Both Horizon and Alliance Theatres have new shows coming to the stage later this month.
Horizon Theatre (1083 Austin Ave NE) returns to live performances and kicks off its 38th season with “Every Brilliant Thing” on January 28.
1)Ice cream. 2) Water fights. 3) Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. One fall day, a child begins a list of everything that makes life worth living when his/her mother is in the hospital recovering from “being sad”. As time passes, the list grows and becomes an epic chronicle of life’s small joys that impacts the storyteller in unexpected ways, offering light and hope in the dark corners. This funny and emotional journey charts the lengths we will go for those we love–and draws on the audience’s help to tell the story.
Actors Megan Hayes, O’Neil Delapenha, and Shelby Hofer will all be playing the storyteller, each performing on different nights.
The show will run until February 27. Performances are Monday through Friday at 8pm, Thursdays at 11am, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm and 5pm. Tickets are $30 for weekdays and $35 for weekends. Tickets can be purchased here.
Alliance Theatre (1280 Peachtree St NE) will present the world premiere of “DREAM HOU$E,” the winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, beginning January 28.
“DREAM HOU$E” follows two Latina sisters who go on an HGTV-style reality show to sell their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification happening in their “changing neighborhood.” As they perform for the camera, one sister grapples with turmoil in the family’s ancestral past while the other learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the family’s future. What is the cultural cost of progress in America — and is cashing in always selling out?
The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition solicits plays from the leading MFA graduate programs in the United States and then conducts a rigorous selection process to find four finalists and one winning play. The winner receives a full production as part of the Alliance Theatre regular season. The winner and four finalists also receive development opportunities for their works including staged readings with industry professionals.
“DREAM HOU$E” will run on the Hertz Stage until February 13. A filmed performance will be available to stream on Alliance’s website February 11 through 27. Tickets starts at $25 and can be purchased here.
There will also be several special events. On January 13 at 7pm, the cast and creative team will meet via Zoom for Behind the Play, featuring a conversation with Director Laurie Woolery and Playwright Eliana Pipes and a performance from the cast. This virtual event is free but requires an RSVP. The same event will be held in-person on January 30 at 7pm. You can buy tickets here. On February 5 and 12, following the 2:30 matinee, the actors will host a 20-minute post-show discussion. This event is free for ticketholders, and no RSVP is required.