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The Gainesville Theatre Alliance premiers Apathesiacs, April 14
The Next Discovery Series show portray 20-somethings struggling with choosing their paths
The cast and crew of “Apathesiacs” has spent a lot of time developing trust and friendships needed to collaborate on the contemporary script about searching for identity and determining which are the important relationships to keep.


When: 7:30 p.m. April 14-17; doors open at 7:10 p.m. 

Where: Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SE, Gainesville

Cost: Free

More info: 678-717-3624

Where does college life end and adult life begin? How do you find your identity? Does it happen or do you go after it?

For Joel, Jordan, Thrasher and Kristine, life is moving forward and decisions need to be made ... or do they?

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s next Discovery Series show, “Apathesiacs,” focuses on the romantic lives of two couples, with input from a brash and profane, alcohol-emboldened brother pushing some key buttons.

“I had been stewing on the themes in ‘Apathesiacs’ for some time,” Passmore said. “I was interested in writing a piece that was simple and about romantic relationships, where (some-will-say) not much happens on the outside but where the characters are struggling with something very real on the inside.”

An original work by Brenau University and GTA program graduate Skyler Passmore, the show will run from April 14-17 at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville. Free performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 14-17, at 301 Main St. SE, Gainesville. Doors open at 7:10 p.m. 

“Apathesiacs” is rated R for adult themes and language. It is part of GTA’s Discovery Series, which is an offering of a small cast and contemporary and often more edgy scripts.

In an age of reality TV and multiple shows “about nothing,” “Apathesiacs” is about the inner-workings of relationships that are messy; sometimes selfish and often substance-infused, playing out as millennials grapple with what they want and if they want it enough to leave the comfort zone of familiarity and indecision.

“Apathesiacs” is directed by University of North Georgia student/director Benny Higgins. 

“The biggest challenge for me has been having to rely completely on either my own experiences or plain old intuition to build this show,” Higgins said. “I don’t have other versions to look up and steal ideas from. All the ideas are mine. As directors, we like to take inspiration from other artists, when we are stuck. Now if I’m stuck, I just have to look at the words on the page (for) about two more hours.”