ATLANTA: The Alliance Theatre has updated its 2020-21 season to accommodate more socially distanced performance options. Their new “Under the Tent” series will feature concert-style performances under a tent on Callaway Plaza, adjacent to the Woodruff Arts Center.
“Our ‘Under the Tent’ series offers inspiring entertainment, socially distanced seating, CDC-recommended safety protocols, and—most importantly—a step back toward sharing theatre together as artists and audience,” said artistic director Susan V. Booth in a statement.
First up in the “Under the Tent” series will be a concert staging of Working: A Musical, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso from the book by Studs Terkel. An exploration of what makes work meaningful, Working will run April 22 through May 30, featuring songs by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor, and Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead. Tamilla Woodard will direct.
Next up will be a concert-style performance of Beautiful Blackbird Live, based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Ashley Bryan. Featuring music by Eugene H. Russell IV, this family-friendly concert celebrates the uniqueness in each of us, and will run April 8-18.
Following will be Songs to Grow On, featuring folk music legend Woody Guthrie’s classic children’s songs. Performed by Rob Lawhon, this concert will run April 29 through May 9.
All productions in the “Under the Tent” series will be recorded and available for streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere. In addition, four digital series are currently in development, and Matthew Libby’s Data, an interactive streaming production directed by Booth, will be available on Alliance Theatre Anywhere this May.
Due to continuing circumstances involving COVID-19, Alliance will postpone the New Black Fest’s Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments to fall 2021. Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone will also move to the 2021-22 season, with exact dates to be announced, and Accidental Heroes by Marshall Brickman, with music and lyrics by T-Bone Burnett, has been canceled for the time being.
Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theatre in the Southeast.
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