Al­liance stag­ing ‘Women of Brew­ster Place’

Glo­ria Nay­lor novel com­ing to At­lanta stage

The Covington News - - NEWTON @ PLAY -

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 at­liancethe­

“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 at­liancethe­

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.

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