Friday, October 9, 2009

Broadway Legend André De Shields to Headline at the Alliance Theatre

Oct. 28 – Nov. 15, 2009
Opening Nov. 4, 2009

Enter the exclusive backstage world of the theatre and experience the mix of inspiration and frustration found in the lives of two actors in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. Well-known New York stage icon André De Shields shines in the role of Robert, an older, more experienced actor facing the arrival of a dangerous new talent in this blistering and darkly comic tale. Directed by renowned director and playwright Robert O’Hara (Metamorphosis), the play asks the question: How far would you go to make your career? Previews begin Oct. 28, 2009 on the Alliance Stage. Opening night is Nov. 4, 2009. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at

In A Life in the Theatre, each night during a single season, two actors transform from drama to farce and their relationship from one of friend to enemy on stage and off. This emotionally charged play is guaranteed to keep audiences breathless as it moves from wickedly funny to tragically sublime as the two men’s relationship runs its course.

Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated actor André De Shields has garnered considerable critical acclaim during the past four decades for his show-stopping performances in the original Broadway productions of The Full Monty, Play On!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Wiz (in which he originated the role). Joining André De Shields is Ariel Shafir, who returns to the Alliance after his award-winning performance in the Alliance’s hit comedy The Underpants.

The production features Clint Ramos, set and costume designer; the Alliance Theatre’s Pete Shinn, lighting designer; and the Alliance Theatre’s Clay Benning, sound designer.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28 – Nov. 15 on the Alliance Stage. There will not be a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Oct. 31. The matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 1 begins at 3:30 p.m. The Sunday, Nov. 8 show at 2:30 p.m. will be Audio Described.

Tickets are $20 - $45 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at 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.

A Life in the Theatre is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.

Additional Sponsors: A life in the Theatre is sponsored by Delta Air Lines – Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; Marriott Residence Inn – Official Hotel of the Alliance Theatre; and The Home Depot – Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre.

Production of A life in the Theatre 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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