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Power Couple: Kenny Leon and Phylicia Rashad in 'Same Time, Next Year'

The duo selected the play, directed by Chris Coleman, so they could act together

When True Colors Theatre Company asked Chris Coleman to direct his old friend Kenny Leon and the luminous Phylicia Rashad in the 1975 play Same Time, Next Year, the former Atlantan and cofounder of Actor’s Express first thought, “Oh my God, that’s kind of random.” Then he became titillated by the thought. “Getting the job of making Kenny Leon make out with Phylicia Rashad —come on! Who is going to turn *that* down?” Read more...

Denzel Washington heads back to Broadway with Atlanta director Kenny Leon

The Oscar winner will perform in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun

After Kenny Leon directed Denzel Washington in the 2010 revival of August Wilson’s Fences, they made a pact: The Atlanta director and the Hollywood titan would continue to work as a theatrical team. So not long ago, Leon told Washington it was time to make good on that handshake. Read more...

'Zorro' makes its U.S. premiere at the Alliance

Director Christopher Renshaw talks about his lavish production (Pyrotechnics! Bullfights!) and collaborating with the Gipsy Kings on the story of the “original superhero”

As a young British chap touring Spain with his mum some years ago, Renshaw became enchanted with flamenco and bullfighting. So when he was approached about staging the tale of rapier-wielding, masked lothario Zorro, he had one caveat: “Yes. As long as it’s flamenco.” Read more...

Dance debuts from gloATL and the Atlanta Ballet

Atlanta's dance evolution continues with "Hippodrome" and "New Choreographic Voices"

In 2006 choreographer Lauri Stallings unveiled Shoo Pah Minor, her first commission for the Atlanta Ballet. After the performance, John McFall, the Ballet’s artistic director, followed Stallings to the bathroom to ask if she’d consider a three-year residency. Read more...

Waffle House Takes the Stage

Breakfast theater

As longtime Atlanta playwrights Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee see it, the Waffle House witching hour occurs every morning around 3 a.m. That’s the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction moment when babies are born in the parking lot and cops Taser waiters just for fun. That’s precisely the mood the legendary duo hope to capture in their latest effort, "The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered, and Scattered 24/7/365," running May 11 to June 24 at Little Five Points’ Horizon Theatre Company. Read more...