Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Orly Plane Crash, a tragedy that directly led to the creation of the Woodruff Arts Center, this summer’s Collision Project will engage students in a dialogue about identity, loss, hope and the notion of legacy. In collaboration with NY Times best-selling author and celebrated playwright Pearl Cleage, 25 students will explore these themes by watching, studying, dissecting, reflecting and reacting to Frank Capra’s iconic film “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
Through improvisational exercises, oral history, choreography and each performer’s own talents and writing skills, the students will create a new theatrical piece inspired by the classic film, but perceived and shared through their own unique and contemporary experience. They will present two free public performances of their original play developed during the project.
The High Museum of Art’s Teen Team will also collide with “It’s A Wonderful Life” and will commemorate the Orly Plane Crash tragedy by creating the set that will be used for the Collision Project public performances.
Alliance Theatre Collision Project Public Performances:
When: July 13 at 7 p.m. and July 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta
RSVP for free tickets at valetta.anderson @woodruffcenter.org.
The Alliance hosts open interviews each year, calling for students “who have something to say and the desire to say it.” The ensemble of the Collision Project is made up of actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors and techies. Anyone, regardless of experience is invited to interview to become a part of this project.
Students from DeKalb County chosen to participate in this year’s collision project are:
Parker Ciliax, 12th grade — Druid Hills HS
Anna Dowling, 11th grade — Druid Hills HS
Malik Gill, 11th grade — Chamblee Charter HS
Scottlyn Terry, 11th grade — Cedar Grove HS.
This project is free to all participants through support from the Zeist Foundation and Georgia Pacific.