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Front Row Center

The Official E-Newsletter of Georgia Shakespeare                                              AUGUST 2011 

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In This Issue
Georgia Shakespeare and Oglethorpe University on JEOPARDY!
Spotlight on NOISES OFF
14 Days To Go in Our "$50K in 50 Days" Campaign
Associate Artists' Corner
Education Spotlight: Registration is Open for Fall Class PERFORMING SHAKESPEARE
"I'll take Colleges & Universities for $800 please, Alex..."
Thursday, July 7 both Georgia Shakespeare and Oglethorpe University were immortalized... in the form of a question.

That evening's episode of the game show "JEOPARDY!" featured the clue, "This University that hosts the Georgia Shakespeare Festival is named for Georgia's colonial founder."

The contestant did get the "question" correct.
Oglethorpe University Jeopardy! Clue
Oglethorpe University Jeopardy! Clue
The popular quiz show has been around in various incarnations since 1964, with the most recent and most famous version, hosted by Alex Trebek, running since 1984. 

Carole Parks 


Official Picnic Partners
of the 2011 Season.


Order your pre-show dinner
and have it waiting for you at
Georgia Shakespeare.

Noises Off


Georgia Shakespeare wishes  

to thank our 2011 sponsors


arts fund logo


OU logo




Southern Company

The Community Foundation

the Kendeda Fund



The Tempest


Callner Portnoy Strawser

The Tempest
Media Sponsors     

Reporter Newspapers BOA

The Jungle Book Sponsors


Atlanta Parent

Family 2 Family


with additional
support from 


the official optometrist of

Georgia Shakespeare

 Dr. Alan L. Hymowitz at

Eye Haven 


Sponsor of the Georgia Shakespeare/Oglethorpe University Shakespeare Scholars

English Speaking Union


The Georgia Shakespeare
Summer Acting Intern Program
is made possible

through the generous support of

Jennifer Garner
and Benjamin Affleck

The Will Power Ensemble
is made possible
through the generous support of

The Goizueta Foundation




Time indeed does fly when you're having fun... June and July have passed and with them, Georgia Shakespeare's Summer Shakespeare Repertory and our Family Classics Series production of The Jungle Book. 

But the fun is not over yet! We saved some of the biggest fun in our Summer Festival for last with Michael Frayn's hilarious Noises OffBackstage antics take center stage in this raucous and rollicking comedy featuring some of our best comic talents!

In this edition of Front Row Center, we will shine the spotlight on Noises Off, as well as give you some exciting news about our "$50K in 50 Days" campaign, share in our newfound Jeopardy! stardom, and get you in on the action with a special fall class taught by Prospera herself, Associate Artist Carolyn Cook.

We hope you enjoy these last wonderful weeks of summer.  As always, thanks for being a part of Georgia Shakespeare.


Season Spotlight: NOISES OFF

Georgia Shakespeare concludes our 2011 Summer Festival with Michael Frayn's British farce Noises Off, opening tonight, July 29.  Preview audiences are already praising the show as "fall-out-your-seat funny."

Noises Off
Tess Malis Kincaid, Chris Kayser, and Carolyn Cook
in Noises Off. (Jen Hofstetter Photography)
Approaching its 30th Anniversary, Noises Off had its first performance in London in 1982 at the Savoy Theatre. The comedy centers around a play within a play.

The cast of Nothing On are about to embark on a national tour, if only they can get their act together - literally. Between fumbled entrances and mishaps on stage and the personal drama going on off-stage, the cast can barely keep it together.

Directed by Producing Artistic Director Richard Garner, the show features Associate Artsists Chris Kayser, Carolyn Cook, Joe Knezevich, and Tess Malis Kincaid along with Mark Cabus, Allan Edwards, Scott Warren, Caitlin McWethy, and Ann Marie Gideon.

According to Richard, "We actually have no idea if this show will be ready for opening or if it's going to be any
good... We're laughing so hard in rehearsal we can't get through all the scenes!"

Check out photos and of this staged tomfoolery at our website, and look out for our trailer from Captain Crazy Productions.

The July 28 preview performance was nearly
Ann Marie Gideon Noises Off

Ann Marie Gideon in Noises Off (Jen Hofstetter Photography)

a sell-out! Check out what some of the audience said on our Facebook page: 

"Breakfast was spent laughing over our favorite lines... I hope my ribs recover soon."

" 'twas a riot..."

"Fabulous show! Thanks for a great night!"

With the show running just three short weeks, you won't want to miss what promises to be the comedy blockbuster of the summer. Get your tickets now!

Noises Off is on the Conant stage through Sunday, August 14. Visit or call the Box Office at 404.264.0020 to purchase or for more information.
"$50K in 50 Days" now "$20K in 17 Days"
Carolyn Cook
Beginning the evening of June 24, Georgia Shakespeare, along with our Board of Trustees, launched our "50K in 50 Days" campaign.

Designed to help us ensure the 

vitality and longevity of "theatre the world could use more of" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), this challenge has helped invigorate our annual giving campaign and establish a solid financial footing that allows us to plan for future seasons with assurance.


With just 17 days to go, we are pleased to announce that we are have earned almost $30,000 of the $50,000 goal, meaning we have just over $20,000 left to go by the August 14 deadline.


