Atlanta Now Casting: Play a Principal Role in Inspiring Play ‘Citizens Market’

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Star in an inspiring play about chosen family in an unlikely place this spring.

Written by Cori Thomas and directed by Jeff Adler, “Citizens Market” will follow a hopeful group of immigrants who form an unlikely family as employees at a New York City supermarket “working to master the ups and downs of language, love, and staying afloat in the city that never sleeps.”

The production is seeking Equity actors for the five principal roles in the play. Talent, aged 20–69, of all ethnicities, is wanted for the roles, though the characters will be immigrants from Romania, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and El Salvador.

There will be an Equity Principal Audition on March 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. Local actors or actors who have Atlanta, Georgia housing and are able to work locally are strongly encouraged to apply. Rehearsals will begin on April 16 and performances will run May 25–June 24.

Join the family by applying directly on Backstage here!

Check out Backstage’s Atlanta audition listings!

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Abundance of LGBTQ riches on Atlanta stages this spring

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Clockwise from left: ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Trixie Mattel and ‘Out of Darkness: Two Remain.’ (Courtesy photos)

Between theater gigs, special events, comedy, opera and concerts, the spring is a hotbed of LGBTQ offerings.

One of the most-anticipated treats of the season is “Out of Darkness: Two Remain,” staged by Atlanta Opera and directed by the company’s innovative artistic director, Tomer Zvulun. Composer Jake Heggie’s and librettist Gene Scheer‘s opera, in two acts, deals with Holocaust survivors being visited by ghosts from their past. It’s based on true stories by survivors including gay German Jew Gad Beck. The work is being done in collaboration with Theatrical Outfit.

Openly gay comic, actor and YouTube sensation Randy Rainbow is bringing his patented sense of humor to town in April. His musical tribute to the first presidential debate in 2016 was seen by more than 25 million people in just two days, and his comedic videos are starting to pop up everywhere.

Looking for even more laughs? A night with Kathleen Madigan might be the cure. Over her lengthy career, she has been seen on every late night show imaginable, and her comedy show “Gone Madigan” has been seen on Showtime and Netflix. Also look for the queen of mean, funny lady (and gay fave) Lisa Lampanelli, visiting the city next weekend, and the improv madness of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” in May.
Groundbreaking gay artist Todrick Hall follows up a run in Broadway’s “Chicago” with his new “American: The Forbidden” world tour, making a stop at the Fox Theatre in May.

An evening of music, comedy and drag is promised at drag goddess Trixie Mattel’s Now With Moving Parts Tour, while the Atlanta Ballet’s “Bach to Broadway” is set to music by George Gershwin.

Out Front Theatre Company has a slew of events, including a production of the beloved “Sordid Lives” and a new show with “Sordid Lives” creator Del Shores titled “Six Characters in Search of a Play.” Other theater highlights include Serenbe Playhouse’s “The Little Mermaid” and Actor’s Express’ “The Color Purple.” As well, Aurora Theatre is taking its adorable version of the crowd-pleasing “Mamma Mia!” to the Ferst Center in June after it closes it current run.

Finally, the biggest ticket of the season looks to be the long awaited bow of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” the winner of several Tony Awards and a pop culture phenomenon. It comes to town via the Broadway in Atlanta series and looks to cause the stir here it has everywhere else.

Lisa Lampanelli
March 24
Center Stage Theatre

“The Little Mermaid”
March 28 – April 22
Serenbe Playhouse

“Out of Darkness: Two Remain”
April 5 – 15
Atlanta Opera
The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s

Randy Rainbow Live
April 12
The Buckhead Theatre

Kathleen Madigan: Boxed Wine and Bigfoot
April 13 – 14
The Buckhead Theatre

Trixie Mattel —Now With Moving Parts Tour
April 23
The Buckhead Theatre

“Sordid Lives”
May 3 – 20
Out Front Theatre

Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour
May 6
Fox Theatre

Whose Line is it Anyway?
May 8
Tabernacle Atlanta

“Bach to Broadway”
May 11 – 13
Atlanta Ballet
Cobb Energy Centre

“Six Characters in Search of a Play”
May 20
Out Front Theatre

“Hamilton”
May 22 – June 10
Fox Theatre

“Mamma Mia!”
June 9 – 24
Ferst Center for the Arts

“The Color Purple”
June 16 – July 29
Actor’s Express

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These are the top 2 contenders for Amazon’s HQ2, according to economists and housing experts

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The real-estate listing company Zillow surveyed dozens of housing experts and economists on what city they believe could land Amazon HQ2, the company’s $5 billion headquarters.Atlanta, Georgia and Northern Virginia are their top picks.The survey’s conclusions are similar to other HQ2 analyses, many of which have also pointed toward the Washington, DC area and Atlanta as top contenders.

