Calendar of Events
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Pellissippi State: Stupid F#*%ing Bird
October 20-21 and 27-28, 7:30 p.m.
October 22 and 29, 2 p.m.
In this irreverent, contemporary and funny remix of Anton Checkhov’s “The Seagull,” Aaron
Posner stages a battle between young and old, past and present and the true meaning of life. With original songs by James Sugg, Stupid F#*%ing Bird, winner of the 2014 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical, will inspire your own pursuit of happiness. Get tickets at: www.pstcc.edu/arts/theatre
In the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts
Flying Anvil Theatre: The Love Talker
Flying Anvil Theatre presents a haunting tale of desire and obsession. Something dark and irresistible lives deep in the woods of Appalachia in The Love Talker by Deborah Pryor. Gowdie and Bun are orphaned sisters haunted by a mysterious presence that lured their mother away when they were very young. While Gowdie is tempted to follow the siren call of the Love Talker, her sister will do anything to save her, including sacrificing herself.
Based on an Irish folk tale, The Love Talker is an eerie, sensual play—set in a world where strange spirits walk the earth and magic is all around—recalling the darkest of Grimm’s' fairy tales. The play was originally produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and published in an anthology, where director Jayne Morgan first read it.
“I’ve been wanting to do this play for about 30 years,” Morgan says. “It’s familiar because we know these lovely accents and the wild beauty of the forest. But it also taps into our primeval fear of the dark, of losing control. This show will seduce and unsettle you and make you examine your own obsessions and secrets.” Morgan says she has found strong actors to bring this haunting tale to life. The play reunites the two leads from an earlier Flying Anvil show, Venus in Fur—Carolyn Corley and JD Sizemore. Younger sister Gowdie is played by UT theatre student Emily Cullum, and Margy Ragsdale is the malignant spirit, the Redhead.
The production marks the theatre’s first use of an upgraded lighting system. The show is recommended for adults.
Performances are Wed-Sat at 7:30 PM and Sun at 2 PM.
Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, www.flyinganviltheatre.com
Theatre Knoxville Downtown: The Mousetrap
Part of the 2017-18 "Best of Theatre Knoxville Downtown" Season!
By Agatha Christie. The longest running play, in the world, ever, has been running continuously since 1952 at St. Martin's Theatre in London. But if you can't make it to London, travel on down to Theatre Knoxville Downtown instead!
Written by the world’s most successful author, Agatha Christie, it’s one of the finest plays ever written.
It follows a group of strangers – one of whom is a murderer – trapped in a boarding house during a snow storm. Is it the newlyweds whose rampant suspicions nearly wreck their marriage, or the spinster with the curious background? Perhaps it is the architect, the retired Army major, or the odd man who claims his car overturned in a snow drift?
The play is also known for its twist ending, which at the end of every performance the audience is asked not to reveal.
"One of the most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced"
—The New York Times
Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 North Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999, www.theatreknoxville.com
Tiger Lily Theatre: Fat Pig
Tiger Lily Theatre is proud to present Neil Labute’s Fat Pig. This production will be performed at Modern Studio. Performances are being held over two weekends; on October 13-15 and October 19-22. Performances are at 8pm with Sunday Matinees at 3pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students. Both cash and credit cards are accepted.
Since the its debut in 2004, Fat Pig has been making audiences laugh, cry, and think about human nature and the lengths one will go to fit in. Fat Pig is a brutally honest look at a relationship between an average guy and a plus sized woman. The topics of fitting in, being normal, and conforming to society’s notions of being attractive have never been more relevant. How far will one man go for the woman he loves? Will he be willing to take the ridicule to find happiness? Neil Labute’s Fat Pig takes us on a heart wrenching journey of acceptance of who we are, and who we want to be; for better or worse.
Tiger Lily Theatre is dedicated to furthering opportunities for women in the Knoxville arts community. Through the performance of both classical and contemporary works, we provide performance, directing, writing and design opportunities while bringing impassioned and engaging live theatre to our audience.
If you would like more information about this production, please contact Jennifer Brown or Christian Rue at 770-560-2767 or 615-496-2743. Email at TigerLilytheatreTn@gmail.com. Modern Studio, 109 W Anderson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-323-2425, www.modernstudio.org