The Philadelphia Story Press Release

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     April 9, 2015 

 CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications                                                 

rhartzog@theatrememphis.org, 901.682.8601   

Romantic Comedy Engages at Theatre Memphis  

Memphis, TN – The Philadelphia Story opens April 24 and runs through May 10, 2015, on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. A classic American comedy, this sophisticated fun and zany satire takes a witty look behind the scenes of a posh socialite wedding.  Tracy Lord is all set to walk down the aisle for a second time when suddenly confronted by an ex-husband and a charming reporter covering the wedding for a national magazine. Tracy will walk down the aisle ... but with whom?    

Directing The Philadelphia Story, Jason Spitzer takes on the challenge of bringing a well-known 1941 comedy movie adaption from screen back to the stage where it was initially a hit in 1939 with Kathryn Hepburn. He says, “In reviving this effervescent social satire for the stage one naturally has to tip one's hat to such a successful film. Audiences expect that, I think. I went about casting the show looking for certain qualities: intelligence, wit, grace, and a kind of patrician elegance for the lead character, Tracy Lord.” He says that lead cast member Natalie Jones embodies those qualities and Kinon Kiplinger, as the “devil may care” ex-husband, has the charm of the leading man of that genre. Other cast members include Steven Brown, John Moore, Carly Nahon, Jude Knight, Evan McCarley, Mark S. Rutledge, James Dale Green, Aliza Moran, Charles Hodges, Edna K. Dinwiddie, Joseph Prestigiacomo, Meredith Koch and John Reynolds.   

Spitzer does not see this as an old play since the subject is universal … including the contemporary situation of the media interfering in the lives of celebrities. “As a society, we're obsessed with the rich and famous,” Spitzer offers. “We want to pry into their lives and live vicariously through their exploits (think the Kardashians). For that reason alone, this play remains uncannily relevant. It's actually incredible that Hollywood hasn't remade the film yet.”  He adds, “The story plays as well today as it did in 1939.”   

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch delights in The Philadelphia Story being a part of the Theatre Memphis season. “You just can’t beat a tried and true comedy,” she laughs. “And it adds to the variety we offer our patrons that includes dramas and musicals, too.” 

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 TITLE: The Philadelphia Story 

 WRITTEN BY:  Philip Barry 

 DIRECTOR: Jason Spitzer 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 

RUN DATES: April 24 – May 10, 2015 TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

 TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID 

 BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: www.theatrememphis.org 

 SPONSOR BY: Social and Dorothy O. Kirsch in memory of Lenore Binswanger  

 Production photos available 04/22/15. 

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:    

Posted by Randall Hartzog at 4:39 PM