GTA Discovery Series

GTA Discovery Series
The GTA Discovery Series is our alternate — and often more experimental — stage frequently featuring smaller-scale professional productions and contemporary scripts that showcase some of the actors, directors and designers who mentor GTA students and frequently demonstrate a new paradigm of storytelling. Generally performed in our smaller, more intimate theatres and sometimes in unusual, nontraditional spaces with simpler production elements, Discovery Series shows are for those adventurous spirits who want to see new ways of approaching familiar stories or themes.

Up NEXT on the 2016-2017 Discovery Series

The Raven and the Nightingale

by Gay H. Hammond

7:30pm, Apr 6-9, 2017
at Brenau University’s Theatre on the Square
301 Main Street SE, Gainesville
Tickets – Free

Filled with poetic imagery and powerful emotion, this new version of a Greek tragedy tells the story of Cassandra, doomed prophetess of Troy, who was blessed by Apollo with the ability to see the future yet then cursed by him so that no one would believe her. Assailed by the destructive power of her visions while trying to navigate their meaning in order to save her family and her home, Cassandra is haunted and guided by the ghost of her twin brother as she faces not only her terrible fears and possible madness but her last enemy, the beautiful and powerful Helen.  Rated PG13

Click HERE to read an interview with our director!

Discovery Series performances are free of charge, with general admission seating on a first-come-first-seated basis.  Patrons can get vouchers beginning at 6:30pm the night of each performance to guarantee their seats: the theatre doors will open at approximately 7:10pm.

Earlier this year on the GTA Discovery Series



by Annie Baker

7:30pm, Sept 15-18, 2016
at Brenau University’s Theatre on the Square
301 Main Street SE, Gainesville
Tickets – Free

The Flick is Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award winning play, following three underpaid employees of a suburban movie theatre which houses one of the last remaining 35 millimeter projectors. In the empty aisles of the theatre, Avery, Sam, and Rose thread the filmstrips and mop the floors as they navigate their comic tiny battles and their not-so-tiny heartbreaks. Their journey becomes a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authentic connection in a fast-changing world. Rated R for mature content

Funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking. The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater.” – New York Magazine


Flyin' West Flyin’ West

by Pearl Cleage

7:30pm, Nov 11-14, 2016
at UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Tickets – Free

Many former slaves, anxious to leave the South with its increasing disappointments and dangers after the Civil War, took advantage of the Homestead Act, traveling West to build new lives for themselves and their families. Master storyteller Pearl Cleage’s FLYIN’ WEST, set in 1898, is the story of four African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.  Rated PG13

“FLYIN’ WEST is the most potent, gripping play…a paean to women…and a plea for all women with vibrant lives to tell their oral stories…”  – The New York Times