Best Stage Director

Richard Garner

Staff Pick

The best stage directors breathe life into material that might seem far removed from the audience's daily experience. Georgia Shakespeare producing artistic director RICHARD GARNER accomplished that brand of theatrical respiration twice in the past year, first with last fall's “two-faced” production of Shakespeare's tragedy Richard III, full of such memorable images as the broken black umbrellas hoisted above the stage to mark each killing. Garner topped himself with Eurydice on the Alliance Theatre's Hertz Stage. Sara Ruhl's revisionist, contemporary take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice (which Garner had previously explored in Metamorphoses, one of Georgia Shakespeare's finest productions) became the season's most achingly lovely show, featuring unforgettable serene moments that transpired with no words at all. His new musical adaptation of the tragedy Antigone at Georgia Shakespeare this fall will be a must-see.

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