Horizon and Alliance present new shows on January 28

The Horizon and Alliance Theaters are bringing new stage shows later this month.

Horizon Theater (1083 Austin Ave NE) returns to live shows and launches its 38and season with “Every Brilliant Thing” on January 28.

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1)Ice cream. 2) Water fights. 3) Stay up after bedtime and be allowed to watch TV. One fall day, a child begins a list of everything that makes life worth living when his mother is in the hospital recovering from “being sad.” Over time, the list grows and becomes an epic chronicle of life’s little joys that impacts the storyteller in unexpected ways, offering light and hope in dark corners. This funny and moving journey charts the lengths we will go for those we love and relies on the help of the audience to tell the story.

Actors Megan Hayes, O’Neil Delapenha and Shelby Hofer will all play the storyteller, each performing on different nights.

The show will run until February 27. Performances take place Monday to Friday at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 11 a.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 on weekdays and $35 on weekends. Tickets can be purchased here.

Alliance Theater (1280 Peachtree St NE) will present the world premiere of ‘DREAM HOU$E’, the winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Playwriting Competition, starting January 28.

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“DREAM HOU$E” follows two Latina sisters who go on an HGTV-style reality show to sell their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification happening in their “changing neighborhood.” As they play in front of the camera, one sister grapples with upheaval in the family’s ancestral past while the other learns how much she is willing to sacrifice for the family’s future. What is the cultural cost of progress in America – and is cashing in still sold?

The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition solicits plays from leading MFA graduate programs in the United States, then conducts a rigorous selection process to find four finalists and one winning play. The winner receives a full production as part of Alliance Theater’s regular season. The winner and four runners-up also receive development opportunities for their work, including staged readings with industry professionals.

“DREAM HOU$E” will run on the Hertz Stage until February 13. A filmed performance will be available for streaming on Alliance’s website From February 11 to 27. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

There will also be several special events. On January 13 at 7 p.m., the cast and creative team will meet via Zoom to behind the game, featuring a conversation with director Laurie Woolery and playwright Eliana Pipes and a performance by the cast. This virtual event is free but requires a RSVP. The same event will take place in person on January 30 at 7 p.m. You can buy tickets here. On February 5 and 12, after the matinee at 2:30 p.m., the actors will host a 20-minute post-show discussion. This event is free for ticket holders and no RSVP is required.

For more information on Horizon Theater and their COVID-19 policies, visit horizontheatre.com. For more information on Alliance Theater and their COVID-19 policies, visit alliancetheatre.org.

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