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Opens Sept. 2 ... small logo

[title of show]
Music & lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell

Sep 2-18, 2016
Tickets: $15    

Directed by Courtney Woolard
Braxton Kiser, Music Director


Tony Award® nominee for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.

[title of show] is the story of Hunter and Jeff, "two nobodies in New York," who are writing a musical with the help of their gal-pals Heidi and Susan. Throughout the show we get to know the four with their goofy quirks and inside jokes, as they put together something they all believe in.

[title of show] is a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration.

Biting and witty, clever and inspiring, vulnerable and hilarious ... this edgy musical comedy chronicles the serious and hilarious challenges of following one's dreams.


  • HUNTER – Clark Herd
  • JEFF – Matt Lyscas
  • HEIDI – Laura Schoonmaker
  • SUSAN – Jessica Magers-Rankin

"silly, sassy, inspired"
Entertainment Weekly

"terrific. a kick-ass time!"
New York Daily News

Next Up ...

The Guys
by Anne Nelson
- Sep 10-11, 2016
@ The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street

Directed by Courtney Woolard     

Presented in partnership with the Knoxville Firefighters' Association in remembrance of the events of 9/11.

Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Donations will be gratefully accepted. All proceeds in excess of expenses will benefit equally the KFA's Firefighters Relief Fund and TKD's Second Act campaign.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY. Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call from Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He's looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services.

Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. In the process, they discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city.

As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, they draw on humor, tango, the appreciation of craft in all its forms—and the enduring bonds of common humanity.


  • JOAN – Windie Wilson
  • NICK – Joe Jaynes

"[A] straight-from-the-gut beautifully written two-hander…laughter is heard as often as sobs." —

"The kind of quiet hybrid that the situation and the times—an era of a million pithy sound bites, booming rhetoric, and the numbing repetition of the CNN loop that followed the attacks—seemed to demand…A small jewel of a play."
Chicago Tribune

"Ms. Nelson's play…gives credible and powerful voice to a very specific kind of pain…perhaps the keenest message to emerge from THE GUYS is the assertion that writers—and actors—have a serious role to play in a grieving society."
NY Times

"A courageous and riveting…play that tackles the horror of September 11th with an intimacy that's both unsettling and healing."
Christian Science Monitor

Earth and Sky
by Douglas Post
Oct 14-30, 2016

Directed by Doug James


Earth and Sky is a poetic thriller about a would-be poet and part-time librarian named Sara McKeon whose lover of ten weeks, David Ames, is found dead one hot August morning in the city of Chicago. It appears that David, owner and manager of an expensive art-deco restaurant, may have been involved in several illicit activities including kidnapping, rape and murder. Unable to believe that the man she gave her heart to was a killer, and outraged that the police seem to have closed the book on the case, Sara begins her own investigation of the crime and is led deeper and deeper through the urban labyrinth into the contemporary underworld.

As the detective story moves forward in time, scenes from the love affair take us back to the moment when Sara and David first met. Finally the plots converge, and Sara finds herself face to face with the person who murdered her beloved.

Winner of the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Competition sponsored by New Dramatists, this play received its world premiere at Second Stage in New York City. This exciting thriller examines the seedy urban underworld where murder leads to an indistinct demarcation between law enforcement and law infringement.

"Douglas Posts' Earth and Sky is a case of film noir on stage. The devious U-turns in the plot continue past the evening of this taut new thriller."
— NY Times

"…it is thoroughly engrossing, holding you fast for about 100 intermissionless minutes…a genuine cop thriller, with devious plot turns, tough, corner-of-the-mouth, Chandler/Hammett-style dialogue, and enough surprises to startle rabbits out of holes let alone hats."
— NY Post

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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