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My podcast episode ‘Pink Pig’ stars Malcolm McDowell, Gina Rickicki and Pat Young.
Benji Carr's career as a writer began when he was 16. The managing editor of his hometown newspaper sat him down for a talk, gave him a camera and a notepad. She told him to just ask everyone questions and record whatever they say. Since then, he's been a collector of stories, someone who shares information and attempts to connect people through the joy and empathy that language can inspire.
Benji's work has taken him in a variety of directions. He's worked as an editor for newspapers, CNN and the Department of Defense. He's taken the stage at national storytelling shows like The Moth and Listen to Your Mother. His plays have been staged in Atlanta and Off Off Broadway. He's performed improv comedy and taken the stage as Tiny Tim. He has written opinion pieces for The Guardian. He runs a literary journal intent on showcasing diverse voices. And he's written copy for national clothing brands, bail bonds companies and nonprofits seeking to help communities.
If a common thread can be found within his work, he wants audiences to connect and be inspired to act. Our stories connect us. Benji Carr wants to help you share yours.
My podcast episode ‘Pink Pig’ stars Malcolm McDowell, Gina Rickicki and Pat Young.
Most people mark a 25th anniversary with a gift of silver jewelry. To mark its 25th annual event in person from October 22-29, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival is going to fill its silver screens once again with a variety of new gems, including many movies hoping to vie for Oscar gold.
a production for young audiences onstage at The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Synchronicity Theatre through December 24, contains charm and magic not only in its story but in its performances. Because of the skill exhibited onstage, it will likely inspire a love for live theater in the children who come to see it.
With , Christmas Canteen Aurora Theatre's annual holiday musical showcase onstage through December 23, the Lawrenceville-based troupe hauls out the holly and raises spirits in a big way for its community.
Those Christmas-obsessed heroes and heroines from made-for-TV romances get to choose their own unscripted adventure in , onstage at Y'allmark Christmas: An Improvised Holiday "Movie" Horizon Theatre through December 23. Though audiences can still expect that wholesome holiday spirit during every performance, each has a touch of wacky subversiveness as well.
The 2021-22 Suzi Awards presentation spread the wealth among its nominated shows, with the top prizes of Best Play and Best Musical going to the Alliance Theatre's Dream House and Georgia Ensemble Theatre's Ain't Misbehavin'. Highlights of the evening included a heartfelt presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Ludwig, artistic director, longtime puppeteer and show creator at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Though its cast is committed to the strangeness of the material, , onstage at The Tempest Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse through November 27, lacks much of the magic of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company's best productions. The Tavern is most interesting these days when its shows lean into inventive casting and new ideas, embracing the diversity and experimental nature of its talented ensemble company.
Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre marks its 20th anniversary this weekend with a series of special events that organizers hope will feel more like a theater experience than a traditional fundraising gala. Founded in 2002 by Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon and Jane Bishop, True Colors Theatre Company's mission is to celebrate the tradition of Black storytelling and the work of bold artists.
Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, adapted into a two-person play onstage at Georgia Ensemble Theatre through November 13, has endured as one of the most popular ghost stories, in part because it provides no easy answers.
To mark its 25th year of live storytelling events where everyday people take to the stage with true, unscripted tales from their lives, The Moth returns to its Georgia roots by bringing its Pop Up Porch Tour to Atlanta, Wednesday through Sunday.
the new Hurricane Season Vernal & Sere Theatre production onstage at Windmill Arts Center in East Point through October 23, aims to attract and repulse its audience, often in the same moment, as a way of testing its limits. On one hand, it's a kinky and sexy show about a middle-aged couple rediscovering their connection and lost youth through pornography.
It's difficult to appear effortlessly cool. It's a concept that our grandfathers likely perfected, leaning against a Jeep while sporting a military uniform. There's an ease to the notion of being cool. But being cool while putting in the effort isn't actually easy.
Some workers under pressure say they've put their feet to the fire. Others, when a situation gets worse, say they've gone out of the frying pan. But for your crew in need of FR clothing, it's not just a figure of speech. They face real heat, real flames and real dangers every shift on the job.
