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.

 

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 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.

This weekend, we’re hosting The Process Theatre & OnStage Atlanta’s production of ‘Designing Women Live!’.  People seem surprised by this. 

Here then are the Top 10 Reasons why we’re doing it!

10. We could not afford Ru Paul’s Dance Party Extravaganza!

9. They asked nicely

8. Because it’s a chance to have Amanda Cucher, Jo Howarth, and other Academy favorites back in our space

7. Because we know what it’s like to try to work with DeKalb County only to have the folks there update the changes they need pretty late in the process.

6. We’re excited about bringing the finest in Male Actresses to Avondale Estates.

5. Spencer Stephens is in the show, which gives our Center for Puppetry Arts friends another opportunity to come hang out!

4. Stuart Schleuse is in the show, and at some point, we’re hoping he’ll sing, which we all really want to hear!

3. 6 Shows will let us sell a lot of Chai… if you know what we mean…

2. Topher, TOpher, TOPHER!

1. Because if OnStage goes down, the entire theater community suffers. Be it the Academy, the Process, or theater fans everywhere, no OnStage means less work for actors, writers, and fewer fun affordable shows for you to see! 

Now if you don’t want to drag yourself out to the Academy this weekend, you can make a donation to OnStage by clicking here or to the Academy by clicking here!

http://www.academytheatre.org/2013/04/09/this-weekend-were-hosting-the-process-theatre/

Awesome things at the Academy Theatre.

Hey everyone. John here. I am the Theatre for Youth Coordinator. That means I work to find gigs for the Academy Theatre for Youth/ Theatre Gael WORLDSONG touring troupe. We have shows that are specifically designed to fit into any school curriculum. 

In other news, Hank Kimmel’s ‘Divided Among Themselves’ closes on the 16th and PCW is still going strong every Friday.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/20154

Daniel Carter Brown Speaks on Savannah Disputation!

It’s difficult to find a play about religion that treats the subject with as much honesty, fairness, and intelligence as The Savannah Disputation.  After working on it for months, I continue to have more questions than answers about this play, about its stance on faith, and about faith itself.  This, I believe, is the point.  I don’t think anyone can leave this play without questions about their own faith, or lack thereof.  I also think that people of any faith can find confirmations of their beliefs within the play.  But it’s not out of vagueness—the playwright’s “cop-out” as Mary would put it—it is, in fact, masterful playwrighting.

When intellectual thought is applied to Christian faith, many beliefs instilled in Sunday schools and youth groups must be questioned.  There are inescapable contradictions.  How can God have a detailed plan for our lives, yet be influenced by prayer?  If the Bible is the infallible Word of God, why are there mistakes?  Why did Jesus overturn some earlier teachings?  And most commonly, how can we accept both a literal interpretation of the Bible and reconcile it with scientific evidence to the contrary?  These questions lead many away from faith, and characters of this type are found all over literature.  Christians who haven’t put much thought into their faith are similarly common.  Father Murphy is a refreshing departure.  He accepts the problems with common theology, and further embraces his faith, allowing for the possibility that he’s wrong, but taking the best path he knows.

The point of this play isn’t obvious.  Is it pro-faith or anti-faith?  I could defend either.  I believe it’s more complicated.  What this play is against is faith without understanding; unfounded or unmotivated faith.  This play celebrates faith that is informed, diligent, active, and earnest.  Each character leaves with an understanding of what they must sacrifice to hold onto the faith they claim. 

I thank you for taking your valuable time to come see this performance.  I hope that you are rewarded, and that this play succeeds in making you laugh, feel, and most importantly think. 

Daniel Carter Brown