Knoxtravaganza announces line-up

The Knoxville Performing Arts Exchange (KPAX) announces the lineup for Knoxtravaganza, a local performing arts talent showcase at Modern Studio on Saturday, November 18 starting at 6pm:

Einstein Simplified
Theatre Obsolete
Full Disclosure Comedy
Kelle Jolly
Knoxville Theatre Club
Cattywampus Puppet Council
Juniper Stinnett
Uncensored & Origins (spoken word)

Speed painter Tracey Rowe Crocker will create paintings live as inspired by the performances, which will be available for purchase.

KPAX invites the general public to enjoy FIVE HOURS of the shiniest, the finest and the brightest stars of Knoxville’s performing arts scene. Theatre, dance, puppetry, poetry and much more! Only $5 at the door, +$2 to BYOB (21+). The $2 corking fee is waived with the purchase of advanced tickets.

KPAX supports local performing artists by providing the basic infrastructure and utilities (e.g. stage, lighting, and sound) in a stable, supportive environment combined with audience convenience and comfort. These provisions allow performing arts groups of all types and experience levels to focus more of their resources and efforts on artistic quality, enabling them to expand their audiences, and by extension, their programming. KPAX is overseen by Carolyn Corley as part of Modern Studio, a flexible entertainment venue providing the basic infrastructure and resources for performing arts groups to engage, excite and inspire Knoxville audiences.

Modern Studio is a flexible, mixed use maker & performing arts space located in Happy Holler (north Knoxville) that provides support & space to local entrepreneurs & artists.

Theatre reinvents ‘Cinderella’ tale

KNOXVILLE, TN – Cindy & Ella, the Knoxville Theatre Club’s inaugural production, is based on the ancient folktale of Cinderella, but if you’re only familiar with the Disney cartoon, the plot of this dark comedy may be a bit surprising.​ ​

Stranded in the lifeless heart of Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma, and reeling from the traumatic death of her mother, young Cindy Wicket is left teetering on the brink of madness. When a handsome young man from Chicago arrives offering to buy the land, the stage is set for a final conflict over control of the homestead and the fate of all who live there. Photo: Knoxville Theatre Club.

When her scheming Aunt Eudora arrives claiming ownership of the home, a violent battle of wits and wills ensues.

Meanwhile, Eudora’s daughter Ella must wrestle with her own mounting desperation as she watches her hopes for the future vanish beneath dust, dead crops, and her mother’s all-consuming greed.

Co-author Sara Gaddis says about the production, “The Cinderella story is more than 3000 years old and there are versions of it in almost every culture, from Germany to Vietnam. We wanted to tell a story that was fun, exciting, and recognizable to everyone, but still left room to for us to explore the most enduring themes and relationships of those fairytales from a modern perspective, especially the messages the stories send to young women about their intimate and interpersonal struggles, the necessity and danger of hope, and the gifts or burdens our mothers leave us.”

Cindy & Ella stars Theatre Knoxville Downtown President Bonny Pendleton, Raine Palmer (The Office, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Chad Wood (Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tennessee Medieval Faire, Hamlet) and Maria Kauffman (Pride and Prejudice, Sleeping Beauty, The Crucible.) The show’s co-creators Gaddis and JP Schuffman have been producing original work together in NYC, Nashville, and Knoxville since 2010. In 2017 they founded Knoxville Theatre Club, which has hosted workshops and local community events such as The Pop-Up Theatre Project, Drama & Drinks, The Crow Flies Scriptworks, and the Knoxville Theatre Slam.

Cindy & Ella runs September 22-23 & 29-30, 2017 at Modern Studio, 109 W Anderson Ave, in Knoxville. Ticket prices vary ($5 to $25) and are available for purchase online at the theatre website. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.

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Shakespeare shows begin July 13

The Tennessee Stage Company presents its 27th summer Shakespeare Festival, featuring the comedies Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) opens the festival on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Market Square. It continues through Aug. 12, alternating performances with Two Gentlemen of Verona which runs July 14 – Aug. 13.

Admission is free to the Market Square and Blount County Public Library performances.

