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Theater notes: New seasons for Synchronicity, Gypsy; Fabrefaction taking break

Premiere inspired by Troy Davis case tops '15-16 Synchronicity season

Synchronicity Theatre has announced its 2015-16 season, including a topical world premiere by Decatur playwright Lee Nowell based on the Troy Davis case and a new play by Lauren Gunderson, which the San Francisco playwright (and former Atlantan) describes as a “banjo memory musical.”

The lineup for Synchronicity’s second season in the troupe’s first permanent home, in Midtown’s Peachtree Pointe:

Sept. 25-Oct. 19: “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play.” Sarah Ruhl’s comedy about sex, intimacy and equality, first staged by Synchronicity in 2011, returns.

Dec. 4-27: “A Year with Frog and Toad.” Synchronicity remounts its play about friendship, based on the classic children’s books by Arnold Lobel, which nabbed the 2007 Suzi Bass Award for outstanding production-musical.

Feb. 19-Mar. 19, 2016: “Fancy Nancy the Musical.” Based on Jane O’Connor’s series of children’s books about a girl drawn to extravagant clothes and all other things posh.

April 8-May 1, 2016: “Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project.” Commissioned and developed by Synchronicity, Nowell’s world premiere is described as “an investigation of our divergent and deeply-held beliefs on the death penalty” as expressed by her characters of diverse experience.

May 20-21, 2016: “The Heath.” Gunderson tracks the life and lineage of her a grandfather, a World War II veteran who battled dementia, alongside the myth of King Lear, who went mad and wandered out onto the heath. “The Heath,” according to Synchronicity’s announcement, “grapples with mortality, madness and regret while celebrating life, memory, music and the power of a good story.”

For tickets or more information on Synchronicity’s programming and events: 404-484-8636,

Changes ahead for Fabrefaction

After spending its first five years at 999 Brady Ave. on the fashionable Westside, Fabrefaction Theatre Company, a teaching troupe uniting student and professional talent, has notified patrons that it will give up its space and will spend the summer considering its next move.

A 3 p.m. May 10 performance of “Peter Pan” and a Junior Company showcase at 7 p.m. May 15 mark the final bow in the building it shares with Miller Union restaurant and Kai Lin Art gallery.

“We will be taking the summer to revise our business plan and are seeking partners and financial investors willing to donate to our annual fund and/or donate performance, class, shop, and storage space,” artistic director Christina Hoff wrote. “The mission of Fabrefaction is greater than any building, and we are excited to greet the next stage of our company with promise and possibility as we take our model to the next level.”

Gypsy troupe settles in Buford

Gypsy Theatre Company has announced plans for its first full season at Buford Community Center, where it will become a resident company.

Led by Mercury and Danielle Gustaveson, the troupe will present a six-show 2015-16 season in the 274-seat Sylvia Beard Theatre. The lineup:

July 16-Aug. 2: “Steel Magnolias”

Oct. 3-25: “Knock ‘Em Dead”

Dec. 3-20: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

Feb. 11-28, 2016: a Southern comedy world premiere to be announced by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

April 14-May 1, 2016: “Moonlight & Magnolias”

June 9-26, 2016: “Wisdom of Eve”

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