Kicking off their season will be Regina Taylor's Crowns, which just enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre this season. Taylor directs her celebration of African-American women and their church hats adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.
The classics Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as adapted and directed by David H. Bell, a ten-person, two-piano production of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's My Fair Lady directed by Susan V. Booth and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will also inhabit the main Alliance Stage.
Concluding the mainstage season will be the world premiere of A Death in the House Next Door to Kathleen Turner's House on Long Island. The William Ludel comedy finds two acting students (Lucy and Desi) breaking into the recent The Graduate star's home to take a picture of her Academy Award. The duo do not only realize they've entered the wrong house but that the actress never won the Oscar.
On Alliance's Hertz Stage will play the 2001 August Wilson Broadway play King Hedley II as well as the world premieres of The Subject Tonight Is Love by Sandra Deer — about an woman dealing with her elderly mother slipping into Alzheimer's — and Leap directed by Alliance artistic director Susan Booth — about the perennial question of faith.
Closing out the second stage season will be another presentation of the City Series. The second annual event will comprise some of the Atlanta area's finest theatrical productions. This season's highlights included Hush: Composing Blind Tom Wiggins, Wonder of the World, The Laramie Project, Bat Boy: The Musical and The People vs. Mona. The complete 2003-2004 Alliance Theatre Company season follows: (all subject to change)
A Death in the House Next to Kathleen Turner's House in Long Island - (April 28-May 23, 2004) Hertz Stage
City Series II - (April 22-June 13, 2004) For season tickets to productions at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA, call (404) 733-4600 or go online to www.alliancetheatre.org.