We hope to raise $50,000 by the close of our 2011 Summer Festival Season on August 14. All gifts made to our annual fund will count toward this goal. Whether you're renewing your annual gift or joining our circle of dedicated patrons by making a first time donation, your tax-deductible contribution helps us achieve our goal.

Donate today by calling the Development Office at 404.504.3404 or donate safely and securely online.

Globe on the Big Screen

Henry IV, Part 1 in cinemas tonight, Monday August 1.

Catch the series
at these Atlanta-area theaters:

REGAL Perimeter Pointe 10
REGAL Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
REGAL Augusta Exchange 20 (AUGUSTA)

Look for Georgia Shakespeare at one or more of these local showings.  Appearances to be announced.


Associate Artists' Corner

Tim Conley On August 19, we bid a fond farewell to Associate Artist and General Director Tim Conley.  After over 15 years with Georgia Shakespeare - as Technical Director, Production Manager, Suzi Award-winning Scenic Designer, among many other things - Tim is leaving Atlanta. We will certainly miss you!


Georgia Shakespeare received 5 nominations for The Tempest for the first annual Atlanta Theater Fan Awards. Atlanta Theater Fans is a new website
Chris Kayser and Casey Hoekstra
Chris Kayser and Casey Hoekstra in The Tempest (Bill DeLoach)
community that offers theater information, news, feature articles and a message board. The fan awards were created to allow audiences the chance to voice their opinion about outstanding professional Atlanta theatre each year.

The nominations for The Tempest are as follows:
Best Leading Actor in a Play, Chris Kayser
Best Featured Actor in a Play, Casey Hoekstra
Best Choreography, Ivan Pulinkala
Best Costume Design, Leslie Taylor
Best Lighting Design, Ruth Hutson

In addition, some of our Associate Artists received nominations for their work about town, including:
Best Leading Actress in a Play, Tess Malis Kincaid August: Osage County, Alliance Theatre
Best Featured Actor in a Play, Richard Garner August: Osage County, Alliance Theatre
Best Featured Actor in a Play, Joe Knezevich Carapace, Alliance Theatre
Best Sound Design, Clay Benning August: Osage County, Alliance Theatre

Voting closes today, so you still have time to sneak in a last-minute vote.  Winners will be announced August 5 at


Associate Artist Carolyn Cook will spend the fall teaching, both at Oglethorpe University and at Georgia Shakespeare.  She's excited to bring her love of acting to college and community students.  To find out more about Carolyn's class, "Performing Shakespeare", check out this month's Education Spotlight below.


The Change-Up Check your local movie listings beginning August 5 for the summer comedy The Change-Up, starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds - and featuring Associate Artist Joe Knezevich. Check out Joe's website for a sneak peek at the trailer.

You can also look for Joe on the new USA Network series "Necessary Roughness."

Associate Artist Katie McCreary recently finished as the Lighting Designer/Supervisor for the Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival which took place in Atlanta July 12-17.
A warm Atlanta welcome goes out to Costume Designer and Associate Artist Sydney Roberts, who after years of commuting in from Chattanooga, TN is making Atlanta her home. 
On stage around town: Associate Artist Tim McDonough will appear in Theater Emory's production of Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, beginning September 29. The show will also feature actor Mark Cabus from Georgia Shakespeare's current summer season.

Ed Education Spotlight:
Registration open for Performing Shakespeare with Carolyn Cook

This fall, Georgia Shakespeare offers a special class for adults taught by our very own Associate Artist Carolyn Cook, "Performing Shakespeare."
Chris Kayser and Carolyn Cook
Chris Kayser and Carolyn Cook in The Tempest. (Bill DeLoach)

Carolyn, who most recently led this summer's production of The Tempest, starring as the great sorceress Prospera, will lead the eight-week  course beginning October 10. 

Find out what it takes to bring a Shakespeare scene to life. Learn to embrace Shakespeare's language as your own, and develop acting skills that will work for both classical and contemporary plays.  Each student will finish the course with an audition-ready monologue and a performance-ready scene. The course culminates November 28 in a performance for family and friends.

Registration is limited to twelve students, so enroll now! Call Education Director Allen O'Reilly at 404.504.3401 or email him.

When: Mondays, October 10 - November 28

Where:Georgia Shakespeare, Conant Performing Arts Center  

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $200.00

Download the registration form 

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From our friends at Aurora Theatre... 

 A Chorus Line at Aurora

Aurora Theatre opens its 16th Season with One Singular Sensation - A Chorus Line. Live onstage, feel the drama of these dancers who convey the hope and pain of "what they do for love" in an unconventionally personal audition. Aspiring performers put everything on the line to fulfill their dreams of winning a role in a Broadway musical - hoping they will be the One!


A Chorus Line
Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin HamlischA Chous Line at Aurora
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
August 4 - September 4

Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00PM
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30PM
Tickets $16 - $35
Pictured (left to right) Brance Cornelius, Pamela Gold, Courtney Godwin & David Rossetti (Photo by: Chris Bartelski)

Georgia Shakespeare Patrons Get $5 OFF TICKETS, when you order by phone with the promo code: One
Reservations: 678.226.6222