BEST BETS | June 13 – 19, 2019

Casablanca

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Still from the classic film Casablanca.

This weekend only

Casablanca with the ASO. June 14 & 15. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy the 1942 cinematic classic on the big screen with a live score performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Tickets and info on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra website. 

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival. June 14 – June 16. The Home Depot Backyard @ Mercedes Benz Stadium. Observed since 1866, this year’s Juneteenth celebration will move to the Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Numerous vendors will offer cuisine, art, books, cosmetics, and more! The weekend’s celebrations will also include a parade and music performances. Read more on the Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival website.

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BEST BETS | May 23 – May 29, 2019

AtlantaJazzFestival

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: This weekend, Piedmont Park welcomes the Atlanta Jazz Festival, a culmination of a full month of performances and programs. Photo from the Atlanta Jazz Festival Facebook page.

On the stage

Native Gardens. Through June 2. Aurora Theatre. Based in a historic Washington D.C. neighborhood, two couples who are next-door neighbors battle for their backyards. Each wants a completely different landscape than the other. Native Gardens is on American Theatre’s Top 10 Most Produced Plays of the 2018-19 season list. In addition, playwright Karen Zacaría is fifth on American Theatre’s Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of 2018-19. Full of thoroughly-researched horticulture references, on-stage partially-real gardens, and realistic neighborly conflict, Native Gardens is sure to challenge, delight, and humor audiences! Tickets and info on the Aurora Theatre website.

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BEST BETS | May 16 – May 22, 2019

Ragtime

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Jacob Louchheim and Elyse Corbett in Serenbe Playhouse’s Vaudeville-inspired Ragtime.

Still running

Ride the Cyclone. Through May 26. Alliance Theatre. Shortly after boarding the Cyclone ride at a traveling fair, a broken front axle sends the teenagers to their tragic demise. While stuck in a sort of purgatory, a mechanical fortune teller invites each student to compete in a macabre contest with the prize of a return to the world of the living. Bewildered, the teens take turns sharing their stories, making a case for themselves. Ride the Cyclone is a wildly original new musical—part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected. Info and tickets on the Alliance Theatre website.

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BEST BETS | Apr. 18 – 24, 2019

Dear-Evan-Hansen

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photos: Ben Levi Ross as Evan Hansen and the Company of the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen, coming to the Fox Theatre next week. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Last chance

Pipeline. Through April 21. Horizon Theatre. Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students’ achievement, while she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When Omari is threatened with expulsion from his school after being involved in an incident, Nya is forced to reconcile her own decisions with their impact on Omari, wrestle with the public and private school systems, any rally to support her son. The play was written by Dominique Morisseau – a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and playwright of True Colors Theatre Company’s recent Skeleton Crew – who aims to shed light on broken systems and hardships that affect life in urban African-American communities across various eras. Tickets and info on Horizon Theatre’s website.

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BEST BETS | Mar. 21-Mar. 27, 2019

Atlanta-Ballet

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Juliana Missano of the Atlanta Ballet in the memorable green costumes designed for Sandpaper Ballet by Issac Mizrahi. Sandpaper Ballet in part of the Atlanta Ballet’s Look/Don’t Touch performance. Photo by Rachel Neville. 

This weekend only

Jersey Boys. Runs March 22 – 24. Broadway in Atlanta @ Fox Theatre.  Don’t miss the toe-tapping true story of how four blue-collar kids became The Four Seasons and one of the greatest successes in pop music history. This 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical takes you with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons as they rise in the charts, travel across the country, and create timeless music.  This show is full of experience electrifying performances of the classic hits that earned The Four Seasons a place in the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,’ ‘Dawn,’ ‘My Eyes Adored You,’ and more.  Info and tickets on the Fox Theatre website.

BEST BETS | Nov. 21-28, 2018

The outlook turns tinselly, with holiday shows dominating the calendar. We highly recommend Aurora Theatre’s “Christmas Canteen” and Theatrical Outfit’s “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” If you’re not yet ready for ugly Christmas sweaters, check out the world premiere of “Knead,” running through Dec. 9 at the Alliance Theatre. Pictured: Amelia Fischer as Mary Bennet. Photo by David Woolf.

