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Theater notes: ART Station's 2015-16 season; Kenny Leon's new (advisory) role


ART Station in historic Stone Mountain Village has announced its 2015-16 season:

Sept. 23-27: “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy,” in which Canadian actor Charles Ross plays countless characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the trilogy plots into 60 minutes.

Dec. 16-20: “A One-Man Christmas Carol,” featuring Bill Oberst Jr., popular with Art Station audiences for his one-man Lewis Grizzard show. Oberst jokingly refers to his one-hour retelling of the Dickens classic, with musicians Patrick Hutchison and Lisa Paige, as “slightly abridged.”

Jan. 13-17, 2016: “Tonight: Mark Twain!” performed by Oberst, who has portrayed the humorist more than 1,500 times.

March 2-6, 2016: “From My Grandmother’s Grandmother Unto Me,” by Charlotte and Clarinda Ross, developed and directed by David Thomas, Art Station president and artistic director. Clarinda Ross stars in this 30th anniversary time-trip through the Appalachians fueled by the power of family and oral tradition.

March 31-April 3, 2016: “Jesus of Nazareth” and “The Book of Genesis,” a faith-filled double bill performed by Oberst.

April 28-May 15, 2016: “Me and Jezebel,” by Elizabeth L. Fuller, based on a true story of a New England family that had Bette Davis as a house guest for a more extended period than they intended.

July 14–31, 2016: “Grits: The Musical! Girls Raised in the South,” based on Deborah Ford’s book “Grits Friends Are Forevah.”

Season packages and single tickets available. Single tickets: preview performances, $19; regular performances, $23; ages 60 and up, students, $27. 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain Village. 770-469-1105, www.artstation.org.

Kenny Leon to advise Tony-organizer group

Kenny Leon, artistic director of True Colors Theatre Company, has been appointed to the American Theatre Wing’s Advisory Committee. Leon joins a new group of advisers including actress Stockard Channing, People and Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle and author and former Facebook executive Randi Zuckerberg.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, the New York-based American Theatre Wing, best known for orchestrating the Tony Awards, “is dedicated to preserving the past, celebrating the present and fostering the future of American theatre nationwide,” according to its website.

In Atlanta, Leon’s True Colors is staging “Chasin’ Dem Blues: The Untold Story of Paramount Records” at Southwest Arts Center through Aug. 9. 1-877-725-8849, truecolorstheatre.org.


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