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 2017-2018 Discovery Series
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.
The Secret in the Wings
by Mary Zimmerman
7:30pm, Nov.10-13, 2017
at UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre
3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood 30566 Tickets – Free
In The Secret in the Wings, MacArthur Fellowship and Tony Award-winning playwright and director Mary Zimmerman unleashes her minimalist theatrical wizardry with her adaptation of four traditional fairy tales. Framed within a story of a child listening to bedtime stories read by her frightening babysitter, Zimmerman takes us back to the time when uncensored fairy tales were more about fear and enchantment than about the characters themselves. As adults, we can steel ourselves when evil shows its face, prowling for the innocent, but Zimmerman’s devotion to original text and innate sense of stage awe make us happy to be back in that wide-eyed time of childhood when the line between reality and fantasy is delightfully, and sometimes alarmingly, fluid.
Fuente Ovejuna (Murder by everyone and no one)
by Lope de Vega
7:30pm, April 13-16, 2018
at Brenau University’s Theatre on the Square
301 Main Street SE, Gainesville
Tickets – Free
What does it take to bind a community together against violence and oppression? Despite current applications around the globe, Fuente Ovejuna (fu-EN-tay oh-vay-HOO-nuh) provides an answer based on 15th-century events that were immortalized by one of Spain’s greatest and most influential Golden Age dramatists, Lope de Vega. When a military commander returns victorious from battle to a small town, he becomes a menacing oppressor to the town’s citizens, and especially its women. Pushed to the breaking point, the people of Fuente Ovejuna rise up in a show of unity and bravery. Surprisingly infused with humor and music, this timeless masterpiece provides heart-stopping excitement.