Theatrical Outfit Announces 2019-2020 Season - INDECENT, OUR TOWN, and More!
Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta's second-oldest professional theatre, announces its 2019-2020 Season, which also marks the final season under the leadership of Artistic Director Tom Key. The season promises to be a powerful representation of the kind of work Key loves to produce at the theatre's home in the heart of downtown Atlanta: telling stories that inspire conversation about compassion, joy and a just community. The season includes: two iconic plays performed in repertory, Our Town by Thornton Wilder and The Laramie Project by Moisés Kauffman and The Tectonic Theater Project, featuring the same cast of 10 actors performing in both productions; the world premiere of Safety Net, a 2018 Alliance Theatre Reiser Lab Winner, by Atlanta playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio; the next installment of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon's holiday love letters to Jane Austen, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley; a new comedy by Wendy MacLeod, Slow Food; the powerful Broadway smash Indecent by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel; and closing the season will be the beloved musical that launched Tom Key into the hearts of so many, Cotton Patch Gospel by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, with music and Lyrics by Harry Chapin, and starring Key himself.
The season will also feature the return of our Unexpected Play Festival; and the popular jazz concert series from renowned trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden with special guest singers. With seven productions, a concert series, a new play festival, summer camps and weekend classes for young people, there is something for everyone at Theatrical Outfit.
Artistic Director Tom Key says of selecting the 2019-20 season: "After almost 24 years of creating theatre that I love, with people who I love, in the center of the city I love, there came a day when my final season was chosen and it was ready to announce. When I looked at the lineup in print - from classic to contemporary, dramatic to comedic, full of meaning, rich in promise, pointing us toward a vision of what it is to be human - I thought, 'This is the Wow Season.' What a wonder that at this stage of my life, in anticipation of what is next at Theatrical Outfit, I feel like a child again, who watching for the first time the finale of the fireworks on the 4th of July understands, just when you think it can't get better, it actually does."
THEATRICAL OUTFIT'S 2019-2020 SEASON
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by David Crowe, Artistic Associate
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
by Moisés Kauffman and The Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Clifton Guterman, TO Associate Artistic Director
August 27 - September 29, 2019
Performed in repertory. One Cast. Two essential American stories.
Considered by many to be the the greatest American play ever, Our Town depicts the town of Grover's Corners in three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity." Narrated by a stage manager character and performed with minimal props and sets, this classic chronicles the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually - in one of the most famous scenes in theatre - die.
In 1998, a university student named Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a prairie fence outside Laramie, Wyoming. When he died days later, the world learned Shepard was targeted because he was gay. A breathtaking collage of the local residents, The Laramie Project is virtuously determined to find the light in an event of harrowing darkness and exposes the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
Chris Dove is the first-ever female fire captain in an Alabama town at war with opioids, and she's facing it head-on, heart-out, and under scrutiny. Meanwhile, her spitfire-of-a-mother, Xenia, tries to conjure stability with bundt cake and Bible verses. When Chris' mysterious childhood friend, Val, drifts into their lives, daughter and mother find themselves at a tipping point between what's safe and what saves.
Welcome back to Regency-era romance with The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, a companion to TO's Pride and Prejudice-inspired Miss Bennet (produced by TO in 2017 and 2018). While the Miss Bennet plot unfolds upstairs, Pemberley's servants navigate their own scandal down below, as a diligent housekeeper, an indomitable maid, and a lovesick groomsman struggle to control the boorish Mr. Wickham. Gunderson and Melcon's latest love letter to Jane Austen celebrates family and forgiveness at the time of year we need both of them the most.
by Wendy MacLeod
directed by Ryan Oliveti
January 22 - February 16, 2020
Irene and Peter just want a quiet anniversary meal while on vacation in Palm Springs, but the evening heats up when a neurotic waiter won't bring their food, and everything goes deliriously wrong. This fussy server has the couple second-guessing their menu choices, parenting skills, and their very future together. Will their shared desperation get them their spanakopita or end a marriage? Everything (and nothing) is on the table in this zesty comedy about painfully slow service.
by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel
directed by Mira Hirsch, TO Director of Education
March 4 - 29, 2020
Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of The God of Vengeance by Jewish writer Sholem Asch, Indecent tells the story of a kiss between two female actors (one playing a prostitute, one a brothel owner's daughter) that led to an entire cast being arrested for obscenity. With vivid theatricality underscored by a live Klezmer musical ensemble, seven actors portray over forty roles in this fascinating exploration of faith, sexuality, and art.
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL
April 22 - May 17, 2020
starring Tom Key, TO Artistic Director
Book by Tom Key & Russell Treyz
Music and Lyrics by Harry Chapin
directed & choreographed by Patdro Harris, Artistic Associate
musical direction by S. Renee Clark, Artistic Associate
April 22 - May 17, 2020
The beloved musical returns home just when we need its radical hope - now more than ever. Inspired by Clarence Jordan's provocative The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John and produced and cherished worldwide since its conception in 1981, this soul-rouser with boundless heart sets the story of Jesus in the American South. In downtown Atlanta in 2020, Cotton Patch Gospel promises to Raise the Roof with joy!
THE UNEXPECTED PLAY FESTIVAL
featuring exciting titles to be announced in the summer of 2019
February 3-4, 2020
Witness top-notch Atlanta talent bring characters and plots to vivid life in staged readings of exciting works that will stir the soul ... and maybe even unsettle it. Think of it as TO Stage 2 - unpredictable and exciting fare that stretches The Outfit aesthetic in either content, genre, or storytelling form. Preview tomorrow's hit titles, and then engage with the artists and staff at enlightening post-reading talkbacks.
JOE GRANSDEN JAZZ SERIES
Back for another year! Join Georgia-based performer Joe Gransden for four soulfully smooth gigs in our intimate Balzer Theater at Herren's with his four-piece band along with exciting special guests. Renowned for the hard bop approach of his trumpet and a voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra, Joe Gransden has performed worldwide with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, as well as Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and The Whispers. Joe performs locally at Café 290 and at various venues in Manhattan, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and California. Joe's album "Close To My Heart" was produced by saxophone great Kenny G, and his newest project, "Songs of Sinatra & Friends," celebrates the music of Ol' Blue Eyes.
October 27, 2019 at 7:30pm
December 22, 2019 at 7:30pm - Holiday concert
March 15, 2020 at 7:30pm
May 10, 2020 at 7:30pm - Mother's Day concert
2019-2020 THEATRICAL OUTFIT TICKETS: Subscription packages - $126-$258 - are on sale now. Single tickets - $26-$51 - go on sale July 15, 2019 for all shows except Cotton Patch Gospel, which will be available only to subscribers until late fall of 2019. Tickets for the Unexpected Play Festival titles, dates and pricing will be announced in the summer of 2019. Tickets for the Joe Gransden Jazz Series are $125 for the series and are on sale now online and by phone. 678.528.1500. www.theatricaloutfit.org/boxoffice/season-subscriptions/