Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Horizon stages World Premiere of New South Play Festival "Night Blooms"

Atlanta’s own Margaret Baldwin finds a local home for the World Premiere of Night Blooms at Horizon Theatre. On a historic night in 1965 Selma two families deal with conflicts and find their differences are not necessarily black and white, Night Blooms, Sept 24 - Oct 24, 2010.

Inspired by Baldwin’s own family history during this historic period in Selma, the playwright began development with a question: “How did people deal with generational conflicts within their own families at a time when massive change and social tensions are suddenly knocking on their front door?” Baldwin answers this by focusing the play on an “everyday family redefining their relationships on a night of historic change”.

Through Baldwin’s research into that period in Selma’s history, she found that few things are as simple as they might first appear. “The more you dig into it, the more you see the complexities of the individuals and their relationships with each other.”

Night Blooms is a product of the New South Play Festival where Horizon is at the forefront of developing and showcasing new work by Southern writers about who we are today in the New South. This World Premiere production is sponsored by the Macy’s Foundation.

About the Play

Two families – one white and one black – cope with change in Selma in 1965. On the day of the march, the Stafford household laughs, cries, celebrates a bloom, and waits for news when an unexpected freedom fighter appears on their doorstep. Night Blooms is a moving story of ordinary people and extraordinary change.

About Margaret Baldwin

Margaret Baldwin is a local playwright, director and performer. Born and raised in Atlanta, she has produced her plays, solo, and ensemble performance works throughout US. Her most recent play, Her Little House, received a National 2004 AT&T Onstage Award for its world premiere at Horizon Theatre Company. Other recent works on Atlanta stages include Alice Through the Wonderglass (2003), a play for young audiences commissioned and produced by Synchronicity Performance Group, and The Wet Nurse Sings, a solo work Margaret wrote and performed as part of Synchronicity’s Anton Acts Out (2002). The Wet Nurse Sings and another solo work, The Deepest Part of the Creek, will be published this spring in a book of monologues edited by the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, MN. Margaret has an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

The Artistic Team/Cast

Heading up the creative team is director Karen Robinson
Night Blooms Artistic Team
Scenic Designer Jeffrey Weber
Lighting Designer Mary Parker
Costume Designer Sydney Roberts
Sound Designer Tom Jenkins
Prop Designer Kate LaFoy

The Cast

Lucinda Carter - Jill Jane Clements*
Ruth Stafford - Lala Cochran
Lucy Stafford - Bethany Anne Lind
Shep Carter - Tom Thon*
Geneva Willis - Marguerite Hannah*
Raynelle Willis - Brittney London
Clayton Carter - Harrison Long*

*Member of Actors Equity Association

Ticket Information
Performances of Night Blooms, Sept 24 – Oct 24, 2010:
Wed & Thurs, 8 PM
Friday, 8 PM,
Saturday Matinee, 3 PM, (10/02, 10/09, 10/16)
Saturday, 8:30 PM
Sunday, 5 PM
Opening Night, 8 PM

Tickets range from $20-$35 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 404.584.7450 or visiting www.horizontheatre.com. Horizon Theatre Company is located in Little Five Points at the corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues (1083 Austin Avenue). All seating is General Admission. Groups of 10 or more receive $3 off per ticket. Reserved seating for groups of 25 or more is available. For more information on booking a group, call the box office at 404.584.7450.

About Horizon Theatre Company

Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Avenue, connects people to each other, the community and the world through professional, contemporary theater. For more information about tickets, group sales, or to receive a season brochure, call 404.584.7450 or visit www.horizontheatre.com.

Horizon Theatre Company is grateful for the sponsorship by the Turner Voices initiative of Turner Broadcasting, who provides generous support to the 2010 season. Additional major funding is provided by the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund, as well as the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. Horizon Theatre is also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Atlanta, Office of Cultural Affairs.
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