The season will open with the world premiere of Pearl Cleage's What I Learned in Paris (September 5-30), an Atlanta love story directed by Susan V. Booth. Scott Schwartz will direct Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt's musical about a suburban family grappling with mental illness Next to Normal (October 17-November 11). During the holidays, Alliance will present David H. Bell's adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (November 23-December 23), directed by Rosemary Newcott. David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People (January 16-February 10), a play about class, values, and the American dream directed by Susan V. Booth, will begin the new year. Finally, The season will close with Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson's Zorro, which tells the story of the fighter of corruption and lover of beautiful women, with music by the Gipsy Kings.
During the 2012-2013 season, Alliance will stage two plays specifically for families. First, Rosemary Newcott will direct her Real Tweenagers (October 27-November 3), a theater experience based on writings by real Atlanta middle school students. Then, the children's classic Charlotte's Web (February 20-March 10) will come to life through acrobatics. Newcott will direct.
The season will also offer several productions on Alliance's "underground" Hertz Stage. Lynne Meadow will direct Alfred Uhry's play based on the book by Marie Brenner Apples and Oranges (October 5-28), a world premiere which follows Carl and his journalist sister as they experience the extremes of family love. Next, Mary Brienza, Kathryn Markey, and Leenya Rideout's Holidays with The Chalks (November 30-December 23) will transform the Hertz stage into a classic honky tonk. Susan V. Booth will direct. The Hertz Stage's second world premiere of the season will be Mike Lew's play about one damaged woman's bike trip across America Bike America (February 1-24). In the spring, Alex Greenfield will direct Mathew Lopez's The Whipping Man, a play about a Jewish Confederate soldier in 1865.