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img_6547LAST FOUR SHOWS of A Steady Rain, DEC. 3-6. Call 205.500.2701 for tix.  Next up at Birmingham Festival Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life: LIVE opens December 11, runs through the 27th. Call 844-4-Clarence.

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A Steady Rain’s director: Alan Gardner


Alan Gardner is the co-founder / co-artistic director of City Equity Theatre and has acted in or directed many productions since the company’s beginning. Patrons might remember his acting from BIll W. and Dr.  BobThe Seahorse, or Superior Donuts. Alan has been a member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild for over 15 years; he has an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Theatre from UAB.

Professionally he has acted in nine feature films, 50 television commercials, and onstage off-Broadway, and regionally in Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. He has also just achieved another personal goal with the formation of Ashland Films (2013), of which he is co-owner, and has sold Ashland’s first project. For 22 years he has been the proud husband of Francie Gardner and is also extremely proud of his four sons, McNeill, Stuart, Hamilton and Walker. He also is proud to have led the Vestavia High School Theatre Guild as director from 2007-2014. He thanks all of the crestive team for their hard work and dedication on this production.

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OPENING WEEK for A Steady Rain


TONIGHT is $10 Preview for A Steady Rain. 8 pm.
A generous (and modest) donor has made TWELVE $15 tickets available, good for shows this Friday or Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon (4-ticket limit, Reg. Price: $27.50.) Call 205.500.2701 and use the password CONNIE to claim one of these discounted seats.
With plot elements ripped from the headlines, A Steady Rain is like a great episode of True Detective live and up close, starring two of Birmingham’s most accomplished actors, Marty Higginbotham and Patrick Ian McCall, directed by Alan Gardner, one of City Equity’s founders and artistic directors. A powerful piece of theatre that holds the Broadway record for biggest box office in a single week, with 15 shows from Nov. 12 through Dec. 6. Call 205/500-2701 for tickets.

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A Steady Rain’s Denny: Marty Higginbotham

Marty Higginbotham
Marty Higginbotham

MARTY HIGGINBOTHAM (DENNY) is excited to be  onstage debut for City Equity Theatre.  A native of Birmingham now returned, Marty spent 23 years in Chicago working as actor, director and designer, and is a proud ensemble member of the revered American Blues Theater, Chicago’s second oldest Equity ensemble.

Marty’s Chicago credits include productions with The Organic, Northlight Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre and Next Theatre Company. His many regional theatre credits include appearances at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and the Hal Prince Theatre in Philadelphia.

Marty won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in the world premiere of The Glory of Living, written by Birmingham native Rebecca Gilman, and received nominations for Original Score for The Homage That Follows and Dr. Faustus.

Since returning to Birmingham, Marty has starred in Birmingham Festival Theatre’s Production of Red as Mark Rothko, directed BFT’s critically acclaimed Venus in Fur and designed set, lights and sound for Gidion’s Knot. For 12 years Marty has directed Chicago’s Holiday Tradition, It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago, which he has now expanded to Birmingham, premiering last December at Birmingham Festival Theatre.