THE UNEXPECTED PLAY FESTIVAL
at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s
Witness top-notch Atlanta talent bring characters and plots to vivid life in three staged readings of exciting works that will stir the soul … and maybe even unsettle it. Think of it as T.O. Stage 2 – unpredictable and exciting fare that stretches The Outfit aesthetic in either content, genre, or storytelling form. Preview tomorrow’s hit titles, and then engage with the artists and staff at enlightening post-reading talkbacks.
All 6-pack subscribers receives one complimentary ticket to one reading of their choice.
“What a delightful experience! The selections were diverse and provocative. The casting was superb. The direction was organic and meaningful. And the panel discussions were thoughtful and creative. I’m hooked!”
Cynthia Stillwell, Atlanta Casting Director, on 2017’s Play Festival.
directed by Mira Hirsch, Director of Education
January 14, 2019 at 12:00pm
Just before September 11, 2001. Tenleytown, Washington, D.C. Liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters for their father’s seventy-fifth birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As secrets and resentments surface, the three negotiate how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning.
Starring Alpin Hong
January 14, 2019 at 7:30pm
George Gershwin (1898-1937), “America’s Composer,” synthesized jazz, classical music, opera, and ragtime into his unique style. Pianist Alpin Hong has played Gershwin’s music since his days as a young piano prodigy, but only truly unlocked his hailed Gershwin interpretations by wrestling with the intersections between his personal journey and Gershwin’s. Weaving Gershwin’s life story with his own through anecdotes and autobiographical recollections about his unique American-ness, Hong delivers world-class interpretations of some of our country’s most beloved songs in this tale about music, being a second-generation immigrant, and what it means to be American.
January 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
The present. America. Bellwether is a nice, quiet, safe place to live. Bad things just don’t happen here. Until, that is, six-year-old Amy Draft goes missing from her bedroom. As the investigation progresses, speculation in the media and the neighborhood rapidly focuses on Amy’s parents, Alan and Jackie Draft. But the young girl’s disappearance is not what it seems and is only a glimpse of what lurks just below the community’s perfect, suburban surface.