Shakespeare Birthday/Wake 2017

Hear ye! Hear ye!
Calling all BoBs and BoB-to-be!
Sunday, April 23rd, for old Will’s sake,
Get thee to Trailhead for a birthday wake!

This year marks the 401st commemoration of William Shakespeare’s death on his birthday, April 23, 1616.

Join us on Sunday, April 23th from 4:00–8:00 PM at Trailhead Beer Market (family friendly)for a “birthday wake,” a celebration of the man and his works!

  • Live music
  • Children’s performances
  • Trivia, prizes, & more…!

$15 suggested donation to join Buddies of the Bard (BoB), the official party arm of the Tennessee Stage Company!

RSVP: TennesseeStage@comcast.net or (865) 546-4280!

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New Play Festival 2017

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Tickets on sale now for our 2nd World Premiere production of 2017!

Kickoff Party!

January 22 from 5-7pm at Modern Studio
109 W Anderson Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917

Join us for a FREE kickoff event for the New Play Festival! Complimentary refreshments, meet-&-greet with the actors, directors and playwrights, plus a showcase of short scenes from the Festival’s selection of new plays.

World Premiere Production #1: Found Objects

February 2–12 at the Historic Southern Railway Station
Thursday thru Saturday at 8pm & Sunday matinees at 3pm

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by Marilynn Barner Anselmi
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 keep them from healing.

Table Readings

Free admission. Each reading will include a discussion session afterwards with the cast, director and audience and, when possible, the playwright.

Dracula: Down for the Count by Mary Lynn Dobson
A comic retelling of the Dracula story. Think, “Young Frankenstein” meets Count Dracula.
2/4        1:00 pm Carter Branch Library
2/11       2:00 pm Fountain City Library
2/18      3:00 pm Bearden Branch Library
2/25      2:30 pm Lawson McGhee Library

Okra by Bill Raulerson
A comic caper set in backwoods Louisiana with a little magic, a few ghosts, and a very inept police force.
2/6        6:00 pm Fountain City Library
2/11       2:00 pm Bearden Branch Library
2/18      1:00 pm Carter Branch Library
2/23      6:00 pm Farragut Branch Library
2/25     12:00 pm Lawson McGhee Library

The Senator’s Wife by C. Robert Jones
When politics and family collide, they can both end up a little worse for wear.
2/4       3:00 pm Fountain City Library
2/11     11:00 am Bearden Branch Library
2/26    1:15 pm Lawson McGhee Library

When Blackbirds Sing by Gayle Greene
A lifetime prison sentence on a questionable conviction leaves a woman who was more a victim in her own to right to desperately seek a connection with a daughter she never knew.
2/11       1:00 pm Carter Branch Library
2/18      11:00 am Bearden Branch Library
2/18      2:00 pm Fountain City Library
2/26     3:00 pm Lawson McGhee Library

Staged Reading

Free admission and the reading will also be followed by a discussion session with the actors, audience, director and playwrights.

Under the Esso Moon by Linda Parsons
Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 PM at Theatre Knoxville Downtown
A young girl growing up in a crumbling family dynamic in an apartment above the gas station run by her stepfather. A dramatic coming-of-age story set in not-long-ago Knoxville.

World Premiere Production #2: The Nearly Final, Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister

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Tickets on sale now!

March 10–26 at Theatre Knoxville Downtown
Thursday thru Saturday at 8pm & Sunday matinees at 3pm

by Kris Bauske
A backstage comedy of relatively deathly dimensions.

For more information, please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at (865) 546-4280.

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[UPDATED] Birthday Wake for Will

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Calling all BoBs and BoB-to-be!
Sunday, April 24th, for old Will’s sake,
Get thee to Scruffy City for a birthday wake!

2016 marks the 400th commemoration of William Shakespeare’s death on his birthday, April 23, 1616.

ShakesinLoveJoin us on Sunday, April 24th from 5:00–10:00 PM at Scruffy City Hall for a “birthday wake,” a celebration of the man and his works, including a screening of Shakespeare in Love, at 6:00 PM.

  • Live music by The Gutter Blossoms
  • Performance from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by students from Nature’s Way Montessori
  • Celebrity bartenders
  • Trivia, prizes, & more…!
  • Plus, hang out after the movie to catch the season premiere of Game of Thrones at 9:00 PM!

$15 suggested donation to join Buddies of the Bard (BoB), the official party arm of the Tennessee Stage Company!

