Three Sisters at Carousel Theatre

KNOXVILLE, TN – Anton Chekhov’s classic “Three Sisters,” in a new adaptation by Libby Appel, will play in the Carousel Theatre September 27 to October 15, 2017. A Talk Back with the cast will take place Sunday, October 8 following the matinee and the Open Captioned performance is Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 pm.

Languishing in a provincial town far from their beloved Moscow, sisters Olga, Masha and Irina yearn for the sparkling city of their childhood, where they believe all dreams will come true. Acknowledged as a masterpiece of the world stage, “Three Sisters” is Chekhov’s tour de force investigation of a family navigating the space between reality and dreams. Image: Carlène Pochette, Emily Kicklighter, and Lauren Pennline in the CBT’s 2017/2018 production of “Three Sisters.” Photo by Elizabeth Aaron.

“The emotions and ordeals of the twelve principal characters are shown through all their laughter, tears and anxieties. The play’s themes of love, desire, unrequited affection and death are just as relevant and pertinent to today’s audiences, who quickly become absorbed by the experiences of each discrete character,” said Michael Fry, director.

Michael Fry (Director) was born and is still based in London. He has worked as director and writer at theatres including, in the UK, the Liverpool Everyman, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Colchester, Watermill Newbury, Cambridge Theatre Company and for the Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne. He was Arts Council Assistant Director at Chester Gateway and Arts Council Associate at the Nuffield, Southampton. Work in London includes the Young Vic, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Gate, Soho Theatre, the King’s Head, the Royal Court and the National Theatre. Work abroad includes Ireland, Italy, France, Romania, Estonia, South Africa, China and frequently in the United States. His plays and adaptations have been performed in theatres throughout England, America and Australasia. He has been artistic director of Floorboards Theatre Productions, Great Eastern Stage and Not the National Theatre, senior lecturer at Coventry, Middlesex and London Universities and Visiting Professor of Theatre at Washington and Webster Universities in the US. He is currently Deputy Director of East 15 Acting School in London.

The cast is comprised of visiting guest artists, UT Theatre faculty and graduate and undergraduate students, as well as community actors.

Visiting guest artist Christian Gray (Aleksander Ignatyevich Vershinin) is making his Clarence Brown debut. Chicago Theatre: Court Theatre, First Folio (Artistic Associate), Remy Bumppo, ShawChicago (Ensemble Member), Writers’ Theatre, 20 others. Regional Theatre: Artists’ Ensemble (IL), Cumberland County Playhouse (TN), Fort Worth Shakespeare (TX), Kentucky Repertory, Montana Shakespeare, Pennsylvania Stage Company. Film credits: “Day 1,” “Plastic,” “Reclamation,” “Drifted,” and “The Judas Run.” Television: “Chicago PD,” and “The Blackwood Prophecies.” Commercial: Horseshoe Casino, Stein Garden and Gifts.

Visiting guest artist Joseph McGranaghan (Nikolai Lvovich Tuzenbakh) is happy to be home in Knoxville, where he grew up on live theatre at the Clarence Brown. He was last seen here in the 2013 CBT production of “Noises Off.” New York theatre credits include: La MaMa ETC and Magis Theatre, Remix, Mabou Mines Resident Artist Workshop, Hudson Warehouse, and Storm Theatre, among others. Regionally: Baltimore Centerstage, Asolo Rep, Philadelphia’s Lantern Theatre, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Chamber Theatre of Boston, Urbanite Theatre, Luna Stage, Centenary Stage Company, and others. Film and TV: “Hack My Life,” “The Lucky Six,”
“Door to Door,” and “Eight Degrees in Suburbia.” He received his MFA from the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory.

Visiting guest artist Roderick Peeples (Ivan Romanovich Chebutykin) is based in Chicago. Most recent CBT credits: “A Christmas Carol,” “The Crucible,” and “The Open Hand.” Previously at CBT he was in “The Threepenny Opera,” “Amadeus,” and “Life of Galileo.” A two-time recipient of Joseph Jefferson Citations, his Chicago credits include: Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Remy Bumppo, Victory Gardens, Famous Door, Court, and Next theatres. Regional credits: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, Madison Repertory, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Film: Robert Altman’s “The Company,” “Road to Perdition,” “Novocaine,” “The Hudsucker Proxy.” TV: “Chicago Med,” “Prison Break,” “ER,” “Early Edition,” and the “Untouchables” series (syndicated).

Visiting guest artist Christopher Tramantana (Fyodor Ilyich Kulygin) is thrilled to be back at The Clarence Brown Theatre. A New York based actor, he is a proud alum of UT’s graduate acting program. New York theatre credits include: Hard Sparks, Planet Connections, TerraNOVA, Greenlight Productions, HERE, Playwrights Horizons, and NYTW. Regional theater credits include: Next Act Theater, Milwaukee, and the CBT. Christopher also teaches clown at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. BA in Theatre: Fordham University at Lincoln Center; MFA in Acting: University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

UT Theatre professional, local professional and community actors include Brian Gligor, Robert Stephan, and Nancy Duckles. UT Theatre graduate and undergraduate actors include: Charlotte Munson, Emily Kicklighter, Carlène Pochette, Lauren Pennline, Miguel A. Faña, Evan Price, Ben Pratt, Julius Gross, Ben Terpstra, Celeste Pelletier and Maddie Poeta.

The creative team for this production includes: visiting guest designer Matthew Tibbs (Sound Designer); UT MFA candidates Alice Trent (Lighting Design) and Jelena Andzic (Scenic Design); and UT Theatre faculty member Bill Black (Costume Design). Also assisting are Shelly Pack Payne (Production Stage Manager); Candace Moore (Assistant Director); Collin Hall (Assistant Stage Manager); Delaynie Rizer (Assistant Stage Manager); and Bonnie Valerio (Assistant Stage Manager).

Two Previews for “Three Sisters” are Wednesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 28 followed by Opening Night Friday, September 29. The production runs through October 15. UT faculty/staff, senior citizens, military personnel, children and students receive discounts. For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 865-974-5161, Knoxville Tickets at 865-656-4444 or order online 24/7 at

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.

Carpetbag Theatre holds workshops

KNOXVILLE – The Carpetbag Theatre’s annual “Youth Theatre Festival” returns June 16, 2017 at 10:00am until 3:00pm at the 4th United Presbyterian Church located at 1323 North Broadway. This event is a day long schedule of performances and workshops for the Knox County area youth led by young people, volunteers and the staff of the Carpetbag Theatre. Workshops will be offered for Dance, Poetry, Hip-Hop, Storytelling, Arts & Crafts and much more, as the theme for the day is, and has always been, “I can do that!”

The Youth Theatre Festival is designed to give each young person in attendance the rare opportunity to experience performances from local youth and nationally touring artists, as well. The performances will be followed by a brief break for lunch then an afternoon full of workshops led by the performers, themselves, in order to offer the chance for young people to be empowered by learning through the arts.

This year the Carpetbag Theatre will present extraordinary youth performers from the Knoxville community, as well as performances and workshops from the Cattywampus Puppet Parade, Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Troupe, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, students of Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio and a performance by nationally touring singer-songwriter Eli Lakes of Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information, call 865-544-0447.

ACT presents Waiting for Godot

(Knoxville, Tenn.) – Director Holly Montgomery and All Campus Theatre present Samuel Beckett’s absurdly existential, existentially absurd Waiting for Godot. Performances are $15 general admission, $10 for students with ID.

Waiting for Godot tells the story of two men, Estragon and Vladimir, as they wait by a barren tree for the arrival of someone named Godot. While waiting, they quarrel, dance, contemplate suicide, eat, sleep, and discuss philosophy, religion, life, and death. As night draws near, they meet a Master and his Slave, and a young Boy claiming that he has been sent by Mr. Godot. When the same events take place the next day, the two men begin to question their existence and the inevitable futility of their wait for Godot, in what The NY World Telegram describes as “a portrait of the dogged resilience of a man’s spirit in the face of little hope.”

For more information about the Knoxville Performing Arts Exchange, Email or call (865) 776-2295.

