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Theater festival features a pair of dramas
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Gainesville Theatre Alliance is presenting the play “In the Heights” at Brenau University from Feb. 10-21 as part of its February Festival. The second show will be “Antigone” Feb. 13-21 at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus. - photo by Simpson Custom Photography

Theater lovers can head to New York City and the Kingdom of Thebes without even leaving Gainesville thanks to Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s February Festival.

“In The Heights” and “Antigone” are the GTA’s productions this month on two area college campuses.

“In The Heights” opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Hosch Theatre at Brenau University in Gainesville. More performances will follow at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11-14 and Feb. 17-21 as well as 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 21 at 429 Academy St.

“Antigone” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the Ed Cabell Theatre at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus. Other showtimes and dates are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and Feb. 17-21 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at 3820 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

The cast and crew have been hard at work on both plays.

“Students started in early January, as soon as school started back, getting these shows ready for opening night,” Georgia Theatre Alliance marketing manager Beth Kendall said.

“In The Heights” is a modern-day drama about a group of immigrants who try their best to make it in the sometimes harsh environment of Manhattan.

Set in the ancient world of Sophocles, “Antigone” tells the story of a heroine who fights the king to defend her fallen brother’s honor. The classic Greek tale is made new again by the theater company as the actors and actresses bring each character to life once more through modern choreography and set design.

“The GTA chose two very different plays to perform in the February Festival, so there’s something for every taste, but I think a lot of patrons will also want to see both shows,” Kendall said.

Tickets for “In The Heights” are $12-$24. Tickets for “Antigone” are $12-$20. Both shows are rated PG-13 for some mature content.

Visit www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org or call the box office at 678-717-3624 to purchase tickets.

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