Alliance staging ‘Women of Brewster Place’
Gloria Naylor novel coming to Atlanta stage
ATLANTA — The Alliance Theatre continues its tradition of launching new musicals with the seasonopening production based on Gloria Naylor’s beloved and award-winning novel “The Women of Brewster Place,” which deals with the lives of seven black women living in an urban housing area in the early 1970s.
Produced in partnership with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., this show marks the Alliance’s 50th premiere production. Well-known Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith will direct this rich and moving musical that recalls the emotional experience of the Broadway hit “The Color Purple,” which debuted at the Alliance in 2004.
Opening Night/Media Night is Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box office by calling (404) 7335000 or online at www.alliancetheatre.org.
“The Women of Brewster Place” is a compelling story of women who find a sense of community while living in an impoverished public housing block. They share the joys and sorrows of life in the inner city, creating a very poetic and insightful portrait. The stories are told through a blend of humor, wit and urban beats including gospel, soul, R&B and old-school funk.
Black novelist Gloria Naylor wrote her first novel “The Women of Brewster Place” during her studies at Yale. The book was published in 1983 and won the American Book Award for First Fiction. Later, Oprah Winfrey starred in the TV mini-series. Rising playwright Tim Acito (“Zanna, Don’t!”) crafted the book, music and lyrics for this production.
The talented ensemble cast features New York actor Marva Hicks (who appeared in last season’s Alliance Theatre production of “Cuttin’ Up”) and Atlanta actor Terry Burrell. Other cast members come from New York and Maryland.
The production features Choreographer Kenneth L. Robinson, Musical Director William Foster McDaniel, Set Designer Anne Patterson, Costume Designer Paul Tazewell, Lighting Designer Darren W. McCroom, Sound Designer Garth Hemphill, Projection Designer Adam Larson and Dramaturg Celise Kalke.
Performances will take place Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 5 - 30 on the Alliance Stage. The Sunday, Sept. 23 show at 2:30 p.m. will be audio described.
Tickets are $25- $55 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling (404) 733-5000 or online at www.alliancetheatre.org.
Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (404) 733-4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students.
The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.