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True Colors, Theatrical Outfit announce 2010-11 season lineups

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company will get a boost of Tony Award momentum from its artistic director, and Theatrical Outfit will be fueled by Pulitzer power, during the troupes’ just-announced 2010-11 seasons.

Leon, whose Broadway mounting of “Fences” won the Tony for best revival of a play on Sunday, will direct the regional premiere of Nathan Louis Jackson’s comic drama “Broke-ology,” Jan. 28.-Feb. 20 at Southwest Arts Center.

Another play that promises to make a splash in True Colors’ season is the opener, a world premiere of David Bell’s “Gut Bucket Blues ‚ì The Legendary Bessie Smith,” Oct. 1-Nov. 7. Bell, who was associate artistic director at the Alliance Theatre when Leon ran Atlanta’s biggest stage company, will direct his own script in a production to be performed at Balzer Theater at Herren’s. The musical explores how Smith’s raucous life informed her raucous blues music as well as the social and personal indignities the singer faced down.

Other shows in an eighth season that finds True Colors working at a variety of metro venues:
>A holiday production of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity,” directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris, Nov. 27-Dec. 30, at Southwest Arts Center.
>George C. Wolfe’s “The Colored Museum,” directed by Jasmine Guy, March 25-April 17 at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.
>Sam Sheppard’s “A Fool for Love,” directed by True Colors associate artistic director Todd Kreidler, May 13-June 19, at Balzer Theater at Herren’s.
True Colors’ tickets and subscriptions: 1-877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com.

Led by executive artistic director Tom Key, Theatrical Outfit is billing its slate as its “Pulitzer Season,” keying to the fact that three of the works were penned by Pulitzer Prize winners.
The plays of the troupe’s 34th season, all to be performed at Theatrical Outfit’s home at Balzer Theater at Herren’s:
>John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” adapted by Key and directed by Georgia Shakespeare Festival artistic director Richard Garner, Aug. 11-Sept. 5.
>Horton Foote’s “The Young Man from Atlanta,” Jan. 26-Feb. 20.
>Tony Kushner’s “Caroline, or Change,” March 16-April 10.
For its holiday production, the Outfit will also revive Key’s adaption of Truman Capote’s short story “A Christmas Memory,” done in a readers’ theater version, Dec. 15-23.
Tickets: 678-528-1500, www.theatricaloutfit.org.

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James Earl Jones

August 18th, 2010
5:41 pm

Kenny Leon’s True Colors theater can pull in all the names from old school tv personalities to top movie actors but the way they produce,cast and direct is one big political scam, providing the theater community with crap! It seems he saves the real talent for NY city and Atlanta is left with untrained actors and comercialized theater! Do us all a favor True Colors and learn how to cast and direct!

Cicel Orango

August 23rd, 2010
5:01 pm

When it come to theater in this town I would grade it a big C- the lack of creativity and talent are far and few. The Kenny Leon Productions have been so boring and lack of talent that I had to leave during intermission!