All posts by Wendell Brock
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
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
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
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
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
A local actor gets a high-profile new roleWhen Boris Kodjoe decided to get into films, he didn’t fit the Hollywood mold. People often assumed he was African American because of his skin tone. But thanks to his German upbringing, the Vienna-born actor had the kind of thick European accent associated with Russian spies, Nazi bad guys, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A director takes center stage
Richard Garner, producing artistic director of Georgia Shakespeare, spent his summer vacation draining his highlighter on big books. While the theater he cofounded twenty-five years ago in a tent sailed through King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Shrew: The Musical, he was preparing to guest-direct Theatrical Outfit’s world premiere adaptation of John Kennedy Toole’s satirical, Pulitzer-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces. He was also rRead more
Playhouse in Paradise
Since 2006, the Serenbe community has gently manicured a reputation for bucolic bliss. This summer, among the carrots and strawberries, the sleepy town of 200 is cultivating its own professional theater company.
But don’t expect the new Serenbe Playhouse to produce the theatrical equivalent of Fourth ofRead more