Flaming hot situations are only appealing when you're talking about a bag of chips or charcoal at a barbecue. Real-world heat is no fun. It burns. It sticks. It clings. Heat makes intense work unbearable. Spring and summer account for longer, hotter workdays outside. Increased temperatures make for shorter tempers, too.
Spring is a period of rebirth, and the best symbol for a season of renewal and rebirth is an egg. Historians say that an egg has been used to represent Easter since the 13 th century, yet there is some debate over the original meaning of the egg.
No matter where you stand, it's always said that the grass is always greener somewhere else. But, with the right amount of care and attention, your grass can be pleasing and green, above all comparisons. Implementing a variety of lawn maintenance efforts and getting assistance from professionals will make your grass a consistent point of pride.
"Oh, my love's like a red, red rose that's newly sprung in June." The poet Robert Burns coined that verse in 1794, and it has been recited and sung among lovers ever since, a confession of enduring devotion and beauty. Burns continues to say that the love will last until all the seas go dry.
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Some truck drivers have been discussing a labor strike, possibly to begin at the end of November. Find out more about #StopTheTires movement.
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An Atlanta playwright has a chance to stage his one-act horror play in New York as part of a national competition. You can help make it happen.What is Ground Chuck?Written by Atlanta native Benjamin Carr, Ground Chuck is a one-act horror comedy play about a daughter who goes to work with her mother...
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The Alliance Theatre dominated the Suzi Bass Award nominations announced last week, scoring 62 total nods for seven shows from their 2021-22 season - including the most-nominated musical and play. Trading Places: The Musical , adapted from the classic 1983 comedy film, was the most recognized show, receiving 15 nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Musical and Outstanding World Premiere Production.
She was 19 at the time and attending college. "The first thing I remember seeing was St. Mark's Methodist Church decked out in rainbows. My grandfather was a Methodist minister, and my best friend's mom was a Methodist minister. Neither of us had grown up with a welcoming church.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre's latest production, Alabama Story, succeeds largely because of the charming performance of actress Shannon Eubanks and because of the unique anti-racism story the play takes from history. Written by Kenneth Jones, the play doesn't tell a story with the familiar focuses of abuse and trauma.
Out of Hand Theater and its community partners will relaunch in-person Equitable Dinners on September 18, hoping to engage 5,000 people at 500 tables across Atlanta in moderated, mind-changing conversations about racism by beginning the meal with a short play. Dinners and performances will continue to be held throughout October, organizers said.
Everybody, a modern take on a morality play at the Alliance Theatre through October 2, is experimental theater that seems to work better in theory than in practice. It must be a terrific challenge for the performers involved, but the play is an odd and not particularly profound undertaking to sit and watch.
It shouldn't be much of a gamble for Atlanta Lyric Theatre to stage Guys and Dolls. It's one of the funniest and best-written musical comedies of all time. However, the production, onstage at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta through September 4, rolls the dice and comes up snake eyes.
The plays aren't the thing that drives The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), onstage at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company through September 4. This very funny show succeeds entirely because of the talent and charm of its ensemble and the strength of its direction.
Since 1997, PushPush Arts has made space for artists of all disciplines to find their own voices and discover their own paths. And now the group's leaders are working with multiple partners in College Park and the south metro city itself to create an arts cooperative with affordable housing and studio space for artists in its downtown, where PushPush moved in 2019.
The Merchant of Venice, onstage at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse through August 14, is one of the Bard's romantic comedies, but some of its 16th-century "laughs" no longer resonate because they're based in anti-Semitic racism. Modern productions succeed, as this all-female one does, by addressing the problematic qualities of the show head-on and as humanely as possible.
Playwright Daniel Carter Brown crafted a timely, urgent work with his script The Outrage Machine , which was set for its world premiere with the Essential Theatre Play Festival in 2020. Then, the pandemic delayed his production for two years. The play opens on Friday night, and Brown is excited for audiences to finally see it.
After a tenure of 21 years as artistic director of the Alliance Theatre, Susan V. Booth will leave her position to join Chicago's Goodman Theatre as its artistic director, the theaters announced Monday afternoon. Her last day is September 16.
