The Horizon Theatre’s latest stage production features a trio of seasoned Atlanta-area thespians right at home in their collective wheelhouse.
Marcus Gardley’s “every tongue confess” runs Friday through Aug. 25. The critically acclaimed project is bolstered by a dynamic cast featuring Brookhaven’s Victor Love, Sandy Springs’ Brian Kurlander and Buckhead’s Deborah Bowman.
Director Thomas W. Jones II called the work a “highly theatrical rollercoaster ride that is both provocative and redemptive.”
“People will be healed by this play,” he added.
“every tongue confess” is billed as a fantastical whodunit uncovering the culprit behind a string of summertime church fires in a small Alabama town. The play’s creative brain trust consider it an avenue for bringing to light conflicts around race, faith and family.
The Neighbor Newspapers caught up with Love and Kurlander, among the actors charged with breathing life into the work, a week before opening night.
NN: What attracted you to your respective roles?
Love: “I read the script and immediately knew I had to do the role of Blacksmith. I felt all the longing an actor feels when he hears the voice of a character that resonates with his own inner voice so strongly …”
Kurlander: “Stoker is a very complex character. At face value you take one look at him and you think: ‘Oh yeah, I know this person.
“But when you start diving deeper into the story, what you learn is that no one is really what they seem.”
NN: What can audiences take away from this stage production?
Kurlander: “I think audiences will leave with sore cheeks from smiling and laughing a whole lot.
“But they will also leave asking themselves some fundamental questions about how they love, how they judge and how they forgive.”
NN: What are your thoughts on the state of Atlanta theatre and the larger arts scene?
Love: “Theater in Atlanta is vibrant, alive and powerful. Issues that are not commercially viable for the New York stage or film, but which are part of our Southern metropolis, are done here.
“I own EVOLV Atlanta Acting and I try to bring some of what every theater community needs … trained professional actors who can meet the demands of such a demanding theater scene.”
“Theater here needs more funding; there is money, but it is not distributed in a way that allows the smaller theaters to pay actors a wage that allows us to live and work in the same way that, say, Chicago or Seattle does.”
Love can next be seen portraying the titular character in “Othello” at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern in October.