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Annie Potts drops out of Alliance Theatre’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ cast

  • 12:22 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Yvonne Zusel

It was a “Designing Women” reunion that wasn’t meant to be — Annie Potts, who played Mary Jo Shively on the much-loved sitcom, has withdrawn from the cast of the Alliance Theatre‘s production of “Steel Magnolias.” The show is being directed by her “Women” co-star Judith Ivey, who played B.J. Poteet, and also features “Girls” actress Becky Ann Baker, “The Wire” actress Deirdre Lovejoy and stage actresses Sarah Stiles and Zoe Winters.

Potts, who was set to play the role of matriarch M’Lynn, dropped out of the cast due to health considerations following knee surgery, according to a press release [More]

Alliance Theatre scripts a new form of outreach to develop Atlanta projects, talent

  • 6:18 pm Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab program announced by the Alliance Theatre on Thursday grew out of a series of national feedback sessions in which individual theater artists were asked by leaders of the country’s largest cultural institutions, well, what they wanted.

The answers came “loud and clear,” said Alliance artistic director Susan Booth, especially when she brought home the idea for the national dialogue initiated by the theater service organization Theatre Communications Group and focused it on Atlanta.

The Alliance heard that the metro area’s theater artists yearned for an artistic home, wanted to be welcomed into the Alliance “whether we’re on [More]