The Waffle House is only one place that 24/7 is sure to have two of my favorite things: smiles and warm food. Finally a play based on this southern hot spot, The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered & Scattered 24/7/365 at the Horizon Theatre.
Opening night was packed as director Lisa Adler shared that the idea for this play germinated when Eddie Levi Lee shared that he collected articles about the crazy things that happen at the Waffle House and she did the same thing. This world premiere comedy is part of the New South Play Festival.
This story is set in Atlanta and suddenly the Waffle Palace is threatened to be torn down by developers. The owner John (Larry Larson) has a family history within the walls of the Waffle Palace, his customers are more than customers their practically kin.
During the course of the a few days in this story you discover community and get a peek into the facts of life: lust, love, and death all the while the aroma of fried goodness lingers in the air.
A talented cast brings the Waffle Palace to life; Enoch King is a standout as he brings in his roaring humor as the cook, the preacher, and the suspicious Yankee. Lala Cochran also adds her flair for the dramatic from the seductress to the straight talking cop.
So come on down and sit a spell and enjoy a night with your friends at The Waffle Palace. It will make you yearn for a waffle and a warm cup of joe.
The Waffle Palace is playing through July 1 at the Horizon Theatre, for details visit: www.HorizonTheatre.com
About the Playwrights
|LARRY LARSON & EDDIE LEVI LEE (playwrights) Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee’s acting, writing and directing credits extend back to the 1970s with numerous collaborative projects for the Academy Theatre Main Stage, Tour Team, Lab Theatre and Children’s Theatre. At the Alliance Theatre, Larson and Lee partnered to write and direct The Grubb Chronicles, Tales of Rat Alley, Merlin!, and Treasure Island for the Alliance Children’s Theatre. They also wrote and acted extensively with The Southern Theatre Conspiracy in the 80’s. Their numerous writing and acting credits for STC include: The Blood Orgy Trilogy, Mirandolina Unchained, Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends: A Final Evening with the Illuminati, and Tent Meeting. Some Thingsâ€¦Illuminati and Tent Meeting went on to Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, and have been subsequently produced at many theatres in the U.S. and overseas. Tent Meeting received the TCG/HBO award for Best New Play in 1986. Larson and Lee’s published plays are Tent Meeting, Some Thingsâ€¦Illuminati, Isle of Dogs and The Salvation of Iggy Scroogeâ€”available from Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French Publishing, Inc. Other plays by Larson and Lee include: Charm School, which premiered at Horizon Theatre and won the 2007 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Suzi Bass Award, and The Bench: A Story of Christmas, which premiered at the Alliance Theatre in 2003.|
|Lala Cochran (Various Characters) is always happy to be back home at Horizon Theatre whereshe first appeared in Escape from Happiness in 1995. Recent credits includeSpring Awakening at Actor’s Express and Superior Donuts, Night Blooms, and TrueLove Lies here at Horizon. A favorite role is Diane in A Little Dog Laughed atTheatre in the Square for which she won the Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play in 2008. When not doing this, the greatest of jobs, LaLa enjoys pedaling her bike around Atlanta looking for better shortcuts and finessing her recipe for pimento cheese. Infinite thanks to all of you who support live theatre by showing up, coming back, and telling your friends how great it is to hear and see live theatre.|
Allan Edwards* (Various Characters) lastappeared at Horizon Theatre as Voltaire in Legacy of Light and made his first appearance at Horizon as Comer in Algae Eaters back in 1999. Recently he was Sir Walter in Theater Emory’s Persuasion and Walter in Becky’s New Car at Georgia Ensemble Theater. Atlanta audiences may remember himas Grown-up Ralphie in A Christmas Story, as Gloucester in King Lear,and as Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatraat Georgia Shakespeare. He has performed at The Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis, TheaterVirginia in Richmond, Triad Stage in Greensboro, Charlotte Repertory Theater, and at The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.
Marguerite Hannah* (Connie) was last seen on Horizon Theatre’s stage as Geneva Willis in Night Blooms. Horizon patrons will also remember her as Benita in A Cool Drink A Water. Marguerite has worked the regional stages of The Oregon Shakespeare, Arena Stage, DC, Playmakers’ Rep, NC, People’s Light, PA, Players’ Theatre, OH, St. Louis Black Rep, Alliance Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare, The Huntington, Boston, and Arkansas Rep. Atlanta audiences may also remember her the last few years in Theatre in the Square’s Flying West, Kenny Leon’s True Colors’ Amen Corner, 7 Stages’ A Song for Coretta, and Theatrical Outfit’s Waiting to be Invited.
