Actor’s Express Presents Two World Premieres by Steve Yockey

ATLANTA, GA – September 21, 2015 – Actor’s Express continues its 2015-2016 season with two world premiere plays, The Thrush & the Woodpecker and Blackberry Winter, both by Steve Yockey. The two plays will be performed October 31 – November 22 in rotating repertory.

The Thrush & the Woodpecker is a suspense thriller offering mystery, power and theatricality. The world premiere will be directed by Melissa Foulger who directed previous Actor’s Express productions of Yockey’s plays Pluto and Wolves (2013 Suzi Bass Award Winner for Outstanding World Premiere).

Blackberry Winter, the poignant story of a woman caring for her Alzheimer’s diagnosed mother, stars Carolyn Cook and is a Co-Production with Out of Hand Theater whose Co-Artistic Director Ariel Fristoe will direct the production. The play, commissioned and developed by Out of Hand Theater is a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere and will be produced at seven theaters around the country during the 2015-2016 season. For more information on the development of Blackberry Winter and Carolyn Cook’s personal connection to the story, visit memories.myajc.com.

Playwright Steve Yockey is an Associate Artist at Actor’s Express. Including these two new works, Actor’s Express has produced five of his plays in the last eight years. Describing Yockey’s work, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said everyone should “experience at least one Yockey show in your lifetime.” The Thrush & the Woodpecker and Blackberry Winter will be performed in rotating repertory. Performance times are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 7 PM. Please visit actors-express.com for specific performance dates and times. Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased online at actors-express.com or by calling 404-607-7469.

ABOUT THE PLAYS
The Thrush & the Woodpecker
By Steve Yockey
Directed by Melissa Foulger
October 31 – November 15, 2015

Danger and vicious humor collide in this shocking revenge thriller
World Premiere

Brenda Hendriks tries to repair a fractured relationship with her son Noah, who has hastily returned home from college following an act of vandalism. When a mysterious visitor arrives at their remote Northern California home bearing dangerous secrets from Brenda’s past, the three find themselves on a collision course with betrayal and revenge. This white-knuckled thriller promises plot twists, gasps and the gripping theatricality you’ve come to expect from Steve Yockey.

Blackberry Winter
By Steve Yockey
Directed by Ariel Fristoe
November 6-22, 2015

When memory fades, love endures
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere and a Co-Production with Out of Hand Theater

Vivienne struggles with caring for her mother, an Alzheimer’s patient whose condition is showing signs of deterioration. In some of Yockey’s most poignant writing to date, she confesses and confronts the myriad challenges of caring for someone who is vanishing slowly before her very eyes.

PERFORMANCE DATES & TICKETS
The Thrush & the Woodpecker
Previews: October 28-30 at 8 PM, $20
Opening Night: October 31 at 8 PM, $40
Regular Performances: November 1-15 (See website for performance dates and times.)

Blackberry Winter
Previews: November 4-5 at 8 PM, $20
Opening Night: November 6 at 8 PM, $40
Regular Performances: November 8-22 (See website for performance dates and times.)

Tickets for regular performances start at $26. Performance times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.

Purchase tickets 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.

THE THRUSH & THE WOODPECKER CAST
Matthew Busch - Noah Hendriks
Stacy Melich - Brenda Hendriks
Kathleen Wattis - Róisín Danner
Tinizia Bentley - Róisín Danner Understudy
Kelly Monahan - Brenda Hendriks Understudy
Jeofry Wages - Noah Hendriks Understudy

THE THRUSH & THE WOODPECKER CREATIVE TEAM
Melissa Foulger - Director
Kat Conley - Scenic Designer
Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay - Costume Designers
Ben Tilley - Lighting Designer
Haddon Kime - Composer and Sound Designer
Marisa Tontaveetong - Animation Designer
Shir Wen Sun - Animation Background Design\
Ashley Love - Animation Character Design
Kristen Hennessy - Stage Manager
Sheila Oliver - Casting Director
Eric Graise - Assistant Director
Elena Chapman - Assistant Stage Manager

BLACKBERRY WINTER CAST
Carolyn Cook - Vivienne Avery
Maia Knispel - White Egret
Joe Sykes - Gray Mole

BLACKBERRY WINTER CREATIVE TEAM
Ariel Fristoe - Director
Kat Conley - Scenic Designer
Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay - Costume Designers
Ben Tilley - Lighting Designer
Haddon Kime - Composer and Sound Designer
Marisa Tontaveetong - Animation Designer
Shir Wen Sun - Animation Background Design
Ashley Love - Animation Character Design
Maureen Downs - Stage Manager
Caitlin Cain - Assistant Stage Manager

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR SPONSORS
City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Kilpatrick Townsend
Fulton County Board of Commissioners
Holland IT Consulting
Relevance Advisors
The Shubert Foundation

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.

ABOUT OUT OF HAND THEATER
Out of Hand Theater makes shows, games and public art, for venues including parks, homes, businesses and theaters. Through annual free public arts events and original works, we embrace new audiences, celebrate community, and create moments of mass intimacy. We collaborate with scientists, artists, businesses, schools and civic organizations to create events reflecting their work, we train others to unlock their creativity and to innovate, and we bring free public art to thousands of people every year.

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