A quirky Dutch librarian turns into a globe-trotting detective when he becomes obsessed about a book, 113 years overdue. Driven by his burning curiosity, he sets out on a mysterious adventure, which leads him to an almost forgotten participant in The Crucifixion.
Acclaimed Comedy to Open Harvel Lab Series
• Chosen Best Play of the Year by Creative Loafing (2003)
• Top 10 Plays of the Year (AJC)
• Best Male Actor (Creative Loafing)
Aurora Theatre begins the 2011-2012 Harvel Lab Series with Glen Berger’s profoundly funny Underneath the Lintel September 15–October 2, 2011. Re-named this year, the Harvel Lab Series is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Lonnie Harvel, Vice President of Information Technology at Georgia Gwinnett College. An artistic visionary, Dr. Harvel helped establish a cultural partnership between Georgia Gwinnett College and Aurora Theatre. Through the generous support of this sponsor, the Harvel Lab Series features contemporary works fueled by innovation, creativity, and inspiration.
Underneath the Lintel features stage and screen star Steve Coulter as a quirky Dutch librarian who turns into a globe-trotting detective when he becomes obsessed about a book, 113 years overdue. Driven by his burning curiosity, he sets out on a mysterious adventure, which leads him to an almost forgotten participant in The Crucifixion. Underneath the Lintel won a 2001 Ovation Award (Los Angeles), the 2003 Sterling Award (Edmonton) for Best Play, and was selected as one of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Plays of 2001.This performance should be especially popular with church groups.
Aurora Theatre has secured the creative team from the highly acclaimed run of Underneath the Lintel in 2003 for the Actors Theatre of Atlanta. That production was chosen Best Play of the Year by Creative Loafing in 2003, recognized as one of the Top 10 Plays of the Year by the AJC and Creative Loafing named Steve Coulter as Best Male Actor for his performance. At the helm, Jay Freer, has directed at Alliance Theatre, Theatrical Outfit and Actors Theatre of Atlanta which he co-founded and operated from 2000-2006. Starring as The Librarian is Steve Coulter, an Atlanta-based actor who has performed in regional theatres across the country including Aurora Theatre’s hit comedy Sirens last January. Most folks will recognize Steve from his work in film and television including: Prison Break, Army Wives, Madea’s Family Reunion and The People v. Leo Frank on PBS.
“It’s a satisfying mix of intelligent writing and quirky humor in a package that isn’t neatly wrapped up with pat answers.”–Jana J Monji, Los Angeles Times
“A tale of a picaresque journey that evolves into a spiritual quest”–Bruce Webber, The New York Times
What They’re Saying
|Steve Coulter*||The Librarian|
|Anthony Rodriguez||Producing Artistic Director|
|Ann-Carol Pence||Associate Producer|
|Britt Hultgren Ramroop||Production Manager|
|James Helms||Technical Director|
|Maureen Downs||Stage Manager|
|Jay Freer||Costume, Sound & Props Design|
|Sarah Thomson||Scenic Artist|
From the Producer
“In many ways, this play is much different from the edgier productions folks have come to expect from our Lab Series,” explains Aurora Theatre Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. “With humor and a quirky leading man the playwright takes us on a spiritual journey that reminds us it is important to follow our passion, sometimes even at the risk of our security to find our purpose.”
About the Playwright
Glen Berger most recently co-wrote the book for the highly publicized Spider Man: Turn off the Dark. Other plays include: O Lovely Glowworm (Portland Drammy Best Script Award) and Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22 (L.A. Weekly Best Play Award). Glen has also collaborated on two other new musicals: On Words and Onwards and Loewe Award winner A Night in the Old Marketplace, with commissions from theatres including Berkley Rep and the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. In television, Glen has won two Emmys (12 nominations) and has written more than 200 episodes for children’s television seen on PBS, NBC and the BBC including “Arthur,” “Curious George” and “Peep.” He was the head writer for all five seasons of “Fetch with Ruff Ruffman.” He is a New Dramatists alumnus. Underneath the Lintel (ran for more than 450 performances Off-Broadway, 150 productions worldwide) and won the 2001 Ovation Award for Best Play.
The Harvel Lab Series
Generously sponsored by Georgia Gwinnett College, The Harvel Lab Series 2011-2012 Season includes three shows: Underneath the Lintel, from the prestigious Humana Festival; Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a thriller set in the world of video gamers and zombies; and El Insólito Caso de Miss Piña Colada/The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada, produced as a part of Teatro Del Sol, Aurora Theatre’s Spanish language theatre initiative.