70/30 Creatives present Shakespeare

Knoxville, Tenn.  – Seventy Thirty Creatives launches their inaugural full stage production with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Memorial Day weekend. Edited to run approximately 75 minutes, catch this unique rendition at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 27, 2017 at Modern Studio, 109 Anderson Ave. in Happy Holler (North Knoxville).

On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves tangled about an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. A feuding Fairy King and Queen cross paths with Bottom (Billy Kyle Roach), Quince (Caleb Burnham), and their gang of “rude mechanicals” presenting a play within the play. Chief mischief-maker Robin Goodfellow aka Puck (Raine Palmer) is on-hand to make sure the course of true love is anything but smooth. Games of mayhem, love and fantasy ensue in Shakespeare’s most magical comedy.

Byrd takes position with VSC

KNOXVILLE, TN – David B. Byrd, Managing Director of the Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) for the past four years, has announced his resignation. Byrd will assume the Managing Director role at Virginia Stage Company (VSC) in Norfolk, Virginia. He will remain with the Clarence Brown Theatre through mid-June, 2017.

David Byrd

“Since David joined CBT in 2013, his energy and skill has brought great change to our organization and to recent successes in marketing, fundraising, and in community outreach especially. As a management partner he has been a valuable advisor to our artistic mission and a trusted steward of our operations. Our audiences have grown and our engagement with the community has been strengthened by his vision. On many levels, we all will miss him. I will certainly miss him. We wish him the very best as he moves on to his next challenge,” said Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean.

“In working with the Clarence Brown Theatre Advisory Board, David encouraged us to become more involved not only with the people and workings of the CBT but also with its efforts to reach different parts of our community in new and innovative ways,” said Brooks Clark, Advisory Board Chair.

With a dual mission to train the next generation of theatre artists and to provide top quality professional theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is one of only 13 academic LORT (League of Resident Theatre) institutions in the nation. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean, the CBT season runs from September through May and features eight productions ranging from musicals to drama.

Theatre hosts dog auditions

KNOXVILLE – One of this year’s Shakespeare On The Square plays is The Two Gentlemen of Verona which boasts one of Shakespeare’s greatest characters – Crab, the Dog. The Tennessee Stage Company is seeking that special dog looking for his (or her) chance to shine on stage for 12 performances. Shakespeare On The Square runs July 13-August 13, 2017 and is held in Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

Tennessee Stage Company is teaming up with the Young-Williams Animal Center. On May 20 Tennessee Stage Company will hold dog auditions at the Division Street facility of Young-Williams, 3201 Division St, Knoxville. The auditions will take place from 2-4 pm.

Young-Williams Animal Center seeks to serve the community through innovative approaches to sheltering, adopting, the spaying/neutering of animals and public education about animal welfare.

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

Shakespeare On The Square is sponsored by The Tennessee Arts Commission, the Clayton Foundation, the City of Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee.

Yellow Rose stages play readings

Yellow Rose Productions, a Knoxville based theatre company, is hosting the second annual Staged Reading Series for the Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women. The staged readings will feature the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place plays from this year’s competition.

The staged readings are free to the public and are scheduled for three consecutive Monday evenings in late April and early May. Yellow Rose Productions will be teaming up with various theatre artists from around Knoxville to perform these readings. The April 24th and May 1st readings will be performed at Modern Studio and with the help of KPAX. The reading on May 8th will take place at the UT Lab Theatre and will be performed with support from The University of Tennessee Department of Theatre and the Clarence Brown Theatre.
The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women began in early 2015 and is endorsed by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, Beth Henley. The competition offers women around the world an opportunity to be recognized for their work in playwriting.

Each year the Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women accepts 200 submissions from all over the world. From these, a committee of readers narrows the plays down to a small group of Finalists. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are then chosen and are invited to Knoxville to accept their cash prize and to be honored at the staged reading of their play.

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Carpetbag Theatre presents new work

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. is pleased to present, Cultural Odyssey’s Rhodessa! Fully Awake Facing Seventy “Heaven Betta Bea Honky Tonk!”, a performance that directly addresses aging, growing old with dignity and security. Performances are Friday, May 19, 2017 and Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 7:30PM at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets are available in advance for $15 at and/or $20 at the door.

This is the third performance series presented by CBT in which Cultural Odyssey’s internationally renowned storytelling and cultural rhythms are shared with East Tennessee audiences. Carpetbag Theatre first presented Big Butt Girls, Hard Headed Women at the University of Tennessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre. Carpetbag Theatre brought Cultural Odyssey back to Knoxville during its 40th Anniversary Celebration as a part of the National Performance Network’s Annual meeting. They collaborated with Women of Calypso (international calypso artists from Trinidad/Tobago) in a performance presented at the Emporium Center in Knoxville.

About Cultural Odyssey

In 1979, Executive/Co-artistic Director Idris Ackamoor founded San Francisco based, Cultural Odyssey as an organization that combined music, theater and dance into a unified whole, that was responsive to the needs of the community. He was soon joined by acclaimed actress, teacher, director and writer Rhodessa Jones as Co-
artistic Director in 1983. Since then, the duo has toured nationally and internationally, visiting various places around the world, using original works as “Art as Social Activism.” The pair have received numerous accolades including the 2016 Theatre Bay Area Legacy Award, Ms. Jones’s appointment as an Arts Envoy by The U.S. Department of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau and Mr. Ackamoor’s Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Gilles Peterson at the Worldwide Awards in London. They have collaborated with nationally renowned artists such as choreographer Bill T. Jones, the late artist Keith Haring, writers Pearl Cleage and Ntozake Shange, and tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman.

About The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc

The Carpetbag Theatre is a Professional African American Legacy Theater company with a rich history of service to diverse populations. For 47 years, (CBT) has shared history, storytelling, artistic training, performances, and has established partnerships with other organizations that are using “Art as Social Activism.” As an intergenerational ensemble company, our efforts to engage communities of Color and other disenfranchised communities have been constant. An ensemble company both artistically and administratively, CBT works collaboratively to fulfill the mission, to build communities and to develop social capital, emphasizing inclusion and cross-cultural dialogue.

The mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. Finding voice is not simply storytelling; it reveals an individual’s power to make change in their own lives and the lives of their community. The Carpetbag Theatre’s curatorial practice is rooted in these principles, selecting work that exemplifies an aesthetic that is inclusive and meets that standard of excellence.

For more information about The Carpetbag Theatre, call 865-544-0447 or visit

This performance is presented in partnership with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

The National Performance Network is a group of cultural organizers and artists facilitating the practice and public experience of the performing arts in the United States. NPN serves artists, arts organizers, and a broad range of audiences and communities across the country through commissions, residencies, culture-centers community projects and other artistic activities. For more information:

Marble City presents The Stronger

Marble City Opera presents: “The Stronger” by Hugo Weisgall on May 18-19, 2017 at 8pm at Holly’s Gourmet Market, 5107 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Directed by Kathryn Frady Marvel; accompanied by Brandon Coffer, the opera stars Julia Metry as Estelle and Julia Metry and Denisha Miller as Lisa.

Following on the heels of an extremely successful run of the larger and more widely performed “La Traviata”, MCO returns to its chamber opera roots with a production of “The Stronger” by Hugo Weisgall. In this operatic adaptation of August Strindberg’s thought provoking one act, two actresses (Estelle and Lisa) meet by chance in a quiet uptown bar. It is revealed that the two women, once close friends, are now apparent romantic rivals thanks to the alleged philandering of Estelle’s husband Harold. Estelle jumps at the opportunity to vent the full fury of her frustrations at the woman whom she suspects to be her husband’s mistress and launches into an emotional tirade. Lisa however, stalwart and somewhat coy, weathers the onslaught and remains completely silent. Exerting her own (very) quiet power by refusing to either confirm or deny the many accusations being hurled her way. This subtle struggle for dominance between the two is the point of the entire work, and in Weisgall’s score the tension and raw emotion are masterfully woven together to form something intimate and beautiful. Though Estelle declares herself the victor by the piece’s end, the declaration rings hollow and the audience is left to decide for themselves which of the women is actually “the stronger.”

