“We’re really, really excited by the talent in our city,” says Celise Kalke, director of new projects at the Alliance Theatre. “We have a commitment to the Atlanta theater community, and we want to support its members and foster relationships between them.” So in 2013 the Alliance launched the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab. Every year a panel of judges selects three project teams to participate, who each receive $10,000 to develop their work—and access to the Alliance’s artistic, educational, and production staffs, as well as their rehearsal spaces.
One of the inaugural projects chosen for the Lab was Moxie, about a Marine serving in Afghanistan and the handcrafted book he makes to bond with his son, which premieres January 28 at Theatrical Outfit. “The process offered us not only the extremely helpful grant money but also the ability to collaborate with amazing artists,” says Lane Carlock, cowriter of Moxie. “In short, it made this magic come to life.”
Moxie runs January 28 through February 21.
This article originally appeared in our January 2016 issue under the headline “Lab Works.”