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SPOTLIGHT ON SPRING ARTS: Aurora ends season with a comedy about friendship

Photo: Colleen McCreary From left, Rachel Garner, Minka Wiltz and Naima Carter Russell

Photo: Colleen McCreary From left, Rachel Garner, Minka Wiltz and Naima Carter Russell

IF YOU GO

• What: “Lark Eden”

• When: Thursday — May 26, 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $16 to 30

• For more information: Visit www.auroratheatre...>

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Instead of going to the movies this weekend, grab a few friends for Aurora Theatre's premiere of "Lark Eden," a new play from Natalie Symons.

This is a humorous play tracing the lives of best friends Emily, Mary and Thelma in a tiny Georgia town named Lark Eden. Directed by Melissa Foulger, the play follows the life-long friends through passed notes and exchanged letters over a period of 75 years. Their story will remind you of the lasting importance of friendship and the impacts of experiences with those we love.

Although "Lark Eden" was written and made by women, its intended audience is much broader.

"This show is far from a 'chick play,'" said Ann-Carol Pence, the producer of the show. "'Lark Eden' is for everyone. We believe that a great story is a great story. People are people, no matter their race. And most importantly, friendship is friendship. So men will relate to it just as much as women."

Pence is excited to be working with Foulger on this production.

"(Foulger) could really make her home anywhere," Pense said. "The fact that she is sharing her talent with Aurora is a sheer blessing. She has such clear ideas about the show and conveys them with such passion. She also lets the humor of Natalie Symons' words resonate through."

This production is different from others in that it is written, made and performed entirely by women -- and the Aurora is happy to be home to such a play.

"'Lark Eden' highlights the accomplishments of many talented female artists who choose to make their artistic homes in Atlanta -- a fact that makes Aurora Theatre very proud," Pence said. "We, as women, need to work diligently to infuse DNA into our art. Our experiences are interesting. Our stories are compelling. Our voices are important."

The play runs through May 26.