Tickets are $20 General Admission, and may be purchased either at the door or online.

There will be a special dinner menu available for the occasion and doors will open at 6:30pm for ticket holders to allow them a chance to partake before the show. Cost for the dinner is extra; dinner is not included in the ticket price.

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CBT announces season lineup

The Clarence Brown Theatre announces the lineup for the 2017/2018 Season, which includes two Tony-winning musicals, a classic play by Chekhov, a new CBT-commissioned drama, and the return of a holiday classic.

The season includes:

Peter and the Starcatcher
By: Rick Elice
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
August 30 – September 17, 2017
Clarence Brown Theatre
“Absurdly entertaining!” Entertainment Weekly

In this multiple Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable roles take to the high seas to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This magical evening of madcap fun is suitable for younger audiences but most enjoyable for ages 10 and up.

Three Sisters
By: Anton Chekhov
New Version by Libby Appel
September 27 – October 15, 2017
Carousel Theatre
“If you are new to Chekhov, this version would be a marvelous introduction; for the repeat viewer, it may in some ways be a revelation.” The Five Points Star

Olga, Masha, and Irina struggle to let go of their past and to shape their future. A domineering sister-in-law, romance, soldiers, and money challenge the Prozorov family’s happiness and unity. With artful depiction of three very different women, Chekhov fascinates audiences with his deeply sensitive observations on life’s struggles.

Blue Window
By: Craig Lucas
October 25 – November 12, 2017
Lab Theatre
A long running Off-Broadway hit by the playwright of Reckless and God’s Heart.
A portrait of loneliness in one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Libby, for her own private reasons, has invited six disparate friends to her apartment in New York for dinner and drinks. As their conversations drift, they begin to open up to one another…but how do you really know anyone?

A Christmas Carol
November 22 – December 17, 2017
By: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Edward Morgan and Joe Hanreddy
Clarence Brown Theatre
“If you like Christmas, do not humbug this play.” Knoxville News Sentinel

Our spectacular, heart-warming version of Dickens’ classic tale of redemption returns. Filled with traditional carols, stunning costumes, a gorgeous set and memorable characters, it’s guaranteed to enrich the holiday season for you and your family.

Alabama Story
January 31 – February 18, 2018
By: Kenneth Jones
Clarence Brown Theatre
“Dynamic! Rich! Impressive! Cleverly crafted! Articulate! Razor-sharp!” Salt Lake Tribune

A gentle children’s book with an apparent hidden message stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the Civil Rights Movement is flowering. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story puts politicians, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty author in a struggle for the soul of the Deep South.

the strangers
By: christopher oscar peña
February 21 – March 11, 2018
Carousel Theatre
Transcending 20th-century notions of race and culture, peña’s work succeeds in simultaneously touching our hearts, stimulating our minds, and examining our society.
Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang

In this CBT-commissioned World Premiere, Cris returns to a place he once used to know, only to find a world he no longer recognizes. As he connects with a new stranger tasked to show him around town, an unexpected spark challenges all of Cris’ preconceived notions. the strangers is a modern day reimagining of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, depicting a contemporary American world thrown into chaos.
This production contains adult content and language.

Dream of the Burning Boy
By: David West Read
March 28 – April 15, 2018
Lab Theatre
“…eloquent, affecting…moving.” The New York Times

Since the death of his favorite student, Larry Morrow, a fifty-something high school teacher, has been falling asleep at his desk and dreaming. The student’s sister and his friends find little solace in schoolwork. And the school’s guidance counselor keeps hanging inspirational slogans on the walls to help everyone “process their emotions.” A bittersweet story of finding the way and strength to move on.
This production contains mature language and themes.

Urinetown, the Musical
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
April 18 – May 6, 2018
Clarence Brown Theatre
“For anarchic, first-rate comic relief, get thee to Urinetown.” Time Out New York

A water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission. Deciding he has had enough, a hero plans a revolution!

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, this hilarious musical is a satire of capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, politics, greed, and the musical theatre!

Current corporate sponsors include Mainstage Series Sponsor Schaad Companies, Merchant & Gould, the Clayton Foundation, Pilot Flying J, Swofford Financial, Rotary Club of Knoxville, Stowers Machinery Corporation and UT Federal Credit Union. Current media sponsors include WBIR, B97.5 and The Daily Beacon.

With a dual mission to train the next generation of theatre artists and to provide top quality professional theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is one of only 13 academic LORT (League of Resident Theatre) institutions in the nation. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean and Managing Director David B. Byrd, the CBT season runs from September through May and features eight productions ranging from musicals to drama.

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 us online at Stay Connected to the Clarence Brown Theatre on Facebook (Clarence Brown Theatre), follow us on Twitter (@ClarenceBrown) (#CBT1718Season) and view Clarence Brown videos on YouTube (Clarence Bro).

CBT presents ‘Top Girls’

Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls” will be performed in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Lab Theatre March 29 – April 16, 2017. Patrons are encouraged to purchase quickly as performances do sell out. A Pay What You Wish Preview performance will be held Wednesday, March 29, a talk back with the cast will take place Sunday, April 9 following the 2:00 pm matinee, and an Open Captioned performance is on Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 pm. Media sponsors are WUOT, WUTK, and The Daily Beacon.

Career-driven Marlene (played by Meg Sutherland, pictured above) lands the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. She celebrates her promotion by throwing a “Mad Hatter” type dinner party for a variety of mythical and historical women, including a Victorian-era Scottish traveler, a Japanese courtesan turned Buddhist nun, Pope Joan and Chaucer’s Patient Griselda. Photo courtesy CBT.

Crossing cultures, generations and politics, the sparkling dinner conversation reveals the sacrifices made as well as the joys experienced by these extraordinary women. Originally a rebuke of Margaret Thatcher’s England in the 1980s, the play remains as relevant and as powerful today.

“This play is not just made up of discussions about weighty issues; it’s made up of stories told by individual women with fantastic tales to tell. By listening to them, we have a chance to see the world from a different vantage point,” said Director Casey Sams.

Casey Sams is Head of Undergraduate Studies in Theatre at UT, where she works in both the Graduate and Undergraduate programs teaching Movement and Acting. In addition to the CBT, she’s had the great fortune to direct, choreograph or be the movement coach at such theatres as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Round House Theatre (DC), the Utah Shakespearean Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company (Chapel Hill), Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk), Knoxville Opera Company, and Vermont Stage Company (Burlington). Favorite projects include: “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” and “The Who’s Tommy,”” A Year with Frog and Toad,” and “Underneath the Lintel.”

The cast is comprised of UT Theatre undergraduate students Gracie Belt (Lady Nijo / Angie), Emily Helton (Isabella Bird / Joyce /Mrs. Kidd), Alyssa Miller (Waitress / Jeanie / Nell), Celeste Pelletier (Cull Gret / Kit / Shona), Danielle Pressley (Pope Joan / Louise), Meg Sutherland (Marlene), and Chauncey Whitlock (President Griselda / Win).

The creative team for this production includes UT MFA candidates Jelena Andzic (Scenic Designer), Devin O’Neill (Costume Designer) and Jordan Vera (Lighting Designer); and UT Theatre staff Mike Ponder (Sound Designer). Also assisting with the production are Abigail Langham (Voice Coach); Kerri Ann Considine (Dramaturg) and UT Theatre undergraduate student Kara Eble Trusty (Stage Manager).

Two Previews for “Top Girls” are Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 followed by Opening Night Friday, March 31. The production runs through April 16. For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office at 865-974-5161 or order online 24/7 at

This production is part of the Clarence Brown Theatre’s commitment to training. Our Lab Theatre productions are an important part of our dual mission. The production you will see is helping to prepare the students in our Master of Fine Arts and undergraduate programs to take their place as theatre artists.

