In Theatre this month:
Under the Lights
What's Happening on Stage in Atlanta in May
SPLIT IN THREE
May 4 - 28
Written by Atlanta's own Daryl Lisa Fazio, Split in Three proves that change can be exhilarating and excruciating at the same time. This comedic drama looks at a quintet of people in the Mississippi Delta struggling with personal change during a time of great historic change: the Civil Rights movement in the late 60s. This southern fried comic drama begins as the Supreme Court is forcing the last segregated school system in rural Mississippi to integrate. Two sisters, Nola and Nell, are caught in the middle of a national fervor as the deadline draws near. As if tensions aren't high enough, their long-lost, Yankee half-sister arrives unexpectedly at their doorstep. As worlds collide, they find hope in the bond of sisterhood.
FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
May 13 - June 11
Actors Express, at the King Plow Arts Center, brings Father Comes Home From Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks to stage this month. Offered his freedom in exchange for fighting for the Confederacy, a slave named Hero follows his master into the Civil War. His epic journey takes him through the battles of war, and he comes to discover the cost of freedom, the heartbreak of love and the enduring power of home. The acclaimed trilogy is one of the most celebrated American plays of the past decade and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. "Suzan-Lori Parks is one of our greatest living American playwrights and this is perhaps her most accomplished play to date." - Artistic Director.
May 16 - 21
The Fox Theatre
Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. It follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired the tale. When he meets the four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother, he is spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventure. This new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imaginationâ€¦ and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.
HOW TO USE A KNIFE
May 19 - June 25
How to Use a Knife is a sharp-edged comedy in the hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant. This melting-pot of a kitchen sizzles with secrets in this fast-paced feast. George is a down on his luck master chef. He is a recovering alcoholic who hits rock bottom and faces his last chance to turn his life around. His kitchen is nowhere near the kind of ambitious culinary environments he worked in before. The story surrounds two rowdy Guatemalan line cooks, a nosy busboy, and a mysteriously reserved East-African dishwasher. Set during busy dinner shifts, the play bursts with grinding suspense, crackling energy, and piercing surprise as secrets from the past come to a boil. It is a story about guilt and second chances.