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Gray Area

Gray Area

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By John Ahlin
Directed by Sherri D. Sutton

Featuring Glenn Rainey, Bryan Brendle, Bart Hansard and Scott Warren

When a scathing theater critic and radio commentator, Farragut, takes a gratuitous swipe at Civil War re-enactors as his final public salvo, three “good ole Dixie boys” decide they cannot let his remarks go unchallenged. This comical collision of worlds is a full out black-white, blue-gray, blue-red raging debate. Stereo-types are the biggest casualty in this delightfully uncivil comedy.

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“The collision of worlds Ahlin sets up is hilarious… Funny, inventive and unpredictable, performed in a shambling, droll style perfectly matched to the material and hilariously played under Seth Barrish’s direction.”–New York Times

“A boatload of laughs… Lively, astute, passionate… It is impossible to spurn the refreshing simplicity and honesty of sentiments, not to mention the play’s intelligence and wit! Recommended!”–LA Weekly

About the Playwright

John Ahlin HeadshotGray Area won the Virtual Theatre Project’s ‘The Pen Is A Mighty Sword’ international play competition, receiving highly acclaimed productions in Los Angeles and New York. Actors Theatre of Louisville 2001 In-house Play competition awarded John first prize for his 10 minute play Nem. John has written scores of scripts for the comedy group Movie Madness, half a dozen educational plays of his have been performed around the country and his plays What the Morph Brothers Did, Death Down East and The Brain Show have all been produced. As an actor, John has appeared on Broadway in Waiting for Godot (with Bill Irwin, Nathan Lane, John Goodman and John Glover), Journey’s End (2007 Tony Award for Best Revival), The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Voices in the Dark, One Mo’ Time, Whoopee! and Macbeth. Off-Broadway John portrayed Orson Welles in Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow and has appeared as Falstaff six times, most recently in Henry IV at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. His TV acting credits include Law and Order: SVU, Third Watch, and As the World Turns.

Meet Broadway veteran, Gray Area playwright John Ahlin on Thursday, October 20

After the performance of Gray Area on Thursday, October 20 the cast and playwright John Ahlin will take questions from the audience.

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Glenn Rainey* Farragut
Bryan Brendle Randall
Bart Hansard* Keith
Scott Warren Horse
Production Staff
Anthony Rodriguez Producing Artistic Director
Ann-Carol Pence Associate Producer
Sherri D. Sutton Director
Britt Hultgren Ramroop Production Manager
Phil Male Set Design
Joanna Schmink Costume Design
Courtney Greever Props Design
Rob Dillard Lighting Design
Bobby Johnston Sound Design
James Helms Technical Director
Katie Pelkey Stage Manager
Sarah Thomson Scenic Artist
Jonathan Fries Assistant Technical Director

*This actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Go Beyond the Play
Learn more about Civil War history at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum

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If Gray Area has piqued your interest in learning more about the Civil War, you’re in luck! And the answer is right in your own back yard. Take a quick trip to Atlanta’s Grant Park and literally surround yourself in history as you view the world’s largest panoramic painting. Depicting the Battle of Atlanta, the Cyclorama is the most noted attraction of the Civil War Museum which also features pictures and artifacts from the Civil War including the Antebellum locomotive, The Texas.

Atlanta Cyclorama

Visit the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum website for more information.