For more information, tickets or accessibility accommodation requests including Open Captioning, American Sign Language, and assistive technologies, please call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161 or visit us online at Stay Connected to the Clarence Brown Theatre on Facebook (Clarence Brown Theatre), follow us on Twitter (@ClarenceBrown) (#CBTTopGirls) and view Clarence Brown videos on YouTube (Clarence Bro).

Auditions for TSC Shakespeare

The Tennessee Stage Company will hold auditions for the 2017 Shakespeare On The Square season on Saturday, March 4, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and Sunday. March 5, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Emporium Building, 100 S. Gay Street.

Auditionees for Shakespeare on the Square are requested to prepare two contrasting monologues, at least one classical, of no more than one minute each. Please bring two copies of a resume and standard theatrical headshot. All auditions are by appointment only. Photo by

For appointments please contact the Tennessee Stage Company by calling 546-4280 or by e-mail at

The two shows to be performed this summer are The Two Gentlemen Of Verona and The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged). They will run from July 13 – August 13, 2017. Rehearsals will begin the end of May.

For more information contact Tennessee Stage Company at 546-4280 or visit

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.

Dale Dickey to be awarded by CBT

Knoxville native and University of Tennessee alumna, Dale Dickey, will be awarded the CBT Artistic Achievement Award at the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual Gala to be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6:30pm at Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Avenue in Knoxville, TN.

Called the “reigning queen of Southern gothic,” Dickey began acting on the University of Tennessee stages at age nine, and participated in more than 20 productions before she became a theatre major at the University in 1979.

Maintaining her ties to the University and the Clarence Brown Theatre, she returned on multiple occasions to work directly with students and star in several productions, including “The Rainmaker,” “Steel Magnolias,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Sweeney Todd.”

She has worked on close to 50 television projects – guest starring on shows such as “Frasier,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” “CSI,” “The Closer,” and “2 Broke Girls,” as well as television films such as Disney’s “Princess Protection Program” and A&E’s miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde.” She is best known for her recurring roles on “Christy,” “My Name is Earl,” “Breaking Bad,” “Justified,” and as the grandmother wolf on “True Blood.” Most recently, she completed work on a series for HBO with Danny McBride, called “Vice Principals.”

With close to 40 film credits, Dale Dickey has worked alongside some of the most accomplished actors in the film industry including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Barbara Streisand, and Robert Downey Jr. in such movies as “The Pledge,” “Being Flynn,” and “Iron Man 3.” Most recently, she appeared in the Academy Award-nominated movie “Hell or High Water” with Jeff Bridges. She also appeared in several independent films, and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her role in “Winter’s Bone.” Photo courtesy CBT.

“Dale Dickey is well-known to Knoxville audiences. Her professional success is matched by her professional generosity. And we are grateful for the many times she has shared her artistry on the CBT stage and shared with our students her inspiring talent,” said CBT Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean.

Tickets go on sale April 17. Visit us online at for more information.

Outside Mullingar at CBT

The Clarence Brown Theatre kicks off the second half of the season with John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award-nominated romantic comedy, “Outside Mullingar” February 1-19, 2017 on the CBT mainstage.

A Pay What You Wish Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, February 1 from Noon to 7 pm at the theatre. A Talk Back with the actors will take place Sunday, February 12 following the matinee. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm. Free and convenient parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard.

Katie Cunningham and Richard Price star in “Outside Mullingar” with the Clarence Brown Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Filled with beautiful language and set in the rural hills of Ireland, “Outside Mullingar” is a romantic comedy that 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. Photo: Elizabeth Aaron.

The author of more than 23 plays, Shanley won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play, “Doubt,” and an Oscar for his screenplay, “Moonstruck.” Called an “Irish Moonstruck,” “Outside Mullingar” was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, two Outer Circle Critics Awards and two Drama Desk Awards.

The Preview for “Outside Mullingar” is Wednesday, February 1 followed by Opening Night Friday, February 3. The production runs through February 19. UT faculty/staff, senior citizens, children and students receive discounts. The Clarence Brown Theatre only sells tickets online through Knoxville Tickets.

For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office at 865-974-5161 or order online 24/7 at

Found Objects at TN Stage Company

Does the truth always set us free? When a mother and daughter attempt to deal with the accidental death of their son/brother, the truth may indeed stand in the way of their healing. Those are the questions raised when the Tennessee Stage Company presents its 20th Annual New Play Festival and World Premiere Production of Marilynn Barner Anselmi’s play, Found Objects.

Marilynn Barner Anselmi says she is an accidental southerner and playwright. Born in Holt, Michigan, after close to three decades in North Carolina, she has almost attained the status of southerner. She has full length and a handful of short scripts which have been presented in fourteen states across the country. Performances include MT Works, Pride Films and Plays, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Kennedy’s Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Atta Girl Productions, Script2Stage2Screen, National Black Theatre Conference, and Tennessee Stage Company, among others.

Performances are February 3-12, 2017, at 8 p.m. at the Historic Southern Railway Station. There will be matinee performances Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm.

Tickets are on sale now. Call (865) 546-4280 for tickets and reservations.

General Admission is $15.00

The New Play Festival is made possible in part by the support of the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Arts and Culture Alliance and is a proud participant in the Penny For The Arts Program.

CBT presents “A Christmas Carol”

KNOXVILLE, TN – Clarence Brown Theatre’s all new A Christmas Carol has added another performance for December 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm. With a brand new look, stunning costumes, traditional carols, an adaptation guaranteed to enrich your holiday season.


In “A Christmas Carol,” miserly boss, Ebenezer Scrooge (whose name is now synonymous with greed and stinginess), is forced to face the true cost of his behavior in a series of supernatural visits from ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. Photo courtesy Clarence Brown Theatre.

At each performance, patrons can enhance the experience by enjoying special holiday treats at the concession stand and taking pictures with “Scrooge and Tiny Tim” in a new, specially designed photo experience which will be stationed in the main lobby. The $10 children’s tickets can only be purchased by calling or stopping by the Box Office at 865-974-5161.

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

The Clarence Brown Theatre only sells tickets online through Knoxville Tickets. For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office at 865-974-5161, or order online 24/7 at

Play festival holds auditions

The Tennessee Stage Company will hold auditions for the Tennessee Stage NEW PLAY FESTIVAL World Premier Production of Found Objects on Monday, November 14, and Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

The New Play Festival will also have a second World Premiere productions –Kris Bauske’s The Nearly Final Almost posthumous Play of the Not-Quite- Dead Sutton McAllister – three table readings and two staged readings and directors from all of these plays will be on hand as well.

Rehearsals for Found Objects begin in December and the production plays Feb. 2 – 12, 2017. The rest of the Festival events begin with table readings in early February and the full production of Sutton McAllister will play in mid-March 2017.

Auditions will consist of cold readings. No appointments are necessary.

For further information please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 865-546-4280.

Carpetbag Theatre receives grant

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. is proud to announce the receipt of a major multi-year grant awarded from The Roy Cockrum Foundation in support of the organization’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Series.

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. will be utilizing the funds received to remount six of the most beloved plays from the theatre’s past, as well as supporting the future creation and development of Carpetbag’s newest original work currently entitled, “Bricks.”

With generous support from The Roy Cockrum Foundation, Carpetbag will be remounting these original works as fully produced performances at fully equipped Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee venues. The performances will take place over the course of the three years leading up to the Anniversary celebration (2017, 2018, 2019) with two productions per year. CBT will invite former ensemble members who have remained in the professional field to return as guest artists and directors of the project.

The scheduled plays to be presented are as follows: Between A Ballad and A Blues, Nothin’ Nice, Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens, Ce Nitram Sacul, SWOPERA (a Spoken Word Opera), and Red Summer. The development of Carpetbag’s newest work, “Bricks” will trace the history of the African American brick making industry and its significance to the region.

The Carpetbag Theatre is a Professional African American Legacy Theater company with a rich history of service to diverse populations. As an intergenerational ensemble company, the company’s efforts are to engage communities of color and other disenfranchised communities. An ensemble company both artistically and administratively, CBT works collaboratively to fulfill this mission, to build communities and to develop social capital, emphasizing inclusion and cross-cultural dialogue.

