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

Impact and Academy Theatres present The Uprooting

Hapeville, GA. – Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta will be opening their 2017/18 season with The Uprooting by Betty Chaney, directed by Brenda Porter. This sequel to last summer’s hit The Rooting Place picks up after 20 years have passed.

The story follows Oba, a young man who struggles with his light complexion in a dark-skinned family. He returns to Mississippi to claim his great, great grandmother’s inheritance. With the help of his grandparents, Effie Raye and Buddy, he also seeks to gain his cousins’ respect.

“I am delighted to bring Betty Chaney’s latest work to the stage.” says Brenda Porter, Founder and Artistic Director of Impact Theatre Atlanta. “Audiences fell in love with the Townsend family last summer, and I look forward to presenting the next chapter in their story.”

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 was last seen in at the Academy Theatre in Tapas II, and was also in The Rooting Place.

In addition to Greta Glenn, the show also features Jordan DeMoss as Oba, Micah Penn, Herman Spearman, John Doyle, Jill Hames, and Cat Cela.

This show is rated PG-13, and not suitable for young audiences due to some adult content.

  • What:The Uprooting by Betty Chaney, directed by Brenda Porter, A World Premiere
  • Who: Impact Theatre Atlanta and The Academy Theatre
  • Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave, Hapeville, Ga. 30354
  • When: Aug. 11-27, Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 8pm, Saturday/Sunday at 3pm
  • Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 at http://uprooting.brownpapertickets.com
  • For more information please call the Academy Theatre at 404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

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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’s programming for the 2017-2018 season is sponsored in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Academy Theatre Presents Tapas II: Steady As She Goes

Hapeville, Ga. –Academy Theatre proudly presents Tapas II: Steady As She Goes. This is a play festival comprised of a collection of ten minute short plays based on the prompt of ‘Steady As She Goes’, and nearly all are premieres! We’re featuring some of Georgia’s great creative talents for the festival include Fracena Byrd, Chris Jones, Rob Raissle, and Lynna Schmidt.

“I am beyond thrilled that the Academy is bringing back Tapas,” says Fracena Byrd, “…premiering new works, creating new collaborative teams…this is what the Academy is about.”

“Tapas was such a success in Stockbridge that we wanted to perform another show of short plays in Hapeville as well! Steady as She Goes lets playwrights address where we are today, both in terms of wanting stability and safety and examining the degree to which providing that stability so often comes from women. I am so eager for people to see this show and revel in the great work that’s being done!’

We’re also giving up and coming talent a chance to shine! Academy Interns are being paired with more experienced mentors to make the show come alive!

These shows contain adult themes and language.

What: Tapas II: Steady As She Goes
Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354
When: July 7-23, 2017
Tickets: tapasii.brownpapertickets.com

Rated: PG-15

Gutsy and Gritty, Impact and Academy Bring McIntyre’s Split Second To The Stage

HAPEVILLE, GA – A black cop loses his cool. There are no witnesses. Does he turn himself in, or does he cover it all up? This is Split Second, by Dennis McIntyre, opening this April at Hapeville Performing Arts Center.

Split Second by Dennis McIntyre, directed by Brenda Porter, opening April 2017

Brenda Porter is known for her outstanding work with compelling dramas and relishes directing another heavy-hitter. “At the heart of the show, it’s a crisis of the individual”, says Porter. “The question is, what is the right thing to do, not just in the moment, but in the aftermath.” Porter has never been one to shy away from provocative issues, having directed Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith, about colorism within the black community, and Nobody by C. Robert Jones, a biography of Bert Williams, an actor who performed in blackface.

The story begins when an ordinary cop makes a deadly decision that changes his life forever. This drama explores the story of a respected African-American police officer who arrests a white man. The suspect taunts the officer with racist insults until, in the grip of uncontrollable rage, the officer crosses the line.

“This is a powerhouse of a play, and I am so excited to be a part of it,” says DuJuan Paxton, who plays police officer Val Johnson. Paxton was previously seen in the highly popular world premiere performance of The Rooting Place by Betty Chaney.

Don’t miss your chance to see this gripping and thought-provoking story. Be sure to check the website to see which performances will feature audience talkbacks.

Due to adult language and mature content, this show is rated PG-16.

What: “Split Second” by Dennis McIntyre
Who: Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta
Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354
When: Apr. 21, 22, 28, May 5, 6 @ 8pm.
Apr. 23, 29, 30, May 7 @ 3pm
Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 online.

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at

404-474-8332 or visit www.academytheatre.org

Enjoy Academy Theatre’s “Naughty & Nice: A Sassy Holiday Cabaret”!

