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The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown

Suzi Recommended

Directed by Justin Anderson
Music Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Becca Potter

Sam is a girl who has what every teenager wants: brains, a boyfriend, functional parents and an acceptance letter to the college of her choice. Yet she sits in her car with her bags packed and can’t turn the key in the ignition. At the crossroads to adulthood, will Samantha come to terms with her parents’ expectations, her first love, and a lost friendship and start the car, drive away and find freedom?


Adult Situations

Running Time
90 Minutes with No Intermission

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About the Authors

Kait Kerrigan (Words) and Brian Lowdermilk (Music) made their off-Broadway debut in 2006 with their adaptation of Henry and Mudge. Other musicals include Tales from the Bad Years, The Woman Upstairs, Wrong Number, The Freshman Experiment, Republic and Flash of Time. They have released two albums: Our First Mistake (2011), which charted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, and Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live (2013), which documents a concert tour that resulted from their breakout $35,000 kickstarter campaign. Their songs have been recorded and performed internationally, and their musicals have been developed at the Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, La Jolla Playhouse, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, York Theatre, the Lark Playwrights Development Center, CAP21, and Primary Stages. As a playwright, Kerrigan has written Disaster Relief (developed by Page 73), Imaginary Love (Hapgood Theatre 2011), and Transit (Lark Playwrights Week 2010). She received the 2009 Kleban Award for libretto-writing. Lowdermilk composed music for The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog (with playwright Lauren Gunderson, the Kennedy Center 2011) and Red (with librettist Marcus Stevens), which received the Alan Menken Award and 2005 Richard Rodgers Award. Together, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk received the 2006 Larson Award and 2004–2005 Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and they have held residencies at the Orchard Project and the MacDowell Arts Colony. Both are alumni of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, co-founders of the digital sheet music company NewMusicalTheatre.com, and proud members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. www.kerrigan-lowdermilk.com

Producer’s Quote

Aurora Theatre Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence, “Working on new musicals is my passion. In the few short years since Aurora launched our New Musical Initiative, we have brought so much legendary talent to Lawrenceville, including Hunter Foster, Lonny Price, and Harvey Fierstein, to name a few. And nothing compares to the excitement an audience experiences when they see something brand new. I am glad Aurora Theatre can help shape the future of some of these new shows that otherwise would sit on a shelf unproduced. The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown is comprised of the type of music that makes you sit on the edge of your seat. It’s just brilliant to listen to!”

March 13–April 6, 2014

Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $25–$35

Wednesday Discount Matinee
April 2 at 10:00am
Tickets $16

*No Wednesday evening performance
on April 2

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Wine Down Wednesdays

Wine Down Wednesday

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

Courtesy of
Leslie the Wine Gal
and Savannah Distributors, Inc.

The wines paired for our production of The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown are:

March 19—Sassy Bitch Wines
Drink it, it’s fun. You might know one. You might be one. No matter which, this wine is truly for you. Thriving grapes from Chile’s Casablanca Valley deliver the Sexy harmony of old world elegance and new world taste. We will be tasting Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Moscato.

March 26—OOPS Wine
There’s a good reason the Merlot of Chile doesn’t taste like other Merlot. Many are not entirely Merlot, but instead a blend of Merlot and a far more exotic grape: Carmenère, a.k.a., The “Lost Grape of Bordeaux.” Carmenère root stock had been transplanted from France over a century ago, before the particularly nasty root louse threatened its very existence. Soon forgotten, the Carmenère grapes grew freely with Merlot grapes and were assumed to be Merlot until, suddenly in 1994, viticulturist Jean-Michel Boursiquit revealed the mistake. Oops!

Lobby Art Exhibit

Sam Brown Art Exhibit

Warp by Anonymous

The students of Central Gwinnett High School present their artwork for your enjoyment! Various mediums ranging from prismacolor pencil to watercolor to metal relief have been professionally framed so that you can view and appreciate the talent that these young people have. Be sure to take a look at the 25 pieces placed within the lobby—you’ll be amazed that this artwork was created by 15 to 18-year-olds. All artwork is for sale, with the proceeds going toward the art program at Central Gwinnett High School and the young folks who shared their vision. Be sure to choose one for your home or business—you’ll be benefiting the arts through the promotion of education and talent!

Proceeds from all art sales will be split evenly between the student artist, Central Gwinnett High School, and Aurora Theatre.

Sam Kylie Brown*
Kelly Stephanie Friedman
Dad Chris Damiano*
Mom Wendy Melkonian*
Adam Jeremiah Parker Hobbs
Sam u/s Suzanne Stroup
Kelly u/s Shelli Delgado
Adam u/s Benjamin Davis
Production Staff
Director/Associate Artistic Director Justin Anderson
Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez
Music Director/Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence
Choreographer/Assistant to the Director Becca Potter
Stage Manager/Company Manager/
Light Board Operator
Katie Pelkey
Set Designer Phil Male
Lighting Designer Mike Post
Sound Designer/Assistant Technical Director Daniel Terry
Costume Designer Elizabeth Rasmusson
Props Designer Suzanne Cooper Morris
Technical Director James M. Helms
Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson
Assistant Stage Manager Katie Chambers
Sound Board Operator Daniel Pope
Follow Spot Operator 1 Molly Huntington
Follow Spot Operator 2 Sergio Rubio
Running Crew Dane Troy
Conductor/Keyboard Ann-Carol Pence
Percussion Mark Biering
Bass Greg Armijo
Guitar Melvin Jordan
Guitar Luke Johnson
Violin Michele Volz
Cello Andrew Cleveland

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