Repertory: Peachtree Playhouse

The play was Peter Shaffer's opulent epic, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, but what happened out front was perhaps even more spectacular. In the 765 seats of the auditorium, Atlanta's most ele gant citizens, jewels clinking discreetly at wrist and throat, settled down for the grand opening of Theater Atlanta's brand-new $1,200,000 repertory house.

Before them stretched an ingenious and superbly equipped stage, reaching 100 ft. from wing to wing and 70 ft. from lip to backdrop. White floodlights dimmed and gave way to soft oranges and blues; the first actor in a cast of 28 appeared onstage to...

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