From Buckhead living to Coca-Cola, from The Varsity to Spaghetti Junction, all that makes Atlanta special is spotlighted in this no-holds-barred World Premiere comedy revue created in partnership with Chicago’s The Second City. The Second City: Too Busy to Hate…Too Hard to Commute will transform the Hertz Stage into an underground comedy cabaret as the power of laughter is celebrated in this original two-act satire that lovingly mocks all things ATL. Opening Night is Wed., Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. on the Hertz Stage. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at www.alliancetheatre.org.
The Second City: Too Busy to Hate…Too Hard to Commute is written and created by the cast of The Second City with additional material by Ed Furman and TJ Shanoff. These masters of sketch and improv comedy take a Southern-fried stab at Atlanta, creating a show that reflects the city in all its diversity, complexity and hilarity. This production gives the audience a chance to laugh at themselves while providing the city’s comic and improv community an exclusive opportunity for national exposure (see Special Events section).
The Second City is the birthplace of many legendary comic geniuses including Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, John Candy and Tina Fey. Besides being a proven training ground for high profile comedians, it has a solid national reputation for irreverent, homegrown sketch comedy.
Of the six-member cast, two local actors add to the Atlanta-centric nature of the show: Amy Roeder and Tim Stoltenberg (Go, Dog. Go!). (Biographical information on the cast and creative team members may be found in the attached fact sheet.)
Members of the artistic team that will bring this hilarious show to the stage are Matt Hovde, director, and Lisa McQueen, musical director.
Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19 – Oct. 26, 2008 on the Hertz Stage. There will not be matinee performances on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 19.
Opening/Media Night is Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. The Sunday, Oct. 12 show at 2:30 p.m. will be Audio Described for the visually impaired.
Tickets are $35 and $40 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at www.alliancetheatre.org. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students. The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.
Special Events: Friday Night Improv Sets
Oct. 3, 10 and 24
Make it a full night of laughs. Stay late Friday nights after the show to enjoy an interactive laugh fest with sets from featured local improv artists. Featured companies include Laughing Matters, Whole World Theatre and Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.
The Second City: Too Busy to Hate…Too Hard to Commute is part of the Turner Series on the Hertz Stage and is sponsored by Superior Essex.
Additional Sponsors: The Second City: Too Busy to Hate…Too Hard to Commute is sponsored by Delta Air Lines – the Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; the Marriott Residence Inn – the Official Hotel of the Alliance Theatre; and The Home Depot – the Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre.
Production of The Second City: Too Busy to Hate…Too hard to Commute is made possible with grants from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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