Season 31


Production Details

Evening Performances: 7:30pm and Sunday Matinees: 2:00pm

Rhodes Students: $2.00
Community Students: $5.00
Senior Citizens (65+): $7.00
General Admission (All Other Tickets): $10.00

New Beginnings

- Guest Artists -

Wild Legacy

Friday, September 9, 2011

Adapted by Gloria Baxter from Margaret Murie′s book, Two in the Far North
Presented by Voices of the South

When Congress passed an act in 1960 to establish Alaska′s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a great deal of the credit was due to the husband and wife team of Olaus and Margaret Murie. To commemorate the refuge′s 50th anniversary, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service commissioned Gloria Baxter to create a stage adaptation of Two in the Far North, Margaret Murie′s book about their experiences. Creating the feel of a 19-million acre wilderness might seem impossible for the stage, but the talents of Voices of the South′s actors using soundscapes and minimal set pieces is a transporting experience in narrative theatre.

Free and open to the public, this performance is made possible by the Ellis Rabb Fund for Visiting Artists.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dance performed by Adam McKinney
Directed by Daniel Banks

In Hebrew, HaMapah means "the tablecloth" or "the map." HaMapah weaves contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, Yiddish and American songs, and video set to traditional, contemporary, and classical music. In HaMapah, McKinney explores issues of culture, self-hood, and community. In exploring his African, Jewish, and Native American heritages, McKinney dances the personal and the collective, the local and the global, and the present and the past.

Immediately following the performance, DNAWORKS co-directors McKinney and Banks lead a community dialogue with the audience about the core ideas of the piece.

Free and open to the public, this performance is made possible by the Ellis Rabb Fund for Visiting Artists.

- The Subscription Season -


Friday, November 11 & Saturday, November 12,
Thursday, November
17 - Sunday, November 20, 2011

Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Scott Duff
Music direction by Kermit Medsker
Choreography by Jordan Nichols

After a decade-long drought causes a city to resort to drastic measures for conservation of water, its citizens must give up the luxury of private toilets. Public amenities are controlled by a multinational corporation, and punishment for defiance is banishment to the penal colony known as "Urinetown." This musical satire skewers contemporary city politics in the face of the spirit of the individual and the power of the people. However, it also addresses "necessary evil" and the very real possibility that no good deed goes unpunished.


Friday, February 17 & Saturday, February 18,
Thursday, February 23
- Sunday, February 26, 2012

By Henry Murray
Directed by Kevin Collier

When a series of ecological and biological disasters decimate the world′s population, humanity is reduced to a fractured tribe of wandering nomads. A mountainside cabin in the Pacific Northwest is home to three teenage boys who try to survive by recreating domestic family life from what they can remember of their former existence. While on a mission to gather supplies, the boys find a stranger who forces them to question everything they had come to believe about their world and themselves.


Thursday, March 1 - Sunday, March 4,
Thursday, March 8
- Saturday, March 10, 2012

By Sophocles
Presented at Evergreen Theatre in cooperation with the Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Company
Directed by Cookie Ewing
For times and tickets, please call 901-946-6140 or visit

This classic tragedy, written around 442 B.C., is a poignant reminder of the fluid nature of justice during a time of war. Two brothers, fighting on opposing fronts, die in battle. The land′s newly crowned leader declares that the rebel brother will remain unburied in disgrace. When the dead soldier′s sister, Antigone, pleads for mercy in respect for the dead, she receives only a harsh warning in return. Hubris and humility clash, and the value of strong leadership is questioned in the absence of human compassion.

Chatterbox Audio Theater production

Friday, March 23 & Saturday, March 24, 2012

Join us for this live audio production, which will use vocal performances, music, and miscellaneous junk to create characters, scenes, and sound effects before your very ears. Chatterbox shows are intended to be heard, but are equally enthralling to watch. The audio will be recorded and released through the Chatterbox website - but don′t miss your chance to see how the magic is made! Until then, enjoy the library of previous shows at

- Also this Year -

Gem of the Ocean

Friday, September 23 - Sunday, October 16, 2011

By August Wilson
Production co-sponsor, presented at Playhouse on the Square
Directed by Tony Horne
For times and tickets, please call 901-726-4656 or visit

A new arrival to Aunt Esther′s boarding house seeks her assistance in easing the guilt from a crime he′s committed and to help him understand what brought him to this point in life. The answer is a spiritual journey across time and ancestry, to the legendary City of Bones.

Rhodes College and the McCoy Theatre are excited to be a co-sponsor of this Playhouse on the Square production. Chronologically the first play in Wilson′s Pittsburgh Cycle, Gem is set in 1904.

Children′s Show (original work)

Friday, April 13 - Saturday, April 14, 2012

Directed by Marissa Clark

During the 2011-2012 academic year, senior theatre major Marissa Clark will develop an original script with a children′s audience in mind. The presentation of the final product will be a fulfillment of her degree requirements, and the public is invited to attend.

Enemy of the People

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 21, 2012

By Henrik Ibsen
Studio production fully adapted,
produced and directed by students

If the majority rules, does it also mean the majority is right? In Ibsen′s story of desperation and individualism, the citizenship of a dying town demand short-term gain despite assured future ruin. The script will be adapted through classroom workshops and the production will be cast, designed and directed by students.

The Memphis Children′s Theatre Festival

Friday, May 25 & Saturday, May 26, 2012

Presented by Voices of the South

Following six successful years, Voices of the South will be back at the McCoy this year with an even bigger and better festival. The schedule of events will be available in the spring of 2012 at