Doug Hughes Directs Rebecca Gilman Adaptation of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at Atlanta's Alliance

News   Doug Hughes Directs Rebecca Gilman Adaptation of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at Atlanta's Alliance
Broadway's Doug Hughes, who guided Frozen and Doubt to Broadway, directs Rebecca Gilman's world premiere stage adaptation of Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, starting March 23 at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
Doug Hughes
Doug Hughes

The resident production is presented in partnership with New York's The Acting Company, which commissioned the script. Opening is March 30. Performances continue to April 24. The cast features Atlanta actor David de Vries and New Yorkers Jimonn Cole, Adam Green, Julie Jesnick, Ron Cephas Jones, Randall Newsome, Roslyn Ruff, John Sierros, Henry Stram and Andrew Weems. Four of the actors are alumni of The Acting Company. The Acting Company is recognized as the leading classical touring company in the United States.

According to Alliance, "This new and powerful play reinforces important themes of humanity, compassion and hope woven into the story of a deaf and mute man who becomes the confidante to a group of lonely souls. Powerful emotions trigger a search for understanding and compassion for the man and this small group of isolated individuals. Although the setting is Georgia in the 1930s, the enduring messages cross all boundaries of geography, generations, and time. Through the power of live theatre, the audience experiences the same powerful longing for connection found in the hauntingly beautiful classic novel by Carson McCullers."

Hughes is resident director at MCC Theater in New York and received Tony Award, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations for work on Frozen.

Designers are Neil Patel (set designer); Michael R. Chybowski (lighting), Catherine Zuber (costume), David Van Tieghem (sound designer/composer).

Tickets range $15-$45 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center box office by calling (404) 733-5000 or online at

The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in midtown Atlanta.

Alliance world premieres have included such works as Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky, Elton John and Tim Rice's Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida (in partnership with Disney Theatricals), Sandra Deer's So Long on Lonely Street and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo.. Now in its fourth decade, the Alliance Theatre is run by artistic director Susan V. Booth and managing director Thomas Pechar.

Its most recent world premiere was the Broadway-bound musical version of Alice Walker's The Color Purple.

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