I don't know why Atlanta's Alliance Theatre decided to announce its 2011-12 season in two parts.
Last month, I told you what the Alliance was going to do — part of it, anyway.
Here's the entire season. There are a couple of shows I really, really want to see.
On the Alliance Stage:
"Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim /James Lapine musical based on familiar fairy tales. Aug. 31-Oct. 2.
"Golda's Balcony" by William Gibson, starring Tovah Feldshuh about Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. Oct. 12-Nov. 6.
"God of Carnage," written by Yasmina Reza, who wrote "Art," and translated by Christopher Hampton. It's about the question, "What makes you go over the edge?" Jan. 11-Feb. 5, 2012.
"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" is the one I really, really want to see. The book is by Stephen King and the music and lyrics by John Mellencamp. T-Bone Burnett is the music director. See what I mean? The synopsis: "In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Miss., in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next 40 years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him — or tear the McCandless family apart forever." Ooooohhh. April 4-May 13, 2012.
On the Hertz Stage:
"Broke" by Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer is about joblessness in the new America. I met Janece years and years ago when she was the public relations manager of the Alliance. Now, she's writing for the theater. Pretty cool. Sept. 23-Oct. 23.
"Sex and the Second City" was created by the famous improv company, Second City, and this play is about relationships in the world of social media. Nov. 11-Dec. 18.
"The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls" is by Meg Miroshnik is the eighth winner of the Alliance Theatre's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. A young American goes to Russia to discover her roots and what happens to her. Feb. 3-26, 2012.
"I Just Stopped by to See the Man" by Stephen Jeffreys is about the blues and a legend of a man who goes to the crossroad in the Mississippi Delta. March 9-April 8, 2012.
"A Christmas Carol" is in its 22nd year at the Alliance. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.
The Family Series:
"The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta" is conceived by and directed by Rosemary Newcott, the director of theater for youth. It's an improvisational survival guide for teenagers. Oct. 29-Nov. 13.
"The Wizard of Oz" is always a family favorite. Feb. 25-March 11, 2012.
Season tickets are on sale now; single tickets go on sale in mid-July.
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