We’re excited to see the new season announcements as Atlanta theaters return to in-person performances! With performances starting in less than a month, Actor’s Express kicks off its 21-22 season with an Olympics-themed play, followed by an off-Broadway hit musical, a world premiere play, and Moreover.
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By Lucas Hnath
August 11 – September 5, 2021
On the eve of the Olympic qualifying trials, the future of a swimming champion hangs in the balance. If he’s on the team, he’ll sign a lucrative endorsement deal worth millions. But when performance-enhancing drugs are found in his team’s locker room refrigerator, he must beat the rumors to avoid losing everything. With fast-paced dialogue that transforms into an electrifying climax and full of twists and turns, Red Speedo will take your breath away. From the acclaimed author of A Doll’s House Part 2 and The Christians.
Heathers: The Musical
Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
September 29 – October 17, 2021
A co-production between Actor’s Express and Oglethorpe University Theater; Performed at the Conant Performing Arts Center.
A social outcast, Veronica has found her place in Westerburg High’s most powerful and feared clique – the Heathers. But when she falls in love with JD, a dangerous and sexy transfer student, she soon discovers that her “teenage anxiety bullshit has a body count.” So grab your slush, pull out your best darling, and sit down for the mad rush of this hit musical based on the cult 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder.
By Keiko Green
November 3-28, 2021
James has not been back to his hometown in rural Georgia for over a decade, but reluctantly returns to see his father, whose behavior has become disturbingly erratic. And since the South has a way of keeping secrets, he quickly falls into a life he thought he gave up as a child. That stench in the air isn’t just his father’s decaying house, but the rotten core of long-buried secrets swarming just below the surface and ready to explode.
By Lynn Nottage
January 5 – February 6, 2022
In 1905 in New York City, an independent woman named Esther created beautiful lingerie for clients ranging from white society mavens on the Upper East Side to prostitutes in the Tenderloin neighborhood. As she works on her dream of opening a beauty salon for black women, she earns the trust, respect and friendship of her various clients. And when she begins a romantic correspondence with a mysterious pen pal, her quest for empowerment and self-realization takes unexpected turns. A historic piece by MacArthur Genius Grant winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. With Atlanta favorite Cynthia D. Barker as Esther.
By Robert O’Hara
March 2-27, 2022
Join Sutter as he propels himself through a kaleidoscopic odyssey through his childhood home, church, dive bars, seedy motels – and an extremely funny phone conversation over some very inappropriate baby names. One of the most acclaimed satirical comedies of the decade, Bootycandy is a daring series of subversive vignettes that explore what it means to grow up gay and black in America.
By Dominique Morisseau
April 20 – May 15, 2022
When Black Liberation activist Kenyatta Shakur returns to the world after prison, he finds himself widowed and alone. Her tense reunion with her daughter Nina only intensifies when she refuses to deliver him letters from his late wife that are both personally and historically important. In the ensuing family standoff, Kenyatta and Nina must find a way to confront their shared history. A crackling play by Dominique Morisseau, recipient of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship, one of America’s most acclaimed playwrights today.
Desire under the elms
By Eugene O’Neill
June 1 – July 3, 2022
In this searing classic that pulsates with the intensity of a feverish dream, tyrannical patriarch Ephraim Cabot returns to his rural New England farmhouse with an alluring new wife, Abbie, in hopes of producing a new heir for the domain. Fearing disinheritance, his brash youngest son Eben hates his new stepmother. But hatred gives way to lust, unleashing tragic consequences on the Cabot family forever. A great masterpiece by one of America’s most eminent playwrights.
Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer & Alan Stevens Hewitt
By Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer & Tim Maner
Tim Maner’s Book
July 27 – September 4, 2022
“Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty blows. When she saw what she had done, she gave forty-one to her father. Or did she do it? This lightning-fast rock musical reverses one of the most intriguing crimes in our country’s history, which has captured our collective imaginations since that bloody night of 1892. Was Lizzie Borden a cold-blooded killer or a victim of the Victorian patriarchy?
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