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Things To Do In Memphis: Fringe Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Voices of the South presents The Memphis FRINGE Festival - 50 Shows over TWO WEEKENDS!

June 7 – 9, 2019 & June 13 – 15, 2019

The McCoy Theatre on the Rhodes College Campus

Tickets: $10/Show OR $100 Festival Pass

The mission of Voices of the South as a theatre company is to create, produce, and perform unique theatre from diverse Southern perspectives.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #67: Hattiloo Theatre

by Melissa Thompson

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.

Click here for tickets and more info!

Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

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

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #51: Theatre Memphis

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Theatre Memphis is a non-profit community theatre whose mission is “to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the live of our audiences, participants and community”. As one of the oldest and most successful community theatres in the country, Theatre Memphis has offered an opportunity for people with every degree of talent to become part of the creative process. As a community theatre, all of the cast and crew are volunteers with an average of 750 annually.

Theatre Memphis was founded in 1920 and presented three one-act plays as its first performance in 1921. In 1925, the theatre opened its doors to its first permanent home, housed in a former stable. By 1929, the theatre had moved to its second permanent home on the east wing of the Pink Palace. Theatre Memphis opened its doors on its current location in East Memphis on May 1, 1975. The building houses two separate stages - the Lohrey MainStage, which seats 400, and the smaller black-box theatre, the Next Stage, which seats 100. Both spaces area enable with state-of-the-art sound and lighting instruments and equipment. While visiting the theatre, don’t miss the Dramatis Personae sculpture garden, including original works by Lawrence K. Anthony.

Showagon is the educational component of Theatre Memphis whose four actors present a variety of productions that tour to local schools, libraries and other locations. For over 30 years, Showagon has performed in schools and libraries in the greater Memphis area, and sometimes other parts of Tennessee and exposing children to the magical world of theatre. 

The 95th season promises to be entertaining with a strong selection and variety of dramas, comedy, musicals, new work and classic offerings to ensure that there is something for everyone.  Currently performing Copenhagen until March 1st and The Boy from Oz starting March 6th.  Visit their website today for the full performance schedule and to purchase tickets or call 901.682.8323 for more information.

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