Enoch King* (Walter/Various) Recent credits: The Ladies Man (Theatre in the Square), The Santaland Diaries (Horizon Theatre), Fool For Love, The Colored Museum, Broke-ology (True Colors Theatre). TV Credits: House of Payne, BET’s Let’s Stay Together, Golden Corral commercial. Up next for Enoch is Sheddin’ here at Horizon. Order up!
|Larry Larson* (John) returns to Horizon Theatre after last appearing in the world premiere of Charm School. Previous performances at Horizon include Boy Gets Girl, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, and The Drawer Boy. Larson’s acting career began in the early 1970s as a member of Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre Acting Company. He has performed on nearly every Atlanta stage in over fifty productions including numerous plays at the Alliance Theatre such as Smart Cookie, Managing Maxine, Gem of the Ocean, Glengarry Glen Ross, and the Larson and Lee world premiere production of The Bench. His film and television credits include For Us the Living, Breaking Away, Door to Door; My Father, My Son; The Bill Tush Show, and the Disney feature film, Mr. 3000. Larson is currently the host of The Morning Ride on AM 1690 – The Voice of the Arts in Atlanta.|
|Eric Mendenhall* (Various Characters) was last seen at Horizon Theatre as Carlos in In Darfur. Eric returns to the stage in Atlanta after spending the last year and half working regionally â€“ Florida Rep (Bedroom Farce), Florida Stage (The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider), Hippodrome State Theatre (Dracula) â€“ and working in Film/TV with roles in the feature films What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Trouble With the Curve, Echo at 11 Oak Dr, 42, and Lawless. Other Atlanta Credits: Georgia Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet), Theatre in the Square (Tradin’ Paint), Theatrical Outfit (A Confederacy of Dunces, Big River, The Chase), Georgia Ensemble Theatre (What I Did Last Summer, Last Night of Ballyhoo). Other TV/Film: Army Wives, Ben 10: Alien Sward, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and Coma (on A&E this spring). Eric is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. For more information visit www.ericmendenhall.com.|
|Maria Rodriguez-Sager (Esperanza) is delighted make her Horizon Theatre debut. Theatre credits: That Other Woman’s Child (Song of Solomon) at New York Musical Theatre Festival, Spanish world premiere of Barrio Hollywood (Graciela) at Aurora Theatre, Women + War (ensemble) and Expecting Isabel (Pat/Lupe) 2008 Suzi Bass nominee at Synchronicity Theatre, Speech and Debate (Diwata) 2009 Suzi Bass nominee at Theatre in the Square, Urinetown: The Musical (Little Sally), The Boyfriend (Hortense), Dog Sees God (Van’s Sister), Mr. Marmalade (Emily/Cactus), Marat/Sade (Charlotte Corday). TV/Film credits: Fifth season of BET’s The Game and a recurring role on Dylan Kussman’s web series The Steps. She received her theatre degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Love to John for his continued love and support. Muchos thank yous to Lisa, Jeff, Larry, and Eddie for inviting her to be a part of this wonderful experience and giving her the opportunity to work with this brilliant cast and crew. Mucho amor y gratitud to Mr. Alexis and Marty for making your casa her casa too! And an abundance of thanks to YOU for your continued support of local theatre. She hopes you’ll encourage others to do the same, that together we may keep the theatre community in Atlanta alive and well. Bless and be blessed!|
About the Creative Team
LISA ADLER (Director) is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic/Producing Director of Horizon Theatre Company, now in its 28th season of producing Atlanta, Southeastern, and world premieres of contemporary plays. She has directed or dramaturged over 50 plays at Horizon over the past 28 years and founded the New South Play Festival. Recent directing credits include Tree,Third, In Darfur, and Charm School. Her Horizon productions of In Darfur, The Syringa Tree, Skylight, Escape from Happiness, and The Heidi Chronicles were all voted top productions of their year by local media. Other favorite Horizon directing credits include the world premiere of The Perfect Prayer, Quills, and The Good Times Are Killing Me. She is a recipient of a Lexus Leaders in the Arts Award and An Abby Award for Outstanding Arts Professional, and she was named one of Atlanta’s “Defining Women in the Arts” by the Atlanta History Center. Lisa is a past participant in the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab in NY and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Lisa’s favorite role is mother to Sophie, her dramatic 11-year old.