The outlook turns tinselly, with holiday shows dominating the calendar. We highly recommend Aurora Theatre’s “Christmas Canteen” and Theatrical Outfit’s “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” If you’re not yet ready for ugly Christmas sweaters, check out the world premiere of “Knead,” running through Dec. 9 at the Alliance Theatre. Pictured: Amelia Fischer as Mary Bennet. Photo by David Woolf.

Top picks

Kristin Markiton (center) backed by Briana Young (from left), Chani Maisonet and Galen Crawley. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Kristin Markiton (center) backed by Briana Young (from left), Chani Maisonet and Galen Crawley. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Christmas Canteen.THROUGH DEC. 23.

Aurora Theatre joyously stages its 23rd original holiday revue. It sells quickly, so if you’re interested, don’t delay. Performances are already selling out. A singing, dancing cast of eight channels the golden days of TV Christmas specials (think Bing Crosby and Andy Williams) and mixes in a few contemporary moves to create a show that will have you glowing with the magic of the season. Ricardo Aponte and Anthony P. Rodriguez co-direct. Aponte also choreographs, with musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence, who also performs. This year’s merrymakers are Galen Crawley, Jimi Kocina, Christian Magby, Kristin Markiton, Chani Maisonet, Kenny Tran, Cecil Washington Jr. and Briana Young.

$30 and up; $20 and up for Tuesday matinees. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. matinees Nov. 27, Dec. 11 + Dec. 18. Limited Thanksgiving week performances, so please check ahead. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.

Mary Lynn Owen. Photo: Greg Mooney

Mary Lynn Owen. Photo: Greg Mooney

Knead. THROUGH DEC. 9.

An Alliance Theatre world premiere. In the wee hours, a woman attempts to bake bread from her mother’s incomprehensible recipe. But the ingredients of time and memory keep interfering, and the bread-baking process — the kneading, rising, shaping and baking, all in real time — becomes a journey into unpredictability. Bread will be baked and, perhaps, shared. Two-time Suzi Bass Award-winning actor Mary Lynn Owen wrote the one-person script, her first, and is the lone cast member. Knead was developed in the Alliance’s Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab and was a semifinalist for the prestigious O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in Connecticut. David de Vries (who takes the Alliance stage as Ebenezer Scrooge next month) directs. Recommended for age 14 and up.

$45; $10 teens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday. No show Thanksgiving Day. Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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Miss-Bennet

 Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. BEGINS NOV. 21.

Theatrical Outfit reprises its 2017 holiday hit with a script by Decatur-born, San Francisco-based playwright Lauren Gunderson and colleague Margot Melcon. This romantic and witty sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice focuses on socially awkward sister Mary and a potential romantic entanglement. Well-known Atlanta theater artist Carolyn Cook directs. Amelia Fischer and Jonathan Horne return as Mary Bennet and Arthur De Bourgh, along with Devon Hales and Juan Carlos Unzueta. New to the cast are Stephanie FriedmanJeanette Illidge,Jasmine Thomas and Justin Walker

$18-$51 plus fees. Through Dec. 23. Previews at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21 + 24 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Regularly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 11 a.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 13 + Dec. 20. No show Thanksgiving Day. The Outfit performs at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW.

Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

New holiday shows

Curious-Holiday-Encounters

Curious Holiday Encounters. DEC. 6-9.

This festival of interactive performances takes place throughout 7 Stages’ entire building. Expect an offbeat brand of holiday cheer as you stroll and check out offerings from the Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra, Arís Theatre, the Weird Sisters Theatre Project, Atlanta theater artist Rebekah Suellau and others. Artistic director Heidi S. Howard curates.

$15-$25. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (last entry at 9 p.m.); 5 p.m. Sunday (last entry at 7 p.m.). 1105 Euclid Ave. NE in the Little Five Points neighborhood. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.7647.

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The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular. DEC. 6-22.

