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Maytag Virgin

By Audrey CefalySuzi Recommended
Directed by Melissa Foulger

Being a widow in rural Alabama ain’t easy. High-school teacher Lizzy Nash is on a leave of absence after the sudden death of her husband when a mysterious new neighbor moves in next door. Jack and Lizzy, both hiding a world of secrets and pain, excite and confound each other. Over the span of a year we follow their neighborly interactions, most are funny, some are revealing, but will they have the one that is profound?

Starring Courtney Patterson and Brad Brinkley

Running Time

Act I: 60 minutes; Act II: 50 minutes.
There is one 15-minute intermission.

 Mature Themes & Language


Maytag Virgin is a part of the

Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series Logo


January 11–February 11, 2018

Performances:
Tuesday–Saturday at 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $20–$55

Tuesday Discount Matinee
January 23 at 10:00am
Tickets from $16


Groups of 10+ Call: 678.226.6222 x.116 or Email: groups@auroratheatre.com

Sold out on 1/16 & 1/19!

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LOBBY ART EXHIBIT: Yvette Shumate Adams Art

Over 30 years ago when Yvette was struck by an incredibly hard illness, art was her only escape from the pain. This therapy combined with a passion for preserving the past helped her discover her unique perspective. At the urging of friends, art has become more than a hobby. Enjoy these works rooted in her strong faith and a deeply personal expression—posed with a beauty and appeal that could only be achieved by Yvette.


TACO TUESDAY! 
Free taco samples on Tuesdays from 7:00–8:00pm prior to our Mainstage performance.

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WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY
The popular (and FREE) wine tasting in the lobby before ALL Wednesday evening performances from 7:00–8:00pm.

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THIRSTY THURSDAY
Free wine & craft beer samples on Thursdays from 7:00–8:00pm prior to our MainStage performance.

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CUPCAKE MATINEES
Free cupcake samples on Saturdays from 1:30-2:30pm prior to our Mainstage performance.  

Courtesy of Tier Couture Bakery.


LADIES NIGHT

It’s the last Wine Down Wednesday of the run for Aurora’s hit romantic comedy MAYTAG VIRGIN, so we are doing something special. All ladies who attend this performance will be entered to win fabulous prizes from Sparkle Designs!, Miracles of Massage, Elysium Cottage and more!


OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION 
at Oyster Bay Seafood Cafe, immediately following the performance.

Lawrenceville
125 W Crogan St b, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
(770) 910-7521  Website


All
Maytag Virgin

Courtney Patterson*

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Nash

Courtney Patterson*

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Nash

COURTNEY PATTERSON* (Elizabeth "Lizzy" Nash) loves coming home to Aurora Theatre! Audiences may remember her from Split in Three, The Explorers Club, Drowsy Chaperone, Fox on the Fairway (Barbara Award) and Boeing! Boeing!. Favorite Atlanta credits include Geller Girls, Disgraced, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Alliance Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Georgia Shakespeare), Brownie Points, Lost Highway (Theatrical Outfit), and The Crucible (Actors Express). Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom and Dad. Enjoy the show! www.courtneypatterson.net

Brad Brinkley*

Jack Key

Brad Brinkley*

Jack Key

BRAD BRINKLEY* (Jack Key) is excited to make his Aurora debut! His recent television credits include MacGyver (CBS), Nashville (CMT), The Passage (FOX, executive produced by Ridley Scott), Star (FOX), and Being Mary Jane (BET). He is also active in the theatre community, working at some of Atlanta’s top theaters. Most recently, he played the smarmy restaurant manager, Michael, in Horizon Theatre’s How To Use A Knife. Brad is the founder of Atlanta Voice & Movement, an actor training studio which focuses on integrating traditional acting technique with the voice and body. He teaches Linklater-based vocal production, dialects and movement technique drawn from the work of Jacques LeCoq and Michael Lugering, as well as Practical Aesthetics-based scene study, developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy. Brad holds an MFA in Acting with a concentration in directing. www.BradBrinkley.com

Sarah Elaine

Elizabeth U/S

Sarah Elaine

Elizabeth U/S

Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, where she received a BA in Theatre and is excited to be apart of the Aurora family. Sarah’s most recent credits include: Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Rosalind in As You Like It, Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre and David Moss in an all-female production of Glengarry Glenn Ross. She would like to thank her mother, brother, and sister-in-law for keeping her strong and she would also like to thank Dylan, Dorothy, Caroline, and Hayley for always supporting and believing in her.

