Alliance Theatre's production of the rock musical Next to Normal is now running, thanks to dramaturgical help from Theatre Department Assistant Professor Vessela Warner. The multiple-award-winning play will run through November 11 at Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center. Next to Normal concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. The Broadway production was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three (Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley). The script received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor.
Theatre UAB Assistant Professor Cheryl Hall's play Dowager Daughters of Transcendence (DDT’S) had its world premiere this summer at eta Creative Arts in Chicago. Click this image for a better look at the poster!
Now that production has been nominated by Chicago's Black Theatre Alliance for Best Drama or Comedy, Best Dramatic Script, Best Direction, Best Featured Actress, Best Sound Design, and Best Set Design. Read the Chicago Sun-Times piece about the nominations here. We wish Cheryl and her play every success!