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Alfred Uhry explores contentious sibling relationship in world premiere of ‘Apples & Oranges’

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apples and oranges
MARCUS YAM

Playwright Alfred Uhry speaks about his resulting 70-minute, one-act adaptation, “Apples & Oranges,” which will have its world premiere Wednesday on the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage.

THEATER PREVIEW

“Apples & Oranges”

Previews today and Tuesday, opens Wednesday. Through Oct. 28. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. General admission: $35-$39. Alliance Theatre, Hertz Stage, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000, alliancetheatre.org/apples.

Alfred Uhry at a glance

Credits

 

  • “The Robber Bridegroom” (1975): Uhry won his first Tony Award for his adaption of Eudora Welty’s fairy tale-derived story.
  • “Driving Miss Daisy” (1988): Touching relationship drama was a smooth vehicle for touching on how the Civil Rights movement changed the South. The 2010 Broadway premiere starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones drew strong notices.
  • “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” (1996). The second in Uhry’s “Atlanta Trilogy” explores class tension in the Jewish community here in 1939 during the “Gone With the Wind” world premiere. Drama premiered in Atlanta during the Olympics and won the 1997 Tony Award for best play.
  • “Parade” (1998). Uhry’s musical was based on the infamous Mary Phagan murder and the subsequent 1915 Cobb County lynching of Leo Frank.
  • “Apples & Oranges” (2012). Adaption of Marie Brenner’s funny-sad sibling story receives its world premiere in the space where “Daisy” broke box office records.

 

Honors

 

  • Pulitzer Prize (drama), 1988, “Driving Miss Daisy”
  • Academy Award (best picture, best adapted screenplay), 1989, “Driving Miss Daisy”
  • Tony Award (best play) 1997, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”
  • Tony Award (book of a musical), 1999, “Parade”

 

Personal

  • Married 53 years to Joanna Kellogg Uhry, with four daughters and eight grandchildren.

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