Out Front Theatre Company imagines what the great Ethel Merman’s unaired 1979 Christmas TV special would look like. It takes place onstage at the iconic Studio 54, the same year the Queen of Broadway released her infamous disco record. The show shimmers with classic Christmas songs set to a dance-floor beat and visited by a cavalcade of celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Donna Summer and Truman Capote. The world premiere is written and directed by artistic director Paul Conroy.

$15-$25. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Also at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. 999 Brady Ave. NW in West Midtown. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.448.2755

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. NOV. 27-DEC. 1. National tour.

The stage version of the classic Christmas movie visits the Fox Theatre with all the familiar songs and a few others from the Berlin songbook. The 17-tune lineup includes “Sisters,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” “Happy Holiday,” “Snow,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “I Love a Piano,” “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” and “What Can You Do With a General?” You might recognize Karen Ziemba (a Tony Award winner for Contact) as Martha Watson and Conrad John Schuck (a longtime Daddy Warbucks) as General Waverly. Presented by Broadway in Atlanta.

$31-$116. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Sunday. 660 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 855.285.8499.

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The-Nutcracker

 The Nutcracker. DEC. 8-24.

Atlanta Ballet debuts its first new Nutcracker in 23 seasons, a $3.7 million staging choreographed by Russian-born dancer Yuri Possokhov, an old friend and colleague of artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin. This telling returns to the original source material: German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fantasy story “Nutcracker and Mouse King.” It sets the opening Christmas Eve party in a small German village, and features new scenic, costume and lighting designs as well as projections to help tell the story of a little girl named Marie and her come-to-life Nutcracker Prince. The production features some 40 dancers.

$35-$140. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 + 7 p.m. Sunday. Also at 1 p.m. Dec. 24. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.892.3303.

Jeremy Aggers. Photo illustration: Chris Bartelsk

Jeremy Aggers. Photo illustration: Chris Bartelsk

This Wonderful Life. OPENS NOV. 24.

This one-man version of the Jimmy Stewart film classic is new to Aurora Theatre’s holiday lineup. It features Jeremy Aggers (Singles in Architecture, Hands on a Hardbody) as, well, everybody — George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, Uncle Billy, Mary, Mr. Gower and even Zuzu. The script is by playwright Steve Murray (a name you might know from his days as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution critic). In repertory with the company’s one-man Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (featuring producing artistic director Anthony P. Rodriguez). Associate artistic director Justin Anderson directs.

$20. Performances at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 5, 13, 15, 18, 20 + 22; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, 8, 16 + 23. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Marguerite Hannah (front) and (back, from left) Maria Rodriguez-Sager, playwright Larry Larson and Markell Williams.

Marguerite Hannah (front) and (back, from left) Maria Rodriguez-Sager, playwright Larry Larson and Markell Williams.

Waffle Palace Christmas. THROUGH DEC. 30.

New. Horizon Theatre has retired The Santaland Diaries in favor of this world premiere, a sequel of sorts to its Waffle Palace, the Larry LarsonEddie Levi Lee comedy it developed and staged thrice. The vintage, once-endangered Waffle Palace is now thriving as part of a modern multi-use complex. As the holiday season arrives, the staff is adjusting to new roles, an inexperienced employee and quirky regulars. Four cast members return: Lala CochranAllan EdwardsMarguerite Hannah and Maria Rodriguez-Sager. The newcomers are Jennifer Alice AckerRob ClevelandBarry Stolze and Markell Williams. Co-artistic director Lisa Adler directs.

Tickets begin at $30 on weeknights, $35 on weekends plus fees and are subject to change based on demand. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Additional shows at 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 + 18. Matinees at 11 a.m. Dec. 6, 13 + 19. Free parking. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

Returning holiday shows of note

David de Vries

David de Vries

A Christmas Carol. DEC. 12-24.

The Alliance Theatre takes its musical, multicultural telling, penned by David H. Bell,back to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for a second season. David de Vries returns as Ebenezer Scrooge. Joining him again are Neal A. Ghant (Bob Cratchit); Bart Hansard (Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be); and Courtney Patterson (Ghost of Christmas Past), among many others. Rosemary Newcott once again directs. The caroling is gorgeous, and irresistible. Family-friendly. Note: Metal detectors are in place for every performance, so allow extra time to enter the venue.

