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.
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.
“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.
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
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.