As its performance spaces undergo a $22 million overhaul over the next year, the Alliance Theatre has announced its “take it on the road” schedule for the 2017–18 season, which includes stops at venues across the city.
“It never felt like the right choice to simply produce the off campus season in a single venue — or even in two venues that might approximate our two theaters,” said Susan V. Booth, the Alliance’s artistic director. “We have a once-in-an-organizational-lifetime opportunity to truly be Atlanta’s theater.”
The upcoming season, the 49th in the Alliance’s history, will feature three world premieres plus an ambitious production of Candide in Symphony Hall that includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the helm of music director Robert Spano.
The Alliance venues range from the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center to Actor’s Express to Spelman College to Dad’s Garage. There will also be productions at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center, the Galloway School and the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University.
“The 2017–18 season is an audacious experiment,” Booth said in a press release. “We are celebrating our city with the people who make up our city because we believe humans make humans better. We believe the Alliance is more than a building. We want to play everywhere.”
The company will return home for the 2018–19 season in a fully renovated and remodeled space for its 50th anniversary season.
The 2017–18 season will kick off in June with the world premiere of The Dancing Granny at the Conant Center, June 10–18, a play written by Jiréh Breon Holder, 2016 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. It is based on the book by the same name by Ashley Bryan. The play will also have week-long runs at the Galloway School June 24–July 2 and at Spelman College July 8–16.
The rest of the season includes:
— Shakespeare In Love at the Conant August 30–September 24, a new play based on the 1998 film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It will be directed by Georgia Shakespeare artistic director Richard Garner.
— Crossing Delancey staged at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta October 7–November 18, the play that inspired the hit film of the same name.
— Hand To God at Dad’s Garage October 20–November 12 will be the Atlanta debut of a puppet comedy.
— Alice Between, a world premiere at the Rich Auditorium in the Woodruff Arts Center November 12–19.
— The annual production of A Christmas Carol will be staged at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre December 8–24.
— Native Guard, by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (first staged by the Alliance in 2014), will receive a second staging January 13–February 4, 2018 at the Atlanta History Center.
— The Jungle Book at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center February 8–March 4, 2018.
— Sheltered, a world premiere of a play by Alix Sobler, the 2018 Alliance/Kendeda Playwriting Competition winner, will be staged at Actor’s Express March 1–25, 2018.
— Hospice and Pointing at the Moon, two one-act plays by Pearl Cleage, will be staged at the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center March 23–April 15, 2018.
— Candide, directed by Susan Booth and staged with the ASO and Chorus at Symphony Hall May 9–20, 2018.
— A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an outdoor production at the Atlanta Botanical Garden September 5–October 21, 2018.