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.

ACADEMY THEATRE BRINGS “SHOOTING STAR” TO THE STAGE

Hapeville, Ga. – The Academy Theatre and Lynna Schmidt Productions are co-producing ‘Shooting Star’ by Steven Dietz!  The show stars Atlanta theater favorites Lynna Schmidt and Rob Raissle.

IMG_5800“We had such success with Love Letters last season, I think the fans will enjoy this show as well,” says Lynna Schmidt, whose performance in Academy’s Naughty & Nice: A Sassy Holiday Cabaret is still receiving rave reviews.

Snowed in overnight at an airport, ex-college sweethearts Elena (Lynna Schmidt) and Reed (Rob Raissle) have an unexpected reunion.  It’s been more than twenty years since their last meeting.  This chance encounter is filled with romance and regret.

“It is always such a delight to work with Lynna.” says Rob Raissle, who is well known for his performances in Academy’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Plaza Suite.  Both productions had sold out performances.

“Attending the Academy Theater’s productions of Love Letters and Plaza Suite alternately delighted and charmed us due to the scintillating dynamics between actors Lynna Schmidt and Rob Raissle.”, say this production’s sponsors, Marc and Bonnie Hayes. “Whether Broadway, Leicester Square, or Hollywood, we haven’t witnessed two actors who complement their talents as well as Lynna and Rob.”

The comedy begins with the wry Elena and the amiable Reed sarcastically bantering.  As their conversation continues past the witty banter, they grapple with the consequences of roads not taken, and contemplate the possibilities of roads that still might be open to them.

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

 

What ‘Shooting Star’ by Steven Dietz
Where 599 N. Central Ave Hapeville, GA<
When February 10, 11, 17, 24,25 @ 8pm

February 12, 19, 26 @ 3pm

February 18 @ 5pm

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

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

Marc and Bonnie Hayes are sponsoring the production.

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.

Impact Theatre and Academy Join Forces to Present the Story of “NOBODY”

“The funniest man I ever saw and the saddest man I ever knew.” These are the words of W.C. Fields describing Bert Williams, the first African American to have a leading role on Broadway. Impact Theatre Atlanta, a resident company of the Academy Theatre, presents Nobody: The Story of Bert Williams by C. Robert Jones opening April 8th. The show traces his life from immigrating to the United States to his minstrel show performances to his rise to Broadway fame.

Michael Mario Good as Bert Williams in "Nobody" by C. Robert Jones. Photo by Alison Ramsey.

Michael Mario Good as Bert Williams in “Nobody” by C. Robert Jones. Photo by Alison Ramsey.

In the early 19th century in the U.S., the image of blacks on stage was created by whites that performed in blackface. Williams’ trademark character, Mr. Nobody, was an expansion of the traditional role to create a more fleshed-out character.

“Bert Williams was a pioneer of his day, and a master of his art form,” says Brenda Porter, founder and Artistic Director of Impact Theatre Atlanta. “The goal of this play is to awaken a new generation to the brilliance of a man who paved the way for actors of color to define their own characters and personas on the stage. People deserve to know the story of the man behind the blackface.”

Michael Mario Good, the founder of the Good Acting Studio who stars as Bert Williams, says, “ am humbled and honored at this opportunity. This is a man whose talent was iconic and legendary. However, so few people know about him today.”

“This show exemplifies the missions and visions of both Impact Theatre Atlanta and The Academy Theatre. We want to bring audiences shows that are both thought-provoking and entertaining. This show does that,” says Fracena Byrd, Marketing Director for Academy Theatre.

This show is rated PG-13, and not suitable for young audiences.

What: Nobody by C. Robert Jones

Who: Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta directed by Brenda Porter

Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center Stockbridge Community Arts Center
Address: 599 N. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354 146 Burke St., Stockbridge, GA 30281
8pm Shows: Apr. 8, 9, 15, 22, 23. Apr. 30, May 7
2pm Shows: Apr. 10, 16, 17, 24 May 1 and 8
Ticket URL: http://nobody-hape.bpt.me http://nobody-stock.bpt.me

Tickets: $20 at the door, $17 online.