Find the event on Facebook.

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New Play Festival 2016

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Sunday, January 17 from 5:00–7:00 PM at the Historic Southern Railway Station

Join us for a FREE kickoff event with complimentary refreshments, meet-&-greet with the actors, directors and playwrights, plus a showcase of short scenes from the Festival’s selection of new plays.

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by Staci Swedeen (Knoxville, TN)
January 21–31
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday matinee 3:00 PM
at the Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 W Depot Ave.

Two brothers confront the intertwined nature of hatred and love and learn that all truths kept silent become poisonous. Tickets on sale now!

Table Readings

Free admission. Each reading will include a discussion session afterwards with the cast, director and audience and, when possible, the playwright.

Caves by Jean Battlo (Kimball, WV) – Rita Rochella-Baker lives in a dying coal town in West Virginia. Now she must construct a past to save her town’s future.
2/6/16 1:00 pm at Carter Branch Library
2/16/16 6:00 pm at Farragut Branch Library
2/20/16 2:00 pm at Fountain City Library
2/27/16 12:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

Four Old Broads by Leslie Kimbell (Winder, GA) – Life in a retirement community can be dangerous…or hilarious. It depends on your approach to life.
2/6/16 2:00 pm at Fountain City Library
2/13/16 2:30 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/20/16 1:00 pm at Carter Branch Library
2/27/16 2:30 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

Under the Esso Moon by Linda P. Marion (Knoxville, TN) – In the week she turns thirteen, Vera Lee Phillips experiences awakening, change and danger in an apartment above an Esso station.
2/8/16 6:00 pm at Fountain City Library
2/13/16 1:00 pm at Carter Branch Library
2/20/16 2:30 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/28/16 2:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

Staged Readings

The Festival rounds out with these two staged readings. Free admission and each reading will also be followed by a discussion session with the actors, audience, director and playwrights.

The Third Proposal by Dennis Duff (Sevierville, TN) – Struggling against his feelings for neighbor Anna Wagner, Helmut can only watch as his two brothers vie for her hand, then fall as victims of WWII.
3/12/16 2:00 pm at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister by Kris Bauske (Ocoee, FL) – When world-renown playwright Sutton McAllister suffers a major stroke and nearly dies, his plastic surgery-addicted niece leads the mad hunt to find his final script.
3/19/16 2:00 pm at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

*Tennessee Stage Company presents New Play Festival World Premiere full productions through special cooperation with Tiger Lily Theatre & Theatre Knoxville Downtown

For more information, please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 546-4280.


SOLD OUT! : World Premiere Production #2: THE CAST LIST

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by Gayle Greene (Knoxville, TN)
March 4–20
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday matinee 3:00 PM
at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N Gay St.

Two star-crossed cast lists wreak havoc on a struggling community theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet.

 

 

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New Play Festival 2015

The table readings will occur between Feb. 1 and March 1. Each reading will include a discussion session afterwards with the cast, director and audience and, when possible, the playwright. The table reading plays are as follows:

The Cast List by Gayle Greene – Two star-crossed cast lists wreak havoc on a struggling community theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet.
2/7/15 2:30 pm at Fountain City Library
2/14/15 1:00 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/28/15 3:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

The Third Proposal by Dennis Duff – Struggling against his feelings for neighbor Anna Wagner, Helmut can only watch as his two brothers vie for her hand, then fall as victims of WWII.
2/14/15 3:00 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/21/15 2:30 pm at Fountain City Library
3/1/15 2:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

American Farce by Michael Reimann – A woman from Max’s past shows up at his door and claims he is the father of her 10 year-old son. Max soon devises a plot to use his estranged son’s uncanny ability to pick race horses to pay off a loan shark.
2/21/15 2:30 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/23/15 6:00 pm at Fountain City Library
2/28/15 1:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

We are also producing three staged readings, which will also be followed by a discussion session with actors, audience, director and playwrights. These staged readings will each have one performance in March:

A Cocaine Comedy by Harrison Young – Richard tries cocaine for the first time moments before two desperate policemen kick down his door. The hijinks quickly escalate as the local news, governor of Texas, and a very special couch lead Richard’s petty crime to making national headlines.
3/14/15 2:00 pm at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

Found Objects by Marilynn Barner Anselmi – Found Objects examines four lives brought together by death, and the truth they all create – or barely tolerate – around that tragic accident.
3/21/15 11:00 am at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

House Rules by Staci Swedeen – Two brothers confront the intertwined nature of hatred and love and learn that all truths kept silent become poisonous.
3/21/15 3:00 pm at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

IATW_posterThe New Play Festival rounds out with a World Premiere presentation of a new play. This year’s full production is  I Am The Way by Scott Strahan, directed by Tom Parkhill.

