Trader Austin's Zion! at Marietta Performing Arts Center, May, 2016. Photo by Bobby Harleston .
Cakewalk, recipient of a major grant from the Yip Harburg Foundation, was Bev's new musical chosen for The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival at Atlanta's Out Front Theatre. Click below for a brief montage. Also, look for her annual sell-out production of The Bridesmaid of Barrington Hall in Roswell, Georgia in 2019.
Bev is currently working on commission in Nashville on a script about music city's "girl singers." It's called Nashville Shadows, and the talent that producer Rick Gould has assembled is killer. Meanwhile, her play The Wishing Place will receive a rehearsed reading, directed by the acclaimed Laura King for the Dramatists Guild, at Gordon State College this spring.
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India Tyree as Phoebe in Cakewalk. Photo by Casey Gardner.
Holly Stevenson plays multiple roles in The Bridesmaid of Barrington Hall.
Set in 1919 Claxton, Georgia, Cakewalk is a satire, with a scorerich in melodic joy. Meet the Clugston family, led by patriarch Commissioner John Clugston, successful fruitcake manufacturer,whose heated race for mayor is complicated by the unfortunatebehavior of his family and servants.
The Clugston’s smart and insightful servant, Phoebe, pulls back the curtain on this mess of a family! There are scandalous surprises, philandering politicians, corrupt businessmen, calculating metrosexuals, and entitled young people. The women are addicted to liquor, boys, and the fashion of the moment. And everyone has a secret, each of which threatens to explode with devastating political consequences.
It’s uncanny how the Clugstons of 1919 Georgia bear a disturbing resemblance to 2019 America.
Ben Thorpe and Amber Hamilton in Cakewalk.
Trevor Goble, David Huenergardt, India Tyree, and Ben Thorpe in Cakewalk. Photo by Casey M. Gardner.