$14-$115. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 7 p.m. Dec. 23. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Connie Sue Day

Connie Sue Day

Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas. DEC. 14-23.

Singer and funny lady Libby Whittemore returns to Actor’s Express with her 10th edition of this joyful holiday songfest. It dates back even further, to her entrepreneurial days as the headliner at the late, great Libby’s, A Cabaret in Buckhead. She’s joined, as always, by Connie Sue Day, the 31st Lady of Country Music. Expect holiday classics old and new, novelty tunes and perhaps a verse or two penned by Connie Sue Day herself. You’ll hear plenty at the two-hour show and go home happy. Beware the Dynel wig. $40. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.  Actor’s Express is in the King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

Frog-and-Toad

A Year With Frog and Toad. DEC. 7-30.

The family favorite about a year in the lives of two best friends returns to Synchronicity Theatre. The Tony-nominated musical follows the cheerful, popular Frog (Matt Baum) and the rather grumpy Toad (Greg Maurice Hunter) through four, fun-filled seasons. It’s part vaudeville and part make-believe as well as funny and moving. Also in the cast: Taryn Carmona, Elliott Folds and Lyndsay Ricketson. Jenna Tamisea, artistic director of GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greenville, S.C., directs. The 2006 telling won Suzi Bass awards for outstanding musical, direction and costume design. The show is based on the Newbery and Caldecott Medal-winning books by Arnold Lobel.

$16-$31 (under age 2 free). 7 p.m. Friday; 1 + 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 + 5:30 p.m. Sunday. School matinees available. Every Friday is PJs and Play. Kids in PJs get free milk and fresh-baked cookies. Synchronicity Theatre is in the Peachtree Pointe Complex, 1545 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.484.8636.

Also for the holidays

CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a one-man telling with actor/artistic director Anthony P. Rodriguez, returns. Nov. 23-Dec. 22 at Aurora Theatre’s Harvel Lab.

A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, a one-man telling of the Truman Capote story about an Alabama boy and his elderly, eccentric cousin with actor/artistic director Tom Key. Dec. 17 only at Theatrical Outfit.

ELF THE MUSICAL, a stage version of the 2003 Will Ferrell movie comedy. Dec. 7-16 at City Springs Theatre Company. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Hermey the Elf and Rudolph.

Hermey the Elf and Rudolph.

INVASION CHRISTMAS CAROL, another season of an improvised version of the Dickens classic with surprise special guests. Even cast members don’t know who will show up, or when. Nov. 30-Dec. 20 at Dad’s Garage. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS, a 2017 script about the goings-on at one dysfunctional family’s Christmas reunion. Nov. 30-Dec. 16 at Stage Door Players

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, based on the timeless Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated TV special from 1964. Through Dec. 30 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

THE SNOW QUEEN, a traveling show done outdoors and based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale. Nov. 28-Jan. 6 at Serenbe Playhouse.

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ACTOR’S EXPRESS HAS BIG NIGHT AT 2018 SUZIS

Angels-in-America

ABOVE: Thandiwe DeShazor (left) and Grant Chapman in “Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2” at Actor’s Express. The AIDS-era drama was named best play of the 2018 season and took home Suzis for best ensemble of a play, director and lighting design. Photo by Casey Gardner.

The West Midtown company wins big with its stagings

of Angels in America and The Color Purple

ACTOR’S EXPRESS isn’t the biggest theater company in town. Its black-box space seats an intimate 145 and its  full-time staff numbers three. But under the leadership of artistic director Freddie Ashley and managing director Alex Scollon, it consistently produces some of the best theater we see.

Jasmyne Hinson (as Shug Avery, left) and Suzi award-winning best actress Latrice Pace (as Celie) in “The Color Purple.” Photo: Casey Gardner

Jasmyne Hinson (as Shug Avery, left) and Suzi award-winning best actress Latrice Pace (as Celie) in “The Color Purple.” Photo: Casey Gardner

The  company, based in West Midtown’s King Plow Arts Center, earned 11 Suzi Bass awards on Monday night — including six for its vibrant staging of The Color Purple and four for playwright Tony Kushner’s two-part AIDS-era epic, Angels in America.

