Although they are both located in Midtown’s Woodruff Arts Center, seldom do the Alliance Theatre and the High Museum of Art unite to highlight one another’s programs.
However, they have partnered in supporting a new artistic exhibition at the High, “The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Book for Children.”
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Alliance will present the world premiere of “Max Makes a Million,” a play for youth and family audiences, June 20 through July 21.
The play is an adaptation of Kalman’s book of the same name. It combines poetry, dance, jazz, visual art, and, most of all, dreams.
According to Liz Diamond, the Alliance show’s adapter and director, it is “intended to generate little moments of life the way Maira Kalman floats them on her pages.”
“These moments make up beautiful, individual and vitally important lives, constantly dissolving and recombining in the big city, making the whole of it a jazzy poem of life,” she said.
An accompanying news release stated the play follows the beat-poet dog Max Stravinsky on his quest to get from New York to Paris, and celebrates those wishful thinkers who dare to dream beyond what seems possible.
This family friendly, one-act production plays will be performed on the Hertz Stage.
Kalman is perhaps best known for her quirky New Yorker magazine covers and brilliant pictorial essays, the release stated. But she has also published more than a dozen books for adults and 18 acclaimed children’s books, beginning with the game-changing “Stay Up Late,” which gave visual form to the popular Talking Heads song from their “Little Creatures” album.
Since then, her works have followed the comic adventures of multiple beloved characters and have addressed important historical figures and events with books, including “Looking at Lincoln” and the Sept. 11-inspired “Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey.”
Tickets range from $5 to $15 and are free for children 2 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.alliancetheatre.org.