We're pleased to announce the show directors for our 45th season of shows!
Michael Adamson will open the season with Drinking Habits, a hilarious farce about nuns who've turned to some illicit activities to keep the convent afloat. Michael also directed last season's opener, Elvis Has Left the Building, showing an adept hand at directing over-the-top comedies. This comes as no surprise, as Michael is also an accomplished comedic actor, having appeared on the Pumphouse stage in such shows as Thee & Thou, Faith County II: An Evening of Culture, and Beer for Breakfast.
A brand new director to the Pumphouse stage, we're excited to welcome Beth DiYenno to the helm of the undead Hamlet sequel Living Dead in Denmark. Although she is new to Pumphouse, Beth is no stranger to the stage, and has worked in Atlanta professional and semi-professional theatre for years. We can't wait to see Beth & crew bring Hamlet to life... again.
During the ever-popular holiday season, Stacey Bern will take the reins of the heartwarming comedy Closed for the Holidays, which features a mixed cast of adult and youth performers. This production will run for a full three weekends to ensure that all our community members will have a chance to see this show. You may recognize Stacey for her roles on and off stage, including as a Member-at-Large and Front of House Manager, directing this year's wildly popular Little Women The Broadway Musical or last year's Faith County II: An Evening of Culture, or on stage.
To kick off the fresh year, Karen Ruetz will direct the Galentine/Valentine holiday special: Men Are Dogs. This show is wild ride from start to finish! You may recognize Karen from her many roles on and off stage, including the lead role in the upcoming The Explorers Club, directing last year's Mauritius, or as the playwright of For A Good Time... Mary?! which was featured in the Local Playwright Series staged readings. Men Are Dogs will feature a special Valentine's Date showing.
Another Pumphouse newcomer, Katie Cornett, recent graduate of Reinhardt University's theatre program will join us to direct Lauren Gunderson's Ada and the Engine. Atlanta playwright Lauren Gunderson is among American theatre's most produced playwrights, known for delivering important stories in fresh and interesting ways. We can't wait to see Katie's fresh take on Lauren Gunderson's gorgeous script, which tells the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, Charles Babbage, and the friendship that brought the computer to life. Though you may not have seen Katie around before, you can see her directing work this summer at The Grand Theatre and her props work in this year's Pumphouse Junior production.
In May, Laurel Ann Lowe will direct Recommended Reading for Girls, Ellen Struve's beautiful story of two daughters caring for their mother, and for each other, with the surprise help of some of their beloved childhood book characters (Penny Parker, Anne Shirley, Heidi, and Sara Crewe). Struve's touching drama is interlaced with the kind of magic that comes from sharing books and our stories. You may have seen Laurel in her service on the Board or directing Pumphouse Junior.
To close out the season, we welcome Alex LaVelle to the head of Present Laughter, Noel Coward's classic comedy about matinee star Garry Essendine and his string of flings, flirtations, and alleged affairs. It's a vintage comedy with style! You may recognize Alex from his professional work at Emory University and OnStage Atlanta, or his stage management, props, light design, and directing roles at Pumphouse. Alex most recently directed the popular Lewis Black comedy One Slight Hitch at Pumphouse.
Please join us as we congratulate and thank our upcoming directors! We are thrilled to have each and every one on board, and can't wait to see the innovations this season holds!