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Outreach & Education

Read to Relate

Scene from IMMEDIATE FAMILY, the Read to Relate selection that was performed in our 2022-23 season.
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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Read to Relate is a year round, community centered and community run play discussion group offered by Theatre Memphis. From November to April, Read to Relate will meet 1-2x each month to discuss plays written by and about BIPOC, ALAANA and/or differently abled communities. Theatre Moderators from our Local Arts Community will lead each discussion, dissecting a total of ten plays per season. Of these ten plays, the group will select two works to be fully realized as stage readings. These readings will be open and accessible to the general public. Our Read to Relate plays will also be considered for full stage production in Theatre Memphis’s upcoming seasons. 
This program is designed to bridge the divide between our personal understanding of the world around us and the stories of lives we are less familiar with. Our objective is to utilize our resources to amplify the voices of marginalized and oppressed groups and celebrate the collective human story through theatre. 
Participation is free of charge. Those interested in participating may either rent their scripts from Theatre Memphis with a $10 refundable deposit or purchase each play independently. Participants can register for as few or as many discussions as they are interested in. 

* ALAANA – African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American

Read to Relate Programs in 2024
Watch for our staged readings of SPUNK on May 22 and THE THANKSGIVING PLAY on May 29. Contact us for details.
Past Programs

Is God Is

Is God Is By Aleshea Harris  Moderated by Dr. Niambi Webster Twenty-one year old African-American twin sisters Racine and Anaia were burned and scarred as babies. Racine has burn scars...


Bulrusher By Eisa Davis Moderated by Keia Johnson In 1955, in the redwood country north of San Francisco, a multiracial girl grows up in a predominantly white town whose residents...

The Glass Managerie

The Glass Managerie By Tennessee Williams Moderated by Thomas King The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has...

You for Me for You

You for Me for You By Mia Chung Moderated by Eileen Kuo As they attempt to flee the Best Nation in the World, North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are...

The Amen Corner

The Amen Corner The Amen Corner is a three-act play by James Baldwin. It was Baldwin’s first work for the stage following the success of his novel Go Tell It...


SPUNK Staged Reading: May 22, 2024, 7pm, Next Stage, Pay-what-you-can. By George C. Wolfe  Moderated by Niambi D. Webster George C. Wolfe blends Zora Neale Hurston’s evocative prose and Wolfe’s...

Lohrey Theatre

Seats up to 411

Both the Lohrey Theatre and the Next Stage Theatre are wheelchair accessible with a handicapped accessible restroom on the same level as the main lobby to both venues. The Lohrey Theatre also provides hearing assisted equipment to any who may require or request it, at no charge.

Lohrey Theatre Seating Chart

(Next Stage is open seating)

Next Stage

Seats up to 110

The black box Next Stage seats up to 110 and is also wheelchair accessible with state of the art equipment for sound and lighting.