Sochi Fried to Star in CROSSING DELANCEY at Alliance Theatre; Cast Announced!

Sochi Fried to Star in CROSSING DELANCEY at Alliance Theatre; Cast Announced!

The ALLIANCE THEATRE has announced the cast and creative team behind its upcoming production of Crossing Delancey, the play that led to the hit 1980s film about a young woman's search for fulfillment and her loveable, but overbearing Bubbie.

Former ALLIANCE THEATRE Yale Directing Fellow Leora Morris directs this delightful romantic comedy at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta while the ALLIANCE THEATRE undergoes a complete renovation. Performances are October 7 - November 25, 2017. Opening night is Wednesday, October 18.

"Crossing Delancey is a celebration of so many things - New York's Lower East Side community in the 1980's, the special relationships that are possible between grandparents and grandchildren, and the remarkable relaxation you feel when you find someone around whom you can be your truest self," said Director Leora Morris. "For me, the question at the core of this play is as relevant as ever - 'How does a contemporary woman, with unprecedented freedoms and seemingly endless possibilities for how to live, identify what makes her happy, decide what to prioritize, and with whom to populate her life?'"

Leading the cast in the role of Izzy is Toronto-based actor Sochi Fried. Playing her well-meaning, but meddling Bubbie, is Atlanta actor and playwright, Mary Lynn Owen. Matchmaker Hannah, who Bubbie hires to find her granddaughter a mate, is played by Atlanta actor JoAnna Daniels. Possible contenders for Izzy's affection, Sam and Tyler, are played by Atlanta actors Andrew Benator and Daniel Thomas May.

"I am thrilled to be working with so many of Atlanta's most celebrated actors and designers on this production," said Morris. "I'm also excited to bring two dear friends from out of town to collaborate - actor Sochi Fried and Kate Marvin, who is Composer and Sound Designer. We three women, all in our early thirties, are turning over the same questions as Izzy: Prioritize partners or career? Honor family traditions or build new ones? Spend time with people who see who we might become, or see us exactly as we are? We are eager to surface these questions in the play, questions that feel so personal to us, but with which so many different people grapple."

Additional members of the creative team include ELisa Carlson (Dialect Coach); Kat Conley (Set Designer); Joseph A. Futral (Lighting Designer); and Sydney Roberts (Costume Designer).

Performances of Crossing Delancey are Saturday, October 7 - Saturday, November 25. Dates and times vary. See the ALLIANCE THEATRE website for the full calendar. Opening Night is Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.alliancetheatre.org/crossingdelancey for more information.

Four special matinee performances for students and school field trips will take place on Thursday, October 26, Thursday, November 2, Friday, November 3, and Friday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m. For ticket information, contact allianceschoolday@woodruffcenter.org or call 404.733.4661.

Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404.733.5000. Tickets are available online at www.alliancetheatre.org/crossingdelancey. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta the hour before each performance.

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Morris and Rae Frank Theatre is located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30338 (Link to map for the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta). Free parking is available on site.

Transit: Gold line to the Chamblee MARTA Station. Bus #132 to Tilly Mill Road @ Holland CT. Walk five minutes to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. (Link to map - Chamblee MARTA station to Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.)

Accessibility: The MJCCA is equipped with wheelchair accessible seating and parking. Assisted Listening devices will be available at all performances.

Discounts:

Groups of 10+ receive discounts on the price of tickets and are not charged for box office fees. Call 404.733.4690 for details.

The Alliance thanks military families with 15% off regularly priced tickets to Alliance Stage and Hertz Stage productions. Military ID must be shown when picking up or ordering tickets at the Box Office. This offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with other offers.

Any middle school or high school student can attend any performance for just $10. Look for the "teen" price when selecting your seats online. A valid/current student ID must be presented when picking up tickets at will call. Not all seating sections are available with this offer. A maximum of 4 tickets per order may be purchased with this discount.

Tickets for Teachers is a unique program that provides educators with valid teachers ID free tickets for select early performances of all ALLIANCE THEATRE productions. Restrictions apply. Visit alliancetheatre.org/content/tickets-teachers for details.

See all discounts and special offers here: alliancetheatre.org/content/ticket-discounts.

The ALLIANCE THEATRE is Atlanta's national theater, expanding hearts and minds onstage and off. Founded in 1968, the ALLIANCE THEATRE is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. The Alliance delivers powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, the Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the ALLIANCE THEATRE received the Regional Theatre Tony Award in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement.

Known for its exemplary artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 100 original productions, professionally launching importaNT American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring and subsequeNT Productions, including the Tony Award winners The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker; Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice; and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Recent musical premieres include Sister Act: The Musical, Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away, Bring It On: The Musical, Stephen King and John Mellencamp's Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's Harmony, Tuck Everlasting, Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, The Prom, and, most recently, Janece Shaffer and Kristian Bush's Troubadour.

The Alliance also creates and nurtures the careers of emerging writers through the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing the world premiere for the competition winner as part of the regular season. The Alliance is deeply committed to Atlanta artists, showcasing locally based artists on a nationally watched stage, and sustaining Atlanta's artistic community through the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental support and production resources for an annual roster of locally sourced performance projects.

The Alliance's dedication to providing access to the arts is reflected in its commitment to creating new work for all ages, and to bringing that work into classrooms and communities across Atlanta and throughout the region. More than 80,000 students each year experience age-specific professional performances and participate in acting classes, drama camps and in-school initiatives through the ALLIANCE THEATRE Acting Program and Education Department. The Alliance's groundbreaking Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young performances offer professionally produced, fully interactive theater for infants and toddlers; the Palefsky Collision Project invites high school artists to create and perform new civic-minded theater based on a classic text; and community acting classes and skill-building workshops engage professional artists, young actors, business leaders and curious learners of all ages. Twice recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for leadership in arts education, the ALLIANCE THEATRE Institute equips classroom teachers with theatrical techniques that link directly to school curriculum and have been empirically proven to improve student learning.


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