Don't miss our hilarious holiday cabaret!

Come hear your favorite Holiday songs and some new ones! Naughty & Nice previews in Hapeville Nov. 18!

Come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Academy Theatre! Join us for an exquisite meal and a variety of fun-filled songs, from Muppets to Motown, and carols we all know and love!

Academy favorites including Lynna Schmidt and Annie Cook join Fracena Byrd to present an evening of great holiday songs! Julia Archer and M. K. Penley make their Academy debut. Some of the songs will be traditional, but some have a slight twist!

“I sang a few bars in previous Academy shows such as Yellowman and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, but now I get to really share my love for singing,” says Fracena Byrd. “Christmas is my favorite time of year, and music has always been a part of it!”

Lynna Schmidt adds, “I think what I love the most about Christmas shows and this review specifically, is the amazing joy of this music. The memories……my childhood, my children’s growing up years. The true wonder of this time of year. I don’t even mind practicing Christmas songs when it’s 80 degrees outside. Join this truly lovely cast and celebrate the season! You’ll go away with a smile on your face, I promise.”

This show is suitable for all ages. It will be a great night for everyone!

Stockbridge: Dinner and a Show at Affairs by Pinehurst!

Where: Affairs by Pinehurst, 108 S. Lee St., Stockbridge, GA 30281
When: December 4 at 3pm
Tickets: $60 individual tickets, $550 for a table of ten
Reservations are required, and are available at http://stockbridgecabaret.brownpapertickets.com.

Hapeville: Join us for the show!

Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354
When: 12/9 and 12/16 at 8pm, 12/10 and 12/18 at 5pm, 12/17 at 3pm
Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door
Tickets are available at http://hapevillecabaret.brownpapertickets.com.

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 the official sponsors of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

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

Academy Theatre Presents Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Neil Simon’s irresistible romantic comedy comes to The Academy Theatre just in time for Valentine’s Day! Barney Cashman (Rob Raissle) is a successful restaurant owner and family man who, after 22 years of happy marriage, decides it’s high time for him to have an affair. He attempts to lure various women to become his paramour.

Not as easy as it sounds.

He targets Elaine Navazio (Lynna Schmidt), a hard-edged lush; a free spirited Bobbi Michele (Fracena Byrd); and Jeanette Fisher (Kay Bohan), the wife of Barney’s best friend. However, with Barney’s missteps and bumblings hilarity ensues.

“We had such success with Plaza Suite and Love Letters last season, I think the fans will enjoy this show as well,” says Lynna Schmidt, whose performance in Academy’s Grace & Glorie is still receiving rave reviews.

Fracena Byrd, Marketing Director for Academy Theatre, adds, “This show is perfect for the Valentine season! And I’m excited to be returning to Academy’s stage!” Fracena’s previous Academy shows include Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite,also directed by Schmidt, and Yellowman, directed by Brenda Porter.

This show is not suitable for young audiences.

Henry Arts Alliance will be sponsoring a special wine and chocolate reception for Stockbridge performances. A special Dinner and a Show package will be offered at one of the Hapeville performances, featuring an exclusive three-course menu at Volare Bistro. Please go to http://www.AcademyTheatre.org for details on our special event and date night packages.

The Academy Theatre is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. The Academy Theatre is also supported by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals. 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 the 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.

Who: Academy Theatre

What: Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers

When: Feb. 5-14 in Stockbridge

Feb. 19-Mar. 6 in Hapeville

Friday/Saturday at 8pm

Sunday at 2pm

Where: Stockbridge Community Arts Center

    146 Burke St.

    Stockbridge, GA 30281

    Hapeville Performing Arts Center

    599 N. Central Ave.

    Hapeville, GA 30354

How Much: $17 in advance at http://lastredhot-stock.brownpapertickets.com/ or http://lastredhot-hape.brownpapertickets.com/, $20 at the door

We had two great shows Saturday at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center!  First, we read Paige Steadman’s ‘Pied Piper’s Holiday’ then we featured Matthew Trautwein on the guitar!  Next Up? Atlanta Radio Theatre in Stockbridge! December 7th & 8th!  ’An Atlanta Christmas’ benefits the center for the visually impaired! 

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From our recent Battleacts show!  Paige Steadman, the elegant lady on the left is having her first reading of her new play today at 4 in our reconfigured space!  Pictures to follow!  

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So, we’re getting ready for the Winter Holidays.  Matthew starts us off right next Friday and Saturday with concerts about Thanksgiving and then ARTC comes in to perform ‘An Atlanta Christmas’ in Stockbridge. 

Putting these two spaces together is a ton of work, but when YOU show up, it’s all worth it. 

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