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Culture notes: Actor’s Express looks quite alive for season 25; honor for ASO concertmaster Coucheron

THEATER
Actor’s Express reveals 25th season lineup

A year after an emergency fund drive helped keep the doors to its West Midtown space open, Actor’s Express has announced its 25th anniversary season.

“We wanted the season to have an ambitious scale and scope that speaks not only to the kind of work that has made the Express great,” artistic director Freddie Ashley said in a statement, “but also to the kind that will chart our course for the future.”

The lineup:

“Kiss of the Spider Woman” (Aug. 25-Oct. 7), the Terrence McNally musical.

“Wolves” (Nov. 10—Dec. 2), a world premiere by Steve Yockey (”Octopus”) billed as a “fairy tale for grown-ups” about a one-night stand that goes way wrong.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (Jan. 12—Feb. 17), a musical by Michael Friedman that reimagines our seventh president as a rock god who fights for the common man.

“Equus” (March 23-April 21), a revival of Peter Shaffer’s Tony-winning drama.

A Broadway comedy to be announced (May 18—June 16).

Subscriptions are on sale via 404-607-7469, www.actors-express.com. HOWARD POUSNER

CLASSICAL MUSIC
ASO concertmaster named to honorary chair

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster David Coucheron has been named the recipient of the first Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair, named after the late Atlanta arts supporter. The chair is awarded for a period of five years to an ASO musician who demonstrates excellence in musical artistry, leadership, collegiality and community engagement. It comes with a one-time $10,000 stipend, to be used for professional development.

ASO president Stanley E. Romanstein praised Coucheron, now in his second season with the orchestra, for his “passion, musicianship, innovative spirit, and commitment to music education and the Atlanta community. David perfectly exemplifies what this Orchestra stands for.”

Announced in January 2011, the chair was established with a $1.85 million endowment gift from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation.

The foundation “has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the arts in the Atlanta community,” Coucheron said. “Their ongoing advocacy efforts have a tremendous impact on our Orchestra and our city.” HOWARD POUSNER

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