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 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/

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