Rigid, closed-minded members of the patriarchy might gripe and cover their ears when they watch Lizzie, the Actor's Express production onstage at Oglethorpe University's Conant Performing Arts Center through July 24. Screw those jokers! If they want a feel-good musical that doesn't disturb their vanilla tastes, they can go watch Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Though progress has been made regarding racial representation onstage in Atlanta, efforts should continue and expand until Atlanta theater better reflects the city's population in its shows and staffs. And plays created by writers of color, and brought to life by a diverse group of artists onstage and backstage, should become the rule at professional theaters, not the exception.
The dynamic, plain-spoken Fannie Lou Hamer was a force to be reckoned with regarding voting rights in 1960s America. Starring as the activist in Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, onstage through July 10 at Southwest Arts Center, actress Robin McGee holds the audience in her grasp with compelling power.
(Editor's Note: On Wednesday, Arís Theatre announced that it was canceling this week's remaining performances of :: Ulysses after some cast members tested positive for Covid.) Arís Theatre's production of , adapted from James Joyce's doorstop of a novel, is brazen, complex and risky.
James Joyce's controversial modernist novel was published a century ago, and its effect on fiction was profound. The 730-page novel indulged deeply in the thoughts of ordinary Irish folk, paralleled Homer's The Odyssey and was full of bawdy, fun humor.
Embodying the civil rights activist in the one-woman show Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer from Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, actress Robin McGee said that she has been inspired by the hero's perseverance. "There's one word to describe this woman, and it is 'fearless,'" McGee said.
The production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, onstage at Theatrical Outfit through June 26, feels so intimate and real that members of the opening night audience began responding to the show like an actual Billie Holiday concert. This is high praise, for the jazz legend died in 1959.
Though its cast is extremely talented and its vibe is fun, the musical adaptation of the edgy, problematic 1983 film Trading Places, onstage at the Alliance Theatre through June 26, feels much too safe to be memorable.
As King Silas on the new Disney+ series The Quest, Atlanta actor Kerwin Thompson absolutely rules. Within the eight-episode series, a unique mix of reality competition show and a high-fantasy story that filmed at a castle in California, a group of eight real teenagers participate in an immersive adventure to save the kingdom of Everealm, which is under attack from an evil sorceress. The teens are surrounded by actors such as Thompson who play out a scripted story. Alongside King Silas,...
It’s fun to watch the downfall of a jackass, and Sir John Falstaff, the despicable villain from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, is one of the slimiest.
For more than 35 years, XPT: Xperimental Puppetry Theater, one of the most artistically daring showcases in Atlanta, has largely flown under the radar of mainstream audiences. But its history and wacky legacy means a lot to the artists and volunteers who participate each year.
Fringe material exists on the edges of clothing, giving outfits an added touch that sets them off from the expected tidy hems. Much of the theatrical material coming to the Atlanta Fringe Festival from May 16 to 22 is also edgy. And organizers and performers hope that the fest will entertain audiences and maybe set them off.
Not every love story is a swoon-worthy romance. In Out Front Theatre Company’s production of Homos, or Everyone in America, the gay relationship story is occasionally a tragedy, but too often a headache.
Just as learning about history should not be confined to a classroom, theater should not be confined to a curtained stage. With Cassie's Ballad, an immersive theatrical experience that takes place on a hike through the woods of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance from May 7 to 22, Found Stages seeks to engage and educate its audience with an interactive story inspired by the Atlanta Child Murders that targeted African American children 40 years ago.
Sex is not a modern invention or cultural phenomenon. All the hand-wringing and moralizing that happens now over Lil Nas X and Bridgerton has also happened over Fifty Shades of Grey, Madonna, Larry Flynt, the Kinsey Reports and Lysistrata, all the way back to Lot's wife.
By design, musicals aren't realistic. They're fantastic. Writing a new musical requires not just ambition, but audacity. Singing cats, phantoms and cannibal barbers don't just happen, after all. Musicals are an act of passion and a creative gamble.
The Light, the challenging new play onstage at Horizon Theatre through April 17, shines most brightly because of its two actors, who share a spectacular chemistry as we follow their characters from the highest joy to darker places. These are two of the year's best performances. Cynthia D.
The musical Tick, Tick . . . Boom! revolves around an aspiring composer named Jonathan Larson as he tries to launch his career in musical theater amid setbacks, rejections and failure. Tick, Tick . . . Boom!
