the rest of the family, he needs to flee the farm Oba’s great, great grandmother Mama Ida had willed to him. Before he can leave, however, a mysterious young woman and her son arrive. Is it by chance that they have come here to visit? And is it by chance that her son turns up missing during a tornado watch a few days later?

“I am delighted to bring the final work of Betty Chaney’s saga to the stage.” says Brenda Porter, Founder and Artistic Director of Impact Theatre Atlanta. “Audiences have fallen in love with the Townsend family over the last few years, and I look forward to presenting the closing chapter in this story.”

The Cast

Greta Glenn, who stars as Effie Raye, says, “I’m so happy to be back at the Academy Theatre and working with Brenda Porter.” Greta starred in both The Rooting Place and its sequel, The Uprooting. Also returning to the Academy stage is John Doyle, who played Jeffrey Lee in The Uprooting. John also performed in Academy’s recent festival of short plays, Tapas IV: The Great Divide.

In addition to Greta Glenn and John Doyle, the show also features Marvin Vance, Caitlin Roe, Brittany Nicole Timmons, and Alfred Lewis III.

Due to adult language and content, this show is not suitable for young audiences.

Details

  • What: The ReRooting by Betty Chaney, directed by Brenda Porter, A World Premiere
  • Who: Impact Theatre Atlanta and The Academy Theatre
  • Where: The Academy Theatre, 599 N. Central Ave, Hapeville, Ga. 30354
  • When: Aug. 2nd through Aug. 18th, Thursday through Sunday.
  • Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students

Academy Theatre announces 2019/2020 Season

Academy Theatre is proud to announce the new 2019/2020 season! Featuring works directed by Lynna Schmidt, Robert Drake, Fracena Byrd, and Brenda Porter, this season will open on the theatre’s new proscenium stage!

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon

The comedic, classic story of two mismatched friends, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens Oct. 11, 2019

Another Night Before Christmas by Sean Grennan

A disillusioned social worker meets a homeless “Santa Claus”. Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens Dec. 6, 2019

Another Night Before Christmas
Coda by Sharon Mathis

Coda by Sharon Mathis

A tale of two star-crossed lovers and the families keeping them apart… in the retirement home. Directed by Robert Drake and Fracena Byrd, opens Feb. 7, 2020

The Roommate by Jen Silverman

A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life and what happens when the wheels come off. Directed by Brenda Porter, opens March 19, 2020

The Roommate by Jen Silverman
Nunsense

Nunsense by Dan Goggins

Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken for a musical comedy that is sure to be habit-forming! Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens April 24, 2020.

Tapas V

Academy’s annual festival of short plays, featuring a variety of playwrights, directors, and actors! Opens June 19, 2020

Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López

A first generation Mexican-American girl struggles to find her identity and honor her family. Directed by Brenda Porter, opens July 30, 2020.

Academy Theatre Presents Tapas IV: The Great Divide

Hapeville, Ga. –Academy Theatre proudly presents Tapas IV: The Great Divide. This is a play festival comprised of a collection of ten minute short plays based on the theme of divided relationships in their many forms, and nearly all are premieres! We’re featuring some of Georgia’s great creative talents for the festival include Fracena Byrd, Rob Raissle, and Zach Roe.

“Tapas is always a fun and challenging project,” says Fracena Byrd, “It’s a great way to bring new actors, directors, and playwrights into our community, and build new connections with old friends.”

The Great Divide lets playwrights address where we are today, in politics, personal relations, and many other ways,” says Robert Drake, Artistic Director. “Interestingly enough, talking about what divides us may bring us together! Many great artistic talents have been brought together to put this work on stage! I am so eager for people to see this show and revel in the great work that’s being done!’

These shows contain adult themes and language.

  • What: Tapas IV: The Great Divide
  • 8pm shows: June 7, 8, 14, 21, 22
  • 3pm shows: June 9, 15, 16, 23
  • Tickets: $25 General Admission, $20 Seniors and Students
  • Available at: http://tapas4.brownpapertikets.com
  • Rated: PG-15

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

The Academy Theatre is supported by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The City of Hapeville and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public / private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville.  The City of Hapeville is the official sponsors of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

Cab Calloway Comes to Life at Academy Theatre!

