Atlanta's Alliance Has Three Premieres, Including Day of the Kings, Gilman's Lonely Hunter, Color Purple

News   Atlanta's Alliance Has Three Premieres, Including Day of the Kings, Gilman's Lonely Hunter, Color Purple In addition to the previously-announced new musical, The Color Purple, The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta will offer two more world premieres in its 2004-05 season, the company announced.

Rebecca Gilman will see her stage version of Carson McCullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" produced in March 2005, and Daphne Greaves' award-winning Day of the Kings, a tale of romance in 1800s Cuba, bows in January 2005.

Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth announced its season March 14.

The slate includes Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog; A.R. Gurney's The Fourth Wall; David H. Bell's rewrite of A Christmas Carol; Ferenc Molnar's The Guardsman directed by László Marton; and the musical, Five Guys Named Moe; plus the comedy whodunnit, Shear Madness.

The Alliance Children's Theatre offers two shows — The Miracle Worker and an adaptation of former President Jimmy Carter's The Little Baby Snoogle Fleejer.

As previously reported, the season begins with the world premiere of The Color Purple, the Broadway bound musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The show's book is by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Gary Griffin directs Sept. 9-Oct. 17. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, adapted by Rebecca Gilman (The Glory of Living, Blue Surge, Spinning Into Butter), plays March 23-April 24, 2005. "In 1930s Georgia, a deaf and mute man triggers a search for acceptance within a small group of isolated, lonely individuals," according to Alliance notes. "America's favorite contemporary Southern playwright Rebecca Gilman...faithfully and lovingly adapts Carson McCullers' hauntingly beautiful classic into a highly anticipated, must-see world premiere."

Day of the Kings by Daphne Greaves, plays Jan. 1 26, 2005. It won the Alliance Graduate Playwriting Competition. According to the announcement, "The epic and the intimate collide in this soaring tale of romance and intrigue in 1800s Cuba, as seen through the eyes of a European expatriate. Playwright Daphne Greaves, a recent graduate of New York's prestigious Juilliard School, is the first-ever winner of the Alliance Theatre Graduate Playwriting Competition. You'll be seeing her name in lights for decades to come, but there's only one place to experience her first work—the Alliance Theatre."

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The Alliance Theatre's managing director is Thomas Pechar. For more information about Atlanta's major resident theatre, visit www.alliancetheatre.org.