In all, 10 professional companies and 17 productions won 2018 Suzis, honors that are, more or less, Atlanta’s equivalent of Broadway’s Tony awards. Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre followed with six Suzi wins, and downtown Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit had five.

The awards are named for longtime Atlanta actor Suzi Bass, a force of nature who died of cancer in 2002 at age 56. She performed regularly, and to acclaim, at the Alliance Theatre, Marietta’s Theatre in the Square, Stone Mountain’s ART Station and Theatrical Outfit, along with North Carolina’s Flat Rock Playhouse and Blowing Rock Stage.

Actor’s Express’ The Color Purple was named best musical and won Suzis for lead actress/musical (Latrice Pace’s Celie), supporting actress/musical (Kayce Grogan-Wallace’s Sofia), director David Koté, musical director Amanda Wansa Morgan and sound designer Angela Bryant.

Angels in America was named best play and won Suzis for directors Freddie Ashley and Martin Wilkins, outstanding ensemble and Joseph P. Monaghan’s lighting design.

In addition, Enoch King was named best supporting actor in the Express production of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians. 

Playwright Jon Carr’s “Black Nerd” won the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. Photo: Dad’s Garage

Playwright Jon Carr’s “Black Nerd” won the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. Photo: Dad’s Garage

Eleven new plays — a record — vied for the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, which went to Jon Carr and The Black Nerd, staged at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. The other nominees: Alice Between by Steve Coulter + Neely Gossett, Alliance Theatre; Built to Floatby Rachel Graf Evans, Essential Theatre; Empty Rooms by Annie Harrison Elliott, Found Stages; Hospice & Pointing at the Moon by Pearl Cleage, Alliance; Morningside by Topher Payne, Georgia Ensemble Theatre; The Dancing Granny by Jireh Breon Holder, Alliance; The Flower Room by Daryl Lisa Fazio, Actor’s Express; The Followers by Margaret Baldwin, 7 Stages; Three Ladies of Orpington by Daniel Guyton, Onion Man Productions; and Woke by Avery Sharpe, Essential.

Lifetime Achievement awards, given for a body of work that has had a significant, long-term effect on Atlanta’s theater community, went to Liz Lee, Center for Puppetry Arts’ producer and lighting designer since 1978, and  Rosemary Newcott, who has spent 20 years acting and directing at the Alliance Theatre, largely as the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth.

The winners, capitalized and highlighted in bold, are:

Best play

  • Abigail/1702 at Aurora Theatre (script by Roberto Aguire-Sacasa)

  • ANGELS IN AMERICA, Parts 1 and 2 at Actor’s Express (script by Tony Kushner)

  • Boy at Theatrical Outfit (script by Anna Ziegler)

  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit (script by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Marcon)

  • Perfect Arrangement at Theatrical Outfit (script by Topher Payne)

Best musical

  • Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Candide at the Alliance Theatre

  • THE COLOR PURPLE at Actor’s Express

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit co-production

World premiere

Sheltered

“Sheltered” (with Park Krausen, left, and Amanda Drinkall) tells the true story of a Philadelphia couple that plotted to save Jewish children from the Nazis. It won the 2018 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and had its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre. Photo: Greg Mooney

  • The Flower Room by Daryl Lisa Fazio at Actor’s Express

  • Hospice and Pointing at the Moon by Pearl Cleage at the Alliance Theatre

  • Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time) at Théâtre du Rêve

  • Morningside by Topher Payne at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

  • SHELTERED by Alix Sobler the Alliance Theatre

Theatre for Young Audiences production

  • Heidi at Synchronicity Theatre

  • The Jungle Book at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

  • THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Synchronicity Theatre

  • Mother Goose at the Center for Puppetry Arts

  • Winnie the Pooh at the Alliance Theatre

Lead actor female / play

Olivia Dawson (left) and 2018 Suzi award winner Diany Rodriguez as Abigail in Aurora Theatre’s “Abigail/1702.” Photo: Chris Bartelski