Vanity Fair aims to hit high class and low comedy in the new production at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. It misses both targets. For example, there is a scene where flatulence drowns out aristocratic dialogue.
Onstage through February 27, this baseball-centric production is a must-see. It stuns. It challenges. It amuses and enlightens. It educates and entertains. It's based on history, yet it feels new, alive and revolutionary. There is no other play like it. Playwright Lydia R.
Like the Montagues and Capulets, a variety of tones clash on the streets of fair Verona in the Atlanta Shakespeare Company's newest staging of Romeo and Juliet. Moments that should be heartbreaking are undercut by some weird comic choices, conflicting acting styles and anachronisms. As a result, the playful romance works, but the tragedy doesn't resonate as much as it should.
Any romance that leaves us better than it found us is a success, no matter its ending. If you learned something or if the love you felt was real, even just a little real, you carry it into your future, together or apart.
The show must go on. And, at a time like this, Atlanta theaters have discovered new and innovative ways to make that happen. During the first year of the pandemic, while empty stages around the country kept on the ghostlight, Actor's Express sought a way to continue telling stories.
With its new production of Wonderland: Alice's Rock 'n' Roll Adventure, Synchronicity Theatre provides what feels like a garage rock concert for tweens. A live band is onstage, occasionally with the Cheshire Cat on guitar and Alice on vocals, and the vibe is fun, spontaneous and a bit ramshackle and unpolished.
An Atlanta Christmas has its delightful traditions: the great tree atop Macy's at Lenox Square, a different Santa Claus in every mall, multiple Nutcrackers dancing with sugar plum fairies, a variety of choirs in concert and the lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Few Atlanta theater artists knew Stephen Sondheim personally. Yet the loss felt personal for countless Atlanta actors, directors and other theater professionals, as is apparent in social media posts and buzz that has spread following the death of the acclaimed songwriter and master of musical theater at age 91 last Friday.
When Ebenezer Scrooge awakens from his dark Christmas night to a brighter morning full of possibility, audiences are reminded that it's never too late for second chances. The reason A Christmas Carol has been a staple at the Alliance Theatre for 32 years is because it offers people an annual opportunity to reflect and renew, said David H.
As the title character in the new play Hometown Boy learns, you can go home again. But sometimes you shouldn't. The secrets that lie at the center of the world premiere drama, onstage at Actor's Express through November 28, are deceptively hidden within the early dialogue.
Hometown Boy, a Southern play filled with juicy secrets and quick wit, receiving its world premiere November 3 at Actor's Express, begins with a young man returning to his father's home after a decade, only to find the doors locked. He spends much of the first scene trying to find his way in.
The party never stops in The Exterminating Angel. But instead of a charmed life being a carefree dream, it can devolve into a slow-building nightmare. That's one of the many messages to derive from Vernal & Sere Theatre's cool, challenging adaptation of the 1962 Luis Buñuel film, onstage at the Windmill Arts Center in East Point through October 24.
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Though many of the elements of Darlin' Cory, the new musical opening the Alliance Theatre's 2021-22 season, are dazzling, the clumsy delivery of the show's central mystery hampers its overall success. Musical mystery-thriller is a difficult genre to tackle, as complicated as a tightrope walk, and poor Cory stumbles and falls before it reaches the end of the line.
It's a nice notion to believe that childhood is a sacred, protected time, but such a blessing is not true perpetually or distributed equally. It's something to hope for, something deserved, but it usually doesn't happen or doesn't last. The Bluest Eye, an adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel by playwright Lydia R.
The famed film director François Truffaut said that it was impossible to make an anti-war film because every feature depicting war makes explosions and battle fun to watch, that the storytellers inevitably give the audience a kind of hero. An Iliad, running through October 10 at Theatrical Outfit, tackles the noble challenge of creating an anti-war performance headfirst.
It is no small feat for a Wall to steal a scene, yet the Atlanta Shakespeare Company's fun, novel approach to A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse allows for moments like that.
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Horizon Theatre's latest Zoom production, Love, M., is a world premiere that feels like a relic. The drama, set in the 1980s and '90s when AIDS began claiming the lives of young men, feels like a well-intended "Very Special Episode" of a sitcom from the era. Love, M.
