Best College Productions To See This Year In Atlanta

October 14, 2013 8:00 AM

Atlanta has a surprisingly deep wealth of local theatrical productions, but you may not have considered the option of attending a production at one of the city’s colleges. This fall, there are several different options to choose from, and you may just see one of the future stars of Broadway on an intimate stage. 

Emory University
Dobbs University Center
605 Asbury Circle N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-5050

Dates: Nov. 14-24, 2013

There’s a reason “MacBeth” is one of Shakespeare’s most performed tragedies; the drama never stops in this exciting tale of scheming and betrayal. Emory University plans to explore the psychological subtexts in this production. Running through the middle of November, this production would be a great night out for the family or for guests visiting around Thanksgiving. Just don’t say the name of the play while in the theater – actors refer to it as “The Scottish Play” to avoid bad luck.

The Laramie Project
Georgia College
320 N. Wayne St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-8290

Dates: Oct. 16-18, 2013

“The Laramie Project” portrays the tragic story of the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard was tortured and murdered in 1998, targeted by several men because of his sexual orientation. The play (and the subsequent film) use interviews with residents of the town to tell the story of the murder and how it changed the town forever. Though time has passed, it is a story we cannot forget.

6 Characters in Search of An Author
Georgia State University
Alumni Hall 
30 Courtland St.
Atlanta, GA 30302
(404) 413-5693

Dates: Nov. 7-17, 2013

This show may be on the more challenging end of the college theater productions this season. Originally in Italian, the play dates back to 1921, and its original runs in Italy and on Broadway created quite an uproar. Audiences then weren’t prepared for the nontraditional narrative style. However, for the play to still be performed nearly 100 years after its creation, it must be worth checking out.

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Almost, Maine
Columbus State University
901 Front Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 507-8400

Dates: Oct, 17-20, 2013.

John Cariani’s sweetly romantic play was a hit several years ago off-Broadway in New York. It comes to Columbus State University this season, and theater fans of all ages are sure to enjoy the journey of this special little play. It is appropriate as a date night or as a night out with the kids. You won’t be disappointed by this tender experience.

Georgia College
320 N. Wayne St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-8290

Dates: Nov. 19-23, 2013.

Theresa Rebeck’s play “Seminar” was a hit on Broadway and had a successful run at one of Atlanta’s regional theaters earlier this spring. If you missed those incarnations, you will want to catch this show at Georgia College. The play tells the story of a group of students who engage in a writing workshop with a famous, albeit washed up, writer. Through the course of their studies, we learn about what drives each character to write and to brave the most personal criticism in the goal of becoming better.

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