Since 2006, Hattiloo has honored playwright August Wilson's contribution to America's literary canon by producing one of his plays each season. They stage celebrated musicals such as The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin', and Dreamgirls, along with traditional plays like For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Colored Museum.

At Hattiloo, they value and celebrate the cultural diversity and rich history of Memphis and the Mid-South region. As a Black repertory, they focus on works written by and/or about African-Americans. They frequently partner with other arts organizations and nonprofits in collaborative projects that expand and diversify audiences. In the recent past they have collaborated with Ballet Memphis and The Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Hattiloo maintains a robust slate of free community education and outreach programs as part of our “ArtReach” initiative, including live theatre staged in neighborhoods across the city, symposiums, panel discussions, and festivals. They also offer free, year-round youth programming, including Hattiloo Children's Theatre and Camp Awareness. Their productions and outreach programs are designed to complement each other in pursuit of their mission, serving as a lens into African-American culture for thousands of citizens, and as a gateway to the arts for thousands more.

This season, they open with In the Heights, a musical that presents the ‘inner-soul’ of Caribbean immigrants and their children. The Brother/Sister Plays will show us the ‘inner soul’ a black community and its African origins. Free Man of Color teaches us about the ‘inner-soul’ of the abolitionist movement. Radio Golf and my own play If Scrooge was a Brother will illustrate the ‘inner-soul’ of successful Blacks. And they will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Wiz, which epitomizes the ‘inner-soul’ of the creative Black community.

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Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

901-525-0009 - Box Office
901-502-3486 - Administration

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