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The Braves released new stadium renderings, none of which are official

The illustrations, which were created to show the stadium’s scale, will be followed by drawings of the actual site at a later date.

      It’s been a busy season for the Atlanta Braves and their future home in Cobb County. The past few weeks have seen heavy machinery on the ground, and last night, the development team for the $400 million mixed-use complex was formally announced. Today, new images of the stadium were released–and although we have to admit that a few of them are rather stunning, it’s important to realize that nothing pictured is official.

      “Anything can still change since the design is still in progress,” Braves director of public relations Beth Marshall wrote in an email to Atlanta magazine. “All things in these graphics were placeholders.”

      The graphics were created by the project’s master planner, the Jerde Partnership, for a Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) submission to the state of Georgia. “These illustrations accompanied the public hearing and were created to show scale of elements on the site,” Marshall wrote. “Architectural drawings reflective of the actual look of the development will be released at a later date.”

      Some of the new images are rather humdrum. The street-view images, for example, mostly show the streets surrounding the stadium. But the ones that really grab our attention involve the large swimming pool beyond the right-center bleachers, which we hope appears in the later architectural drawings. Perhaps it could be a more down-to-earth version of the pool at the Miami Marlins stadium. More importantly, the pool would be a great new home run target for Freddie Freeman and company.


       

      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?” It’s also a chance for Coleman to get reacquainted with his hometown since departing to run Portland Center Stage in 2000.

      Same Time, Next Year, by Bewitched writer Bernard Slade, is about a couple who carry on an affair for twenty-five years. Rashad and Leon, a winner at this year’s Tony Awards, selected the play (running through August 3 at Southwest Arts Center) so they could act together.

      Coleman last directed Leon in a high-profile 1993 Actor’s Express production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, in which Leon played opposite his then-wife, the late Carol Mitchell-Leon. “I am very curious to see if he can still learn his lines,” Coleman jokes of Leon.

      This article originally appeared in our August 2014 issue.

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