Stephen King appearance
The Alliance Theatre’s “Taste of the Season” event promoting its 2011-12 slate will feature an especially notable special guest May 24-25: Stephen King, whose musical with John Mellencamp, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” will receive its world premiere here next spring.
King will appear live on May 24, via video on May 25. The event is by invitation only, but the Alliance will extend an invite to anyone purchasing season subscriptions (starting at $80) by May 19.
Also appearing at the promotional event will be Tovah Feldshuh, Broadway star of “Golda’s Balcony”; Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer (”Broke”); and Alliance artist-in- dialogue Pearl Cleage.
The King-Mellencamp collaboration, with musical direction by renowned producer T-Bone Burnett (”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), will close the Alliance main stage season. Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth will direct. The run will be April 4–May 13, 2012.
Information: 404-733-5000. HOWARD POUSNER
Stone Mountain honor
Art Station, a 25-year-fixture in Stone Mountain Village, was among businesses receiving a Rock of the Community Award recently from Main Street Stone Mountain and the city of Stone Mountain. The visual and performing arts center produces seven professional theater performances, 14 gallery exhibits, camps, a storytelling festival and more that reach 50,000-plus patrons annually. It also manages a new micro-enterprise program, the Stone Mountain Arts Incubator, orSMart Inc., that has helped fill empty storefronts with artist studios and galleries. HOWARD POUSNER
The National Endowment for the Arts recently gave the Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance a $10,000 grant to support production of Scott Kaiser’s “Splittin’ the Raft,” an adaptation of the Mark Twain classic “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” as seen through the eyes of Frederick Douglass. After a six-night KSU run in September, the show will tour to the the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County, the Arts Association in Newton County, the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta and various North Georgia high schools. KSU plans a Web site with an electronic curriculum guide, historical information, biographies, photographs and journal entries from rehearsals. HOWARD POUSNER