The venue has the distinction of putting on the world premiere of “Waffle Palace” by award-winning scribes Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee.
Theatre officials said business has been brisk thus far for the comedic project, which opened May 11.
All signs point to the parties involved maintaining that momentum going forward.
“Opening weekend was a success — the cast was energized, houses were packed and laughter was in great supply,” said Horizon Marketing Manager Kristen Gwock Silton. “The second week of the run [was] sold out; word is getting around that this is one [play] not to miss.”
The play follows the travails of protagonist John Pickett as he and his multi-racial staff try to save his family-owned diner in Midtown from commercial real estate developers.
Anyone who has ever been to a Waffle House or any late night diner can appreciate the kooky characters in this play, said Jennifer Bauer-Lyons, Horizon’s managing producer.
“The show has great physical comedy and an easily accessible story,” she added. “This is not a high-brow comedy. It’s a show everyone can enjoy.”
The premiere of “Waffle Palace” is but the latest milestone in the relationship between Horizon Theatre honchos and the playwrights.
Horizon also produced Larson and Lee’s play, “Charm School,” back in 2007. That pair went on to take home Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwrighting honors at the Suzi Bass Awards for that project.
“We commissioned this play after Larry shared with us that he had been collecting newspaper articles about the Waffle House and was considering turning it into a play,” Bauer-Lyons said.
“Our New South Play Festival’s mission is to create new plays, from, for or about the contemporary South, so it seemed like a perfect match.”
The show, directed by Jeff and Lisa Adler, features a cast of Atlanta actors, including Larson and local favorites Marguerite Hannah and LaLa Cochran.
If you go
Shows run Wednesdays through Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 1. Tickets range from $20 to $40.