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God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
translated by Christopher Hampton

Aug 25–Sep 10
Tickets: $15    

Directed by Greg Congleton

 

The Tony Award-winning comedy of grown ups behaving badly.

NOTE: This production contains strong language.

God of Carnage begins as two highly strung couples, Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak, meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly morphs into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an afternoon among savages, called "ninety minutes of sustained mayhem" by The New YorkerThe New York Times hailed God of Carnage as a "four-way prize fight" and the Chicago Tribune praised Reza’s play, calling it a "savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy."

This must-see received the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play.

"Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fueled on pure bile. It's Reza's sharpest work since 'Art'."
—Variety

Cast:

  • Alan – Jeffrey Eberting
  • Annette – Carrie Booher Thompson
  • Michael – Jim Conn
  • Veronica – Crystal Braeuner

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 ...

The Mousetrap
by Agatha Christie
Oct 13–29, 2017

Directed by Rebecca Gomez

The longest running play, in the world, ever, has been running continuously since 1952 at St. Martin's Theatre in London. But if you can't make it to London, travel on down to Theatre Knoxville Downtown instead!

Written by the world’s most successful author, Agatha Christie, it’s one of the finest plays ever written.

It follows a group of strangers – one of whom is a murderer – trapped in a boarding house during a snow storm. Is it the newlyweds whose rampant suspicions nearly wreck their marriage, or the spinster with the curious background? Perhaps it is the architect, the retired Army major, or the odd man who claims his car overturned in a snow drift?

The play is also known for its twist ending, which at the end of every performance the audience is asked not to reveal.

"One of the most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced"
—The New York Times

Christmas Belles
by Jones, Hope and Wooten
Nov 24–Dec 10, 2018

Directed by Sarah Campbell & Joe Johnson

It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters are not exactly in a festive mood.

A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos.

But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus - played by Frankie's long-suffering husband, Dub - is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters' Pancake Supper.

And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget.

Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

 

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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