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Atlanta's Alliance Theatre announces 2011-12 season

Susan V. Booth, the artistic director of the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta announced the 2011-12 season last week.

She's celebrating her 10th season.

Booth also announced that Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage will spend the next two seasons as the first Alliance Artist in Dialogue. That means she'll be an advocate and ambassador for "arts-centric community dialogue and engagement." I have no idea what that means, but in the press release, Cleage seems very pleased with the appointment.

I guess when I retired from this job, I can see if I can snag a job like that with the local arts groups.

For some reason,  the Alliance decided to announce just part of the season. The rest of it will be anounced later.

The season opener is "Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine show that takes several Brothers Grimm tales and questions what happens next when you get what you wish for.

"Golda's Balcony" by William Gibson, starring Tovah Feldshuh, is a one-woman show about Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, focused during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

The world premiere of "Broke" by Janece Shaffer. I first met Janece when she was the public relations manager of the Alliance years ago. She left the theater to become a playwright, and now she's written a bunch of plays. This one is about a woman in a high-paying job who is the family breadwinner and loses her job. And what happens to the family.

"Sex and the Second City" is the fourth collaboration between the Alliance and Chicago's Second City. It's a look at the techology that's supposed to make our lives easier but is made more complicated.

There is another world premiere — "The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta" by Rosemary Newcott who is the artistic director of Theater for Youth. It's an improv survival guide for teenagers.

"The Wizard of Oz" will be directed by Newcott.

"A Christmas Carol" will return for its 22nd season. Based on the Charles Dickens classic.

The rest of the season will be announced later.

Season tickets are on sale now, but I couldn't find the various levels of tickets.

Single tickets go on sale in mid July.

I'll have more, including the season ticket pries, with the rest of the season later.

In te meantime, if you want to buy tickets now, call 404-733-4600 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.