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.

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.

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