Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – May 7 @ 2:30 pm
FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS Circle Theatre (general seating) – World Premiere Grand Prize Winner April 21 – May 7, 2017 Not even written yet new: A completely new work for our 2017 Festival of New Plays – our ninth biennial festival where the work of local playwrights is showcased. The 2014-15 winner, the romantic comedy Dorothy Parker Would Not Approve by Stacy Chapman, was the most popular in the history of the competition.
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 9:00 pm
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. An astonishing first play, initially presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway, where it established the author as a major voice in our theatre. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. “While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley’s prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake.”
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – May 7 @ 9:00 pm
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – May 7 @ 9:30 pm
Who died? Will the killer be found? And will the playwright finish the script? After all, there is a read-through on Monday!A theater group is holding auditions for a murder mystery called “Death of A Disco Dancer.” The usual suspects show up to audition, including Mia Monahan, the militant method actress; Amber Frost, the ditzy drama queen; Chad, the energetic actor who never gets a part in anything; Alan, the accomplished theater major who works at a fast-food place in the meantime; Troy May, the egocentric actor who always gets a role; his gorgeous assistant, Tantanya, who holds his imported bottled water and carries his portfolio; and Mrs. Needleman and her precious daughter, Julie, fresh from the Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant finals. However, director Vivian Vinderlou and assistant director Reed Moore don’t have enough copies of the script for everyone, and, well, the script isn’t even finished. Fortunately, playwright Jim Culter arrives with a few more copies and a few more finished pages just as one of the actors mysteriously dies. As luck would have it, Jim brought Inspector Bonnie Brauvera to the auditions to serve as technical advisor for the play.
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – May 3 @ 9:00 pm
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life,’ ‘Easy Street,’ ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You,’ plus the eternal anthem of optimism, ‘Tomorrow.’
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – May 21 @ 9:30 pm
Winner! 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play “Cuckoo is captivating.” – N.Y. Post. “Scarifying and powerful.” – N.Y. Times. A charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison instantly regrets his decision. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years.
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Backstage Bash, a night of entertainment, food, drink, and laughter at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, is set for Saturday, May 20, from 7:30-11 p.m. throughout the CTC’s 40,000 square feet of rehearsal halls, costume shop, green room, and other places rarely seen by audience members. The event is designed to raise money for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, now celebrating its 93rd season.
May 26 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 4 @ 8:30 pm
Our vampires definitely don’t sparkle!!! Come enjoy this ultra-romantic and rare operatic treat composed by Heinrich Marschner, who was a contemporary of Wagner and Weber. Scenic City Opera will be presenting an intimate version of this wonderful opera at Barking Legs Theatre, May 26-28 and June 2-4, 2017. Our version is heavily influenced by recent shows like True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and maybe even a tiny bit of Vampire Diaries. Tickets available now!
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 9:00 pm
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 16 @ 9:00 pm
Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, and in Simon Levy’s adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.
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