by Curt Holman
(Photo by Greg Mooney)
Susan V. Booth, artistic director of the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre, ventures well outside the perimeter to direct Tennessee Williamsâ The Glass Menagerie for Lawrencevilleâs Aurora Theatre from March 5-April 5, 2009. Itâs a coup for Aurora and the highlight of its newly announced 2008-09 theatrical season.
Auroraâs schedule also features vampires, corpses and the devil (which makes it sound more like a season of âBuffy the Vampire Slayerâ). The season begins with the musical Damn Yankees (âin celebration of the Gwinnett Braves bringing us professional baseballâ), in which a baseball fan sells his soul to the devil to play a winning season with his favorite team (Aug. 7-Sep. 7). Next, something wicked this way comes with Steven Dietzâs adaptation of Dracula in time for Halloween (Oct. 7-Nov. 2). After the perennial Christmas Canteen (Nov. 28-Dec. 21), Aurora presents the vintage English mystery Corpse!, featuring one actor playing identical twins (Jan. 15-Feb. 8).
Following The Glass Menagerie next spring, Auroraâs season finishes up with the Caribbean fairy-tale musical Once On This Island from the creators of Ragtime and Seussical. Overall it sounds like a commercially savvy line-up, but itâs a shame that it includes no show as new or intriguing as Auroraâs brainy, risky comedy Bach at Leipzig from last fall.
Incidentally, Booth directs the Alliance Theatre's next main stage show, the Pulitzter-winning drama Doubt, which begins previews April 2.