A Harlem woman with her impressive collection of dolls will strut her first hours across the stage at Actor's Express in Atlanta Jan. 17-March 23, 2002. The theatre company premieres Alva Rogers' The Doll Plays in the upcoming 2001-02 season.
The Doll Plays, based on the true story of a retired school teacher who amassed an extensive collection of dolls and toys in her three-story brownstone, is the most recent play from Rogers whose works include the bride who became frightened when she saw life open and the life before/reconstruction/reconstructing whiteness. The world premiere of The Doll Plays runs in repertory with the southeastern premiere of Thomas Gibbon's Bee-Luther-Hatchee, a drama about an African-American book editor's search for an elusive author who penned an award-winning story of segregation in the South.
Billed as a comedy reminiscent of Dylan Thomas and James Joyce, Glen Berger's latest The Wooden Breeks visits a "Brigadoon-gone-bad" where the residents take full advantage of the Victorian fear of being buried alive ("wooden breeks" being slang for coffin). The Wooden Breeks, which recently played Los Angeles' Open Fist Theatre and at Actor's Express, is a co-production with Juneau's Perserverance Theatre. It runs April 4-May 11, 2002.
Also on the Actor's Express boards are the southeastern premiere of The Laramie Project, opening the new season Sept. 6-Oct. 20 and Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, playing Nov. 1-Dec. 22. Two plays are under consideration for the final slot, May 23-July 27, 2002: Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey's gay coming-of-age comedy; and Boom!, a lost work by Tennessee Williams.
Actor's Express is located at 887 West Marietta Street in the King Plow Arts Center. For reservations, call (404) 607-SHOW. Actor's Express is on the web at http://www.actorsexpress.com. — By Christine Ehren