In Theatre this month:
Under the Lights
What's Happening on Stage in Atlanta in August
HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU
Performing Now thru August 19
Second in Horizon's New American Dreams Series is How Black Mothers Say I Love You, a powerful story about a mother and her daughters. Hard-working Daphne left her two young daughters in Jamaica for six years to create a better life for them in America. Now thirty years later, proud and private, Daphne is relying on church and her nearby dutiful daughter to face a health crisis. But, when feisty activist Claudette arrives unexpectedly from far away to help out, her arrival stirs up the buried past, family ghosts and the burning desire for unconditional love before it's too late.
Now Through September 2
Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Disney's Newsies kicks off the Aurora Theatre's 23rd season with rousing dance numbers and non-stop fun for the whole family. In this high-energy musical, audiences will follow charismatic Jack Kelly and his ragged band of teenaged "newsies" as they strike against an unfair system in New York City at the turn of the century. Newsies highlights publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst as they try to take advantage of newsboys to increase profits. However, everything changes when Jack Kelly and his group of "newsies" come on the scene.
THE BOOK OF WILL
August 15 - September 9
Theatrical Outfit / Balzer Theatre
1619-1623. London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Will Shakespeare is dead, and his legacy depends on a circle of devoted writers, actors, and friends. When a fishy Hamlet plays fast and loose nearby, the cohorts scramble to keep the Bard's true words from fading into obscurity. The solution? A definitive collection of his plays. But to print it, they must overcome a ruthless publisher, an inebriated poet, and their own ticking mortality. Atlanta native Lauren Gunderson unfurls her trademark humor and smarts in this love letter to theatre's timeless superstar.