Since the latter part of 2017, cities across North America have had a $5 billion question on their minds: Where will Amazon choose for its second headquarters?

In September, the tech giant announced that it will build the new campus, called HQ2, in a North American city. The $5 billion headquarters is expected to bring 50,000 jobs over the next two decades, making it the most coveted corporate-civic giveaways in recent history. Earlier this year, Amazon announced the top 20 contenders.

A new survey from Zillow guesses which cities are most likely to win HQ2. The real-estate listing company asked more than 100 housing experts and economists their opinions about the probability of Amazon picking each of the HQ2 finalists.

Most said Northern Virginia and Atlanta are highly likely, while Los Angeles, the New York City area, and Miami are considered long shots.

Atlanta has ample space for Amazon to grow, a business-friendly regulatory climate, and very low housing costs — which could all be big selling points for the company. Northern Virginia is close to policymakers in DC and has an emerging tech industry.

Zillow’s conclusions mirror those made by previous HQ2 analyses.

In a recent study by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, analysts pointed toward Atlanta; Boston; Denver; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Washington, DC. In February, Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University’s business school, predicted that New York City; Newark, New Jersey; Washington, DC; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Northern Virginia are top contenders.

Amazon representatives reportedly toured several sites in the Washington, DC area last week, according to The Washington Post. During the trip, they met with the governor of Virginia and the mayor of Washington, DC.

As Amazon continues to grow in Seattle, Washington, the city has seen skyrocketing housing prices, increased gridlock, closures of independent businesses, and unrelenting construction — a reality that many urban planning experts say could be an omen for the HQ2 city.

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Georgia-Pacific to build $135 million softwood lumber mill in Georgia

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ATLANTA – Georgia-Pacific announced it will build a 340,000-square-foot softwood lumber mill in Warrenton, Georgia. Construction of the $135 million technologically advanced facility is scheduled to begin this summer, with an anticipated startup in spring 2019.

The new lumber production facility will replace an older plant and create 30 to 40 additonal jobs when operational, bringing the company’s workforce in Warren County to approximately 150 people. It will be built on land adjacent to the existing mill, which has been in operation since the early 1970s.

“We have enough property next to our existing mill in Warren County to build a larger facility equipped with the latest in lumber manufacturing technology,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “We have a great team at Warrenton and building a new state-of-the-art facility on this site will make it competitive for years to come. The team has earned it.”

The new facility will be capable of over three times the output of the current facility, which will remain operational until the new plant is built. Once in production, the new facility will receive approximately 185 truckloads of pine logs a day and produce approximately 350 million board-feet of lumber per year, according to Georgia-Pacific in a Feb. 20 statement.

Georgia-Pacific employs more than 7,200 people at 18 locations in Georgia. Those jobs create an additional 21,440 indirect jobs. Since 2006 the company said it has invested approximately $1.9 billion in additional capital and acquisitions in Georgia.

“Georgia-Pacific has found an abundance of success in Georgia, and this new softwood lumber production facility in Warren County allows them to continue to tap into the wealth of resources in Warrenton,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with this leading company as they not only drive innovation in this sector, but in the state.”

According to Dr. Wes Clarke at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the project will support 454 direct fulltime construction jobs in Warren County, another 41 fulltime indirect jobs supporting the project, and 42 induced jobs in the community during the construction period. This construction activity will have a positive economic impact of more than $28 million added to Warren County during construction.

“Last year we announced a similar project in Talladega, Alabama that will begin production this summer. This new facility at Warrenton is the second of several we have in our current plan,” Mason said. “The demand for lumber continues to improve as the housing market recovers, so we continue to evaluate similar investments in several states across the country to serve our customers’ needs for lumber.”

At full operation, the 300,000-square-foot state-of-the-art plant will employ more than 100 full-time employees. The $100 million lumber production facility in Talladega, Alabama, is scheduled for startup in late 2018.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of lumber and composite panel products for use in cabinetry, furniture, casegoods, closet systems and other wood products. The company also produces related chemicals, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, and consumer-related items, including bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging and office papers, with consumer brands including Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and STAINMASTER™ household cleaning products. The company operates approximately 200 facilities and employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly.

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