There is something for everyone this month when it comes to live theater in metro Atlanta. For those looking to embrace the Halloween season, a couple of fan favorites are back, like “The Sleepy Hallow Experience” at Serenbe Playhouse and “The Ghastly Dreadfuls” at the Center Puppetry Arts.
But there is more to explore than just seasonal staples. “The Royale” tells the tale of Jay “The Sport” Jackson who dreams of becoming the first black heavyweight champion, but the world of boxing is still largely segregated.
And “Nick’s Flamingo Grill” at the Alliance Theatre follows two ex-WWII GI’s turned jazz musicians, who have had great success performing in Paris nightclubs for the past 10 years before bringing their show home to 1950s Georgia. It’s unspired by the true story of the first integrated nightclub in Atlanta.
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Sep 14 – Oct 13
“Star Wars” meets “Dukes of Hazzard” in Dad’s Garage’s new version of the classic intergalactic tale in “Lawrenceburg!” From the mind of Travis Sharp — creator of last year’s hit musical “Wicket” — comes a brand-new take on a beloved movie, now presented smothered and covered in Southern charm, according to Dad’s Garage.
Sep 21 – Oct 21
The show follows Alix, who lives with her family in a tiny motel room, caring for her brothers while her newly divorced mom figures out a plan. Her classmate Mason lives alone in a grand, empty house, composing music while his absent father runs jobs for the Hong Kong mafia. Mason and Alix develop an unlikely friendship, learning to scrape by and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes together. This is a play about motel kids and parachute kids raising themselves and living without a safety net in a land of plenty, according to the Horizon Theatre.
The Sleepy Hollow Experience
Sep 26 – Nov 4
Serenbe Playhouse at Serenbe Community
Following four sold-out seasons and recognition as one of the top 5 Halloween plays in the country by American Theatre Magazine, this one of a kind spooky experience is back with. Additional family-friendly performances take place Sundays in October at 2 p.m. with a fall festival opening at 1 p.m.
Nick’s Flamingo Grill
Sep 29 – Oct 28
The show follows two friends, ex-WWII GI’s turned jazz musicians, who have had great success performing in Paris nightclubs for the past 10 years. Convinced that their mixed-race act will also be a hit in the U.S., they decide to return home. To 1950s Georgia. Inspired by the true story of the first integrated nightclub in Atlanta and featuring ten original jazz songs in the style of the era, Nick’s Flamingo Grill is a story of hope and brotherly love, according to the Alliance Theatre.
Evil Dead: The Musical
Oct 5 – Oct 20
Out of Box Theatre
It’s an old tale. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times. Boy and his friends go on a week long vacation in the woods. Three friends turn into Kandarian demons. One friend is killed by a forest of evil trees. Two demons are killed by their boyfriends respectively, while one stays in the cellar trying to kill everything in sight.
The Ghastly Dreadfuls
Oct 10 – Oct 27
Center for Puppetry Arts
They’re back! Your favorite band of specters has returned and is ready to celebrate Halloween with a cavalcade of creepy stories, frightful songs, and devilish dances from around the world and beyond this mortal plane. Featuring new stories and old favorites, this ghostly jamboree is dreadfully fun for the living and the dead, according to the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Oct 10 – Nov 4
Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the first black heavyweight champion of the world, but in the segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked promoter hatches a plan for the fight of the century, Jackson finds himself facing the reigning white defender. By unmasking the early 20th century boxing circuit, playwright Ramirez examines a long-held fascination with athletic heroes and the responsibilities thrust upon them outside of the ropes. Loosely based on real events, The Royale brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a place in history.