Season 33


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:

McCoy Theatre 
Season 33 
Art Imitates Life Imitates Art

What happens during the transition of foot to pavement and page to stage? Aristotle wrote about how the art humans produce reflects what we see in everyday life. Oscar Wilde held the opposite opinion, theorizing that, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Perhaps they are both right, the only difference being the time of day, the direction in which the wind is blowing and what you may or may not have had for breakfast.

This season, we will consider these philosophies from three different angles, and hope the fourth wall brings it all together as the house lights return.

Anton in Show Business

by Jane Martin

directed by Bob Hetherington

November 1 & 2, 7-10

If you’ve never been in a play, you’ll feel like you have once this night is over. Seven women perform all the roles in this comedy about a Texas theatre troupe’s attempt to stage a production of Checkov’s “Three Sisters.” You’ll be introduced to newcomers, divas, idealists and cynics as the rocky rehearsal process heats up, and between the laughs we will all be reminded that everyone’s a critic.

The Warriors

by Evan Linder 
conceived by Mary Hollis Inboden

directed by Cookie Ewing

Two performances only: January 31 and February 1

On March 24, 1998, two young boys opened fire at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing four students and a teacher as well as injuring an additional ten students. Mary Hollis Inboden, a former Memphis actress now based out of Chicago, was in attendance that day and the casualties were her classmates. Recently, she reconnected with her fellow survivor “Westside Warrior” classmates, and this play is the result. It examines the different ways a tragedy might affect each individual, and how every day of life is a gift.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

book by Alex Timbers 
music and lyrics by Michael Friedman 
directed by Jordan Nichols 
February 28, March 1 & 2, 5-7

In a re-imagining of early America’s years of growing pains, Andrew Jackson is elevated to rock star status. We’ll watch this Tennessee son grow from childhood to governor of Florida after his controversial Native American relocation plans and the Battle of New Orleans. We’ll see his presidential bid denied after winning the popular vote, then a triumphant Comeback Tour with the formation of the Democratic Party which seats him firmly in the White House. Hero or murderer, patriot or scoundrel, Jackson’s legacy is left for the audience to decide.

Also of interest to McCoy Patrons 
The Past and Future of the Book

A free public symposium about reading printed texts in a digital era.

October 10–11, 2013

Thursday, 6:00pm (reception 5:30), UC Theater, University of Memphis

Robert Darnton (Harvard University) 
"Digitize and Democratize: Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future"

Friday, 9:00am (coffee, 8:30am), Blount Auditorium, Rhodes College

Lukas Erne (University of Geneva) 
"Disseminating Printed Shakespeare in Early Modern England"

·     Michael Witmore (Folger Shakespeare Library) 
"Writing Literary and Cultural History at the Level of the Sentence"

·     Response by Robert Darnton

Co-sponsored by the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities, Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH), and Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa

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It’s All Greek To Me 
adapted by Alice Rainey Berry and the cast 
performed by Voices of the South 
Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2pm 
After a wildly enthusiastic audience response at the Memphis Children’s Festival last summer, we knew there had to be an encore performance of these classic Greek myths retold with a modern spin. Written for a younger audience, the stories teach important morals and explain natural phenomena. Join your favorite gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Hades and Aphrodite in this humorous, exciting and fun show. Free admission!

The Eighth Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival 
May 24 & 25, 2014 
presented by Voices of the South 

This beginning-of-the-summer tradition has people looking forward to it all year, especially during the short days and gloomy nights of winter. 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 full schedule of performances and activities will be available in the spring of 2014 at




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