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.

The City of Stockbridge and Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority have entered into a Private/Public partnership with the Academy Theatre and The City of Stockbridge and Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority are Sponsors of the Academy’s Stockbridge work.

Academy Theatre’s programming for the 2015-2016 season is sponsored in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Academy Theatre brings back A Christmas Carol

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Dan Brown and Steve Martin as Cratchit and Scrooge

For years A Christmas Carol has shared its timeless message of redemption and the spirit of Christmas. This December at Hapeville Elementary School watch the curtain rise and follow Ebenezer Scrooge, the lonely miser as he discovers joy, generosity, and the reason for the season.With ghosts, carolers, live music, and Charles Dickens himself The Academy Theatre is kicking off the Holiday Season with a show the whole family will love.

Lynna Schmidt, Director of Christmas Carol says, “This is a lovely, family friendly production. We hope you will join this outstanding cast as we celebrate the holiday season and learn what the true meaning of Christmas is for Mr. Scrooge. Happy Holidays from our family to yours.”

This is Academy Theatre’s second annual presentation of Schmidt’s adaptation. Most of the beloved cast from last year’s show will be returning to the stage, including Dan Brown, who plays Charles Dickens and Bob Cratchit, and Steve Martin, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Academy Theatre invites you to enjoy this time honored favorite and make reservations now.

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.

This show has been sponsored in part by Porche. Academy Theatre’s programming for the 2015-2016 season is sponsored in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts.

What: Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol”

Who: Academy Theatre, directed and adapted by Lynna Schmidt

Where: Hapeville Elementary School

When: Dec. 4 through 20, 2015 . Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

Tickets: $20 at the door, $17 online at http://academychristmascarol.brownpapertickets.com/.

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

ACADEMY THEATRE PRESENTS “THE SUNRISE OF AIDS”

"The Sunrise of AIDS", an original production about aging and HIV, opens Nov. 7 in Hapeville.

“The Sunrise of AIDS”, an original production about aging and HIV, opens Nov. 7 in Hapeville.

Combining community outreach and creativity, Academy Theatre does it again with its world premiere of The Sunrise of AIDS. This production has been created by a professional ensemble of actors, playwrights, and educators under the leadership of Robert Drake, the Artistic Director of The Academy Theatre. After debuting at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center and the Stockbridge Community Arts the show will go on tour.

SunriseRehearsal1The story tells of a granddaughter and friend who are too shy to ask their mother about getting tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Grandma not only takes them but volunteers to be the first to take the test. When she’s the one that’s positive, the family must examine the effect it will have on them.
“According to the CDC People aged 55 and older accounted for one-quarter of all Americans living with HIV, that makes this show not only relevant but necessary.” says Brenda Porter, who is the dramaturg for the project and Artistic Director of Impact Theatre Atlanta.

“Creating new works has been a part of The Academy since inception,” says Lorrene Fey, Managing Director of The Academy. “I am excited The National Endowment for the Arts continues to support us bringing meaningful, new work to our communities.”

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

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.

The City of Stockbridge and Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority have entered into a public/private partnership with Academy Theatre to serve the citizens of Stockbridge. The City of Stockbridge and the Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority are official sponsors of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Stockbridge.

Academy Theatre’s programming for the 2015-2016 season is sponsored in part by the Henry County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Georgia Council for the Arts. Sunrise of AIDS is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Who: Academy Theatre
What: Sunrise of AIDS, created by the Academy Theatre
When: Nov. 7 through 15 in Hapeville
Nov. 21 and 22 in Stockbridge
Friday/Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.
Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center
599 N. Central Ave.
Hapeville, GA 30354
Tickets available at http://sunrise-hape.bpt.me
Stockbridge Community Arts Center
146 Burke St.
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Tickets available at http://sunrise-stock.bpt.me
How Much: $17 in advance, $20 at the door.

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