Season 32


Show Times:

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


Show Tickets:

Rhodes Students: $2.00

Community Students: $5.00

Senior Citizens (65+): $7.00

General Admission (All Other Tickets): $10.00

Production Details

One of life’s certainties is how unexpected trials may appear at any moment, and in that moment a choice must be made. Do you stand your ground to confront the difficulty then and there, or retreat for a time to strategize and form the best plan of attack? Or … do you run and hide, hoping for rescue or resolution? In Season 32 we will explore each of these options as we ask the question:


Fight or Flight?


Into the Woods

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

book by James Lapine

November 2 & 3, 8-11, 2012

Directed by Kermit Medsker


This 1986 musical from Sondheim and Lapine revisits classic characters of the Brothers Grimm, weaving their respective fates together in a fast-moving tapestry. We join Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Cinderella, Rapunzel, and their new friends the Baker and his Wife as they find out what happens the day after all your dreams come true. Is there a price to pay for living Happy Ever After?


Bouffant: La Teuer de Vampires (there’s no “Buffy” here)

by Lazarus Filament

February 8 & 9, 14-17, 2013

directed by Dave Mason


Cult Following meets Cult of Personality meets Cult. Lazarus Filament′s well-made play lashes together sticks of pop culture, staves of media technology, and iron bars of desperation to prevent identity from escaping. A drama for all those who have loved and lost, love to lose, and fantasize about biting an ex on the neck.



As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

April 12 & 13, 18-21, 2013

directed by Nick Hutchison


The season ends much the way it began, as we return to the woods, albeit through an exchange of Sondheim & Lapine’s forest of fairy tales for Shakespeare’s Arden. After becoming estranged from her uncle’s court, Rosalind, her cousin Celia and a court jester escape to the wilds of Arden. Come along for the adventure while they seek sanctuary (and possibly true love), and decide for yourself if “all the world’s a stage.”


Mr. Hutchison’s residency made possible by the Ellis Rabb Fund for Visiting Artists.



The Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival
May 24 & 25, 2013
presented by Voices of the South

Anyone who has attended this festival in the past would be likely to give you the same recommendation: “Don’t miss it!” Now in its seventh year, the festival continues to grow and involve more of the community arts organizations. Bring the whole family for a picnic on the grounds to start things off on Friday, and come back Saturday morning for a full day of events. The schedule of events will be available in the spring of 2013 at



Visiting Artist Series

Frank Bradley
is an associate professor of theatre at The American University in Cairo.  He served as Chair of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts from 1999 to 2006, and currently serves as Artistic Director of AUC Theatre. He was an eyewitness to the 2011 civilian mass demonstrations that lead to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, and is an active participant in the works of theatre that are emerging from experiences during that period. Bradley taught theatre at Rhodes from 1989-1995, and we are happy to have him spend part of his AUC sabbatical at the McCoy.

·         On Monday, September 10 at 5:00pm, Bradley will give a public lecture about the condition of post-revolutionary Egyptian theatre and his own personal observations of events before, during, and post-revolution.

·         On Wednesday, September 12 at 4:30pm, he will direct a student reading of one of these new plays with reception following.

John Freeman, a lecturer in Performance Studies at Curtin University in Australia, is the editor of The Greatest Shows on Earth: World Theatre from Peter Brook to the Sydney Olympics (Libri, 2012). On (date TBA)  he′ll deliver a lecture and conduct a public discussion concerning what constitutes "great" theatre.

Made possible by the Ellis Rabb Fund for Visiting Artists,
all events are free and open to the public.


Also of interest to McCoy patrons …


Global Hamlets Symposium
Friday, October 5, 2012

1pm-5pm in Blount Auditorium


The English department will host a free public symposium exploring adaptations of Hamlet across the globe, in Chinese, British, Arabic, and South African contexts. The event is co-sponsored by the departments of Asian Studies, International Studies, and Theatre.



• Alexander Huang (George Washington University)

• Nick Hutchison (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London)

• Margaret Litvin (Boston University)

• David Schalkwyk (Folger Shakespeare Library)