Theatrical Outfit Inc

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A compassionate community grounded in dignity, justice, and equity.


Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

Theatrical Outfit (TO) is proud to be Atlanta's downtown theatre.  The second oldest professional theatre in Atlanta, TO has brought exemplary artistry and integrity to the cultural landscape of the city for over 44 years. Since 2005, TO has made its home in the Balzer Theater at Herren’s on Luckie Street. This space is important to our identity in its downtown location as well as its historic significance: Herren's was the first white restaurant to voluntarily desegregate in 1962, risking backlash in the pursuit of racial equity. During the conversion of the space, TO preserved several pieces of this history, including the original Herren's sign, and made a commitment to environmental responsibility which led to our becoming the first theater in the country to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. These facts are a physical manifestation of our commitment to equity and responsibility within our community.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Matt Torney, TO’s work focuses on three pillars of programming for our audience in the heart of downtown Atlanta: the Mainstage Season, the “Made in Atlanta” new works program, and Community Engagement partnerships and events. TO’s 2021-22 Mainstage Season features five plays, each pairing with community partners and events for maximum engagement: "An Iliad" by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare is an adaptation of Homer’s epic poem that explores the tragedy of war and the resilience of the human spirit; "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig," a hilarious whodunnit, will make its Atlanta premiere over the holidays; "Bright Half Life" by Tanya Barfield tells of a lesbian couple’s long relationship and explores the universal power of love; "The Wolf at the End of the Block" by Ike Holter is a thriller, dark comedy, and social commentary that sets the stage for discussions of community-police relations; and the season closes with "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill" by Lanie Robertson about Billie Holiday, the late icon who wove the tragic experiences of her life into her beautiful music.

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