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Buford theater welcomes stage veteran’s one-man show

POSTED: February 20, 2013 6:11 p.m.

The Bard is coming to the Beard.

Acclaimed Shakespearean actor James DeVita will perform his one-man show, “In Acting Shakespeare,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24 in the Buford Community Center’s Sylvia Beard Theatre, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford.

DeVita, a New Jersey native, made the career transition from longshoreman to critically acclaimed actor, playwright and author. His Shakespearean roles include Iago, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo, Benedick, Richard II and Richard III.

He has received the Denver Critics Circle Award for Best Season for an Actor. An accomplished playwright, he is the resident playwright for The First Stage Children’s Theatre in Milwaukee, where he has written or adapted over 19 plays. DeVita has also published two novels.

The show is the third production in the inaugural season of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s SouthernStage, a partnership between GTA and the city of Buford to bring world-class theatre to the city’s new $18 million community center.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a collaboration between Brenau University, the University of North Georgia, theatre professionals and the North Georgia community.

Other performances in the series include the musical comedy “She Loves Me” at Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre and “A Raisin in the Sun” at the University of North Georgia’s Ed Cabell Theatre in Oakwood, both running through Feb. 23.

Tickets are $16-$18 for adults, $14-$16 for seniors and $10-$12 for students and children, depending on seat location. Boxes are available with two or four VIP seats for $40 a ticket.

Patrons can select their seats at or by calling the box office at 678-717-3624 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For group discounts (20 percent for 12 or more people) or ADA seating, please contact the box office.

Buford Rush Tickets will be available for all shows beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Buford Community Center Box Office. Patrons with a Buford address on their picture ID will be eligible to purchase two front-row tickets for that night’s show for $9.

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