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You say you want to act, kid?
Gotta pay your dues first and intern

by Curt Holman
Thursday, 18 August 2011

Georgia Shakespeare's internship possibly has the greatest cachet of Atlanta's programs, since "Alias" star Jennifer Garner interned with the company in 2000, and funded this year's program with her husband Ben Affleck. Kyle Brumley, a 21-year-old theater major at Oglethorpe, just finished his summer acting internship, which provided him with a huge amount of Equity stage time.

Brumley not only played Mowgli as the lead in this summer's children's show
The Jungle Book, he also appeared in all three of the theater's repertory projections. He was on the sprite team of The Tempest, played dual roles in Antony and Cleopatra and, as an assistant stage manager for Noises Off, had a brief, unscripted onstage appearance in the transition between Acts Two and Three.

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Five for fall: Curtains up for Atlanta theater

by Wendell Brock
Thursday, 18 August 2011

Georgia Shakespeare: “The Glass Menagerie”

Producing artistic director Richard Garner thinks Tennessee Williams’ semi-autobiographical drama, with its iron-fisted matriarch and damaged daughter and son, is one of the best plays by the author, who would have been 100 this year.

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Ga. Shakespeare vets have own backstage tales to tell
by Howard Pousner
Thursday, 04 August 2011
Though Frayn's script plays the hijinks in high pitch, anyone who's worked in theater has a tale or two to tell about some similar disaster. In the spirit of Nothing On, we asked two Noises Off stars and their director to share their tales of theatrical woe.
"Joe Knezevich and I were doing a French play on tour in Buffalo, N.Y., Voir un Ami Pleurer ('To See a Friend Cry'). In this play Joe has a long monologue where he berates the audience, asking if they’re ready to face the end of the world and their own deaths. I step out from the wings and say, ‘Sorry, sir, but this is the end of the world and you are going to die.' Then I shoot him twice with a blank pistol.
"I checked the pistol before every show. It always worked. But of course, last show, last day of the tour, it doesn’t fire — twice.
"We look at each other and finally I think to derisively say, ‘I hope you don’t have a heart attack!'
"He grabs his chest and falls over, dead. The show goes on."

“I’ll take ‘Colleges & Universities’ for $800, Alex”

by Chloey Mayo '10
Saturday, 16 July 2011

It’s here—the moment you’ve been waiting for. After doing a little digging, Oglethorpe Blog has found the now famous "Jeopardy!" clip that sent scores of Petrels to Facebook, Twitter, and blogs on Monday night.  In the clip below, Oglethorpe’s twenty-five seconds of game show fame are unveiled as a respectable $800 clue–answered correctly, incidentally. 

Shake at the Lake delayed; show may go on in fall

by Howard Pousner
Thursday, 14 April 2011

"Shake at the Lake, the free outdoor stagings in Piedmont Park that have been a rite of spring for many Atlanta theater lovers, will not be presented in May as usual due to lack of funding. But organizers are still hopeful that the shows will go on later this year."

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PHOTOS: Before Arthur (And Before Ben): Jennifer Garner's Acting Debut!
Wednesday 13 April

"Long before she cozied up to Russell Brand on the big screen in
Arthur, and even longer before she married hunky Ben Affleck, lovely Jennifer Garner tried to break into showbiz by performing classic theater favorites with the Georgia Shakespeare company, and RadarOnline.com  has the exclusive photos  of her first steps on a stage."

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Avery Brooks on 11Alive's "Atlanta & Company" to talk about Paul Robeson

Mr. Brooks stopped by the "Atlanta & Company" studios on Friday, March 25 to discuss his performance at Georgia Shakespeare and the life of the great artist and activist Paul Robeson.  See the full interview here.

From starship captain to civil rights hero, Avery Brooks plays Paul Robeson at Georgia Shakespeare

by Phil Kloer
Monday, 21 March 2011

Avery Brooks is known to his fans mainly as Commander Sisko on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and as Hawk on the TV series “Spenser: For Hire.” But since 1982, the imposing actor has also been playing Renaissance Man Paul Robeson in a one-man show,
Paul Robeson: A Play With Music by Phillip Hayes Dean.

Brooks has performed the show only once in Atlanta in all those years, at the National Black Arts Festival in the early 1990s. He returns for a four-day run March 24-27 at Georgia Shakespeare, to kick off its 26th season. The shows will be performed in Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.

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by Eleanor Ringel Cater
Friday, 18 March 2011

Avery Brooks of “Star Trek” fame boldly goes where he’s only been a few times before: that is, he’s going to reprise his one-man-show: Paul Robeson, a moving biographical drama about the famed actor-activist who himself boldly went where no African-American man had gone before.
  See the full article at the Atlanta Business Chronicle website.


Photos of Jennifer Garner in Atlanta…back in the day
by Jennifer Brett
Wednesday, 07 February, 2011

"Jennifer Garner is in town shooting a film called
The Odd Life of Timothy Green, but it’s not the first time she’s worked here.

"In 1994, she was an acting intern during Georgia Shakespeare’s Summer Festival."

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Jennifer Garner and Megan McFarland in 1994's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo courtesy Georgia Shakespeare.
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