Benjamin Strickland

Jack U/S

Benjamin Strickland

Jack U/S

Benjamin Strickland was born and raised in Auburn Alabama, graduate of Auburn University, and is very excited to start working in the Atlanta Theatre scene as an apprentice of the Aurora Theatre. He loves building and playing with computers about as much as he loves performing, and will probably be entombed with his mouse and keyboard. He would like to thank his mother and father for always supporting his endeavors, and hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Anthony P. Rodriguez

Producing Artistic Director/Co-Founder

Anthony P. Rodriguez

Producing Artistic Director/Co-Founder

ANTHONY P. RODRIGUEZ (Producing Artistic Director/Co-Founder) Aurora Theatre opened in the summer of 1996 and Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence established Aurora Theatre, Inc. as a non-profit organization in 1999. Under their leadership, the theatre grew from 120 season subscribers to the 5100 subscribers Aurora Theatre currently boasts. Aurora’s success led to an ABBY Award nomination in 2002 for Arts Professional of the Year. Mr. Rodriguez’s greatest accomplishment to date was the successful negotiation to relocate Aurora Theatre to downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia where it serves as the cornerstone for their revitalization. This nearly $7.5 million complex houses 2 theatres, rehearsal space and offices and opened in the spring of 2007. Aurora’s accomplishments include: Learning Library, an Educational Theatre Program, Aurora’s Apprenticeship for recent college graduates, Aurora Academy and Conservatory where students learn about theatre from working professionals, Aurora’s Musicals by Moonlight an annual outdoor summer concert, Cabaret and Comedy Series musical and stand-up comedy evenings between mainstage events, and Teatro Aurora, a professional Spanish-language theatre company that was created to highlight Latino cultural heritage and to help build social bridges in our community. Anthony is currently Chair of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, he is the first Latino and Arts leader to serve in that position and is past Chair of Partnership Gwinnett. Mr. Rodriguez is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild, Theatre Communications Group, Duluth Rotary Club, and the national steering committee for the Latino Theatre Commons. Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of Marist High School, the University of Georgia with a BFA in theatre, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures’ Leadership Institute and Advocacy Institute. Mr. Rodriguez is a Cancer Survivor and has been cancer free for 25 years.

Ann-Carol Pence

Associate Producer/Co-Founder

Ann-Carol Pence

Associate Producer/Co-Founder

ANN-CAROL PENCE (Associate Producer/Co-Founder) arranged the music for Aurora’s first Christmas Canteen in 1996 and was hired full-time in September of 1998 as Resident Musical Director. An education major at James Madison University, she used her background to develop Learning Library (or L2). As a musician, she created Aurora’s Musicals by Moonlight, and Aurora’s New Musical Initiative. She has performed as pianist and/or music director both nationally (Goodspeed Opera House, Pasadena Playhouse, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Kennedy Center) and locally (The Alliance, Theatrical Outfit, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, The Horizon). As a proud citizen of Gwinnett, Ann-Carol is most proud of Aurora Theatre winning the 26 AURORA THEATRE Gwinnett’s Only Professional Theatre first ever Pinnacle Award for Large Non-Profit. This goes well with her 4 Suzi Awards for Outstanding Music Direction for Mary Poppins and Les Misérables, Aurora’s world premiere of Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale, and A Catered Affair and her multiple nominations for In the Heights, Memphis, A Year with Frog & Toad, Annie Get Your Gun, Godspell, Singin’ in the Rain and A Chorus Line. She is a participant in the 2016 Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute and member of the “Best Class Ever!”

Justin Anderson

Associate Artistic Director

Justin Anderson

Associate Artistic Director

JUSTIN ANDERSON (Associate Artistic Director) has served as Aurora Theatre's Associate Artistic Director since 2014. His directorial work has earned him both popular and critical praise, along with Seven Suzi Bass Award Nominations for Best Direction (Winner for Boublil and Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES at Aurora Theatre in 2013). He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia where he directs and teaches courses in acting and musical theatre. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Campbell University and an M.A. in Theatre Studies from Regent University, with additional course study at Rutgers. For a complete list of directing credits and for information about upcoming projects, please visit the website below.

Melissa Foulger

Director

Melissa Foulger

Director

MELISSA FOULGER (Director) is pleased to be back with this beautiful and heartwarming production of Maytag Virgin after her previous work with the Aurora - Clybourne Park and Lark Eden. Ms. Foulger is the Artistic Director of DramaTech Theatre, Georgia Tech’s student run theatre, and an instructor in the School of Literature, Media and Communication. Her other recent regional directing work includes Wolves, Pluto, The Thrush and the Woodpecker, Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Actor’s Express; and Boy at Theatrical Outfit, among others. She is a multiple Suzi Bass award nominee. More at www.melissafoulger.com. Many thanks to cast and crew for the commitment and time over the holiday season and to Tony and AC for giving me another set of houses to play with! LUV2N8+3

Wendy Palmer*

Stage Manager

Wendy Palmer*

Stage Manager

WENDY PALMER* (Stage Manager) is happy to come out of semi-retirement for AC and Tony and work in the excitement that is Aurora Theatre! She worked in various SM/ASM positions at the Alliance Theatre from 1994-2002 and as Resident Stage Manager for Theatrical Outfit from 2000-2016, at which point she decided to concentrate on her time-sensitive job of turning tall little people into adults. Proud member of Actor’s Equity and even prouder mom to Grady and Maggie.

Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay

Scenic Designers

Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay

Scenic Designers

ISABEL AND MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY'S** (Set Designers) work can be seen on stages around Atlanta as well as on several regional stages. Kenny Leon’s True Colors: Between Riverside and Crazy, Proof, American Buffalo, Exit Strategy, Smart People, Two Trains Running, Detroit 67, Spunk. Other favorite recent Atlanta credits include The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness As Told By An African American Man Who Also Happened To Be Black (Alliance Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors, Appropriate and Murder Ballad (Actors Express), Freed Spirits, The Toxic Avenger, and Detroit (Horizon theatre), I’m not Rapport, Wit, and Clybourne Park (Aurora Theatre) and R. Buckminster Fuller and the History and Mystery of the Universe, and Big Fish (Theatrical Outfit). Isabel and Moriah are the recipients of seven Suzi Bass Awards, Resident Scenic Designers at Horizon Theatre, Artistic Associates at Theatrical Outfit, and members of IATSE, United Scenic Artists 829.

Daniel Terry

Sound Designer

Daniel Terry

Sound Designer

Kevin Frazier

Lighting Design

Kevin Frazier

Lighting Design

KEVIN FRAZIER (Lighting Designer) Atlanta credits include: Actors Express, 7 Stages, Fabrefaction, Pinch ‘N’ Ouch, Synchronicity and Serenbe Playhouse. Other credits include Merrimack Rep and Stoneham Theatre (MA), The Peterborough Players (NH), Glow Lyric Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, the Distracted Globe and Centre Stage (SC) and both the New York and DC Fringe Festivals. Educational credits include: Furman University (SC), Case Western Reserve University (OH), Lafayette College (PA) and the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Thanks to God and his family for their love and support. www.kevinfrazier.net

Cody Evins

Assistant Lighting Designer/ Technical Theatre Apprentice

Cody Evins

Assistant Lighting Designer/ Technical Theatre Apprentice

CODY EVINS (Assistant Lighting Designer/Technical Theatre Apprentice), originally from Franklin, Tennessee, is a recent graduate of Furman University where he received a degree in Theatre Arts. In addition to his work with the Furman Theatre Department, he spent three years with the Furman Pauper Players, a student-run musical theatre troupe, and served as the president of that group in his final year. Recently he has worked as a stage manager and a scene shop assistant at Centre Stage South Carolina and as a props apprentice at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC.

Matthew Burnette

Master Electrician

Matthew Burnette

Master Electrician

Jordan Jaked Carrier

Costume Designer

Jordan Jaked Carrier

Costume Designer

JORDAN JAKED CARRIER (Costume Designer) is the Costume Shop Manager and Adjunct Faculty at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD where she designs costumes and scenery. She has designed and worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Charlottesville Opera, Burning Coal Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Aurora Theatre, and the Alliance Theatre, where she was the Design Assistant prior to her moving to South Dakota. Atlanta costume design credits include The City of Conversation (Horizon, Suzi nomination;) Dinosaur! (Alliance TVY;) Sweep, Sotto Voce (Aurora;) and Sense & Sensibility (Synchronicity.) She earned her MFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Georgia. www.carrier-design.com

Cathleen O’Neal

Costume Assistant

Cathleen O’Neal

Costume Assistant

CATHLEEN O'NEAL (Costume Assistant) is very excited to be joining the Aurora team for this show! She recently designed Aurora’s production of Abigail/1702 and worked as a stitcher on The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Cathleen recently moved to the Atlanta area from Virginia where she worked at Radford University as their Costume Shop Manager for three years. Cathleen has enjoyed free-lance designing in the Roanoke area some of her favorite productions have been Shrek the Musical, Fancy Nancy the Musical, and Keep this for Me: Memories of the Last World War. Cathleen graduated from The University of Alabama in spring of 2014 with an MFA in Costume Design and Production. Some of her favorite designs while at UA include Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Mikado, and Wonder of the World. She also enjoys summer stock theatre and has worked for The Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp, and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. Cathleen is very happy to call Georgia her new home and wants to thank her husband Andrew for all of his loving support and everyone at the Aurora Theatre for being so welcoming!

