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

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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

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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.

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

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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