In Theatre this month:
Under the Lights
What's Happening on Stage in Atlanta in May
May 17 - June 23
When Della, a North Carolina Baker and devout Christian, is asked to bake a wedding cake for her best friend's daughter, she is overjoyed. But that joy is short-lived when she learns that the intended is another bride. Struggling to reconcile her deeply-held belief in "traditional marriage" and the love she has for the woman she helped raise, Della finds herself in strange new territory. Inspired by a story still in the headlines, this marvelously funny new play by Bekah Brunstetter (TV's This is Us) is proof that love is the key ingredient in creating common ground.
May 29 - June 23
Jump by Charly Evon Simpson is a gorgeous new play about self-discovery, healing and finding beauty in unexpected surprises. It follows Fay, a twentysomething still reeling from the death of her mother who seeks solace on a nearby bridge looking for a good place to vape, but what she finds is a journey of self-discovery. In the whimsically theatrical world of Jump, lights flicker, hearts heal â€“ and you never know what surprises will literally fall from the sky.
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Cobb Energy Centre
June 7 - 9
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed theatrical adventure that has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike. The Greek gods are real, and they're ruining Percy Jackson's life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for 3 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is "mesmerizing" and proves "lightning can strike twice!" (TheaterMania). Music and lyrics are by Rob Rokicki and the play is directed by Stephen Brackett.
THE FRIEL DEAL: TWO PLAYS AFTER CHEKHOV
7 Stages Theatre Back Stage
June 14 - 23
1105 Euclid Avenue NE Atlanta Georgia 30307
The Bear directed by Kathleen McManus: A young widow has shut herself off from the world to mourn her late husband. Her solitude is interrupted by her scandalously rude neighbor, Gregory, a garrulous (but strangely attractive) bear of a man who turns her quiet life upside down! The Yalta Game directed by Tim McDonough: A sexy, funny, romantic tale of passion and forbidden romance that will leave you meditating on the nature of love.