Alliance Theatre Announces Upcoming Production TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS BY PEARL CLEAGE

The ALLIANCE THEATRE is pleased to announce its upcoming production TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS BY Pearl Cleage, featuring Hospice and Pointing at the Moon, performed back-to-back. Pearl Cleage is a beloved Atlanta author and playwright, perhaps best known for her novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, an Oprah Book Club selection, and her play Blues for an Alabama Sky. Hospice was first performed in 1983 and was honored with five AUDELCO Awards for achievement Off Broadway; Pointing at the Moon is a world premiere. Performances are March 23 - April 15, 2018, at the Southwest Arts Center while the ALLIANCE THEATRE undergoes a complete renovation. Opening night is Thursday, March 29.

Companion pieces, both plays follow character Jenny Anderson at two different moments in her life, thirty years apart. Jenny's longing to understand her mother in Hospice has become the center of her life in Pointing at the Moon. As the world changes around her, Jenny must decide what she knows for sure and find a way to pass it on.

"It is always a perilous journey to revisit work produced when the writer was decades away from the wisdom only age and experience can bring," said Cleage. "For me, taking a look at Hospice after many years was like encountering the characters for the first time. I realized that one of them, Jenny, had another story to tell about where she's been since I met her character 30 years ago. She led me to a new play, Pointing at the Moon, where I got to catch up with her again in the here-and-now. It was a pleasure to explore her journey in these plays. And to remember my own."

The cast features Terry Burrell (Ethel, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill) as Alice Anderson in Hospice and Jenny Anderson in Pointing at the Moon; and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Disgraced, Blues for an Alabama Sky) as Jenny Anderson in Hospice and Isabel Matthews in Pointing at the Moon.

Leading the creative team is director Timothy Douglas. His recent directing credits include A Raisin in the Sun at Syracuse Stage and Nina Simone: Four Women at Arena Stage. Members of the creative team include Tony Cisek (Set Designer); Syndey Roberts (Costume Designer); Ken Yunker (Lighting Designer); and Clay Benning (Sound Designer).

Performances of TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS BY Pearl Cleage are Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., March 23 - April 15, 2018. There is no 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 24. There is no 7:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 15. Opening Night is Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Two matinee performances for students will take place on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12, at 10:30 a.m. This performance is recommended for grades 9-12 and supports curriculum standards: ELAGSE9-10RL2, ELAGSE9-10RL3, ELAGSE9-10SL3. For ticket information, contact allianceschoolday@woodruffcenter.org or call 404.733.4661.

The Side Interpretation Sign Language Performance will take place on Sunday, May 13, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404.733.5000 or by going online to www.alliancetheatre.org/pearl. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Southwest Arts Center the hour before each performance.

TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS BY Pearl Cleage is part of the Alliance Series presented by The Coca-Cola Company, with additional support from The Home Depot Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Inc., and PNC. This production is also supported by the Place to Perform Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

The Community Engagement Partner for the Alliance Series and Hertz Series is Georgia Natural Gas.

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