Southbound: True Life Tales from the ATL and Beyond

Monday, May 10 – Mother’s Day Episode
Monday June 14 – Juneteenth Episode

From the depths of the ATL, Horizon Theatre is spotlighting the stories bubbling up from artists from the Beltline to the West End to Buford Highway. Southbound: True Life Tales from the ATL and Beyond is the newest original show from Horizon. The inaugural serial show premiered online April 5, 2021 and boasted a stellar line-up of ATL artists ready to share their amazing true-life tales. 

The series will initially take place on Zoom. Once the theatre reopens, Horizon plans to present live performances of Southbound at least once per month on Monday nights. Each tale will be told from the heart by writers, musicians, actors, journalists, leaders, celebrities – and just plain folks with great ATL stories to tell.

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The energetic hosts leading Southbound are actor/writers Megan Hayes (Horizon’s Sex with Strangers and Waffle Palace Christmas) and Brittani Minnieweather (Sweet Water Taste and The Ghosts of Little Five Points). 


  • Writer/actor O’Neil Delapenha (The Ghosts of Little Five Points)
  • Mary Lynn Owen (writer/actor of Alliance Theatre’s KNEAD)
  • Maggie Salley and Chase Peacock (lead performers in Horizon’s Once and singer-song writers)
  • Sherri D. Sutton (Atlanta area director, writer, and comedian)
  • Shay Youngblood (writer of Horizon’s Shaking the Mess Out of Misery).

    Their stories and songs are personal tales that will take audience members on a journey from a religious cult in North Georgia to a family vacation gone awry to a life-changing lunch with Sidney Poitier.



Megan Hayes (Co-Host) is an award-winning writer, storyteller and actor. She has appeared at the Horizon in Waffle Palace Christmas, Sex with Strangers, Tree and Santaland Diaries to name a few. Her film and Television credits include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Emmy nominated Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old BonesEastbound & Down. An avid storyteller, Megan has appeared on the Risk! Podcast, Tales From Tinseltown, Eat Your Words, Hatedate and is a Write Club LA winner.

Brittani Minnieweather (Co-Host) is an actor, playwright, and activist.   She is a co-founder of B.L.A.C.T. Her original play, Sundays at Four, won Best Play at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival in October 2019.  Acting credits include: Sweet Water TasteFreaky Friday and Madeline’s Christmas (Horizon Theatre), Jump and Little Shop of Horrors (Actor’s Express), Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Stage Door Players), Sweat (The Warehouse Theatre), Sordid Lives (Out Front Theatre), Polkadots (The Legacy Theatre), For Colored Girls… and The Laramie Project (IA Playhouse), and Debbie Allen’s Brothers of the Knight (Ms. Debbie Allen) Follow her: @britminnieweather


O’Neil Delapenha (Featured Guest) is an Atlanta based actor, director and writer. Excited to be back with the Horizon family, you may have recently seen him in The Ghosts of Five Little Points. Other credits around town include All’s Well that Ends Well with The Shakespeare Tavern, Blue Angels Weekend with Synchronicity, and A Day in the Life of Kidney Man an original one person show commissioned by Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, Fl.

Mary Lynn Owen (Featured Guest) is an Atlanta-based actor, writer, and educator with a career spanning over 40 years. A two-time Suzi Award winner, her work onstage includes Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit, Ouisa Kittredge in Six Degrees of Separation, Birdie in The Little Foxes, The Stage Manager in Our Town, and here at Horizon Theatre, Laurie in Third, and Ana in The Clean House. Her play, KNEAD, a one-person play in which she also performs, baking four loaves of bread onstage during every performance, received its world premiere at The Alliance Theatre in November 2018. KNEAD, a winner of The Alliance Theatre’s Reiser Lab Award and a semi-finalist for the 2017 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference, is also the recipient of the 2019 Gene Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. Mary Lynn is a longtime faculty member of Emory University’s Theater Studies Department. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, The Dramatist’s Guild, and Working Title Playwrights.

Chase Peacock (Featured Guest) performed on Broadway in Green Day’s American Idiot. Some favorite credits include: High School Musical first national tour, Bull Durham at the Alliance Theatre, The Wedding Singer, Catch Me If You Can, and Jekyll & Hyde at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Miss Saigon (Suzy Bass Award) and Titanic at Serenbe Playhouse, Ghost and Million Dollar Quartet at the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and Daddy Long Legs at the Legacy Theatre. Chase has been writing music for 15 years, and has written 3 musicals with cast mate Jessica De Maria. Find out more at

MAGGIE SALLEY‘s (Featured Guest) Previous Atlanta credits: Jekyll and Hyde (Atlanta Lyric) Footloose! (Theatre Buford) Parade, Next to Normal, Songs for a New World (Wallace Buice Theatre Company), and Chicago: Swingin’ on a Star (Artists Lounge Live.) Long time Disney vocalist/voice over artist mainly in their Hong Kong Park, she’s happy to be working a bit closer to her Augusta, Georgia family.

Sherri D. Sutton (Featured Guest) is a modern-day prophetess. She crosses gender, sexuality, race, pop culture, politics, and age with charism and charm, as she spins balls of yarn into hilarious stories. Her fans have called her “the voice of the gay community,” but her comedy transcends sexuality and gender. Sherri is a US comic, actor, and writer who hails from Georgia and tours internationally. Her Southern roots run deep, but thank God the branches reach wide. Sherri’s one-woman shows Don’t Make Fun of Jesus and Taking Out the White Trash! have played to sold-out crowds in New York, Atlanta, Canada, India, Malaysia, Europe, and Indonesia. After six years in Switzerland, this little devil currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shay Youngblood (Featured Guest) is a writer, visual artist, and educator. Author of several novels, collections of short stories and numerous essays, her published plays including Shaking the Mess Out of Misery, which was her first play and premiered at Horizon Theatre, have been widely produced and her short stories have been performed at Symphony Space and recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. She teaches monthly creative writing workshops at Youngblood Arts. Her current projects include children’s books, a super hero graphic novel collaboration and a multi-media performance work on architecture, memory and the environment inspired by research in Japan, China and the U.S. She has lived all over the world, but grew up here in Georgia – and is back in Atlanta now.