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Directed by Melissa Foulger

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We all have two families, the one we are born into and the one we choose. Lark Eden is the smallest of Georgia towns and the setting for this humorous new play that traces the lives of three life‑long friends. From passing notes in class to a series of lyrical letters spanning 75 years, Emily, Mary & Thelma remind us that our friendships leave a fingerprint on the hearts of those we love. Bring your best friend!
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Georgia Première

 Adult Content

Sold Out: Sunday, May 19; Wednesday, May 22

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Producer’s Quote

Aurora Theatre Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence, “Lark Eden is not a ‘chick play’ just like Lombardi, next season’s drama, is not a man’s play. A great story is a great story. A person is a person. Friendship is friendship. We, as women, need to work diligently to infuse our DNA into art. Our experiences are interesting. Our stories are compelling. Our voices are important. As one of those female artists who works non-stop, I am grateful that this incredible community has supported me as an artist throughout my career. Now it is time I pay it forward.”

About the Playwright

natalie_symonsNatalie Symons is an actress and the author of the epistolary play, Lark Eden, for which she received Creative Loafing’s 2012 Best of the Bay award for Most Promising Playwright. Lark Eden has been hailed by critics as “brilliantly written, linguistically rich,” and “a tale that every person can relate to.” As an actress, Natalie has appeared on stages from Seattle to Florida, and has been recognized by critics as “one of the best actresses in the Bay Area.” She was nominated for a Jeff Norton Award for her portrayal of Catherine in The Foreigner at American Stage and most recently she appeared in An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf at freeFall Theatre. She lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, actor Jim Sorensen and their Keeshond Andy Roddick. She is currently invested in a labor of love—writing her first novel, a coming of age story set in a forgotten steel town in Pennsylvania.

Read Busking at the Seams’ interview with Natalie Symons

Lobby Art Exhibition


Loring Heights by Anita Stewart

About the Artist: Anita Stewart

Her parents would never have guessed that the red bearded Santa in kindergarten and the art lessons at the “Y” in junior high would have led to this. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a major addiction to art and a minor one to art education. After moving to Atlanta in 1983 with her family, she worked to advance as both an artist and an art teacher. As an artist she has achieved awards in many arenas: national, international and local juried competitions. Her work has graced the walls of universities and art museums. Her art school, Anita’s ArtsCool founded in 1998, has grown to become recognized as one of the “crown jewels of Buford” by the Gwinnett Daily Post. She also “teaches” through her multi layers of mixed media. Traveling to different countries has resulted in her numerous series that sing “Celebrate the Differences.” This array includes pieces painted on both sides, work containing interference pigments, galkyd, fairy dust, cold wax and plastic bags.

Meet the Artist

There will be an Artist’s Reception before both matinee and evening performances on Saturday, May 25. Refreshments will be served.

May 2–May 26, 2013

Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $20–$30

Wednesday Discount Matinees
May 15 at 10:00am
May 22 at 10:00am Sold Out
Tickets $16

*No evening performance Wednesday, May 22

Show Sponsor:


Additional Support Provided by:

World Financial Group

Emily Naima Carter Russell*
Thelma Minka Wiltz*
Mary Rachel Garner
Production Staff
Director Melissa Foulger
Producer Anthony P. Rodriguez
Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence
Set Designer Lizz Dorsey
Lighting Designer Mary Parker
Sound Designer Angie Bryant
Costume Designer Linda Patterson
Props Designer/Assistant Stage Manager EB Hooyer
Stage Manager Kathryn M. Pelkey
Production Manager Britt Hultgren Ramroop
Technical Director James M. Helms
Assistant Technical Director Daniel Terry
Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Pollo Tropical Tastings

Pollo Tropical will be offering free tastings of their TropiChop® chicken in the lobby before Friday evening performances.

Wine Down Wednesdays

Wine Down Wednesday

Free wine tasting in the lobby before Wednesday evening performances from 6:30–8:00pm.

The wines paired for our production of Lark Eden:

May 8:

The Girls in the Vineyard
The girls are the vines
. Beautifully balanced high country wines of exceptional quality. Our single vineyard wines are made to be enjoyed with food, in the company of friends and family. The girls in the vineyard is a celebration of time and place, recognizing and embracing the effects of a particular set of climatic conditions in a given year and how those conditions impart their own distinctive character. Therefore the girls celebrate a single vintage, a single varietal and a single vineyard.

May 15:

Revelry Vintners

Revelry Vintners started as kitchen-table conversation revolving around the idea that truly great wine is not inherently exclusive or expensive. Rather, often what makes wine exceptional is that it is both exceedingly good, and also a relative value. Revelry by definition means: “A boisterous celebration; often involving drinking.”  It is this sort of attitude that we at Revelry bring to our winemaking. We believe that everyone is entitled to great wine, without worry of cost. We’ve thrown antiquated traditions aside, and instead embrace a winemaking philosophy that is a blend of new technology and proven technique. Our focus lies in creating an unmatched line of wines, and while much of our emphasis falls on Bordeaux varieties, our creativity is without limits. We are fortunate enough to harvest some of the finest fruit Washington State has to offer; Varieties include Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Barbera and Malbec.

 Courtesy of

Niko’s Wine Corner