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Community theater in Dunwoody commemorates 40 years
by Sarah Anne Voyles
August 21, 2013 11:54 AM | 3218 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo<br>From left, Craig Waldrip and Jeremy Wood in a production of 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.'
Special Photo
From left, Craig Waldrip and Jeremy Wood in a production of 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.'
In 1974, the Dunwoody Woman’s Club formed Stage Door Players as a community improvement project, 40 years later the theater is a professional theater producing a full season of shows.

For years the theater moved around to various venues, but in 1988, the theater claimed residency in the North DeKalb Cultural Center.

“While the theater has evolved from a community theater organization relying on unpaid volunteers,” Artistic Director Robert Egizio said, “we have kept our strong connection to our immediate community supporters and while we strive to enlighten, educate and entertain our audiences through new and exciting works, we have held on to our ties with the past by producing familiar favorites and classics as part of our programming.”

This year the theater continues with the regular production season of six main stage productions. Egizio said in addition to the comedies, dramas and musicals they will produce, there will be two regional premieres as part of the line-up.

The theater also plans to offer some special events such as a co-production of “Letters to Sala” by Arlene Hutton, a biographical holocaust play with the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Actor Brad Sherrill will be back this season with his latest one man show, “Exodus.”

The second Mardi Gras Masked Ball Fundraiser will be in February 2014. Egizio said last year’s was such a success, it will be returning as the theater’s signature event and is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

He also said they will produce a farce, two classics – “On Golden Pond” and “The Odd Couple” and musicals that will likely be audience favorites.

For the next 40 years, Egizio said he would like to see the theater continue to grow and thrive.

“In the past nine seasons that I have been artistic director,” Egizio said. “The company has achieved great visibility and a new found recognition that is very exciting.”

The theater is also looking at the possibility of moving to a new a location. If it does move, the facility would need to accommodate a growing audience and give opportunity to produce works that are currently out of the theater’s grasp.

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