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BUST and MILLIONS announced as part of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre's 56th Season

Thursday, 25 April 2024

Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre, Jennings Hertz Artistic Directors Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Christopher Moses, and Managing Director Mike Schleifer, are pleased to announce the productions of the Alliance’s 56th season. The new season will feature award-winning plays, world premieres, and works developed for youth and families.

“As Atlanta continues to build on its reputation as a creative capital, we're proud to deepen our commitment to new work with the six world premiere productions included in our 24/25 season,” said Jennings Hertz Artistic Directors Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Christopher Moses. “What binds each of these seemingly disparate stories together is the palpable sense of hope pulsing through each & every one – not platitudes masquerading as hope, but the kind of hope that won't let you down – the kind forged from the truth of our human condition. This season both celebrates our city and our connection to the national theatre field. But most of all, it celebrates the majesty of the human spirit.”

On The Coca-Cola Stage, the Alliance, in partnership with Goodman Theatre and in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, Khaliah Neal and Thomas Swayne, will produce the world premiere of the gripping new play, BUST. It’s not only hell that breaks loose in this ground-breaking, form-defying, laugh-out-loud drama from Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Zora Howard. In BUST, Retta and Reggie are enjoying their usual evening on the porch when a longtime neighbor is pulled over by the police just before turning into his driveway. Everything goes as expected—until the unexpected happens. Humor, spectacle, and surrealism converge in this interrogation of what it costs to be Black and free. Lileana Blain-Cruz, a “master of curating chaos” (The New York Times) directs.

BUST is a very personal play,” said playwright Zora Howard. “The opportunity to bring it to life alongside Lileana – and in the cities of Atlanta and Chicago especially – is a long-time dream come true. We are beyond ready to kick down the walls and welcome folks into its world(s).”

The season will close on The Coca-Cola Stage with the world premiere musical, MILLIONS. Inspired by Frank Cottrell Boyce’s beloved novel and film, MILLIONS is a hilarious and heartwarming new musical that proves true wealth has nothing to do with money.  Created by a team of Tony Award winners, MILLIONS is an imaginative and unpredictable adventure with a book by Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Prom), an extraordinary score by Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins, The Light in the Piazza, Days of Wine and Roses), and direction by Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, To Kill a Mockingbird). With soaring music and a story full of surprises, MILLIONS is a modern-day fable that will enchant and entertain the entire family. MILLIONS is produced by arrangement with Sonia Friedman Productions and Franco Productions.

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