World Premiere of Janece Shaffer's The Geller Girls to Play Alliance Theatre

By Carey Purcell
31 Dec 2013

The Alliance Theatre will present the world premiere of Janece Shaffer's historical play The Geller Girls beginning Jan. 15, 2014, prior to an official opening Jan. 22.



Performances continue through Feb. 9.

Directed by Susan V. Booth, the cast includes Mark Cabus (The Tempest, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Albert Geller, Courtney Collins (Into the Woods, Managing Maxine) as Sarahann Geller, Ann Marie Gideon (Time Stands Still, Hamlet) as Louisa Geller, Courtney Patterson (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; August: Osage County) as Rosalee Geller and Joe Sykes (Group Intelligence, Pluto) as Charles Heyman.

"The Geller Girls tells the story of young sisters Rosalee and Louisa Geller," press notes state. "For them, Atlanta is full of opportunity and optimism for the future. Rosalee has finally convinced her father to help her open her own dress shop and Louisa's childhood sweetheart should be about to officially pop the question. But Atlanta is on the eve of the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895. And just like the Exposition was a huge catalyst for change and development in Piedmont Park, Atlanta, and the entire South, it brings change and uncertainty to the Geller girls. It also brings them the charming, handsome Charles Heyman from New York, and opens a door to the world beyond Atlanta that they may not be willing to close."

"The first glimpse I had of the Cotton States Exposition was through these amazing black and white photos of Piedmont Park brimming with all kinds of art and music, innovation and possibility, and I thought, 'I want to lose myself there, as a writer; I want to imagine what it must have been like for young women of that day to see — in a single afternoon — scandalous Hoochie Coochie girls alongside suffragettes and the first exhibition ever for women,'" Shaffer said in a statement. "Yes, there's the drama of the exposition, but at its heart, The Geller Girls is a play about family, about the dreams we have for our children and the ones they have for themselves — and how we reconcile that is a timeless struggle."

Shaffer's writing credits include Broke, Managing Maxine, Bluish and He Looks Good in a Hat.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (404) 733-5000 or visiting alliancetheatre.org/thegellergirls.