Hapeville, Ga. – The Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta present “Hi De Hi De Ho: Cab Calloway”, opening May 3rd! Rob Jerome will star in this show that brings the story and music of one of America’s most beloved jazz icons to the stage!

“Of all the entertainers that have affected my performance style, Cab Calloway is the most influential,” says Jones. “At 17 years old I was privileged to witness a concert performance of “Porgy and Bess”. Mr Calloway portrayed “Sportin’ Life”, the dope peddler. He is the only entertainer I’ve stood outside the stage door to ask for an autograph.”

Cab Calloway was an American jazz singer, dancer, and bandleader who regularly performed at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem. He led one of America’s most popular big bands in the 1930’s and 40’s, and his performers included such famous performers as Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham,  and Milt Hinton. He popularized the energetic style known as “scat” singing, and he continued to perform until his death in 1994 at the age of 86.

Brenda Porter of Impact Theatre Atlanta is directing, and Kima Whipple-Jackson and Denzell Walker complete the cast. Porter has directed several shows on the Academy stage, including Yellowman, Nobody, and The Rooting Place trilogy.

“Jazz is one of the great American art forms and it’s struggling to find an audience,” says Robert Drake, Artistic Director of Academy Theatre. “By presenting this show with such a talented director and lead, Impact Theatre Atlanta and the Academy let people re-discover an American who helped create great American Music and set the bar for not just presenting a concert, but putting on the whole show!”

This show is rated PG-13. Audience discretion is advised.

  • What: ‘Hi De Hi De Ho: Cab Calloway’ by Larry Parr
  • Where: 599 N. Central Ave Hapeville, GA
  • When:
    • 8pm: May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17
    • 3pm: May 5, 12, 18, 19
  • How Much: $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

Academy Theatre presents Agnes of God!

Brenda Porter, Lynna Schmidt, and Sarah Craig star in Agnes of God at Academy Theatre

Hapeville, GA. – Academy Theatre’s leading ladies Fracena Byrd, Brenda Porter, and Lynna Schmidt are teaming up to bring a powerful story to the stage! With Fracena Byrd in the director’s chair, Porter and Schmidt are taking to the stage, joined by Sarah Craig!

Agnes (Sarah Craig), a young nun, has given birth in a convent. Agnes claims no memory or knowledge of the event. Her mother superior, Mother Miriam Ruth (Lynna Schmidt), insists that Agnes does not understand what happened. Dr. Martha Livingstone (Brenda Porter), the court-appointed psychiatrist, wants to discover the truth of the matter hidden behind Agnes’s veiled and cloistered mind. A psychological war ensues between Dr. Livingstone and Mother Miriam Ruth over Agnes’s mental and spiritual health, and the play becomes a collection of contrasts between science and religion, between the temporal and spiritual, and between facts and faith.

“There is an intense human longing to believe in something more than ourselves,” says director Fracena Byrd. “C.S. Lewis wrote of a God-shaped hole in the human heart. This play puts a magnifying glass on that longing. At the same time, it looks at how we can be led astray by even the best of intentions.” Fracena has been onstage under Brenda Porter’s direction in Yellowman, with Lynna Schmidt in Steel Magnolias and Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, and she has also directed for Academy’s Tapas festival of short plays.

Academy Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Drake adds, “Ms. Porter and Ms. Schmidt are both terrific actresses, but together their explosive! Under Ms. Byrd’s most sincere and expert direction, the audience is in for a barn burner of a show!”

The late actress Anne Bancroft played the Mother Superior in the 1985 film version. “I would like people who believe in God to think again, Bancroft said. “And people who don’t believe in God to think again.”

This show is rated PG-16, and not suitable for young audiences due to some adult content.

