Press Release

Impact and Academy Theatres present The ReRooting

Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta will be finishing their 2018/19 season with The ReRooting by Betty Chaney, directed by Brenda Porter. This play is the conclusion to the trilogy including The Rooting Place, presented in 2016, and The Uprooting, presented in 2017.

The Story

The story begins as a storm of epic proportions erupts for Jeffrey Lee. Unknown to the rest of the family, he needs to flee the farm Oba’s great, great grandmother Mama Ida had willed to him. Before he can leave, however, a mysterious young woman and her son arrive. Is it by chance that they have come here to visit? And is it by chance that her son turns up missing during a tornado watch a few days later?

“I am delighted to bring the final work of Betty Chaney’s saga to the stage.” says Brenda Porter, Founder and Artistic Director of Impact Theatre Atlanta. “Audiences have fallen in love with the Townsend family over the last few years, and I look forward to presenting the closing chapter in this story.”

The Cast

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 starred in both The Rooting Place and its sequel, The Uprooting. Also returning to the Academy stage is John Doyle, who played Jeffrey Lee in The Uprooting. John also performed in Academy’s recent festival of short plays, Tapas IV: The Great Divide.

In addition to Greta Glenn and John Doyle, the show also features Marvin Vance, Caitlin Roe, Brittany Nicole Timmons, and Alfred Lewis III.

Due to adult language and content, this show is not suitable for young audiences.


Academy Theatre announces 2019/2020 Season

Academy Theatre is proud to announce the new 2019/2020 season! Featuring works directed by Lynna Schmidt, Robert Drake, Fracena Byrd, and Brenda Porter, this season will open on the theatre’s new proscenium stage!

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon

The comedic, classic story of two mismatched friends, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens Oct. 11, 2019

Another Night Before Christmas by Sean Grennan

A disillusioned social worker meets a homeless “Santa Claus”. Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens Dec. 6, 2019

Another Night Before Christmas
Another Night Before Christmas

Coda by Sharon Mathis

A tale of two star-crossed lovers and the families keeping them apart… in the retirement home. Directed by Robert Drake and Fracena Byrd, opens Feb. 7, 2020

The Roommate by Jen Silverman

A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life and what happens when the wheels come off. Directed by Brenda Porter, opens March 19, 2020

The Roommate

Nunsense by Dan Goggins

Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken for a musical comedy that is sure to be habit-forming! Directed by Lynna Schmidt, opens April 24, 2020.

Tapas V

Academy’s annual festival of short plays, featuring a variety of playwrights, directors, and actors! Opens June 19, 2020

Tapas V

Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López

A first generation Mexican-American girl struggles to find her identity and honor her family. Directed by Brenda Porter, opens July 30, 2020.