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
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:
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.
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
For more information, please visit rhodes.edu/book
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 voicesofthesouth.org.
Keep up with our most current information at rhodes.edu/mccoy
Scenes from Season 32 (disc to be provided)