  • What: Agnes of God by John Pielmeier
  • Who: The Academy Theatre, directed by Fracena Byrd, starring Sarah Craig, Brenda Porter, Lynna Schmidt
  • Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave, Hapeville, Ga. 30354
  • When:
    • 8pm shows: 10/5, 10/6, 10/12, 10/13, 10/19.
    • 3pm shows: 10/7, 10/13, 10/14, 10/20, 10/21
  • Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 at http://agnesofgod.bpt.me

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

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The Academy Theatre is supported by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The City of Hapeville and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public / private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville.  The City of Hapeville is the official sponsor of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

Photo:. Credit: Alison Ramsay

Academy Theatre presents Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

Academy Theatre presents Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

Who doesn’t enjoy romance, laughter, and murder? The Academy Theatre is bringing all three to the stage with Murder at the Howard Johnson’s by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick. This show is a lighthearted, fast-paced suspense comedy directed by Rob Raissle.

In three acts, various couplings of a romantic triangle between airheaded Arlene Miller, her husband the car salesman Paul Miller, and her lover — the family dentist Dr. Mitchell Lovell, contemplate a series of murderous schemes. All three acts are set in the same room at a Howard Johnson’s motel. With its many twists and turns during the mixed up mayem audiences will laugh all night.

Arlene, played by Kay Bohan, who was last seen in Academy’s Steel Magnolias, says, “I’m so glad to be back at the Academy, working on one of my favorite comedies!” Paul is played by Andres Salgado, making his Academy premiere. The skirt-chasing dentist is played by Jeff Cooper.

Robert Drake, Artistic Director of Academy Theatre, adds, “”The laughs come so quickly in this show! It’s a great to have the talent who will make things snap!””

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s is great fun. It is gloriously goofy. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy a night of relentlessly hysterical comedy. You won’t be disappointed.  

What: Murder at the Howard Johnson’s by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick
Who: Academy Theatre, directed by Rob Raissle
Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354
When: Apr. 27 through May 13, Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3
Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 at Brown Paper Tickets

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332.

The City of Hapeville and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public/private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville. The City of Hapeville is an official sponsor of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

ACADEMY THEATRE AND IMPACT THEATRE ATLANTA PRESENT “I AND YOU” BY LAUREN GUNDERSON

HAPEVILLE, GA – Come to the first show of the new year at the Academy Theatre! I and You by Lauren Gunderson was heralded a “breakout play” by the New York Times. Impact Theatre Atlanta’s Artistic Director and founder Brenda Porter is back to direct this very poignant piece.

“Gunderson created something that encourages us to honor our similarities with others and our differences. We desperately need that in today’s world.” Says Porter, who has directed a myriad of cutting edge work such as Orlandersmith’s Yellowman and Split Second by Dennis McIntyre. Porter continues, “It’s the rare play that challenges us to dig deeper. This play does constantly.”

I and You tells the story of two very different teenagers, chronically ill Caroline and basketball star Anthony, who struggle to connect as they work on a school project about Walt Whitman’s poetry Leaves of Grass. As the play unfolds and through a stunning surprise ending, they find that there is more that unites them.

Gunderson’s previous scripts have been praised for their “excellent balance of intelligent, pointed humor” (The Daily Californian), and for being “exceptionally well crafted, emotionally grounded and thought-provoking”. (TheatreStorm)

In addition, Academy Theatre will be hosting a Health Expo on Saturday, February 10th from 10am to 1pm. There will also be talkbacks with special guests after multiple performances. Visit Academy Theatre’s website for specific dates.

Caroline will be played by Sarah T. Davis who is making her Academy debut. Efrem Whitaker will be portraying Anthony. This show is suitable for high school students and up due to content.  

