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By Amanda Cantrell
A ghostly caper arises from the debris of the Oakland tornado in this world premiere at Horizon Theatre. Freed Spirits brings the magic of Oakland Cemetery to the Horizon stage in this world premiere. Local playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio, one of Horizon’s commissioned playwrights, creates the right amount of mystery and the right amount of fun in this comedy that is perfect for the fall season. Directed by Co-Artistic Director Lisa Adler, and designed by the award winning Curley-Clay sisters, Freed Spirits brings Oakland Cemetery “alive.”
Oakland tour guide Susan Dickey spends her days among the dead, reliving the past to entertain the present. A freak tornado changes everything as it exposes secrets and artifacts forgotten and buried for years. With the help of steampunk survivalist MJ, hipster paranormal photographer Bryon, and gardener and retired pathologist Dr. Netta Finch, Susan explores the possibility that ghosts are real. Or are they?
“This play is Atlanta,” says Adler. “It’s written by an award-winning Atlanta playwright, about an Atlanta landmark, with a stellar Atlanta cast. It’s a fun, upbeat ghostly comedy about a cadre of quirky urban misfits solving a mystery in the midst of the gardens and tombs [of] Oakland. It’s the perfect comedy for this fall and Halloween season in Atlanta, celebrating the quirky, weird, and unique [spirit] of this Atlanta intown haunt.”
Performances run through October 30th. Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:30pm, and Sunday at 5:00pm at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points/Inman Park (1083 Austin Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30307). Tickets, starting at $25, and information are available at www.horizontheatre.com or 404-584-7450.