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Theater Companies Move into Former Theatre in the Square

Out of Box Theatre and Next Stage Theatre Company have leased the smaller space known as Alley Stage in Marietta's now-defunct Theatre in the Square.

will be joining Next Stage Theatre Company as a company-in-residence at Alley Stage. Next Stage has leased the smaller space in the Marietta building that formerly housed the .

Next Stage's director, Rob Hardie is delighted to have Out of Box join them. “Carolyn Choe is one of the best directors in town and joining forces with Out of Box Theatre was a no-brainer," Hardie said in a press release. "In the last two years, Next Stage has proven to provide outstanding quality productions and we want to expand to include the outstanding type of productions that Out of Box has already shown in their inaugural season.”

With the space already secured, Out of Box was able to announce a complete line-up of shows for this year. “We are pleased to offer a wide variety of shows that we know will work wonderfully in the Alley Stage,” Choe said in the release. “We open in July with 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).' Although you may have seen it before, it is completely revised and updated, and of course, there is plenty of improvisation along with audience participation.”

This fall, two new original works by local playwright, Raymond Fast will set the stage for a great Halloween season. “Scorned” and “Touched” play together to send chills up your spine.

Christmas brings the return of “The Santaland Diaries.” This will be the third year this zany cast of five puts a spin on what is quickly becoming a classic around town. And to close their season at the Alley Stage, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” the compelling story of the conflict between Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, which explores the themes of individuality and rebellion against conformity.

You will also see Out of Box Theatre offering “Street Theatre” at the Artists Market on the Square on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Also in the works are staged readings of new works back at the studio space at Artisan Resource Center.

You can get more information about Out of Box Theatre at outofboxtheatre.com and Next Stage Theatre at nextstagetheatre.net.

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