The indoor matinees at the Scruffy City Hall are $15. A donation basket is passed at Market Square with a $ 10.00 suggested donation. Special VIP seating is available on the Square for $ 15.00.


July 13, 15, 21, 23, 27, 29, Aug. 4, 6, 10, 126

7:00 pm nightly outdoors on Market Square

What happens when a young man suddenly finds his best friend’s girlfriend more desirable than his own? Shakespeare’s refreshing comedy of first love is complete with wily servants, disguised lovers and Crab – the most lovable, ill mannered canine ever to grace the stage. Valentine and Proteus, the two gents in question, prove that Romeo was not the only young lad in Verona to fall in love! “What light is light, if Silvia be not seen/What joy is joy if Silvia be not by.”


July 14, 16, 20, 22, 28, 30, Aug. 3, 5, 11, 13

7:00 pm nightly outdoors on Market Square

This is 37 Plays. Three Actors. 90 Minutes. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is directed by H. Caitlin Corbitt and Two Gentlemen of Verona is directed by Amy Hubbard, founding Artistic Director of The Actor’s Co-Op.

For more information, call 865-546-4280 or e-mail

Shakespeare On The Square would not be possible without the support of the Tennessee Arts Commission, The Clayton Foundation, the CBID, the City of Knoxville and Knox County.

Daniel Tosh at Knox Civic April 21

Knoxville , TN –Daniel Tosh and special guests will be appearing at Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Friday, April 21, 2017 for one night only. The appearance is part of Tosh’s “Tosh.Show On Campus Tour,” which travels to college towns like Knoxville where the University of Tennessee is located.

“Tosh.0” currently airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. Daniel Tosh will host and perform an evening of standup comedy featuring writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0.”

Tickets are $ 75, $59.50 and $45.00 for reserved seating, and go on sale Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at,, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box office or charge by phone at (865) 656-4444 or any Knoxville Tickets outlet locations

All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Dates and times subject to change without notice.

CBT presents The Busy Body

KNOXVILLE, TN – A fast-paced farce packed with memorable characters, “The Busy Body” runs in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre February 22 – March 12, 2017. In this comedy, a young woman, her handsome lover, and their friends plot to escape a controlling guardian. Will a nosey nobleman ruin the plan or save the day?

Charlotte Munson as Miranda in the CBT’s “The Busy Body.”  The play was written by Susanna Centlivre in 1709, with adaptations by UT Faculty Misty Anderson and John Sipes. Photo Liz Aaron.

A Pay What You Wish Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, February 22 from Noon to 7 pm at the theatre. A Talk Back with the actors will take place Sunday, March 5 following the matinee. A panel discussion in association with the Commission for Women will take place on March 9 at 3:30 pm in the Carousel Theatre. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 pm.

According to Restoration scholar Anderson, Centlivre’s comedy was the most popular play written by a woman in the eighteenth century and among the 10 most popular plays of the entire period. Audiences in Charleston, Williamsburg, Baltimore, New York, and other colonial theatre towns in the early days of America flocked to it. It even played in Havana and Kingston, Jamaica! The play’s pace calls for the kind of physical comedy one might have seen on “The Carol Burnett Show.”

“The Busy Body” gives us a window into the world of marriage at a time when women’s roles were just beginning to change, and playwrights like Centlivre were beginning to see women as equals to men. Manners and codes of conduct required curtsies, bows, and polite forms of address, but marriage contracts were also big business.
The two heroines struggle against arrangements that would turn them into mere goods traded between men using secret identities, tricks, messages in code, and helpful waiting maids. The results are hilarious and surprisingly modern; the young women are frank, spunky, and unstoppable, and their lovers seem to love them all the more for it.

Free and convenient parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard.

Clarence Brown Theatre season begins

KNOXVILLE, TN – Single tickets to the 2016/2017 Clarence Brown Theatre Season are now on sale. The 2016/2017 Season includes:

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts
August 31 – September 18
Clarence Brown Mainstage

Scarred in a farm accident, Violet takes a bus to Tulsa – via Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis – to be healed by an evangelical preacher. On the way, she learns the real meaning of love, courage, and beauty.

