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Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris

Feb 17-Mar 5, 2017
Tickets: $15    

Directed by Ed White

 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2011) and the Tony Award for Best Play (2012)

Special "talkback" discussion Sunday Feb 26 after the performance! Click here for more details.

Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry's piece. These two scenes, fifty years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago's northwest side that features at the center of A Raisin in the Sun. The first scene takes place before and the second scene takes place after the events of A Raisin in the Sun.

In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood's first black family.

Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification.

In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground.

Cast

  • Malik Baines
  • Jennifer Bolt
  • Greg Congleton
  • Myasha Dunham
  • Bill Householder
  • Christina Perkins
  • Keegan Tucker
CONTENT ADVISORY: Clybourne Park contains mature language and themes that are not suitable for children.

"Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart."
– New York Times

"A theatrical treasure…Indisputably, uproariously funny."
– Entertainment Weekly

"A savagely funny and insightful time bomb."
– Hollywood Reporter


Artist's ConceptSecond Act Campaign

Raising the Curtain on the Future

TKD has been at 319 North Gay St. since 2005, where seating is limited to 50 or less, depending on set design.

Attendance has grown steadily in recent years and, starting in early 2014, shows have been selling out regularly, often forcing us to turn away patrons.

We've outgrown our space and it's time to move!

The Second Act Campaign is focused on raising $250,000 to:

  • occupy a new downtown space that provides a bigger stage, space for set construction, dressing rooms, at least double the current seating, and improved patron amenities
  • cover the increase in occupancy costs for the first three years in the new space

(Online donations fully secured by PayPal.)

Help raise the curtain on the future of TKD by making a contribution today!


Next Up ...

Tennessee Stage Company New Play Festival

World Premiere Production #2:
The Nearly Final, Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister
by Kris Bauske
March 10–26

A backstage comedy of relatively deathly dimensions.

Thursday thru Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Click here for tickets and more information.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
by Steven Dietz, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and William Gillette
Apr 21-May 7, 2017

Directed by Patrick McCray

Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play

The world's greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore: The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler—and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty.

In this spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation, Steven Dietz presents Holmes at the height of his powers—surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise. "The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!"

"Dietz's genius here is in creating both story and dialogue that could pass for Doyle's own. The playwright—who previously adapted Bram Stoker's Dracula and P.G. Wodehouse's Over the Moon to great effect—has created a gleeful whodunit that's both deeply original and an expert homage to all things Holmesian."
Phoenix New Times

"This witty, well-crafted script is very much an homage to Conan Doyle, and the play's greatest pleasure is seeing his iconic characters brought to life. A delightful evening of entertainment."
Arizona Republic

"You don't have to be a scholar of detective stories to enjoy the script Dietz has crafted—there's enough intrigue and adventure, and even a touch of romance, with the inclusion of Irene Adler, a woman who is Holmes' intellectual equal. Dietz has created a fun evening that moves quickly, and is guaranteed to please everyone who joins in the game."
BackStage

Patron Testimonial

"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
- L. Denton, Knoxville

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