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Culture notes: 7 Stages’ announces 33rd season; Essential Theatre has Georgia plays on its mind

THEATER
7 Stages’ stages a revolution at 33
7 Stages Theatre has announced its 2012-13 lineup, with plays in the 33rd season loosely connecting to the theme of revolution.

New for the season, the Little 5 Points troupe is partnering with Emory University’s Ethics & the Arts Initiative, with each production being included in a play development process in which the artists will participate in a two-day residency at the university. Later, Emory partners will join the artists at 7 Stages for the performance and a post-show discussion of their collaboration.

The schedule …

  • June 25-July 29: “Youth Creates,” an original work from the theater’s Youth Creates Ensemble, a program in its 10th year.
  • Sept. 13-Oct. 14: “Dracula: The Rock Opera,” world premiere of a music-theater piece by Rob Thompson, featuring the Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra.
  • Nov. 8-18: “Fat Boy,” Atlanta premiere of a work of social commentary on poverty, hunger and American consumerism by Teo Castellanos.
  • Jan. 10-12, 2013: “7 Trumpets,” a new play by Maurice Turner that explores the meaning of seven — a number shrouded in faith, fear, hope and mystery.
  • Feb. 21-March 17, 2013: “Angry Fags,” world premiere of a comedy by Topher Payne that explores the evolving feelings — from helplessness to rage — of two gay men after a friend is assaulted outside a local bar. The theater calls it “a comedy with a body count.”
  • May 2-19: “Lady Lay,” American premiere of Lydia Stryk’s play about a Berlin woman whose life is forever changed by hearing Bob Dylan on the radio.

Subscriptions ($111) are available via  www.7stages.org/769-2/.
HOWARD POUSNER

Essential Theatre spotlights Georgia playwrights

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Essential Theatre, a long-time champion of local playwrights, will first present its first all-Georgia play lineup for its summer festival. Playing in repertory July 5-Aug. 5 will be:

  • “Evelyn in Purgatory,” world premiere of Topher Payne’s 2012 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award winner, described as a revelatory “Breakfast Club” for public school teachers who share secrets and points of view as they await disciplinary hearings.
  • “Bat-Hamlet,” world premiere of Jordan Pulliam’s comic mash-up of comic books and the Bard.
  • “The Local,” a collaborative piece by multiple writers (drawn from 80 submissions) about life in the city of Atlanta, developed and directed by Ellen McQueen.

Stagings will be at the Actor’s Express space in King Plow Center, 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107, Atlanta. 1-866-811-4111, www.essentialtheatre.com.
HOWARD POUSNER

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