McRae Allen hates his job, so he finds a new one. He becomes an Internet evangelist and watches the cash, and death threats, come rolling in. I Am The Way runs March 6 – 22, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm, at Theatre Knoxville Downtown*.

*Tennessee Stage Company presents I Am The Way through special cooperation with Theatre Knoxville Downtown.

For more information, please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 546-4280.

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Our 25th Anniversary Production: HARVEY

From time to time, when something strikes our fancy, the Tennessee Stage Company puts on a show as part of what we call our Timeless Works series. It’s something of a disorderly affair – occurring just six times in the past fifteen years – but we are very happy to revive The Timeless Works for our 25th anniversary production in January 2015.

To mark the beginning of our 25th anniversary season, and try out the gorgeous space in the Historic Southern Railway Station, on January 22, we will open a two-week run of Mary Chase’s classic comedy, Harvey. This classic comedy is the story of a most unconventional man who has dropped out of the rat race to live a simple life with his most unusual best friend, Harvey, who just happens to be a six foot tall invisible white rabbit!

Harvey was our very first Timeless Works production, in 2002, and in honor of our 25th anniversary it seemed a perfect time to rediscover this fantastic show.

The Timeless Works Series is unique among our work because these shows are fundraisers for the company. Everyone who works on a Timeless Works production donates their time and talent to the company so we can continue to grow and pay the artists involved in our other productions and programs. Previous Timeless Works presentations include: The Philadelphia Story in 2003, The Foreigner in 2005, The Miracle Worker in 2006 and I Hate Hamlet in 2009.

Please join us at the Historic Southern Railway Station this January to celebrate our anniversary with our favorite play – Harvey.

HARVEY runs January 22 – February 1, 2015. Purchase tickets online.

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Auditions for HARVEY

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The Tennessee Stage Company will hold auditions for the Timeless Works production of HARVEY on Saturday, November 1, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Sunday, Nov. 2, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street.

HARVEY is a timeless story of a man and his best friend – who happens to be a six foot tall invisible rabbit. There are roles for a wide variety of ages including seniors. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and large print sides will be available.

HARVEY will perform from January 22 , through Feb. 1, at the Southern Railroad Depot. Rehearsals will take place in December and January with breaks for the holidays. For more information please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 546-4280, or e-mail us at tennesseestage@comcast.net.

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Shakespeare On The Square 2014 Tie Dye Shirts

TSC's 2013 Tye Dyes!

TSC’s 2014 Tye Dyes!

The Tennessee Stage Company was busily making tie dye shirts for this year’s upcoming Shakespeare in the Square and we made them even more colorful this year!

Don’t miss your chance to grab a tie-dye at Shakespeare On The Square in Market Square from July 17th – August 17th.

Also don’t forget to reserve your tickets for VIP seating for all the shows on Market Square

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the matinees being performed in the Square Room  on July 26th and August 2nd.

This year’s William Shakespeare’s plays are Titus Andronicus and Much Ado About Nothing.

Check out our Events page for reservations online!

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World Premiere of Gayle Greene’s Play “Tic Toc”

It’s not too late to come join us this weekend for the world premiere of Tic-Toc, a play written by Knoxville playwright, Gayle Greene. Gayle’s play is terrifically funny.

Debra Chambers is a successful photographer that has it all. So why won’t her biological clock quit ticking so loudly? With the support of her misguided friends, her nosy mom and competitive sister, Debra takes baby matters into her single-parent hands.

Then he comes in to her life (or was he there all along?).

Tic Toc will run from March 7th through the 23rd at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N Gay Street, Knoxville, TN.

For showtimes and to reserve your tickets online, go to our Events Page.

Also we have a 11 days left on our Indiegogo campaign! Stop by and see what great perks you can get by donating at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-play-festival-2014.

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New Play Festival 2014 Interview with Playwright Harrison Young

We had a great turnout for the first table reading of Harrison Young’s “A Cocaine Comedy”. Here’s a little bit about Harrison, in his own words: Read more ›

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