JEFF ADLER (Director) has directed numerous productions for Horizon Theatre, beginning with Horizon’s first production Bonjour, la, Bonjour in 1983. Other Horizon favorites include Shooting Star, Altar Boyz, Madame Melville, The Lonesome West, Racing Demon, Voir Dire, Marvin’s Room, The Film Society, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Heathen Valley, The Secret Rapture, Full Moon, Mere Mortals, All in the Timing, Wonder of the World, TimeFlies, Charm School, and Almost, Maine. He has also directed at other theatres and colleges including LaGrange College, Gainesville Theatre Alliance and GMT Productions. He is a 1999 recipient of a Lexus Leaders in the Arts Award and the Arts and Business Council’s Abby Award for Outstanding Arts Professional. As Founding Co-Artistic/Technical Director, Jeff has been behind the scenes of every set build for Horizon Theatre productions.
ISABEL & MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY (Scenic & Costume Designers) are pleased to be back at Horizon Theatre for The Waffle Palace. They always love working on Horizon’s plays and productions. Some favorite recent Atlanta credits include scenic design for Freud’s Last Session at Theatrical Outfit, scenic and costume design for A Body of Water at Aurora Theatre, as well as their Suzi nominated scenic design for Superior Donuts here at Horizon Theatre, and their 2011 Suzi Award-winning scenic design for Avenue Q. Moriah and Isabel are glad to be working with such a wonderful cast and group of artists. Enjoy the show!
JUDE FUTRAL (Stage Manager) is back at Horizon Theatre for her 5th production, including two runs of the Suzi-Award winning Avenue Q. In Atlanta, Jude has also worked at Actor’s Express, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Brooks & Company Dance, Essential Theatre, Fly-By Theatre, Moving in the Spirit, Theater Emory, and True Colors Theatre Company. Thank you for supporting live performance in Atlanta and enjoy the show.
THOM JENKINS (Sound Designer) is a composer, musician, sound designer, and educator based in Atlanta. He is delighted to be back working with his friends at Horizon Theatre. His recent work includes: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Aurora Theatre; Black Pearl Sings, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery,Tree, The Santaland Diaries, and Madeline’s Christmas at Horizon Theatre;Don Quixote at The Center for Puppetry Arts; Frankenstein at Theater Emory; A Confederacy of Dunces at Theatrical Outfit; and Stealing Dixie, The 39 Steps, Circle Mirror Transformation, and On Golden Pond at Theatre in the Square in Marietta.
KATE BIDWELL LaFOY (Prop Designer) is very excited to be working on The Waffle Palace at Horizon Theatre. She thinks of Horizon as her second home where she doubles as the house manager. Her previous credits include Horizon’s productions of Superior Donuts, Night Blooms, The Clean House, Madeline’s Christmas, The Santaland Diaries, The 13th of Paris, and Shooting Star. She has also designed props for Theatre in the Square, Synchronicity Theatre, The Red Clay Theatre, and Aurora Theatre. As always, to her husband Cam- I love you lots like purple spots.
MACLARE “MC” PARK (Prop Designer) is a freelance prop artisan who is also the resident Prop Master at Georgia Ensemble Theater of Roswell. This year’s prop work includes: Avenue Q (Horizon Theatre), Freud’s Last Session (Theatrical Outfit), In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Synchronicity Theatre ) Gut Bucket Blues (True Colors Theater), The Foreigner (Georgia Ensemble), Red (Theatrical Outfit), and Panhandle Slim (Georgia Ensemble).
MARY PARKER (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to return to Horizon Theatre as a resident designer. Over the seven years that Mary has called Atlanta home, she has had the pleasure of designing for almost every professional theatre company in town, as well as several regional theatres throughout the Southeast. Recent favorites include:Avenue Q and Tree at Horizon; How I Became A Pirate at South Carolina’s Children’s Theatre; Spelling Bee and Inherit The Wind at Georgia Ensemble Theatre; Little Foxes and Ghost-Writer at Theatre in the Square; Assistant design Bring It On at the Tony Award Winning Alliance Theatre. Mary is super grateful to be the recipient of the Suzi Bass Award and Theater Fan award for her work here at Horizon on Avenue Q.