“The Crucible”
By Arthur Miller
September 28 – October 16
Carousel Theatre

This searing play chronicles the historical events in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The fear and accusations of Salem may be an aberration of the American Dream, but it has lent its name to later witch hunts that recur from time to time in the ongoing American story.

“This is Our Youth”
By Kenneth Lonergan
October 26 – November 13
Lab Theatre

Three wayward adolescents on the cusp of adulthood navigate Reagan-era New York, recreating their broken homes in their dysfunctional friendships and bungled attempts to find love.

“A Christmas Carol”
Adapted by Edward Morgan and Joseph Hanreddy
November 23 – December 11
Clarence Brown Mainstage

Ebenezer Scrooge gets one last chance for redemption when he sees his past, present, and the possibilities for the future with four persuasive ghosts.

“Outside Mullingar”
By John Patrick Shanley
February 1 – 19
Clarence Brown Mainstage

Filled with beautiful language and set in the rural hills of Ireland, this romantic comedy reminds us that – early or late – love always arrives on time. Farmers Anthony and Rosemary are clueless when it comes to love. To find it, they will have to overcome a land feud, family rivalries, and their own fears about romance.

“The Busy Body”
By Susanna Centlivre
February 22 – March 12
Carousel Theatre

A young woman, her handsome lover, and their friends plot to escape a controlling guardian in this hilarious Restoration comedy.

“Top Girls”
By Caryl Churchill
March 29 – April 16
Lab Theatre

In a world of the “Supermom” and a shattering glass ceiling, this play considers the conflicts that come with the pursuit of success and the desire to “have it all.”

“Around the World in 80 Days”
Adapted by Mark Brown
From the Novel by Jules Verne
April 19 – May 7
Clarence Brown Mainstage

The intrepid Phileas Fogg with his loyal valet, Passepartout, voyage from Victorian London through the Indian subcontinent, to Asia and across the Pacific to America on a wager that he will return in precisely 80 days. Literally, a theatrical tour-de-force.

For more information, tickets or accessibility accommodation requests including Open Captioning, ASL, and assistive technologies, please call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161.

Enjoy Shakespeare on the Square

From mid-July to mid-August 2016,  bring a blanket or chair to Market Square in downtown Knoxville and enjoy Shakespeare on the Square. This year will feature The Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear.


The Merry Wives of Windsor:
July 14, 16, 22, 24, 28, 30
August 5, 7, 11, 13

Featuring one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most unique characters, the dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff, this play was purportedly written at the command of Queen Elizabeth who demanded that Shakespeare write a play showing “Falstaff in love!” In what may be the original situational comedy, Falstaff attempts to court two women at the same time behind their husbands backs, but the fat knight is no match for our fiery heroines who give him his comeuppance.

King Lear:
July 15, 17, 21, 23, 29, 31
August 4, 6, 12, 14

King Lear of Britain, aging and weary from his years of rule decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters and lay down the burden of governing. But when his youngest daughter, Cordelia, does not show the obsequiousness he seeks, he grows furious and turns his back on her, dividing her portion between his two older daughters, Regan and Goneril. He slowly realizes – all too late – that love is found in actions, not in words.

Performances begin each night at 7pm and are free. To continue this great tradition, a $10 per person donation is suggested with cash or credit cards accepted each night.

Indoor matinees are also available for a small fee. This year indoor matinees will take place in the luxuriously air conditioned and well appointed Scruffy City Hall at 32 Market Square. Both shows begin at 2:00 p.m. and admission is $15.00 at the door.
July 24: The Merry Wives of Windsor
July 31: King Lear

For more information, contact: (865) 546-4280.

Writers meeting features improv

The art and science of improv will take center stage at the Thursday, April 7, 2016 meeting of the Knoxville Writers Guild. Noted improv performers James Newport, founder of the Gatlinburg Improv Festival, and Paul Simmons, a founder of Einstein Simplified improv troupe, will speak.

