FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2017
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog,Theatre Memphis Director of Marketing and Communications
Contemporary Conflict in the Next Stage
Memphis, TN - Rasheeda Speaking, a shocking dark comedy opens at Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage April 7 and runs through April 23, 2017. This tense workplace thriller examines the realities office politics when two female co-workers, one black, one white, are driven apart by the implications and leading suggestions of their boss. Contention, bigotry and gross generalizations are prevalent in this show that displays racial paranoia that keeps you in its claustrophobic grips right up to the unexpected ending.
Director Jerry Chipman talks about the show in terms of how it relates to today’s social environment. “The play's characters display moments of hypocrisy that blow the lid off the self-congratulating idea that we live in a ‘post-racial’ America,” Chipman explains. He continues, “There's an element of the characters shifting and interchanging the roles of victim and villain that unfortunately fairly reflect our current society. Manipulation becomes the order of the day.” The cast includes leads Jessica Johnson and Anne Marie Caskey as the two co-workers embattled in a stereotype, thinly veiled, racially driven situation fueled by Brian Everson as the doctor/employer and Dusty Walsh as the elderly, racist patient.
“Shows like Rasheeda Speaking are a perfect fit for our Next Stage,” states Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch. A small cast is not necessarily to what Litch is referring. “Being a smaller venue in the Next Stage, we are able to take risks with newer scripts and really meaningful content,” she says. “It is part of what we feel is our duty as a community theatre … creating a dialogue regarding the issues in the community in creative ways.”
TITLE: Rasheeda Speaking
ADAPTED BY: Joel Drake Johnson
DIRECTOR: Jerry Chipman
VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117
RUN DATES: April 7 - 23, 2017
TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays
TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 student; $20 Military and 62 and older
BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323
SPONSORED BY: Gene & Sandra Cochran and Bert & Carol Barnett
MEDIA SPONSORS: WKNO 91.1FM
Promotional image attached. Production photos available April 4, 2017.
Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.