Atlanta’s acclaimed Alliance Theatre will celebrate its 50th anniversary this fall with a return to its dramatically revitalized home at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown. The lineup of shows for the 2018-19 season, which begins in October, have been announced and tickets are on sale.

The Alliance has been “on-the-road” this season performing shows at various venues around the city as work is completed on a new stage (to be christened the Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre thanks to a partnership deal), seating, and rehearsal and education spaces inside the Woodruff.

“The Alliance turns 50 this year. Half a century of exploring what it means to be human in a world that renders that inquiry more complicated every day,” said Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director. “The best part of theatre, I’ve always thought, is the living and breathing pulse it gives to human language. The elevation of the spoken word to an art form, and the pure wonder that a mere mortal can say exactly the right thing at exactly the right time. And in the time honored tradition of marking zero-birthdays with LARGE parties, we’re celebrating 50 years of art by throwing a season long doozy.”

But, the anniversary season will still kick off on-the-road as work is completed on the space with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Also this fall, the Alliance will produce two world premieres by Atlanta playwrights in its 200-seat Hertz Theatre starting with “Nick’s Flamingo Grill” by Phillip DePoy and “Knead” by Mary Lynn Owen.

A rendering of the renovated Alliance Theatre space at Woodruff Arts Center.

The Alliance will open its first production on the Coca-Cola Stage in January 2019 with “Ever After,” the musical based on the hit film inspired by the Cinderella fairytale. Also on the new Coca-Cola Stage will be the world premiere of “Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous” by Atlanta playwright and author Pearl Cleage and the critically-acclaimed msuical “Ride the Cyclone.”

The Alliance will also stage two more world premieres: the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner “Goodnight, Tyler” by B.J. Tindal and “Approval Junkie” by and starring Faith Salie.

For youth and families, there will also be productions of “Winnie-The-Pooh,” the hip-hop musical journey “Paige in Full,” the 29th annual production of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Wizard of Oz,” featuring songs from the iconic film.

The Alliance will also produce three Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young productions and one interactive play space at the Woodruff Arts Center. The Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young produces professional theater designed for children ages newborn through 5 years old. This season’s productions are “Little Raindrop Songs,” “La Tortuga and the Hare,” and “Gimme Please.” This year’s interactive play space is “One Acre Wood” inspired by the setting of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A. A. Milne.

“Our hope at the Alliance is that audiences will join us in a yearlong celebration of all that is messy, wonderful, dark, and magical about being human,” said Booth. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a 50th anniversary than that.”

Season tickets for the Alliance’s 50th season are on sale now, while single tickets for “Winnie-the-Pooh” are also on sale now. Single tickets for the rest of the season will go on sale in August. For more information on the productions, visit alliancetheatre.org/season.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.