Actor’s Express Opens Season 29 with Company

ATLANTA, GA – May 12, 2016 – Actor’s Express opens its 2016-2017 season with a modern take on Stephen Sondheim’s game-changing musical Company. After his acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd last season, Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley will direct the funny and incisive comedy with a “reignited love for Sondheim.” The cast is led by Lowrey Brown as perpetual bachelor Bobby. Brown recently played Enjolras in Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre and Mr. Nevins in Edward Foote at the Alliance Theatre. And, Atlanta cabaret legend Libby Whittemore will mark her return to the theatre stage as Joanne, singing her rendition of one of the show’s most memorable songs “The Ladies Who Lunch.”

Performances of Company are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and select Tuesdays at 8 PM. Season subscriptions are on sale now and may be purchased at actors-express.com or by calling 404-607-7469. Single tickets for Company will start at $28 and go on sale June 20, 2016.

The production of Company is sponsored by Stephen Michael Brown.

ABOUT THE PLAY
Company
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by George Furth
Directed by Freddie Ashley
July 30 – September 11, 2016

Sondheim is back at AE! Winner of Seven Tony Awards including Best Musical!

Robert is turning 35 and still single, living in New York City. Surrounded by friends, all of whom have coupled off, he confronts his perpetual bachelorhood in a series of hilarious interactions – just in time to blow out his birthday candles. This game-changing musical gets a modern makeover in AE’s Season 29 opener with unforgettable renditions of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs, including “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive.”

PERFORMANCE DATES & TICKETS
Previews: July 27-29, 2016 at 8 PM, $20
Opening Night: July 30, 2016 at 8 PM, $40
Regular Performances: July 30 – September 4, 2016

Subscription packages including Company are currently on sale and start at $120. Single tickets for regular performances start at $28 and go on sale June 20, 2016. Performance times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 30 and September 6 at 8 PM.

Purchase tickets and subscriptions online at actors-express.com or by calling 404-607-7469. Group pricing is available. For info, email tickets@actorsexpress.com.

*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Order early for best pricing. 8% sales tax will be added to all orders. 

ABOUT THE COMPOSER AND PLAYWRIGHT

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964),Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981),Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991),Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957),Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990) and the television production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: "Finishing the Hat" (2010) and "Look, I Made A Hat" (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed in his honor.

George Furth was born in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University; he did postgraduate work at Columbia University. He has worked extensively as an actor, appearing in many feature films, including The Best Man, Oh God!, Doctor Detroit, Young Doctors In Love, The Man With Two Brains, Cannonball Run, Hooper, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Blazing Saddles, Shampoo, Sleeper, The New Interns and Myra Breckinridge; he has also acted in many major television shows. In addition to Company, he has written the Broadway shows The Act, Twigs, The Supporting Cast, Merrily We Roll Along, Precious Sons and Getting Away With Murder

CAST
Lowrey Brown* - Bobby
Libby Whittemore - Joanne
Kelly Chapin Martin - April
Jessica Miesel - Amy
Rhyn Saver* - Sarah
Craig Waldrip - Harry
Jill Hames - Susan
Dan Ford - Paul
Daniel Burns - Peter
Phillip Lynch - David
Steve Hudson - Larry
Laura Floyd - Jenny
Jimmica Collins - Marta
Emily Stembridge - Kathy
Matt Mattox - Bobby Understudy
Lee Lundy - Waiter/Male Swing
Deorian Cobb - Male Swing
Lucy Gross - Female Swing
Abby Holland - Female Swing

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

CREATIVE TEAM
Freddie Ashley - Director
Allie Lingenfelter - Music Director
Sarah Turner - Choreographer
Seamus M. Bourne - Scenic Designer
Andre C. Allen - Lighting Designer
Angie Bryant - Sound Designer
Deyah Brenner - Costume Designer
Elisabeth Cooper - Properties Designer
Alicia Quirk - Stage Manager
Sheila Oliver - Casting Director

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR SPONSORS
Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund                                                
City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs                               
Fulton County Board of Commissioners
The Shubert Foundation                                                              
The Imlay Foundation
James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation
Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc.
Kilpatrick Townsend
Holland IT Consulting     
Trove Studio

ABOUT ACTOR’S EXPRESS
Since our founding in 1988, we have sought to nurture the next generation of playwrights through workshops, readings, and full productions of new plays; to develop and nurture Atlanta's artistic community through theatre training; to catalyze the dialogue essential to the vitality of our neighborhood and our city; and to enhance Atlanta's reputation nationally as a thriving center for live performance.

Actor’s Express is located on the west side of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.

###