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Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up

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by Lucy Alibar
Directed by Rachel Parish

Suzi RecommendedOscar-nominated screenwriter and playwright Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild) crafted this poetic and
powerful solo performance around her life growing up in the middle of nowhere on the Georgia-Florida line. The tapestry of her childhood includes a lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a clutter of in-bred cats, phone calls from death row, and Daddy’s burnpile. A magical, Southern coming-of-age tale rife with humor and heart.

Running Time
90 minutes. No  intermission.

 Mature Themes & Language


September 8 – October 1, 2017
Thursday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $20–$30


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

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The Girl

Taylor M. Dooley

Taylor M. Dooley

The Girl

Well, folks, Taylor has managed to check off two items on her bucket list- working at Aurora and performing in a one-woman show. She is a General Company member and improviser at Dad's Garage Theater Company, where scripted credits include: Slaughter Camp, Effed Up Fairy Tales, Dementia Juice, Battle Space Wars, Merry F@!&#ing Christmas (co-production with the Alliance Theatre), and Woman of the Year. Other Atlanta credits: The Dumb Waiter and Anton in Show Business (Weird Sisters Theatre Project), Evelyn in Purgatory (U/S, Essential Theatre Festival), and Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Synchronicity Theatre). Some fun voiceover credits include: Delta Community Credit Union, GA Lottery, Staybridge Suites, Taco Bell, Brutal Legend, and "Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World". Thanks to Rachel for trusting me. Most importantly, thanks to my husband, Ethan, and our two little girls, Veda and Edie. I do know how lucky I am.

The Girl (U/S)

Cheyanne Osoria

Cheyanne Osoria

The Girl (U/S)

CHEYANNE OSORIA (The Girl u/s, Directing Assistant) is a first generation Dominican who recently graduated from Piedmont College with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. In 2016, Cheyanne was awarded the national first place title in the Upper Level Musical Theatre College Women at the NATS competition. Some of Cheyanne’s previous credits include: Chicago (Velma Kelly), All Shook Up (Lorraine), White Christmas (Betty Haynes), and Lillian E. Smith’s Strange Fruit (Mamie, Bess, & Preacher Dunwoodie). She is beyond grateful and excited to be a part of AppCo18 and cannot wait to see what her future holds at Aurora Theatre!

Playwright

Lucy Alibar

Lucy Alibar

Playwright

LUCY ALIBAR's (Playwright) essays and stories have been published in Zoetrope, the Oxford American, and the Wall Street Journal. Her plays have been produced or developed at the Center Theatre Group, the National Theatre Studio in London, Joe’s Pub, the Ojai Playwright’s Conference, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Williamstown Theatre Festival, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dixon Place, New Georges, the Avignon Festival, Women Center Stage at Classic Stage Company, the Cherry Lane Theatre, and the Horizon Theatre in Atlanta. Her first movie, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (an adaptation with Benh Zeitlin of her stage play, Juicy and Delicious) received the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Film Festival Camera D’Or. For her work on Beasts she was nominated for a BAFTA, an Oscar, and a Scripter Award, as well as being awarded the Ray Bradbury Nebula Award, the Humanitas Prize, and the Nantucket Film Festival New Voices in Screenwriting Award. She also adapted her play Christmas and Jubilee Behold the Meteor Shower for Escape Artists and The Secret Garden for Guillermo Del Toro. She is a Sundance Screenwriting Fellow, a two-time finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and finalist for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Lucy is a member of the Obie Award-winning Youngblood, and cofounder of the New Georges Writer/Director lab. 

Producing Artistic Director/Co-Founder

Anthony P. Rodriguez

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.

Associate Producer/Co-Founder

Ann-Carol Pence

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!”

Associate Artistic Director

Justin Anderson

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.

Director

Rachel Parish

Rachel Parish

Director

RACHEL PARISH (Director) is a theatre director, installation artist, arts educator, and community organizer. She received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama.  In the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama ETC and the SITI Company, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Recent original stage productions include Manifesting Destiny and Hellscreen (London, 2015). With specialties in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, her work has taken place in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, the USA, Croatia, and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Wellcome Trust, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In Atlanta, Rachel is directing the Little Five Arts Alive Placemaking initiative for Horizon Theatre, lecturing at Emory University, and working as a freelance director and dramaturg. In collaboration with the King Center and a consortium of artists and activists she is preparing to stage a historical re-enactment of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral procession through the streets of Atlanta on the 50th anniversary of the event in April 2018.