The mission of The Roy Cockrum Foundation is to award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theaters throughout the United States.

The Crucible at Carousel Theatre

Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” will play in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre September 28 – October 16, 2016. A Pay What You Wish Preview performance will be held Wednesday, September 28. The second Preview will take place on Thursday, September 29 and Opening Night will take place on Friday September 30. The Talk Back with the cast will take place Sunday, September 9 following the matinee and the Open Captioned performance is Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 pm. A panel discussion about the impact of the play upon political discussions during its time and today will take place after the Sunday, September 16 matinee.


Lauren Pennline, Grant Goodman, and Jenny McKnight to perform in Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” at the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre September 28 – October 16, 2016. Photo by Elizabeth Aaron.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, “The Crucible” is an ageless tale of fear, greed and power written by one of the greatest American playwrights of all time. When teenage girls are discovered trying to conjure spirits, the 17th century town of Salem explodes with accusations of witchcraft. The vicious trials that follow expose a community paralyzed by terror, religious extremism and greed, and a marriage forever changed.

Miller composed “The Crucible” as a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials, with the witch trials standing in for the anti-Communist “witch-hunts” of the 1950s during the McCarthy era. As with the alleged witches of Salem, suspected Communists were encouraged to confess and identify other Communist sympathizers in order to escape punishment. Many of those accused of Communism suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment.

“In my view, ‘The Crucible’ is a quintessential American play,” said director Calvin MacLean. “Drawing on a moment of history in the founding of the American experiment, and steeped in a more recent political upheaval, it reveals the strengths and flaws of our national character – our independence of spirit and self-assurance, our pride; our struggles to accept people and ideas different from us, and our tendency to demonize people we fear. Sound familiar?”

The cast is comprised of visiting guest artists, UT Theatre faculty and graduate and undergraduate students, as well as community actors.

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

Iconic sign gets an upgrade

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Theatre will celebrate the return of its iconic vertical sign to Gay Street and the newly refurbished marquee with a free open house and relighting ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

“The vertical sign is an important part of downtown Knoxville’s visual identity and our theater’s history,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock said. “After more than two months of work, we will welcome back our vertical sign and refurbished marquee, both of which will shine on Gay Street even brighter and better. We look forward to the public joining us for the celebration.”


During the open house sponsored by McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects and Interior Designers, the Tennessee Theatre will be open to the public for self-guided tours of the stage and backstage areas from 6-8 p.m. House organist Dr. Bill Snyder will play the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and a caricature artist will be at the event to draw guests with the iconic Tennessee Theatre marquee.

At 8 p.m., guests will move outside onto Gay Street, which will be closed in front of the theater for the event, for a ceremony featuring Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Tennessee Theatre board members and officials from Pattison Sign Group, which handled the project. Elected officials and donors will join Hancock in leading a countdown to the official relighting of the vertical sign and marquee with brighter, more energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

When the marquee project was announced in April, the Tennessee Theatre launched a fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 to cover the cost of the refurbishment. Through cash and in-kind donations, the theater has raised more than $136,000 and is asking for the community’s continued support to completely fund the project.

At the event, guests also will have the opportunity to sponsor a bulb for $25 or purchase several commemorative items, including a hand-crafted vertical sign glass ornament or fine art print of the marquee, to help fund the project. More information on the campaign can be found at

The marquee project also was supported by a $65,000 grant from the City of Knoxville, corporate gifts from Pattison Sign Group and Scripps Networks Interactive, and individual donations from the community.

Locally headquartered Pattison Sign Group, one of the largest sign and visual communication companies in the world, donated its services at cost to remove the vertical sign, replace all light bulbs, repair wiring and damage and reaffix the sign to the Burwell Building.

At its facility in South Carolina, Pattison Sign Group divided the four-ton vertical sign into three pieces for accessibility to replace 3,300 light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting; install electrical upgrades; repaint the sign; and repair cosmetic damage from daily wear-and-tear and recent hailstorms.

Additionally, the company oversaw repairs on the Tennessee Theatre marquee, which remained in place. Approximately 2,400 light bulbs were replaced, cosmetic damage was repaired, the marquee was repainted and message boards on the marquee were replaced and upgraded.

“The Tennessee Theatre sign is one of the most beloved icons of our region,” said Jeff Allison, sales manager at Pattison Sign Group. “At Pattison, we do work around the world, but this project has been especially meaningful for our employees who live and work in this community. We are pleased to be able to give Knoxville a brighter and more beautiful sign and marquee.”

Pattison Sign Group anticipates that the vertical sign will return to Gay Street about a week before the official relighting and will remain dark until the ceremony. Gay Street will be closed overnight for the sign to be placed back on the Burwell Building, a process expected to take approximately eight hours.

About the Tennessee Theatre

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. The Tennessee Theatre is the region’s leading performing arts center with advanced technology, staging and lighting that draws top entertainment to the Knoxville area.

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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.

KWG hosts playwright Lisa Soland

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Award-winning author and playwright Lisa Soland will speak on “What the Playwright Can Teach the Writer” at the Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 meeting of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild.

The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall at 201 E. Third Ave. Attendees should enter off of the large parking lot behind the church. A $2 donation is welcome at the door with free and accessible parking available.

At this meeting, Soland will showcase the dramatist’s craft to help writers improve their work.

“I will share tips and tactics, articulate conflict, and reveal character through action,” Soland said. “Writer’s dialogue can be stronger, characters more credible, and dramatic conflict more riveting. This is a great opportunity to gather practical advice and help narratives leap off the page.”

Lisa Soland has more than 40 internationally published plays and four children’s books. She has produced and/or directed over 80 productions and play readings, 55 of them original. Ms. Soland teaches privately, in the theatre department of Maryville College, and throughout the U.S. Soland is currently writing a one-man play on the life of World War I hero, Sgt. Alvin York, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017 at York’s childhood home in Pall Mall, Tenn.

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity. Additional information about KWG can be found at

CBT names new board members

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Clarence Brown Theatre, one of thirteen professional LORT (League of Regional Theatres) theatres on a university campus in the country, has announced its newly appointed 2016 Advisory Board members earlier this summer. The CBT Advisory Board is a vital link to the Greater Knoxville community, overseeing major events and fundraisers, the CBT Society Scholarship, and engaging the community to grow the theatre’s exposure and support.

“We continue our efforts to bring to our Advisory Board ever-greater diversity in experience and viewpoint. And we are delighted that our new Board members share with our current Advisory Board a passion for the theater and for our joint professional/educational mission,” said Calvin MacLean, Artistic Producing Director of the CBT. “Truly an extraordinary group of individuals from many different walks of life.”

The newly elected Advisory Board members of the Clarence Brown Theatre include: Ron Alexander (Willis of Tennessee); Michelle D. Commander (University of Tennessee); Michael Higdon (University of Tennessee); Margie Nichols (University of Tennessee, retired); Todd Richesin (UPSTAIRS at Todd Richesin Interiors); Ingrid Ruffin (University of Tennessee).

The 2016-2017 Chair of the Advisory Board is Brooks Clark, serving the second of his two-year term.

Other Advisory, Associate, and Emeritus Board members include: Nan Bobbett, Charlie Brakebill, Rick Carl, Joe De Fiore, Susan Farris, Coral Getino, Rosemary Gilliam, Michael Grider, Carmen Harb, Nazzy Hashemian, Amy Morris Hess, Julie Howard, Tony Johnson, Russ Johnston, Bob Lederer, Brenda Madigan, Angela Masini, Maureen Dunn McBride, Sheena McCall, John North, Townes Osborn, Bob Parrott, William Pender, Stephanie Piper, Whitney Ray-Dawson, Lee Riedinger, Susan Sgarlat, Jan Simek, Steve Smith, Lamarr Stout, Kay Stoutt, Rosalyn Tillman, Alice Torbett, Joe Trahern, Peggy Turner, Robin Turner, Lacy Wallace, Alexander Waters, Alice Wirth, Melanie Wood, and Wendy Wortham.

Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean and Managing Director David B. Byrd, the CBT season runs from September through May and features eight productions ranging from musicals to drama.

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


WordPlayers presents Big River

The WordPlayers Presents: Big River, the Tony Award-winning, Broadway musical based on Mark Twain’s classic novels “Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” The performance is scheduled for the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee on July 15, 2016- 7:30 p.m., July 16 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and July 17 at 3 p.m.

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the Mississippi as Huck discovers that Jim, a runaway slave, is a true friend. Huck has a pure heart, but because of his culture where slavery is the norm, he has an ill-trained conscience. In the struggle between his heart and conscience, Husk’s heart prevails.


Brady Moldrup as Huck Finn and Dominic Gillette as Jim in the WordPlayers presentation of Big River. Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the “King of the Road,” Huck’s journey toward enlightenment provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration, carrying a strong message which is anti-slavery and anti-racism. (Suggested for ages 12+). Photo courtesy Word Players.

TICKETS: Adults – $21.50; Seniors/Students – $17.50; Groups of 12 or more – $15.50 (arranged in advance by calling 865.684.1200). Tickets available online at, and at the door. Please call 865-539-2490 for more information.

The WordPlayers is a 501(c) 3 company of Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. Big River is presented in cooperation with Bearden High School. Support for The WordPlayers’ 2015-2016 Season has been provided by Delta-21 Resources, Inc. Show sponsors include Home Federal Bank, West Knoxville Kiwanis, Aubrey’s, Applegate Insurance, Erie Insurance, Johnson & Galyon, W. Andrew Fox-Attorney, Sweet P’s Barbeque, NewsTalk 98.7 and the Tennessee Riverboat Company.

For more information, contact Jeni Lamm, Managing Director – 865.539.2490.

TN Theatre announces Broadway season

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Theatre has announced the 2016-2017 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre season. Last year, Tennessee Theatre broke all house and box office records for sales and total attendance and welcomed approximately 34,000 people to the theatre.

“Part of the mission at The Tennessee Theatre is to offer diverse, high-quality entertainment, which includes bringing the best of Broadway to Knoxville,” says Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre. “Broadway brings together long-time theatre attendees and first-timers to this beautiful venue, to experience a popular art form and create lasting memories in the Official State Theatre of Tennessee.”


The 2016-2017 season at the historic Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville kicks off with the Tony Award®-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, December 2-4, 2016.

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TN Theatre to upgrade iconic sign

More than a decade after the creation of the new blade sign and marquee, the Tennessee Theatre is launching a fundraising campaign to refurbish the iconic sign and replace the lighting technology with brighter, energy-efficient bulbs.

“The Tennessee Theatre is one of the most photographed landmarks in the state and holds an emotional attachment for East Tennesseans as a symbol of our region,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock said. “As part of our commitment to ensuring the theater remains vibrant and protecting the community’s investment of the grand restoration more than 11 years ago, it is time for us to update the technology for the sign and complete necessary maintenance. We are asking the community for support as we undertake this important project.”

Tennessee Theatre will host a free open house Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with backstage tours and Mighty Wurlitzer organ music. Attendees can purchase merchandise, bulbs and letters to support the campaign and learn more about the history of the iconic blade sign and marquee on Gay Street.

To support the marquee campaign, visit


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. The Tennessee Theatre is the region’s leading performing arts center with advanced technology, staging and lighting that draws top entertainment to the Knoxville area.

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.

Beware ἀποκάλυψις March 13

Summoning the sountrack for your doomscape, Knoxville band Summoner’s Circle counts bands like Opeth, UFO, and Black Sabbath as influences, along with iconic rockers Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam. Crush them all together in a circle pit, set it on fire, and you’ve got the performance to be expected this weekend. Details below.

King Giant
Summoner’s Circle
Wampus Cat
The Concourse at the International
March 13, 2016
Doors: 7:00 PM | Show: 8:00 PM
18+, Tickets $18
940 Blackstock Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921
For tickets: 1-866-468-7630
Office number: 1-865-200-5143

Formerly of another Knoxville metal group, (Scent of Remains, 2009-2014), Summoner’s Circle guitarist, “Gog” spends his days working on mysterious alchemy and his passion: music. Currently with Summoner’s Circle, fans of this band (known as “None”) are part of a larger story, one that involves a cosmic war that originated from the planet Mercury but now has a squirming epicenter in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Artwork by Chris Kapp.)


Bandmates affectionately known as “The Six” are Gog (lead guitar); Magog (rhythm guitar); the Fallen One (bass); Blind (throat and screams); Sol (keyboards and vocals); and B.G. Scios (drums).

Last year, Gog (Herb Hines) told The Knoxville Mercury, “One cannot work blood magick and conjure and bind interdimensional beings and not have a flair for the theatric,” which pretty much sums up this almost-always-in-character band.

Working with Dalton Skinner at Anchor Sound Studios in 2015 for the “First Summoning” EP, the band plans to record again this Spring. Online reviews for the EP have been positive, with most high marks going for “The Purifying Light of Apophis,” a song both haunting and melodic, then heavy and horrifying; a tribute to the asteroid Apophis, which is expected to approach Earth at a distance of 37,000-38,000 kilometers on April 13, 2029.

In the meantime, metal fans in the mood for face-meltiness are invited to the Concourse at The International to experience this fearful ἀποκάλυψις on March 13, 2016.

Become none. Enjoy the show.

—, March 10, 2016.

Shakespeare on stage at CBT

KNOXVILLE – William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” will play on the Clarence Brown Theatre main stage February 10 – 28, 2016 with 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm performances. A Pay What You Wish Preview performance will be held Wednesday, February 10, a talk back with the actors will take place Sunday, February 21 following the matinee, and the Open Captioned performance is Sunday, February 28 at 2:00 pm.

Titus publicity photo

Believed to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy and most graphically violent, “Titus Andronicus” was created as a crowd-pleasing shocker, full of murder, intrigue, betrayal, and revenge.

“The central idea in the play is that when justice and rule of law is subverted by man’s pursuit of revenge, man is capable of unspeakable violence.  Even the most principled and civilized man (like Titus) can become barbaric,” said Director John Sipes.

Director John Sipes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee. Before joining the UT faculty, he was a Director and the Resident Movement Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 15 seasons.

The production Titus Andronicus features visiting professional guest actors, UT faculty, graduate and undergraduate student actors, and actors from the community.

“It is impossible to underestimate the value to training theater students in producing anything by William Shakespeare.  The Clarence Brown’s production of this rarely seen play will stretch our students’ range of expression and their facility with language.  Moreover, our audiences will be treated to a story of political intrigue and moral turpitude that still has power after four centuries,” said Calvin MacLean, CBT Artistic Director and Department Head.

The production is for mature audiences only. Free and convenient parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard for every performance.

Scholarships offered for art residencies

KNOXVILLE, TN- Fellowships and scholarships are available for those with financial need as well as artists of color at the 2016 Sundress Academy for the Arts residency programs.

Applications for short-term artists’ residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more. Each residency includes a room of one’s own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet and cable.

The length of a residency can run from one week to two months. SAFTA is currently accepting applications for the summer residency period, which runs from May 30 to August 28, 2016. The deadline for summer residency applications is March 1, 2016.

To apply for the SAFTA residency, you will need to provide the following:

Application form including an artist’s statement and contact information for two references – CV or artist’s resume (optional)

Artist sample (see website for more details on genre specifications)

Application fee of $25 or $15 for current students with a student email, payable online.

Applications and additional information are available at:


The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an artists’ residency that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists. All are guided by experienced, professional instructors from a variety of creative disciplines who are dedicated to cultivating the arts in Eastern Tennessee.

Email: for more information.

Tiger Lily presents A Doll’s House

Knoxville’s Tiger Lily Theatre Company is pleased to present Henrik Ibsen’s timeless play “A Doll’s House.” Performances are Friday, December 11, 2015 at 8pm, Saturday, December 12th at 8pm, and Sunday, December 13th at 2pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students.

