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Award-winning author/director announces the Grand Opening of Marietta Theatre

Ed Howard knows how to entertain audiences.  After all, he’s written (and directed) some of the most-produced comedies in the English language and presented them in hundreds of America’s finest theatres.

Along with his friend Gene Bradley, another long-time Marietta resident, Howard has taken on the task of re-opening the doors of the theatre building recently vacated at 11 Whitlock Avenue, just off the Marietta Square.  Howard and Bradley’s is a whole new enterprise, though they hope to live up the excellence achieved by the former theatre at the location (Theatre in the Square) in its heyday.

The team of Howard and Bradley is thrilled to announce that the doors of the theatre will be thrown open on the evening of November 1, 2012 as Marietta Theatre with the hilarious comedy full of heart, “The Summer of Daisy Fay” starring the Suzi Award winning actress Veronika Duerr.  Daisy Fay is the character created by Fanny Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes in the Whistle Stop Café author, in her first novel, the semi-autobiographical Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man.

“The Summer of Daisy Fay” tells the story of Daisy’s coming of age the hard way in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Like Fanny before her, Daisy rises above her backwoods background by walking into a community theatre one day and volunteering to run the spotlight.  She goes on to shine in the spotlight herself, and her misbegotten trip to The Miss Mississippi Pageant in Tupelo is one you’ll never forget.

Next on the boards in December will be “A Tuna Christmas”, the outrageous holiday classic set in Tuna, Texas, that leaves audiences rolling in the aisles, but because the characters are so recognizable, they manage to make us fall in love despite their off-the-wall eccentricities.  This will be a family version of the show, which primarily means we’ll have one character in particular (Used Weapons Store owner Didi Snavely) watch her language.

The remainder of the 2013 season will soon be announced, but among the plays already being considered are some sure-fire hits that come with small casts like “Fully Committed”, “Tru”, “The Gin Game”, and “Shirley Valentine”.  Also, since everybody loves a good farce, plans are to pull out some favorites like Ray Cooney’s “Run for Your Life” or Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me a Tenor.” And plans are also to make at least one show a season a show put on strictly by volunteers and students of on-site classes in theatre.

Marietta Theatre is gratefully accepting all donations toward the cause.  Tax deductible donation checks can be made to Marietta Theatre and sent to Marietta Theatre, 1050 East Piedmont Road, Box 108-211, Marietta, GA 30062.  For more information about the theatre, visit the website at www.mariettatheatre.org. All donations are tax deductible due the support of the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia.  Paul R. Pierce, the Springer’s producing artistic director for the past 25 seasons, has pledged his organization’s help in jump-starting the new Marietta Theatre venture by providing administrative and technical support and a non-profit umbrella until the year is out and Marietta Theatre has established its own non-profit status.

The Springer has a long-time relationship with Howard.  The $2.3 million/year professional theatre has produced all of the “Tuna” plays – GREATER TUNA, A TUNA CHRISTMAS, RED, WHITE AND TUNA and TUNA DOES VEGAS with Howard as director.  In addition, the 141 year-old National Historic Landmark theatre produced the world premiere of “The Summer of Daisy Fay” at the Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama, and Howard’s musical “The Tempest Tossed”.

“I am so grateful for the Springer’s support in this venture,” said Howard. “Paul Pierce has built a first-class theatre operation in Columbus built on excellence, discipline and fiscal responsibility and he has offered his staff’s assistance in helping our community make the magic of theatre come alive again on Whitlock Avenue.”

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