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'every tongue confess' coming to Horizon Theatre
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'every tongue confess' coming to Horizon Theatre

ATLANTA -- A passionate mystery production will begin its run at the Horizon Theatre later this month.

Marcus Gardley's every tongue confess will open Friday, July 12 and run through Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Inman Park/Little 5 Points-area theater.

The play made its debut at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and won the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

"I want to make people dream," Gardley said of his work. "I want to inspire people, give them hope, talk about difficult things, ask big questions ... My hope in all my works is to look at history in a new way, to tell the stories that we don't know, the stories that were hidden."

Horzion Theatre provided this synopsis of every tongue confess:

The summer heat is rising and flames are flying high in this fantastical whodunit uncovering the culprit behind a string of church fires in Boligee, Ala. As the temperature climbs, the churchgoers start gossiping and the secrets slip out -- a widow touched by the Holy Spirit, a son with big dreams, a stranger with a mysterious past, a young girl whose voice has left her and a father who struggles to connect.

Wrapped in combustible comedy and the sweat-soaked gospel and blues music of the Deep South, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Gardley blends ancient myth and magical realism with the local TV news to create a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged and the truth cannot escape.

Performances of every tongue confess are Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Visit horizontheatre.com for more information or to reserve your seat.

Horizon Theatre is located at 1083 Austin Avenue NE.

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