If Horizon Theatre Company's online production of Completeness is any indication of what this season will bring for those of us who miss theater, audiences can have hope.
Note: Out Front Theatre's staging of "warplay" opened and closed last weekend due to coronavirus concerns. As a publication of record, and out of respect for all the artists involved in bringing "warplay" to life, we decided to publish our review anyhow.
If today was a normal Thursday, Barrett Doyle would be making final tweaks to his scenic design for Serenbe Playhouse's Spring Awakening. But it's not a normal Thursday, and the show won't open tomorrow. Serenbe Playhouse, like every other theater company in metro Atlanta, has gone dark until it's safe to socialize again in the age of coronavirus.
The opening lines of Bull in a China Shop - at Out Front Theatre Company through February 15 - are almost ridiculously blunt, direct and off-putting. "I'm a bull in a china shop," announces Mary Woolley, wearing a 1900s-era dress, her hair pinned back.
Though it shines in moments, like a ring discovered in a dark cave, Synchronicity Theatre's The Hobbit is a quirky, uneven piece that doesn't succeed at telling its story clearly. It's onstage at the Midtown theater through February 23.
While discussing his character in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, actor Brandon Michael Mayes undergoes a different sort of curious incident. The more he describes the thoughts and feelings of a 15-year-old neighborhood sleuth with high-functioning autism, the more he disappears into the role. His posture stiffens.
This year's 20 by 2020 series attempted to profile 20 theater artists, administrators and innovators by year's end. All are shaking up the city's stages. This is No. 17 (and the last in the series, but not the last story of its kind). To see the others, search "20 by 2020" from the homepage.
Our 20 by 2020 series attempts to profile 20 theater artists, administrators and innovators by the end of the year. All are shaking up the city's stages. This is no. 16. To see the others, search "20 by 2020" from the homepage.
An old, mad leader, full of pomp and arrogance regarding his own greatness, bestows entirely too much power on his lying, power-hungry children, and the world falls into a storm of chaos, bickering and violence as a result.
Our 20 by 2020 series will profile 20 theater artists, administrators and innovators by the end of the year. All are shaking up the city's stages. This is No. 14. To see the others, search "20 by 2020" from the home page. :: The most powerful stories hit you where you live.
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To recap Scream, in case you missed it, our heroine Sidney's ex-boyfriend Billy Loomis was a deranged serial killer who murdered her mother and was hacking up her friends, then he gaslit her into sleeping with him when she felt guilty for ever doubting his love and innocence.
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Winter 2017 A Journal of Culture Poetry, Literature, Art and Music
No American flags hang from my front porch or car windows. I've not been wearing red, white and blue everywhere I go. I've not attended vigils, wept during the national anthem. I've not tied a ribbon around an old oak tree, or anywhere else for that matter.
WRITE CLUB Atlanta pits returning combatant Benjamin Carr against our Consigliere Myke Johns in a bout between Heads and Tails. Call it in the air.
Essay about my mother's advice on growing up with cerebral palsy.
Benjamin Carr performs "It Just Is," an essay about his mother raising him to combat the prejudices and challenges surrounding cerebral palsy.
WUSSY is proud to present "Circle," a deeply personal essay by Atlanta writer Benjamin Carr.
Guest: Benjamin Carr Storyteller and writer Benjamin Carr discusses his career as a writer and the Atlanta live lit(erary) scene. He also reads several pieces including the most hysterical Waffle House story you've ever heard. Host: Amanda Plumb
Carapace, a monthly storytelling event, consists of brief, true personal stories. Benjamin Carr tells of the first time he scored in basketball.
Benjamin Carr's first performance at Carapace, detailing a helicopter crash his parents witnessed once.
By the time I was four years old, I had developed this rather in-depth conviction that I was either an alien from outer space or the savior of mankind. Or both. I'd seen Superman and Spider-man in cartoons. I'd seen Luke Skywalker in the movies and sang songs about Jesus Christ in childran's choir.
My debut novel from Story Plant.
Story featured in Georgia Gothic anthology.
Short play performed as part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival at the Vineyard Theater in Manhattan.
Inspired by the month of February, this compilation featured Benjamin Carr's short story La Petite Mort.
Ten-minute puppetry performance at XPT, featuring Amber Nash.