Executive Director’s Message

Guess what? ATC will produce our 150th show this season. 150 shows! Now that is something to talk about! That’s 31 years of contemporary plays, musicals, dramas and so many new friends. We are so grateful for the support of our audiences that have brought us to this milestone. 

We have seen a lot of laughter, tears, highs and lows. We’ve seen some uptown moves, downtown moves, and cross-town moves. Some seasons have been so smooth and glorious that we wished they’d never end. Others were so filled with challenge and anxiety that we learned how many wonderful friends and supporters we have in this community.

150 shows. That’s no small feat. For much of the past 31 years, we have been the area’s only theatre producing professional work for adults. Let’s talk about what this means. This means we’ve been able to employ hundreds of artists, actors, directors, musicians and designers in the effort to bring you some of the finest work for the American stage. Over those 150 shows, our team has made you laugh until you cried and cry until you needed a laugh. We have lifted your spirits and even pissed you off. And that is exactly what we are supposed to do!

This season we have an exciting mix of the new, the important, the fun, and the challenging. We are proud to present six regional premieres that will be sure to have you talking, including the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, COST OF LIVING, a work that explores disability in a way not seen on the stage before. Pulitzer Prize finalist THE WOLVES chronicles six Saturday mornings in the lives of a girls soccer team as they discuss everything from genocide to menstrual cycles to drugs to boys to literature to each other. But it’s not just drama! We have some ridiculously fun musicals, such as HEAD OVER HEELS, a 16th century classic set to the iconic 80’s music of the Go-Go’s! Oh yes! We Got The Beat! Grab some chianti and fava beans and join us for SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, a parody of the 90’s classic film The Silence of the Lambs. But musicals can also be intimate and profound, such as LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL, which recounts a moving performance by the legendary Billie Holiday. Now pack that all up and shove it in a plaid suitcase and prepare to laugh your arse off (we can say that, it’s British) as we present the Tony Award winning comedy, ONE MAN. TWO GUVNORS!

For going on 150 shows, we have asked you to take a risk and laugh or cry or get angry. That is our job, to get you talking. Talking leads to empathy, understanding and eventually social change. So please consider joining us for this engaging season, purchase a Flex Pass, or make a donation. Your support will ensure the next 150 shows, and most importantly, join the conversation and let’s get talking!

Chip Decker
Executive Director

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