Reimagined against a post-depression American backdrop, this this production of Ibsen’s most famous play highlights the timelessness of a woman’s struggle against the confines of societal norms and a marriage that is not what it seems.

Featuring a cast of local actors, this production will take place at Broadway Academy of Performing Arts, 706 N. Broadway St, for one weekend only. Parking is available at the rear of Broadway Academy on Lamar St.

Tiger Lily Theatre is dedicated to furthering opportunities for women in the Knoxville arts community and was recently selected to represent the state of Tennessee in the 2016 Southeastern Theatre Conference Community Theatre Festival Competition.

Tiger Lily currently produces two performances per season, including a series of short, original works in the spring. Submissions for the short play production are accepted via email at


A Christmas Carol returns to Knoxville

Ebenezer Scrooge and the memorable ghosts return in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s long-running and most popular production. A magical tradition for the whole family, “A Christmas Carol,” runs November 25 through December 20, 2015 on the mainstage with 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm performances.

A Pay What You Wish Preview performance will be held Wednesday, November 25, a talk back with the designers will take place Sunday, Dec. 6 following the matinee, Deaf Night @ the Theatre will take place December 8 and the Open Captioned performance is Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 pm.

“A Christmas Carol” was first published in 1843. Dickens culled the story from personal childhood experiences along with various Christmas stories. The book is generally considered one of the greatest influences for the restoration of the Christmas holiday and it has never been out of print. The story’s numerous adaptations include opera, ballet, radio plays, audio recordings, films and stage. Photo courtesy Clarence Brown Theatre.

Famous Scrooges over the years have included Lionel Barrymore, Orson Welles, Basil Rathbone, Alec Guinness, Jonathan Winters, Charles Laughton, Tony Randall, Hal Linden, Roddy McDowell, and of course Patrick Stewart’s one-man show of “A Christmas Carol” which first opened in London in 1988.

For tickets, call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161.

Holiday play at Knoxville Children’s Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present Cinderella And Ebenezer, a new holiday play, based on the timeless tales of “Cinderella” and “A Christmas Carol.” The play will be performed December 4-20, 2015 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM.

Cinderella & Ebenezer is a comic modern-day mash-up of two classic tales, containing the crystal slipper, rude step-
sisters, midnight deadline, and all the romance of “Cinderella,” as well as all the good-natured holiday spirit of Charles Dickens’ classic Yuletide novel, “A Christmas Carol.” A heart-warming comedy for all ages, “Cinderella & Ebenezer” is written by Zack Allen and directed by Ashlee Latimer.

The role of Cinderella will be performed by Abby Ann Ramsey, who was last seen at KCT in Shrek, The Musical, Jr. Ebenezer will be played by Lucas Cunic, whose KCT career has spanned over five years. Lydia Steimer plays Cinderella’s “step-mother” and Minnie Harrigan, Jada Kaufman, and Sydney Reed play her daughters. Derrick Washington, Jr. will perform the role of Jake Marley, and Kayla June Nobbe plays Roberta Cratchit.

Two actors are making their KCT debuts: Corbin Fram and Annika Kallstrom. The rest of the cast includes KCT veterans: Cian Bell, Ava Bradshaw, Nilah El-Amin, and Grant Trivette.

The theatre is located at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue; corner of Central & Churchwell Avenues. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling (865) 208-3677.

Clarence Brown lab presents Mr Burns

Clarence Brown Theatre’s Lab presents “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” from October 28 to November 15, 2015.

“This play provides us with a wonderful opportunity – the chance to think about and celebrate the things that keep us human, in the fullest sense of the word, as we move into an increasingly unpredictable and unnerving future,” said director Casey Sams.

Casey Sams (Director) is head of undergraduate studies in Theatre at UT, where she works with both graduate and undergraduates teaching Movement and Acting. The cast is comprised of UT Theatre MFA candidate Melissa David (Colleen/Bart) and the following UT Theatre undergraduate students: Emily Helton (Edna Krabapple/Chorus); Robert Parker Jenkins (Matt/Homer); Hannah Jones (Quincy/Marge); Ellen Nikbakht (Jenny/Itchy); Benjamin Pratt (Sam/Scratchy); Ethan Roeder (Gibson/Mr. Burns); and, Lauran Winder (Maria Lisa).

With a dual mission to train the next generation of theatre artists and to provide top quality professional theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is one of only 13 academic LORT (League of Resident Theatre) institutions in the nation.

Marble City presents Ghosts

Marble City Opera will present Ghosts of Crosstown by librettist Jerre Dye at Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, Tennessee at 7:30pm on October 29, 2015, during National Opera Week.

This production will feature some of Knoxville’s favorite talent including bass-baritone, Brandon J. Gibson who will be singing a powerful opera from the cycle entitled Movin’ Up.

Ghosts of Crosstown is a cycle of four monodramas inspired by the 1927 Art Deco architecture of the Sears Crosstown Building in Memphis, Tennessee, and the ordinary lives of the people who worked and shopped there.

The librettist, Jerre Dye is the same for all pieces with different up and coming composers for each story.

Tickets are $20 for General admission, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the performance. Bar service will be offered before, during, and after the performance for all attendees.

Scruffy City Hall is located at 32 Market Square in downtown Knoxville.


Clarence Brown adds performance

Due to popular demand, the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville has added an additional performance of “The 39 Steps” on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

Additional performances will run September 23, 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 as well as on September 27 at 2:00 pm.

The popular, two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winner is packed with nonstop laughs, more than 100 zany characters played by a cast of four, inventive stagecraft, handcuffs, missing fingers and good old-fashioned romance. It’s fun for all ages and great for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

“This production celebrates the film noir dramas of the 1930s and specifically Alfred Hitchcock’s film of the same name,” said director Kate Buckley. “But it also honors the complexity of the actor’s craft. The theatrical dance going on behind our soundstage door is zanily complex requiring inventiveness, dexterity and precision from all.”

The play is directed by Kate Buckley, an associate professor in the UT Theatre Department.

For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 865-974-5161.


Clarence Brown Theatre holds auditions

Knoxville’s Clarence Brown Theatre will hold general auditions for “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Titus Andronicus” on August 22-23, 2015 at the theatre.

An information packet and application can be found on the web at

Applications are due by 10am Friday, August 21st.

In January, the CBT will be seeking actors of color for “A Lesson Before Dying” and “South Pacific.” For the specific dates for these auditions, please contact Shelly Payne at 865-974-6725.

With a dual mission to train the next generation of theatre artists and to provide top quality professional theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is one of only 12 academic LORT (League of Resident Theatre) institutions in the nation. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean and Managing Director David B. Byrd, the CBT season runs from August through May and features eight productions ranging from musicals to drama.

The CBT provides a cultural resource for both the university and the larger East Tennessee community that affirms diversity and inclusivity in all their forms.

The 2015-2016 season includes: The 39 Steps; Of Mice and Men Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; A Christmas Carol; Santaland Diaries; Titus Andronicus; A Lesson Before Dying; The Open Hand and South Pacific.

For more information or tickets, call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161.

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 Croquet tourney is May 17

KNOXVILLE – Knoxville Opera Guild will host the 11th annual Knoxville Croquet Tournament on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of the UT RecSports Field Complex across from Dead End BBQ on Sutherland Ave.

Participation is open to the public, and no experience is necessary. Participants can register to play solo or with a partner, or may choose to simply attend and mingle in support of the arts organization.

“The Croquet Tournament allows us to gather and enjoy fellowship as a community while enjoying some friendly competition for a worthy cause,” said Knoxville Opera Marketing and Public Relations Director Michael Torano. “It’s a great opportunity to strengthen our support base and end the 2014-2015 Season with a bang.”

Along with playing croquet on the green, attendees will enjoy a gourmet brunch and high tea, raffle prizes, a bocce game, vintage automobiles, and vintage costume contest.

The Knoxville Arts Challenge competition will be presented by Mayor Tim Burchett. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by the gourmet brunch and tournament. The event is proudly sponsored and catered by All Occasion Catering.

Ticket prices begin at $100. For more information, please call Audrey Duncan at 865.588.8371.