The meeting will be in the fellowship hall of Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Avenue in Knoxville, which is handicapped accessible The meeting is open to the public. A $2 donation is suggested.

Improv, according to the Einstein Simplified website, is comedy in which “one or more performers present unscripted material, such as games, scenes, monologues, musical montages, what-have-you, before an audience; usually basing this material on suggestions received from the audience. This is not sketch comedy (i.e. Mad TV, Saturday Night Live or The Carol Burnett Show). Nor is it stand-up comedy.”

Newport has nearly 30 years of improv performing, directing, and teaching experience. Before moving to the Knoxville area, Newport performed with SAK Theatre and Comedy Lab, in in Orlando, FL, where he was performer, teacher, and then SAK’s Artistic and Managing Director.

Simmons was a co-founder of Einstein Simplified and has taught many courses in comedy and improv over the years. Einstein Simplified has been entertaining Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area since 1994. The troupe has performed more than 1100 shows of comedy improv. It now performs at 8:15 p.m. every Tuesday at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square.

Clarence Brown tickets on sale Aug 9

Individual Tickets for 2015/2016 Clarence Brown Theatre Season go on sale Sunday, August 9, 2015.

“Created right here in Knoxville for our community, the CBT’s 2015/2016 Season promises the absolute best in live theatre,” said David B. Byrd, CBT Managing Director. “From a hilarious send-up of one of motion picture’s greats, to dueling holiday offerings, to a stalwart of the musical theatre canon, there’s something for everyone this season. Don’t wait to purchase tickets and be in control by purchasing online, anytime.”


The 2015/2016 Clarence Brown Theatre Season includes: “The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow; “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck; “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” by Anne Washburn; “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens; “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris; “Titus Andronicus” by William Shakespeare; “A Lesson Before Dying” by Earnest J. Gaines (The CBT is pleased to be partnering with the Knox County Public Library on “The Big Read,” a series of ancillary events associated with this production and the novel by Ernest J. Gaines); “The Open Hand” – A CBT-Commissioned World Premiere by Rob Caisley; “South Pacific” with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

For more information, tickets or accessibility accommodation requests including Open Captioning, ASL, and assistive technologies, please call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161 or visit online at

Knoxville Opera presents H.M.S. Pinafore

The Knoxville Opera proudly presents two performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the city’s hallmark Tennessee Theatre. Maestro Brian Salesky will host a special opera preview session 45 minutes prior to each performance.

(30) Sean Anderson, Donata Cucinotta, Steven Condy

“This classic comedy is known for its familiar melodies as well as clever wordplay that dares to poke fun at politics and authoritative figures, in a delightfully provocative way,” said Knoxville Opera Executive Director Brian Salesky. “People of all ages will enjoy the music, characters, elaborate stage setting, and costumes.”

H.M.S. Pinafore, also known as The Lass That Loved a Sailor, was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth collaboration and their first blockbuster hit. The comic operetta opened in London in 1898 and ran for 571 performances.

Ticket prices begin at $18.

Historic TN Theatre offers tours

The Tennessee Theatre invites guests to a Fall Festival Open House during First Friday from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2014 with fall-themed activities, snacks and free history tours of the iconic venue.


Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace. The Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by

The fall festival will include a caricature artist who will draw free portraits of attendees and the iconic theater marquee; apple cider and fall treats; music on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ; and free backstage tours led by theater historians.

The tours will leave the lobby at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m., with groups limited to 50 people per tour, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.


Last Comic Standing at TN Theatre

KNOXVILLE, TN. –– NBC’s top-rated television comedy competition show, “Last Comic Standing,” is launching a live tour, ‘Last Coming Standing Live.’ The tour arrives in Knoxville at the Tennessee Theatre on October 26, 2014.

The Knoxville performance will feature Season 8’s winner as well as the top four finalists in live performances locally as well as more than 49 other cities throughout the U.S.


The top 100 comics in the country were chosen to audition by invitation, and five chosen by judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters as the funniest and going on tour are Nikki Carr, Rocky LaPorte, Joe Machi, Rod Man, and Lachlan Patterson.

Tickets are on sale now at