Lionheart Presents Our 2023 Season
The Lionheart Theatre Company is excited to announce our 2023 season, marking the 23rd Anniversary of Lionheart.
Ten-Minute Community Theatre Play Festival
Dates: January 13 -22, 2023
Lionheart will kick off our 2023 season by hosting a showcase of ten comedic ten-minute plays presented by Lionheart and our friends from OnStage Atlanta, Merely Players Presents, Live Arts Theatre, and Main Street Theatre.
“Deli” by Diane Dexter (World Premiere)
Dates: March 3-19, 2023
Directed by Jeremy King
Lionheart is pleased to present the premiere production of this play by local playwright Diane Dexter. “Deli” explores the question of, “What happens to a neighborhood institution when the neighborhood changes?” That’s what the Davidson family is confronting in “Deli.” It’s 1990; chain restaurants are cutting into their business, the customer base is shifting, and the younger generation of Davidsons sees opportunity elsewhere. At the heart of “Deli” is a decision we all face at one time or another: Whether to hang on, adapt or let go.
“Jeffrey” by Paul Rudnick
Dates: May 5-21, 2023
Directed by Scott King
Jeffrey, a gay actor/waiter, has sworn off sex after too many bouts with his partners about what is “safe” and what is not. In gay New York, though, sex is not something you can avoid. Suddenly, just after he’s reconciled himself to celibacy, Jeffrey’s flamboyant friends introduce him to the man of his dreams, who also happens to be HIV-positive. What follows is an audacious and moving romantic comedy with a difference—one in which the quest for love and really fabulous clothes meet, and where unflagging humor prevails even when tragedy might be just around the corner.
“The House at Pooh Corner” Adapted by Bettye Knapp, From the work by A.A. Milne
Dates: July 14-16, 2023
Directed by Barry West
Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest. Probably they’ll go to the North Pole or to the South Pole. For there is a dark, mysterious threat that he’s to be sent away to Education. Nobody knows exactly what or where that is, and if he’s sent to such a distant place, what can his friends possibly do without him? So it’s generally agreed that they’ll run away. As the situation becomes clearer, Christopher Robin isn’t quite so sure that running away is the answer.
“Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig
Dates: September 8-24, 2023
Directed by Rick Adams
Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, “Lend Me A Tenor” is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world-famous singer Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as the star of the opera. Tito arrives late, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, he is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
Lawless Spirits 2023
Dates: October 12-22, 2023
Directed by Tanya Gilmer
Lionheart’s annual walking ghost tour returns for another year of spooks and chills. And due to popular demand, we’ve expanded this tour to two weekends!
“Deathtrap” by Alfred Levin
Dates: November 3-19, 2023
Directed by Scott Rousseau
Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash. Sidney’s plan, devised with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student for co-credit. Or is it? DEATHTRAP provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness, and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be spellbound until the very last moment.
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” by Alfred Uhry
Dates: December 7-17, 2023
Directed by Myrna Feldman
This play takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph; his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy; and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way.