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The Fourth Annual Atlanta Music Theatre Festival Opens This Week

"The Land Girls" was the opening musical of the festival on Aug. 5.
"The Land Girls" was the opening musical of the festival on Aug. 5.
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The fourth annual Atlanta Music Theatre Festival opens this week at the Theatrical Outfit. The festival helps up-and-coming playwrights create their new musicals.

Brad Bass is one of the four playwrights selected for this year’s festival. He and his writing partner, Cari Joy developed “The Collins Boy,” which opens Aug. 12.

Lois Reitzes sat down with the festival’s founder, Benjamin Davis and Bass to discuss this year’s festival.

Synopsis about “The Collins Boy:”

Against the backdrop of Los Angeles, a hunger for front-page news, and the corruptive ways of the LAPD, The Collins Boy examines the true story of the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders and a mother’s love against all odds.

It’s 1928 and Christine Collins is a dedicated single mother to her son, Walter.  Christine allows 9-year-old Walter to venture to the picture show without her, leaving him with a dime and a newfound independence. Later that night, she returns home to find the dime and no sign of Walter.

Five months later, Walter is found in Illinois but to Christine’s horror, the boy who steps off the train is not her son. Shoddy police work, lies, and cold-blooded murder give this tale an electric current that sends Christine to the brink and brings her face to face with the devil himself.

“It’s not just about how sad it is, it’s about a mother’s determination to find out the truth about her son and I think it’s about knowing that no matter what you go through, if you hold onto your faith, whatever that means to you, then you can make it another day,” said Bass about the premise of the musical.