Tickets are available at http://iandyou-hape.brownpapertickets.com

What: I and You by Lauren Gunderson

Who: Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta

Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354

When: 2/9, 2/10, 2/16, 2/23, and 2/24 at 8pm

2/11, 2/17, 2/18, and 2/25 at 3pm

Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

The City of Hapeville and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public/private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville. The City of Hapeville is an official sponsor of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

 

Comedic side of Alzheimer’s Disease Explored In The Theatrical Production of “Things That Hurt”

For Immediate Release
Contact:      R. Gordon Douglas
Robd19062004@aol.com
(404) 933-3182

Comedic side of Alzheimer’s Disease Explored In The Theatrical Production of “Things That Hurt”

Atlanta, GA/E-Release/ -Resurgence Theatre will present the 2017 production of “Things That Hurt”, starring Taurean Blacque (Hill Street Blues) on November 2-5 and November 9-12 at the Academy Theatre.

Performances are as follows:  Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm., and Sunday at 3 p.m.   This will bring the serio-comedic play, “Things That Hurt” to the forefront of Atlanta’s theatre community and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

“Things That Hurt” centers around the Lewis family, brought together after their patriarch, Dr. Edward Lewis, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His wife, Mona, drinking heavily and “numbing herself”, is joined by their son Ronald, and daughter, Karen, and an observer to this chaos:  Beverly, a Nurse who was hired after the diagnosis. Edward announces that he’s considering assisted suicide to eliminate the eventual suffering.

The family, outraged, convinces Edward to change his mind, and six years later, find themselves bearing the consequences of this decision. Tensions bubble over as a violent Edward is kicked out of the Assisted Living Home and returns to his family home for care.

Using photography and film footage, the story examines how the past, both helps and hurts us. Bursting with irrepressible humor and intelligence, “Things That Hurt” is dense, funny and compassionate.

Cast also includes Janna Koffman, Claudette Alexander-Thomason, Tanya Freeman and Robb Douglas.

Hapeville Performing Arts Center – Academy Theatre
599 US-19
Hapeville, GA 30354
(404) 474-8332

Ticket Prices: $25.00 On-line
$30.00 At Door

Tickets can be purchased at: www.thingsthathurthape.brownpapertickets.com


 

Academy Theatre Brings “Steel Magnolias” To The Stage

For Immediate Release
Contact: Fracena Byrd
404-474-8332
academyoutreach@yahoo.com

ACADEMY THEATRE  BRINGS “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” TO THE STAGE

Hapeville, Ga. – Six powerhouse actresses all from the southern Metro Atlanta area have joined forces to form the dynamic cast of Academy Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling! Lynna Schmidt of the Henry Arts Alliance is producing, directing, and starring as M’Lynn.

“This year is the thirtieth anniversary of Steel Magnolias. Fans have been asking when we would bring this show to Hapeville, and this seems to be the perfect time,” says Lynna Schmidt, who also starred in Academy’s Shooting Star and Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

Set in 1980’s Louisiana in Truvy’s beauty shop, six southern women gather to chat and support each other. Their story of love, laughter, loss, beauty, and strength has inspired a generation.

“This cast is phenomenal!” says Fracena Byrd, who plays Annelle. “This show is definitely going to be the fan favorite of the season.” Fracena has also starred in Academy productions of Yellowman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Plaza Suite. Fracena has also held major roles at Legacy Theatre in Tyrone, including Matron Mama Morton in Chicago and Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense.

The cast includes Mary Anne Brannon (Grace and Glorie) and Kay Bohan (Last of the Red Hot Lovers). Meggie Foster McCann and Kathryn Wood are making their debut on the Academy Stage. Mary Anne and Kathryn are both members of the Front Porch Players. Kay is a part of the Henry Players, and Meggie is the drama teacher for Ola High School.

This show is rated PG-13 because of adult content. Audience discretion is advised.

What: ‘Steel Magnolias’ by Robert Harling
Where: 599 N. Central Ave Hapeville, GA
When: October 6, 7, 13, 20 @ 8pm
October 8, 15, 22 @ 3pm
October 14, 21 @ 5pm

How Much: $20 online and $25 at the door.     www.steelmaghape.brownpapertickets.com

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

The City of Hapeville, the Hapeville Association of Tourism and Trade, and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public/private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville. The City of Hapeville and the Hapeville Association of Tourism and Trade are official sponsors of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.