Synchronicity Theatre and Gateway Performance Productions to Bring Local Legend to Life in THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

Synchronicity Theatre and Gateway Performance Productions bring a local legend to life with The One and Only Ivan, an adaptation with movement and puppetry of Katherine Applegate's Newbery Award-winning novel based on the true story of Ivan the Gorilla, who found a home at Zoo Atlanta from 1994 to 2012.

Performances run from February 3, 2017 to February 26, 2017 and are suitable for children age 5 and up. For tickets or more information, visit or call 404-484-8636.

For 27 years, Ivan the Gorilla has lived in a cage at the Big Top Mall, content to paint pictures and people-watch. Then Ivan meets Ruby, a captured baby elephant who's been separated from her family. Determined to protect his new friend, Ivan uses his creativity to find a new home and become the mighty silverback he was always meant to be.

The production design will look like a European circus-style mall. The animals will come alive through a combination of modern movement, head-pieces, masks, costumes, and puppetry. The play will be told from Ivan's point of view, and the audience will get a glance at a gorilla's imagination through shadow puppetry work.

The One and Only Ivan is directed by Julie Skrzypek, and will feature movement and choreography by Sandra Hughes. Scenic, Prop and Puppet Design are by Michael Hickey. The cast includes Atlanta-based actors Renita James as Julia, Chris Hecke as Ivan, Benjamin Sims as George, Jeffrey Sneed as Mack/Bob, and Precious West as Stella. The cast members will also assume multiple roles based on beloved characters from the book.

Show times for The One and Only Ivan are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. All performances will be at Synchronicity Theatre in Midtown Atlanta's Peachtree Pointe complex. Single ticket prices range from $20-22 for adults and $15-16 for children and are available online at

New to the Family Series this season is PJs & Play. Every Friday at 7 p.m., kids are invited to wear pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies while watching the show.

School matinee performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. School group tickets are $8-10 for weekday matinees. Please contact Caitlin White at for detailed information about planning a field trip to Synchronicity.

Community partners on this production are Zoo Atlanta, Little Shop of Stories and the On the Same Page Community Reading Program.

Audiences can support Zoo Atlanta's conservation efforts and help animals like Ivan and Ruby, by recycling their electronics at Synchronicity Theatre! Patrons who bring electronics to recycle during the run of the show will receive a coupon for discounted admission to Zoo Atlanta. Learn more about Zoo Atlanta's conservation work and the "96 Elephants" electronics recycling program at

Audiences attending the show can receive 10% off their final bill by showing their ticket stubs at Tavernpointe, across the lobby from the theatre. There will also be production-themed drinks and offers during the 2016-2017 season.


The One and Only Ivan

February 3 - February 26, 2017

Produced in Partnership with Gateway Performance Productions

Adaptation by James E. Grote

From the Newbery Award-Winning Book by Katherine Applegate

Directed by Julie Skrzypek
Movement & Choreography by Sandra Hughes
Scenic, Props & Puppet Design by Michael Hickey
Lighting Design by Ben Rawson
Costume Design by Abby Parker

Renita James Julia, Various
Chris Hecke Ivan
Benjamin Sims George, Various
Jeffrey SneEd Mack, Bob, Various
Precious West Stella, Various *

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association.

Synchronicity Theatre
One Peachtree Pointe Complex
1545 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Show times: Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. School matinee performances are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Each Friday at 7pm is PJs & Play! Kids can wear pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies while watching the show.

Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. is Inside Scoop. Patrons can enjoy complimentary ice cream sundaes and a Q&A with the artists after the 2pm performance.

Single ticket prices range from $20-22 for adults and $15-16 for children and are available online at School group tickets are $8-10 for weekday matinees. Please contact Caitlin White at for detailed information.

Synchronicity Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director Rachel May and Managing Director & Artistic Associate Lee Nowell, produces smart, gutsy, high quality theatre that sparks community connections and uplifts the voices of women and girls. Synchronicity supports women artists, forges long-term and effective community partnerships and develops new work. Synchronicity was founded in 1997 by four women with a desire to work collaboratively and bring challenging, meaningful theatre to Atlanta audiences. We now reach nearly 8,000 patrons through our season of plays for adults (Bold Voices) and families (Family Series); community outreach; and educational programming, including our Playmaking for Kids (PFK) summer camps and after school programs and our award-winning Playmaking for Girls (PFG) program. Our intimate theatre in the heart of midtown at Peachtree Pointe became our home in the summer of 2014.

The mission of Gateway Performance Productions is to inspire and educate through engagement with performing arts and related fine and applied arts. Gateway achieves its mission through touring and outreach performances, workshops, classes, residencies, and exhibits to community and educational venues and by maintaining The Mask Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The company is best known for its original mask theatre and mime productions. Synchronicity and Gateway Performance Productions also collaborated on the 2014 production Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.


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