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.

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