Kelly Chapin Schmidt and Edward McCreary in “Oklahoma!” at Serenbe Playhouse this past summer. (Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus)

Serenbe’s Sixth Season Takes Its Icons Outdoors

The Atlanta-area theatre will stage “The Secret Garden” in an actual garden, and its “Evita” will cast the nearby countryside as rural Argentina.

ATLANTA: Serenbe Playhouse has announced another season of site-specific productions, its sixth, with a trio of original takes on some iconic stories.

The season kicks off May 29, 2015 with the world premiere of a new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, as interpreted by “Serenbe’s own quixotic playwright, Rachel Teagle,” according to a statement released by the theatre. The show, which runs through Aug. 2, will also mark the debut of an English garden sown specifically for the staging of the tale.

Next, Serenbe will stage Tennessee Williams’s classic A Streetcar Named Desire on its new Art Farm Stage, which is made of recycled containers, June 11-28. The season ends with a countryside staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, in which the hills of Serenbe will stand in for rural Argentina, and, according to playhouse artistic director Brian Clowdus, “One of the most epic locations in Serenbe” has been chosen for the show’s famous balcony scene.

The current Serenbe season, which included a recent staging of Oklahoma!, continues with a holiday show, The Snow Queen (Dec. 4-21), and The Man of La Mancha (Mar. 26-Apr. 11), staged among the winding paths of Serenbe’s rock labyrinth.

Serenbe Playhouse, a champion of green theatre practices, runs under the umbrella of a parent organization, the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture, and the Environment, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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