Olivia Dawson (left) and 2018 Suzi award winner Diany Rodriguez as Abigail in Aurora Theatre’s “Abigail/1702.” Photo: Chris Bartelski

  • Terry Burrell for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Theatrical Outfit

  • Taylor M. Dooley for Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at Aurora Theatre

  • Mary Lynn Owen for Crossing Delancey at the Alliance Theatre

  • Courtney Patterson for Maytag Virgin at Aurora Theatre

  • DIANY RODRIGUEZ for Abigail/1702 at Aurora Theatre

Lead actor female / musical

  • Naomi Lavette for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Kristin Markiton for Mamma Mia! at Aurora Theatre

  • LATRICE PACE for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Ayanna Reed for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Julissa Sabino for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit

Lead actor male / play

Lee Osorio was named best actor/play for his work at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

Lee Osorio was named best actor/play for his work at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

  • Andrew Benator for Crossing Delancey at the Alliance Theatre

  • Brad Brinkley for Maytag Virgin at Aurora Theatre

  • Clifton Guterman for Boy at Theatrical Outfit

  • LEE OSORIO for The Life and Death of Richard the Second at Atlanta Shakespeare Company

  • Ben Thorpe for Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre

Lead actor male / musical

  • Aaron Blake for Candide at the Alliance 

  • Brian Clowdus for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Stanley Allyn Owen for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric Theatre

  • HADEN RIDER for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Juan Carlos Unzueta for Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express

Supporting actor female / play

Carolyn Cook (with Allan Edwards) won for her work in Horizon Theatre’s “Citizens Market.” Photo: Greg Mooney

Carolyn Cook (with Allan Edwards) won for her work in Horizon Theatre’s “Citizens Market.” Photo: Greg Mooney

  • CAROLYN COOK for Citizens Market at Horizon Theatre

  • Galen Crawley for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit

  • Sarah Newby Halicks for The Christians at Actor’s Express

  • Tess Malis Kincaid for Shakespeare in Love at the Alliance Theatre

  • Diany Rodriguez for Between Riverside and Crazy at True Colors Theatre Company

Supporting actor female / musical

  • Kandice Arrington for Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express

  • Deborah Bowman for The Little Mermaid at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Christy Clark for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • KAYCE GROGAN-WALLACE for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Jasmyne Hinson for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

Supporting actor male / play

Suzi winner Enoch King in “The Christians” at Actor’s Express. Photo: Studio 7

Suzi winner Enoch King in “The Christians” at Actor’s Express. Photo: Studio 7

  • Allen Edwards for Citizens Market at Horizon Theatre

  • Tom Key for Boy at Theatrical Outfit

  • ENOCH KING for The Christians at Actor’s Express

  • Lee Osorio for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit

  • Sam Younis for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at 7 Stages

Supporting actor male / musical

  • Kevin Harry for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit

  • Lamont Hill for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Christian Magby for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Commodore Primous for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric Theatre

  • ROBERT WAYNE for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

Ensemble / play

  • ANGELS IN AMERICA at Actor’s Express (Grant Chapman, Joe Sykes, Louis Gregory, Cara Mantella, Robert Bryan Davis, Thandiwe DeShazor, Carolyn Cook, Parris Sarter)

  • Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time) at Théâtre du Rêve (Natalie Karp, Eliana Marianes, Jennifer Schottstaedt)

  • Morningside at Georgia Ensemble Theatre (Shelly McCook, Ann Wilson, Ellen McQueen, Keena Redding Hunt, Gina Rickicki, Kate Donadio, Stacy Melich, Kelly Criss, Lala Cochran)

  • Perfect Arrangement at Theatrical Outfit (Joe Knezevich, Ann-Marie Gideon, Clifton Guterman, Courtney Patterson, Stacy Melich, Kevin Stillwell, Ann Wilson)

