The Waffle Palace

Eddie Levi Lee and Larry Larson

Eddie Levi Lee and Larry Larson in Horizon’s Charm School

The award-winning playwrighting duo Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee return to Horizon Theatre with the world premiere of their new play The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered and Scattered 24/7/365. Inspired by real life news stories about Waffle House restaurants, the play follows a Midtown diner owner, his staff, and a hilarious cast of customers as they battle to keep The Waffle Palace open against encroaching real estate developers. The Waffle Palace runs May 11 – June 24, 2012.

The Waffle House is a Southern icon attracting people from all walks of life at all hours of the day and night. Larson says, “Everybody’s got a Waffle House story. The place is a weird magnet. But I look at it as an extended family. A place where everyone is welcome.” Lee adds, “Waffle House is what community is all about – interacting with disparate people, people who aren’t like you.” And the cast of characters in The Waffle Palace represents just that – a drag queen, a suburban couple, a college professor turned garbage man. Though very different, the Waffle Palace regulars form their own sort of community, or as the play emphasizes, a family.

Larson and Lee are known by Atlanta audiences for their unique style of theatre which they call “children’s theatre for adults.” “We try to include a surprise around every corner so you don’t know what’s coming next,” says Larson. The pair has been writing together for nearly 40 years and has several published works. Their most recent Horizon play, Charm School, won the 2007 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Suzi Bass Award. Lee refers to their writing relationship as “hybrid vigor – the process of crossing two species together so that the offspring [their play] inherits the strongest traits of both parents.” After 22 drafts, their brainchild, The Waffle Palace, had a full reading in front of a packed house at Horizon on March 26. The audience left laughing and craving waffles. After spending more than two years developing the Waffle House themed play Larson says, “my biggest fear along the way was that someone had already written it!”

The Waffle Palace opens for business at Horizon on May 11, 2012 and runs through June 24. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 PM and 8:30 PM, and Sunday at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $20-$40. Tickets and information are available at horizontheatre.com or 404.584.7450. The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered and Scattered 24/7/365 is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award.

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