Alliance Theatre will scatter 2017-2018 shows around metro area

12:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Atlanta Events
A love-struck star-crossed couple find each other in “Crossing Delancey,” to be performed by the Alliance Theatre Oct. 7-Nov. 18 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Because the Alliance will be temporarily out of its Woodruff Arts Center home during the 2017-2018 season, the 12 productions of the season will be in a variety of new locations, including the MJCCA in Dunwoody. CONTRIBUTED

This morning, the Alliance Theatre announced the shows for its 2017-2018 season, and the venues where those shows will be presented — a panoply of theaters and performance spaces big and small, from the 500-seat Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in south DeKalb to the expansive Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in the Galleria area.

The Alliance will go on the road in the new season because the company’s home theater, in the Woodruff Arts Center, will be torn down to the studs and reassembled in a major, yearlong renovation.

Instead of choosing a single venue substitute, the theater company has decided to bring the action to the people in 13 locations spread around the metropolitan area.

“What better way to meet our neighbors than to perform where they are, and invite them to come back with us when we return to our home?” said Hala Moddelmog, president of the Atlanta Metro Chamber and incoming co-chair of the theater’s board of directors. “We’re also excited to introduce our longtime patrons to other cultural organizations they might not have had the opportunity to visit before.”

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Alliance Theatre artistic director Susan V. Booth says that the 2017-2018 season, which will take place in 13 different venues, will give the theater company a chance to visit every corner of the metro area. CONTRIBUTED BY ALLIANCE THEATRE

Said the Alliance’s artistic director Susan V. Booth, “For 48 years, metro Atlanta has supported us by making the trip to our front door. It seemed like we had the opportunity to return the favor.”

The $22 million renovation at the Alliance’s Woodruff headquarters will begin in April, at the close of the production run of “Cinderella and Fella.”

Here is the video showing the Alliance leaving its old home:

The shows of the new season include world premieres, old favorites, and a historic collaboration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra:

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Pearl Cleage is the author of two one-act plays, “Hospice” and “Pointing at the Moon,” that will be part of the Alliance Theatre’s perambulating 2017-2018 season. CONTRIBUTED BY ALLIANCE THEATRE

Staying put in some local alternative during the renovations would have been easier for the Alliance, said Booth, and turning the organization into a traveling show brings logistical challenges. But this “field trip” also gives the Alliance a chance to encounter a new audience that might have been reluctant to drive to Midtown. Reaching that audience is critical for the future of the group.

“For us, it was choosing familiarity and safety, or choosing an investment in our next 50 years.”

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