  • Sense & Sensibility at Synchronicity Theatre (Marcello Audino, Shelli Delgado, Robert Lee Hindsman, Rachel Mewbron, Marcie Millard, Michelle Pokopac, J.L. Reed, Jennifer Schottstaedt, Bryant Smith, Justin Walker)

 Ensemble / musical

  • ALWAYS … PATSY CLINE at Atlanta Lyric Theatre (Laura Hodos and Karen Howell)

  •  Breath and Imagination at ART Station (Theresa Hightower, Marcellis Cutler, Patrick Hutchinson, Tony Hayes)

  • Million Dollar Quartet at Legacy Theatre (Janine DeMichele Baggett, Daniel Black, Daniel Burns, Ross Griffin, Bert Groover, Stephen Hardy, Edward La Cardo, David Perry)

  • The Followers at 7 Stages (Ofir Nahari, Lowery Brown, Diany Rodriguez, Stephen Devillers, Nicolette Emanuelle)

  • The World Goes ‘Round at Atlanta Lyric Theatre (Deborah Bowman, Jeff McKerley, Adrianna Trachell, Brad Raymond, Mary Nye Bennett, Chloe Cordle, Cansler McGhee, Brian Jordan, Grace Joo)

Ensemble / TYA

Synchronicity Theatre’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” won Suzis for Outstanding TYA Production and Outstanding Ensemble. Pictured: Jimmica Collins and Edward, a china rabbit: Photo: Jerry Siegel

Synchronicity Theatre’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” won Suzis for Outstanding TYA Production and Outstanding Ensemble. Pictured: Jimmica Collins and Edward, a china rabbit: Photo: Jerry Siegel

  • Heidi at Synchronicity Theatre (Taryn Carmona, Jessenia Ingram, Jake Krakovsky, Robert Owenby, Emily Parrish Stembridge, Julie Trammel, Alex Van, Patrick Wade)

  • The Jungle Book at Georgia Ensemble Theatre (Erik Poger Abrahamsen, Shelli Delgado, Robert Lee Hindsman, Asia Howard, JD Myers, Angelica K. Spence) 

  • THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Synchronicity Theatre (Josh Brook, Jimmica Collins, Caitlin Hargraves, Justin Walker) 

  • Mother Goose at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Jimmica Collins, Luis R Hernandez)

  • Winnie the Pooh at the Alliance Theatre (Isake Akanke, Caleb Baumann, Grant Chapman, CJ Cooper, Maria Rodriguez-Sager, Joe Sykes, Mabel Tyler)

Direction / play

  • ANGELS IN AMERICA at Actor’s Express (Freddie Ashley, Martin Wilkins)

  • Boy at Theatrical Outfit (Melissa Foulger)

  • Citizens Market at Horizon Theatre (Jeff Adler, Jennifer Alice Acker, Lisa Adler)

  • Crossing Delancey at the Alliance Theatre (Leora Morris)

  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit (Carolyn Cook)

Direction / musical

  • Justin Anderson for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Justin Anderson for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • Brian Clowdus for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • DAVID KOTÉ for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Thomas W. Jones II for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

Direction / TYA

  • Heidi at Synchronicity Theatre (Julie Skrzypek)

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Synchronicity Theatre (Mira Hirsch)

  • MOTHER GOOSE at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Amy Sweeney + Dolph Amick)

  • Polkadots, the Cool Kids Musical at Legacy Theatre (Mark Smith)

  • Winnie the Pooh at the Alliance (Leora Morris)

Music direction

  • S. Renee Clark for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Ann-Carol Pence for Mamma Mia! at Aurora Theatre

  • Ann-Carol Pence for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Robert Spano for Candide at Alliance 

  • AMANDA WANSA MORGAN for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

Choreography

  • Ricardo Aponte for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Ricardo Aponte for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • Bubba Carr for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Meredith Moore for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • CINDY MORA REISER for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

Scenic design / play

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Abigail/1702 at Aurora

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Between Riverside and Crazy at True Colors Theatre

  • ISABEL AND MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY for Citizens Market at Horizon 

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Theatrical Outfit

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Maytag Virgin at Aurora 

  • Elizabeth Jarrett for Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at Aurora 

