Atlanta Is Bullish On Bluish; One Week Added to World Premiere Run

News   Atlanta Is Bullish On Bluish; One Week Added to World Premiere Run An extra week has been added Alliance Theatre's world premiere engagement of Bluish, Janece Shaffer's play about family relationships and identity.

Performances on the Hertz Stage in Atlanta were to end March 5, but added shows (starting March 7) will bump that close to March 12. Opening was Feb. 15 following previews from Feb. 10.

Alliance Theatre artistic director Susan V. Booth directs the play, which asks, "Can a person change who they are? Can their loved ones keep up with these changes? What if neither has a choice?"

Bluish is billed as "a tender, funny and romantic play that crosses multiple generations in its look at relationships struggling with concepts of culture and family." In the play, Beth discovers that she's Jewish, sweeping her (and her fiancé) into a "journey of re-awakening where the couple must answer the question how many degrees of change can love withstand?"

Bluish was developed as part of the Southern Writer's Project at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The play is set in modern-day Atlanta.

A native of Atlanta, Janece Shaffer's credits include Hula-Hoopin' Hannah and Her Hanukah Adventure (commissioned by The Jewish Theatre of the South, December 2003), Wishful Thinking (Horizon Theatre, June 2003, honored with a nomination for the American Theatre Critic Association's New Play Award), The Genes of Beauty Queens (Horizon Theatre 2001), He Looks Great in a Hat (Alliance Theatre Company, 1999), and All on the Bus (Aurora Theatre 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004). Shaffer has also penned shorter works for Actor's Express and PushPush Theatre. The cast features Karen Uchida Beyer, Suehyla El-Attar, Kati Brazda, Todd Gearhart, Howard Elfman and Joyce Reehling.

The creative team includes Joseph Tilford (set designer); Ken Yunker (lighting designer); Rachel Anne Healy (costume designer); Clay Benning (sound designer) and Celise Kalke (dramaturg).

Alliance Theatre's home is in the Woodruff Arts Center. For more information, call (404) 733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org.