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Ashley Earles-Bennett / Actor's Express

Actors Express opens its season with an exploration of religion.

The play, called “The Christians,” introduces Pastor Paul, who has an eye-opening revelation. The result causes a crisis of faith among his megachurch congregation.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Freddie Ashley, Actor’s Express’ artistic director and the director of the production, alongside actor Brian Kurlander, who plays Pastor Paul, about faith, division and their experiences getting familiar with megachurches. 

Jeff Watkins / Atlanta Shakespeare Company

The Bard’s fantastical farce is getting a slightly more empowered interpretation. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern is mid-run with their production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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“It’s just fun. It’s one of the most playful of Shakespeare’s comedies,” director Tony Brown tells "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes.

Actor Dani Herd characterizes the show as “a good Shakespeare gateway drug.”

Ashley Earles-Bennett

It’s one of the longest-running musicals in off-Broadway history, and it’s also one of the most performed musicals in high schools, according to the Educational Theater Association.

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That show is “Little Shop of Horrors,” where down-on-his-luck Seymour Krelborn discovers a new plant species with an insatiable appetite for human blood and world domination at the same time he's also falling love with his colleague Audrey.

Courtesy of Royce Bable

Royce Bable was an ambitious 20-something with a promising career in media research when he got the feeling: the feeling that there’s something more to life.

It’s a familiar story among young people, and many have the opportunity to satisfy their curiosity with world travel. Bable had not yet had that chance  until his career really started taking off, but he seized it anyway.

Jeff Watkins

Shakespeare’s plays are often accepted as works of historical fact. In the case of "Richard III," many believe we’ve been deceived all these years.

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The show is the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s current production and runs through July 2.

As far as historical accuracy goes, artistic director Jeff Watkins insists that it doesn’t matter.