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GTA kicks off theater festival
Guest professionals collaborate with students on 3 productions
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James Hoge and Ashley Campbell star in GTA’s "She Loves Me."

Gainesville Theatre Alliance productions

'A Raisin in the Sun,' Feb. 15-23, Ed Cabell Theatre, University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

'She Loves Me,' 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-16 and 19-23, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 23, Hosch Theatre, Brenau University, 429 Academy St., Gainesville.

'In Acting Shakespeare,' Feb. 22-24, Sylvia Beard Theatre, Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford

How much: $16-18 for adults, $14-16 for seniors and $10-12 for students.

Contact: 678-717-3624, www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org

This month, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance features the work of three theater professionals working alongside GTA’s college theater students on Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun," considered the play that "changed American theatre forever" by the New York Times.

The play is part of GTA’s "triple-play" February Festival of Theatre, which brings three different plays to three north Georgia theaters, frequently running simultaneously between Feb. 12 and 23.

"A Raisin in the Sun," directed for GTA by Equity actor, director and educator Victor Love, centers on the Younger family, a struggling African-American family living in 1950s south-side Chicago. When they receive an insurance check following the death of their patriarch, three generations within the household have different ideas about of what the money should be spent on.

Love has appeared in TV shows such as "West Wing," "Miami Vice," "JAG," and "Melrose Place," as well as several film roles. His stage appearances include playing Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson in "A Few Good Men" at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway and the Duke of Aumerle in "Richard II" at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Appearing on stage as Lena Younger is professional actress Donna Biscoe. A Georgia native, she has worked around the country on both stage and screen, appearing on television shows like "One Tree Hill." "Drop Dead Diva" and "Army Wives," and in films including "One Missed Call" and "Bly Sky." Her theater credits include "Doubt" at the Alliance Theatre, "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Theatrical Outfit, "String of Pearls" at the Horizon Theatre and "Holiday Heart" at the Arena Theatre.

A third professional collaborating on the show is Peggy Stamper, who is designing costumes for the Gainesville Theatre Alliance stage for the first time. Stamper brings more than 25 years of costume design for film, television and theater into her work with the GTA. Stamper designed the costumes for the hit television show "The Walking Dead" and has worked as a designer on numerous movies.

Additional professionals are involved in GTA’s February Theatre Fest as music director for "She Loves Me," an intimate romantic comedy that runs Feb. 12-23 at Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre. And in James DeVita’s one-man show, "In Acting Shakespeare," his humorous and inspiring story of transformation from New Jersey longshoreman to Shakespearean actor. DeVita performs his show Feb. 22-24 at Buford’s new community center.

Ticket prices for all shows 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 online at www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org or by calling the box office at 678-717-3624, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Group discounts of 20 percent off for 12 or more people and ADA seating also are available through the GTA Box Office.

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