FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2020
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Theatre Memphis Celebrates 100 Years with New Season, Renovated and Expanded Facility
Memphis, TN - After an abbreviated season in 2019 to accommodate renovations and expansion to add larger public spaces, upgraded concession areas, accessible lobby adjustments and more restrooms facilities, Theatre Memphis will open August 21, 2020 to begin celebrating a century of entertaining the community featuring eleven productions between two stages The 100 year milestone is one that very few community theatres can claim as continuously performing for that period of time.
The festive 100th anniversary season, presented by First Horizon Foundation, will include a full range of musicals, drama, comedy and new works. The 411 seat proscenium Lohrey Theatre will kick off the season in August, 2020, with Hello, Dolly!, an all-time favorite of theatre-goers that follows the brassy matchmaker Dolly Levi and her antics. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will follow in the lineup in October as an intense and riveting story pitting a cunning inmate/patient against the nurse running the institution where the patient’s sentence is being served. The haunting and nostalgic Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Our Town by Thornton Wilder will be presented in January 2021 with the flamboyant and affirming, over-the-top musical La Cage aux Folles storming the stage in March. The season will end with the zany and delightful period comedy You Can’t Take It with You opening in April and, finally in June, the emotional and inspiring Ragtime, a musical documenting three distinctly American tales of promise set at the dawn of the new 20th century. Though not part of the season membership package, the family favorite, A Christmas Carol*, will be performed as a special holiday offering in December for the 43nd consecutive year at Theatre Memphis.
The 100 seat black box Next Stage season leads off in September with the touching and sentimental The Secret Garden, adapted and directed by Jason Spitzer. Urinetown the Musical, a witty and irreverent satire on capitalism follows in November and the regional premiere of the tense and relevant drama about racial tensions, American Son, will be presented in February 2021. The last show of the season in the Next Stage will be the poetic and dynamic Cicada, written and directed by Jerre Dye. Perfoming in April, this unique piece of theatre sheds light on the enduring Southern spirit in the form of a coming of age ghost story.
Season memberships for the new 2020-21 season will be available February 20, 2020, by calling 901.682.8323. A full, regular single membership is $145 and includes six tickets. Tickets are good to use on any performance and can be used in combination on any show, excluding A Christmas Carol which is not part of the membership package. Season members do, however, receive discounts on tickets to the holiday prodcuiton and special offerings. Regular Memberships secured prior to March 31, 2020, will receive a $10 discount off the regular membership price and a seventh ticket! A Prologue Membership is being offered to individuals 35 years old and younger. This membership involves buying a Member Card and receiving ticket discount prices on individual shows and member benefits. Call the box office for details at 901.682.8323.
New this year, all evening shows will perform at 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with matinees on Sundays at 2pm, unless otherwise designated. Single full ticket prices for adults are $35 for musicals and $25 for dramas/comedies, $15 for students. There is a $5 discount on full price adult tickets for military personnel and seniors 62 and older.
Dates for all productions are listed below:
2020-21 Season, 100th Anniversary Season
All evening performances will begin at 7:30pm, Matinees at 2pm.
August 21 – September 13, 2020
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
October 16 – November 1, 2020
* A Christmas Carol, 43nd Annual Production
December 4 - 23, 2020
January 15 - 31, 2021
La Cage aux Folles
March 5 - 28, 2021
You Can’t Take It with You
April 23 – May 9, 2021
June 4 - 27, 2021
The Secret Garden
September 18 – October 4, 2020
Urinetown, The Musical
November 6– 21, 2020
February 5 -21, 2021
April 2 – 18, 2021
*NOT PART OF THE SEASON MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE BUT MEMBERS GET DISCOUNTS ON ADULT FULL PRICE TICKETS.
Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended @ Southern Avenue and is a community theatre whose mission it is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Visit our website at www.theatrememphis.org.
Theatre Memphis receives funding from ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.