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Stockbridge gets a taste of new theater
by Christine Fonville
October 03, 2013 02:01 PM | 2238 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Rachel Shuey (left) and Max Reed III (right) take notes from Director Lynna Schmidt (center) after rehearsing a scene from the play Birds of a Feather by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer at the Ted Strickland Community center in Stockbridge last week..
Staff / Katherine Frye / Rachel Shuey (left) and Max Reed III (right) take notes from Director Lynna Schmidt (center) after rehearsing a scene from the play Birds of a Feather by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer at the Ted Strickland Community center in Stockbridge last week..
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The Academy Theatre, now located in Stockbridge, will kick off its season and celebrate its new life in the city with the premiere of Tapas: A Short Play Festival of Rebirth and Renewal.

“I think the format of nine, short plays is a fantastic idea because it showcases so many different actors and talent,” said actor Max Reed III, of Atlanta, who is in the show.

The one-act plays are each about 10 minutes long, which director and actor Lynna Schmidt compared to Spanish appetizers.

“The cool part of this play is even if you don’t know theater that well, or you may’ve only been to a musical once, these are short plays, so you’ll see something fun and then the next segment you may not feel as good about it, but that’s 10 minutes later and then you’re onto the next one,” she said. “So it’s like tapas – it’s a small taste of a lot of different aspects of theater.”

Not only are local writers, directors and actors involved, but Schmidt said she is especially excited to be a part of the theater’s Stockbridge debut because she is a Henry County native.

“I work in a lot of theaters around the Atlanta area and when people ask me why I’ve chosen to stay on the south side of town, I tell them it’s because Henry County is a fabulous community that is growing and changing,” she said.

Schmidt said the theater’s move from Avondale Estates was a multifaceted endeavor.

“[The company] was looking to move, the city wanted a theater. I think it’s important that this kind of thing is coming to Henry County and being available to entire south side,” she said.

The theater moved to Stockbridge after the city showed interest in hosting it.

Mayor Mark Alarcon, at a recent Breakfast with the Mayor event, said the theater will bring increased interest and business to the city.

Schmidt said performing arts provide an economic development boost.

“The fact that Stockbridge was open to this and they could see the value of bringing something like [the theater] to the city is great because theater brings business to local restaurants and shops,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said the theater has many plans in the works for its new space, including a children’s theater program.

If you go

The Academy Theatre will present Tapas: A Short Play Festival of Rebirth and Renewal, nine new plays by local playwrights, featuring local directors and actors. at the Stockbridge Community Arts Center, 146 Burke St., Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

These plays contain adult content.

They are: “Waystation” by Paige Steadman Ross, “Piedmont Park” by Peter Hardy, “Farm Girl” by Evan Guilford- Blake, “Chasing Satan” by James J. Walsh, “Juke Box Hero” by Matt Myers, “Butterfly Dilemma” by Hannah Carey, “Birds of a Feather” by Nathaniel Lachenmayer, “A Return to Silver Hill” by David L Fisher and “Saved on the Day” of Atonement by Henry W. Kimmel.

Information: (404) 474-8332, academytheatre@mindspring.com or http://academytapas.brownpapertickets.com.



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