Stage Manager

Anna Lee

Anna Lee

Stage Manager

ANNA LEE (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies and is thrilled to be working with the Aurora. Recently she has been Stage Manager for A Man of No Importance (KSU), Youth Players and Junior Players (Alliance Theater Education), Fish Eye (Aurora AppCo Alumni Series), and Julius Caesar and Antigone (Impulse Repertory Co.). Upcoming: Feathers and Teeth (KSU, Sound Designer). Big thanks to her parents, David, all of the Katies she knows, and the audience for supporting live theater. annalee.me 

Set Designer

Elizabeth Jarrett

Elizabeth Jarrett

Set Designer

ELIZABETH JARRETT (Set Designer) is a curator, artist, and designer born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She graduated with a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University and continues to design and produce work around town. Past work includes Synchronicity Theatre, The American Theatre of Actors in NYC, Serenbe Playhouse, and more. She is a 2017 Hambidge Fellow at the Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences. Elizabeth also works as Executive Director for Atlanta based arts non-profit, Deer Bear Wolf, and co-founded The Downtown Players Club, a performance-based community center.

Sound Designer

Jake K. Harbour

Jake K. Harbour

Sound Designer

JAKE K. HARBOUR (Sound Designer) is greatly honored to tell this story with Aurora Theatre. He is currently the Technical Director at UWG, overseeing the work of their technical directors and sound designers. As sound designer for the past 7 seasons at Creede Repertory Theatre, his past credits include Guys and Dolls, (Henry Nomination) Good on Paper, Hope and Gravity, The Last Romance, The Secret Affair of Mildred Wild, and William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead.  Recently he was the Sound Designer for Actors Express' Father Comes Home From the War.  He received his BFA at Abilene Christian University and his MFA at Northern Illinois University. He would like to thank his love for all of her support! 

Lighting Designer

Maranda Debusk

Maranda Debusk

Lighting Designer

MARANDA DEBUSK (Lighting Designer) Maranda DeBusk is a lighting and projection designer. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. from Furman University. She was recently featured as one of fifteen Emerging Lighting Designers worldwide at the World Stage Design Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. Recent work includes: Asst. Lighting Design- Cabaret (Serenbe Playhouse), Projection Design- The Little Mermaid (Flat Rock Playhouse; Flat Rock, NC), and Lighting Design- The Gondoliers (Glow Lyric Theatre; Greenville, SC).

Costume Designer

Cole Spivia

Cole Spivia

Costume Designer

COLE SPIVIA (Costume Designer) is a Costume Designer and Technician. She is a proud graduate of Brenau University and The Gainesville Theatre Alliance. She has also studied at Columbus State University and at the MFA level at Florida State University. Some credits include: Disney’s The Lion King Jr. (Costume Design, Suwannee Performing Arts), Spring Awakening (Costume and Scenic Design, Community Art Players of Suwannee), Snow White & the Seven Dwarves: A Ballet (Costume Design, Suwannee Youth Ballet), The Great Gatsby (Costume Design, The Gainesville Theatre Alliance), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Costume Design, The Dancing Goat Theatre), The Glory in the Flower (Costume Design, FSU One Act Festival), Sense & Sensibility (Associate Costume Design, Synchronicity Theater). You can see her upcoming work in Community Art Players of Suwannee’s Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. Love to her family, friends, her cat, and to viewers like you, thank you!

Properties Designer

Cody Russell

Cody Russell

Properties Designer

CODY RUSSELL (Properties Designer) is a graduate of the 2017 Aurora Apprentice Company and is ecstatic to be back working at his home away from home. A recent transplant to Atlanta he has been very fortunate to have worked on a number of productions at Aurora Theatre. He is currently designing and scenic painting for The Weird Sisters' Space Girl, and designing properties for Synchronicity Theatre's productions of Sense & Sensibility and Heidi. When not backstage designing props you may see him on stage acting and singing his heart out.

Company Manager

Katie Pelkey

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!

Production Manager

Daniel Pope

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.

Technical Director

Andrew O’Neal

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.

Assistant Technical Director

Dylan Whitfield

Dylan Whitfield

Assistant Technical Director

DYLAN WHITFIELD (Technical Director) is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Theatre. While at UGA, he was the Master Electrician and only undergraduate Lighting Designer of the Department of Theatre for 2 years. He was also the Technical Director of the nation’s oldest student ran theatre group; The Thalian Blackfriars. More recently, Dylan has freelanced in Atlanta designing lights and working as a set and stage electrician for various venues and companies including, The Classic Center in Athens, Six Flags Over Georgia, and ON Services. He would like to thank Lauren Robinson for this opportunity, and Sarah Stratton for her continued love and support.

Scenic Painter

Sarah Thomson

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.