Announceing the 2009-10 Season

Posted on May 18, 2009

What a thrill to be able to announce (finally!) the 2009-10 Season at Actor's Express. I am really excited about the lineup we've assembled and hope you will be too.

We're opening with the Atlanta Premiere of the stunning musical Grey Gardens, which promises to offer tour-de-force performances in a show that captures the emotion and unique glamour of "Little Edie" Beale and her mom "Big Edie." I have no doubt that this show will be the musical event of the season.

I'm equally excited about the World Premiere of Fair Use by Sarah Gubbins. This razor-sharp romantic comedy was a finalist in the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition at the Alliance Theatre. It is funny, smart and extremely romantic. I think audiences are going to fall in love with it as much as we at AE all have.

January brings the gripping Good Boys and True by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. As a sordid sex scandal unfolds at an exclusive DC prep school, one mother's quest to get to the bottom of the truth forces her to examine her seemingly perfect world of privilege. This is an unbelievably powerful play that will be brought to life by director Melissa Foulger, who delivered this season's stunning production of Suddenly Last Summer.

Then we will produce 100 Saints You Should Know by Kate Fodor, one of the most emotionally trenchant plays I've read in years. It's all about the redemptive power of human connection and our need to find a path of faith, even when we don't feel as close to God as we might like. This is a play of big ideas, but more importantly of huge emotion. I'm especially thrilled thatAtlanta favorite Carolyn Cook returns to the Express for the first time in over a decade to head up the cast of this simply exquisite play.

And we'll end the season with the hysterically funny Slasher by Allison Moore, in which all hell breaks loose when a young woman is cast in a low-budget horror movie much to the chagrin of her kind of crazy, pill-popping mother. When I saw the recent production of Slasher at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, I laughed so much my stomach started to hurt. This play is SO funny - it will be the perfect way to usher in the summer.

And we're super excited to bring Libby Whittemore back for a second year of Libby's at the Express. Audiences all season long have been relishing the chance to see Libby back onstage doing what she does better than pretty much anybody. Every time I see one of her shows, I catch myself thinking how lucky Atlanta is to have such a performer calling our city home. She's one in a million and it makes me proud that she's at AE all season long!!

I've been chomping at the bit to announce the season! We started planning the 2009-10 Season last August, so this has been months in the making. And let me tell you, planning a season during these economic times is a very difficult task. But I decided that I was not going to let AE retreat into a season of small one-person shows. Now is the time - more than ever - to articulate who we are and offer the boldest theatrical experiences in town. Each of these plays offers a really substantial experience in its own way and that is one of the hallmarks of Actor's Express. No b-sides here.

I can't wait to start on the journey of the 2009-10 Season. It's going to be an amazing ride!