When the pandemic hit and life as we knew it drastically changed, The Alliance Theatre remained connected with the community. Now, The Alliance has re-imagined how we might gather and resume the joy of theater together.
“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Susan Booth, director of The Alliance Theatre, and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, who is the BOLD Women’s Leadership Circle artistic director fellow. They discussed the Alliance’s 2020/21 season.
This year’s reopening will look a little different from past years. The new season will include a mix of streaming, outdoor (drive-in theater) and on-stage productions, as well as a new streaming platform. All performances will have safety guidelines. When asked why Booth wanted to reopen the doors of the Alliance, she said, “No matter the economic turmoil, the global turmoil, the civic justice reckoning, still we’re human beings, and still we need joy.”
Highlights of the Alliance’s 52nd season include:
- The world premiere musical “Accidental Heroes – The Real Life Adventures of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans,” by Marshall Brickman and T Bone Burnett with direction by Des McAnuff
- New productions of The New Black Play Fest’s “Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments”
and Toni Stone
- The world premiere “Data” by Matthew Libby, winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition
The first in-person performance will be “A Very Terry Christmas” starring Terry Burrell on Nov. 1.