Kathryn Muse

Properties Designer

Kathryn Muse

Properties Designer

KATHRYN MUSE (Properties Designer) is from South Louisiana, but has called Metro Atlanta her home for over 16 years. She graduated from the Louisiana Arts Institute in 1996. She was recently Props Designer for How to Use a Knife and Blackberry Daze, both at the Horizon Theatre, and has worked as a part time props artisan with the Alliance Theatre on many productions over the past 6 years. Some shows she helped with over the past season include: The Prom, Moby Dick, Troubadour, The Temple Bombing, Ugly Lies the Bone, A Christmas Carol, and Cinderella and Fella. Kathryn is also the Props Department Supervisor for the Alliance Theatre. One of Kathryn’s favorite recent projects was making the frog and owl puppets for Cinderella and Fella. Kathryn has always loved creating, with a background in drawing, painting, and fine art photography, and is very happy to be creating with Aurora Theatre.

Valerie Medoff

Assistant Stage Manager

Valerie Medoff

Assistant Stage Manager

VALERIE MEDOFF - Valerie recently graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Theatre and Communication. Valerie’s favorite credits include Abigail/1702 (ASM), Goosebumps (ASM), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (ASM), Spark (SM), The Waiting Room (SM), Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years (ASM), and The Music Man (ASM). She would like to thank Aurora for this amazing opportunity and her family and friends for their endless support.

Katie Pelkey

Company Manager

Katie Pelkey

Company Manager

KATIE PELKEY (Company Manager) is celebrating ten seasons with Aurora! In 2013 Katie transitioned to the role of Company Manager, having previously served as Resident Stage Manager. She also created the highly-successful Stage Management Apprentice Company program that operates simultaneously with Aurora’s Acting Apprentice Company program. For five seasons she worked as Aurora’s Educational Resources Associate developing educational curriculum for teachers to use in conjunction with Aurora’s TYA Learning Library offerings. And for over a decade Katie served as Production Stage Manager for New Plays for Young Audiences, a prestigious TYA summer staged reading series based at New York University. She received her BA in Educational Theatre from New York University with a minor in Dramatic Literature. Many thanks to Michael and Maxwell for their love and support!

Daniel Pope

Production Manager

Daniel Pope

Production Manager

DANIEL POPE (Production Manager) is proud to be joining the great team at Aurora Theatre as Production Manager. Daniel has been a sound designer and engineer in the Atlanta area for the past seven years. He's had the pleasure of designing sound for the Aurora Theatre on many occasions on shows such as: Into the Woods, Christmas Canteen, Sweep, and most recently The Bridges of Madison County. Additionally, he's worked on countless other productions in the Atlanta theatre community including: Evita and A Streetcar Named Desire as Sound Designer and Production Manager at Serenbe Playhouse. Daniel received a Bachelors in Marketing with a specialization in sales and a minor in Music from The University of West Georgia in 2010.

Andrew O’Neal

Technical Director

Andrew O’Neal

Technical Director

ANDREW O'NEAL (Technical Director) is excited to start his first season with Aurora Theatre. Previously, Andrew came to Georgia from Virginia where he worked at Radford University as the Assistant Technical Director. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2014 with his MFA in technical production.

Sarah Thomson

Scenic Painter

Sarah Thomson

Scenic Painter

SARAH THOMSON (Scenic Painter) loves to paint and has been gracing the sets of Aurora Theatre for the last 11 seasons. A resident of Johns Creek, she brings her talents and her crew of Jack and Dylan to support her in her endeavors. Sarah designed and painted sets for many years while her daughter danced with Susan Chambers Theatre Dance. In a previous life, she was the scenic artist for Casa Mañana Theatre, Casa on the Square, Fort Worth Ballet, Dallas Shakespeare in the Park, Dallas Summer Musicals and Six Flags. She has worked with Southwest Studios and Stageworks where she served as scenic artist. Children of a Lesser God also featured Sarah’s original artwork. She is accompanied by her man of the North, Ian.

Meg Harkins

Run Crew

Meg Harkins

Run Crew

Kevin Davis

Run Crew

Kevin Davis

Run Crew

Benjamin Strickland

Run Crew

Benjamin Strickland

Run Crew

Benjamin Strickland was born and raised in Auburn Alabama, graduate of Auburn University, and is very excited to start working in the Atlanta Theatre scene as an apprentice of the Aurora Theatre. He loves building and playing with computers about as much as he loves performing, and will probably be entombed with his mouse and keyboard. He would like to thank his mother and father for always supporting his endeavors, and hopes everyone enjoys the show!