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Lisa Adler, artistic director for the Horizon Theatre, stopped by Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio’s Around Atlanta edition to talk about the theatre in Little Five Points and the production of “Avenue Q.”

Adler has been running Horizon Theatre for her entire professional life, which now totals 30 years since she started at 24 years old. With an undergraduate degree in acting, Adler came to work in Atlanta at the Academy Theatre, through which she was able to start Horizon Theatre. Adler says, “Instead of changing jobs, I just changed the job to fit how I was changing.”

At the Horizon Theatre, the mission is to connect people, inspire hope and promote positive change through the stories of our times, and the theatre is able to do just that by putting on educational programs, performing live professional shows and going out on the road with traveling performances.

The theatre, at just 172 seats, is an old school building that was converted into an intimate, professional theatre. The intimacy of the Horizon Theatre allows for seats that are up-close and personal to the stage.

When Adler moved from Chicago to Atlanta, she found the old school building in Little Five Points and was amazed at the location and the price relative to that of a booming theatre market in Chicago. She describes her then reaction to the prime real estate, “Look at this! This space is available. It’s green and it’s ugly, but it’s here and it’s really cheap!” Since this discovery, the theatre has thrived with an Atlanta ensemble of professional actors, the location of the theatre and the free parking that is offered.

Performances are all contemporary and themed around subject matters with which the community will connect. Following that description is the current production of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Avenue Q,” being held at Piedmont Park now and later this summer at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. In the performance, both puppets and people are featured as the characters in a theatrical rendition of a young man’s transition from college to the real world. Adler describes the musical as, “Sesame Street meets The Simpsons,” with songs such as “Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist” and “The Internet is for Porn.”

Shows like “Avenue Q” and many others get their time to shine and entertain the Atlanta population at the unique venue that is Horizon Theatre. For more information regarding ticket purchasing, volunteer opportunities or other details, visit www.horizontheatre.com.


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