Scenic design / musical

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express

  • Isabel and Mariah Curley-Clay for Once on This Island at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

  • Daniel Pattillo for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

  • Julie Ray for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • SHANNON ROBERT for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

Sound design / play

  • MARC GWINN for Abigail/1702 at Aurora Theatre

  • Jake Harbour for Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at Aurora Theatre

  • Stowe Nelson for Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre

  • Daniel Terry for Maytag Virgin at Aurora Theatre

  • Ed Thrower for Angels in America at Actor’s Express

Sound design / musical

  • Rob Brooksher for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • ANGELA BRYANT for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Preston Goodson for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

  • Daniel Pope for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Mike Sal for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

Costume design / play

  • Anne Carole Butler for The Life and Death of Richard the Second at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

  • Angela Balogh Calin for Shakespeare in Love at the Alliance 

  • Linda Patterson for Perfect Arrangement at Theatrical Outfit

  • ELIZABETH RASMUSSON for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit

  • Jennifer Schottstaedt for Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time) at Théâtre du Rêve

Costume design / musical

  • L. Nyrobi N. Moss for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • L. Nyrobi N. Moss for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Erik Teague for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Amanda Edgerton West for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

  • ALAN YEONG for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

Lighting design / play

  • Maranda DeBusk for Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at Aurora 

  • Rob Dillard for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Theatrical Outfit

  • Liz Lee for Hand to God at the Alliance 

  • JOSEPH P. MONAGHAN for Angels in America at Actor’s Express

  • Ben Rawson for Abigail/1702 at Aurora 

Lighting design / musical

  • Andre C. Allen for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Kevin Frazier for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Kevin Frazier for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • MARIA CRISTINA FUSTE for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Mary Parker for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

Projection design / play

  • BRADLEY BERGERON for Project Dawn at Horizon Theatre

  • Matt Brohammer for The Taming at Synchronicity Theatre

  • Barrett Doyle and Joel Coady for Boy at Theatrical Outfit

  • Jared Mezzochi for Ripe Frenzy at Synchronicity Theatre

  • Ed Thrower for Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time) at Théâtre du Rêve

Projection design / musical

  • Robbie Hayes for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Bobby Johnston for Holler If Ya Hear Me at True Colors Theatre 

  • Bobby Johnston for The Ballad of Klook and Vinette at Horizon 

  • SVEN ORTEL for Candide at the Alliance 

Design team TYA

  • Heidi at Synchronicity Theatre (scenic design by Elizabeth Jarrett; costumes and puppets by Derrick Vanmeter; lighting by Elisabeth Cooper; sound by Rob Brooksher; music direction by Christopher Cannon; choreography by Ricardo Aponte)

  • The Jungle Book at the Alliance Theatre (scenic design by Kat Conley; costumes by Sydney Roberts; lighting by Steven Love; sound by Clay Benning; composer/musical direction by S. Renee Clark; choreography by Jen McQueen; puppet consultation byJason Hines)

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Synchronicity Theatre (scenic design by Jon Nooner; costumes by Linda Patterson; lighting by Chris Crawford; sound by Dan Baumann; properties by Jillian Haughey)

  • Mother Goose at the Center for Puppetry Arts (scenic design by Ryan Sbaratta; costumes by Erik Teague; lighting by Gregory Montague; sound by Dolph Amick; puppets by Jason Hines)

  • WINNIE THE POOH at the Alliance (scenic design by Mariana Sanchez; costumes by Fabian Fidel Aguilar; lighting by Steven Love; sound by Clay Benning; music direction by Dylan Frederick)

Wins by company ( nominations in parentheses) 

  • Actor’s Express — 11 (22)

  • Aurora Theatre — 6 (31)

  • Theatrical Outfit — 5 (27)

  • Alliance Theatre — 3 (19)

  • Horizon Theatre — 3 (14)

  • Synchronicity Theatre — 2 (11)

  • Atlanta Lyric Theatre — 2 (9)

  • Serenbe Playhouse — 1 (8)

  • Center for Puppetry Arts — 1 (4)

  • Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse — 1 (2)

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