A Prairie Home Companion at TN Theatre

The Tennessee Theatre presents Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion with Rick Dworsky, Fred Newman, and Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm.

At the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul in 1974, if you plunked down your $1 admission (50 cents for kids) to attend the very first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, you were in select company. There were about 12 people in the audience. But those in attendance thought there were worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, so Garrison Keillor and the APHC team went on to produce close to 500 live shows in the first 10 years alone. There were broadcasts from this venue and that, until March 4, 1978, when the show moved to The World Theater, a lovely, crumbling building that was one plaster crack away from the wrecking ball. (Now fully renovated and renamed The Fitzgerald, it is the show’s home base.)

In June of 1987, APHC ended for a while. Garrison thought it was a good idea at the time, but only two years later, the show was back, based in New York and called American Radio Company of the Air. But there’s no place like home. So in 1992, it was back to Minnesota and, soon after, back to the old name: A Prairie Home Companion.
Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the American Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Garrison recalls, “When the show started, it was something funny to do with my friends, and then it became an achievement that I hoped would be successful, and now it’s a good way of life.”

Tickets are $86.50 and $64.50 plus applicable service fees.

Screenwriter speaks to Knoxville writers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Novelist and screenwriter Shannon Burke will read from his newest book, “Into the Savage Country,” at the March 2015 program of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild.

Shannon Burke

Shannon Burke will speak to the Knoxville Writers Guild beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Streets (in Fort Sanders). A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. The event is open to the public.

“Into the Savage Country” is a historical adventure novel that mostly takes place on a trapping brigade in the 1820s. The novel begins as the protagonist – a young man named William Wyeth – starts west on a trapping brigade. The character makes friends, falls in love, chases buffalos and becomes involved in a struggle where the future of the country hangs in the balance.

“I grew up reading books like ‘Kidnapped,’ ‘Treasure Island,’ ‘White Fang’ and ‘The Count of Monte Cristo,’ and my intent was to write a book in that vein,” Burke said.

Burke’s previous novels were well-received and have been translated into several languages. “Safelight” (Random House 2005) was on the Kirkus and Publishers Weekly end of the year lists. “Black Flies” (Soft Skull Press 2008) was on numerous end of the year lists, was a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Believer Book Award, on the Impac Dublin Literary Award Long List and runner up for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He has worked on various films, including work on the script for the film “Syriana.”

About the Knoxville Writers’ Guild

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity. Additional information about KWG can be found at

A1LabArts promotes book sharing

KNOXVILLE – A1LabArts is hosting a Little Free Library Workshop on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place, in Knoxville.

For $50 per box, participants can create a Little Free Library to place in their neighborhood. What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.

Participants will be provided with all of the supplies necessary to assemble a box and instructions on how to install the box in their neighborhood. Groups are encouraged to participate. Email Donna at to register.

A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists. It is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media.

Knoxville Opera performs Carmen

The Knoxville Opera is thrilled to present its fourth school tour this month. Bizet’s Carmen is the featured opera and showcases the music of Spain, including famous melodies and a cast full of charisma.

The performances are sung in English and feature Spanish costumes, scenery, and props. The school tour runs between now and January 16. This project is a part of Knoxville Opera’s annual $150,000 Education/Outreach Program.

“The overwhelming response from the past three seasons of in-school performances of Romeo & Juliette, Cinderella, and The Elixir of Love has inspired us to continue to share the music and cultural elements of operas with our local students,” said Knoxville Opera Executive Director and Maestro Brian Salesky. “It’s a wonderful way to transport these young people to another place and time, to educate them in arts and culture, and to inspire their own creativity.”


Sarasota Opera mezzosoprano Briana Hunter portrays the captivating Spanish gypsy girl Carmen, UT School of Music alumnus Peter Johnson performs the role of the Toreador Escamillo, and Texas tenor Sergio Cepeda plays Don Jose, the Spanish soldier whose life is inspired and then destroyed by Carmen. The productions are free to Knox County public schools and will be accompanied and narrated by Salesky.

The school tour includes performances at Carter, Austin-East, Hardin Valley, and L&N STEM high schools; Holston, Farragut, Gresham, Jefferson, Carter, Northwest, and Robertsville middle schools; and Brickey-McCloud, New Hopewell, West Haven, West Hills, and Maynard elementary schools. An additional bonus show will be presented at the Mountain View Development Center.

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.

Lisa Soland to speak at KWG

Playwright and children’s book author Lisa Soland will speak about overcoming insecurities and playing to strengths at the next Knoxville Writers’ Guild program. The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Streets (in Fort Sanders). A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible.

Soland’s second children’s book, titled “The Unmade Moose,” will be released this month and will serve as her inspiration for the evening’s presentation.

“The new book is based on my younger brother who was born without a leg. The story encourages people who have insecurities regarding what they view as their imperfections, to go out into the world, and go for it anyway,” she said.

Soland comes to the book publishing world as a renowned playwright, with 40 plays including “Waiting,” “Cabo San Lucas,” “Truth Be Told,” “The Name Game” and “The Man in the Gray Suit & Other Plays” published internationally by Samuel French, Inc.

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.


CBT highlights The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker,” will run on the Clarence Brown Theatre mainstage October 2 – 19, 2014. The production tells the story of young Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Annie Sullivan, her gifted tutor.

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Rachel Finney (Helen) and Angela Church (Anne Sullivan) in the CBT’s production of “The Miracle Worker.” Photo by Liz Aaron.

“All of the exchanges in the play are derived from factual events, but woven together in such a way that we, the audience, are allowed to experience the ‘miracle’ that Ms. Sullivan was able to work – how Helen connected spelling a word to understanding language. Helen called it her soul’s sudden awakening,” said Kate Buckley, director.

Productions remaining in the 2014-2015 Season include: “4000 Miles,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Master Harold…and the boys,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “A Shayna Maidel,” and “The Threepenny Opera.”

For more information or tickets, call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161.

Fundraiser benefits Clarence Brown Theatre

To celebrate the opening of its new flagship store and to honor 40 years of professional theatre at the Clarence Brown Theatre, Marc Nelson Denim will host a fundraiser to benefit the theatre on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 6-10 p.m. at 700 East Depot Street in downtown Knoxville.

Attendees can stop in anytime and enjoy an exclusive tour of the brand new Knoxville production facility plus receive an inside look at the Clarence Brown Theatre’s costume design process for the season-opening production of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway.”

Complimentary drinks will be provided along with a special CBT pint glass while supplies last. Cast members and the creative team from the CBT’s production of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” will be on hand to mix and mingle with guests.

For more information, call (865) 974-2497.


Dinner theatre comes to Market Square

The Square Room Dinner Theatre will present “Barefoot in the Park,” a classic play by Neil Simon, at the Square Room in Market Square on August 7-8, 2014 at 6 p.m.

The Square Room Dinner Theatre is Knoxville’s only theater company that provides a quality theatrical play and a four-course dining experience catered by Café 4 in the Square Room. Local actor and Square Room Dinner Theater Producer Mark Jennings developed the dinner theatre concept when he saw a niche for dinner entertainment in downtown Knoxville.


Located next to Cafe 4, The Square Room sign is visible from the alley way.  The Square Room Dinner Theatre will present “Barefoot in the Park,” a classic play by Neil Simon, on August 7-8, 2014 at 6 p.m. Photo by

“Dinner theater seemed to be a logical fit for the Square Room. Knoxville is very supportive of its local artists, and every night, downtown is packed with people looking for entertainment,” said Jennings. “The Square Room Dinner Theater will be the perfect fit for couples, groups of friends and families looking for an upscale, fun night out in downtown.”

The pre-fixe menu, catered by Café 4, will feature four-courses: a cheese tray, choice of soup or salad, choice of entrée and New York-style cheesecake. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and guests are encouraged to order by 6:30 p.m. to guarantee service before the show begins on the Square Room stage at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $45 and include both dinner and a show. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at, by calling the Square Room box office at 865-544-4144, or in person at the barista counter in Café 4 at 4 Market Square.