The Last Night of Ballyhoo
By Alfred Uhry
Directed by Amber McGinnis
November 29-December 31, 2017
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball. The Freitag family hopes that the party of the year will be the chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands—but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires, and beliefs.
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful, comedic, and enthralling romance by the writer of Driving Miss Daisy.
“It’s both fun and absorbing to hang out with these quirky and sharply etched characters, whose conflicts and power plays nod at serious themes.”–Washington Post
“The cast is stellar and the production top-notch…Theater J’s production is as good as it gets.”–Broadway World
“The production is lushly beautiful; the pacing, impeccable; the music between scenes, splendid; the acting, a delight in every detail…Theater J’s production of The Last Night of Ballyhoo is the best kind of comedy there is: It keeps you laughing and leaves you thinking.”–DC Metro Theater Arts
Running time: 2 hrs 15 min, with intermission
Director: Amber McGinnis
Scenic Designer: Daniel Conway
Costume Designer: Kelsey Hunt
Lighting Designer: Colin K. Bills
Sound Designer: Justin Schmitz
Props Design: Timothy J. Jones
Casting Director: Jenna Duncan
Dialect Coach: Rebecca Bossen
Production Stage Manager: Kate Kilbane
Assistant Stage Managers: Jessica Soriano, Cody Whitfield
Sunday, December 10 following the 2:00 PM show:
Join us for a conversation with Ballyhoo Costume Designer, Kelsey Hunt, and cast member, Shayna Blass, for a behind-the-scenes look at how the production’s costumes helped to bring the world of 1939 Atlanta, Georgia to life on Theater J’s stage.
Thursday, December 14 following the 7:30 PM show:
Talkback with the cast of The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Sunday, December 17 following the 2:00 PM show:
Jewish Identity in the South with Rachel Bergstein, Jewish History Department Faculty member in Upper School of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, and Rabbi Amy Schwartzman, Senior Rabbi at Temple Rodef Shalom.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo invites us into the world of Atlanta’s established and upwardly mobile Reform Jews on the eve of WWII. Join our panelists for a conversation about Jewish identity in the context of a culture of isolation and assimilation.
Dr. Kenneth* and Cheryl Gorelick Fund, sponsoring Actor Susan Rome
Leshowitz Family Foundation/Terry Singer, sponsoring Actor Shayna Blass
Evelyn Sandground and Bill Perkins, sponsoring Scenic Designer Daniel Conway
Meg and John Hauge
Ellen and Gary Malasky
*of blessed memory