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Season 9 Performances

 

Season Nine is jam-packed with entertainment for theatre-goers of all kinds. It will surely be one of the most active, diverse, and ambitious years of Hattiloo's history. With three different theatres and fifteen productions to choose from, this busy season will easily offer plenty for everyone.

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BLACK PEARL SINGS!

Written by Frank Higgins
March 20 - April 6

 

 

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Season 9 Performances

 

Season 9 Performances

Main Stage

GRAND OPENING PERFORMANCE
WELCOME TO HATTILOO AT OVERTON SQUARE

Laurelwood Shopping Center
With support from Teach for America Memphis present
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Composed by Stephen Flaherty
July 18 - August 3, 2014
Main-stage

This is a highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. In almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

Gene & Carol Katz present
STICK FLY
Written by Lydia R. Diamond
August 21 - September 14, 2014
Main-stage
Drama
Contains explicit language and themes
Hattiloo Book Club Selection: Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

The LeVays, an affluent African American family, gather in their vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. Dr. LeVay, a respected neurosurgeon, has two sons - one has followed in his footsteps, and the other is a struggling novelist. Each son brings along his current girlfriend to meet the family for the first time. But Mom is conspicuously absent, and conversations about race, economics, and politics and the sharp barbs they provoke can only distract from her absence for so long. The tension rises as the play reaches a climax when an old family secret finally comes out.

Jeanne and Henry Varnell present
in partnership with The Memphis Theological Society
THE CONVERT
Written by Danai Gurira
October 2 - 26, 2014
Black Box
Drama
Hattiloo Book Club Selection: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

It’s 1895 in the region of Africa that would become Zimbabwe. Jekesai, a young Sona girl fleeing a forced marriage, escapes from her village to the home of Chilford, an African Roman Catholic in the colonial town of Salisbury. As Childford’s newest convert, Jekesai struggles to integrate her newfound Western faith with her closely held tribal traditions. When violence escalates around them, Jekesai and Childford must find their place in a new world that threatens their heritage, history, and faith.

Edith Kelly-Green and the KGR group
DBA as Lenny's Sub Shop present
THE REVISED…
IF SCROOGE WAS A BROTHER
Written by Ekundayo Bandele
November 28 - December 21, 2014
Main-stage
Hattiloo Book Club Selection: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Eb Scroo is a successful African American businessman with a surly attitude about the world, black people, and especially Christmas. Scroo is so set in his vile ways that he has allowed his heart to grow cold, displaying no pity on the poor. After his former mentor and partner Boss Marley warns him about the punishment he’s making for himself in the afterlife, three ghosts visit Scroo. The Ghost of Christmas Past is not only symbolic to Scroo’s own history but to those of his ancestors. The Present shows Scroo how a little salvation makes a difference. Finally, the future shows him the ripple effect he could create if he remains the same. With Scrooge as a brother, this Christmas will be like no other.

HOODOO LOVE
Written by Katori Hall
January 15 - February 15, 2015
Black Box
Blues Musical
Contains explicit language and themes
Hattiloo Book Club Selection: Another Good Loving Blues by Arthur Flowers

Set in 1930s Memphis, Toulou has fled the cotton fields with dreams of becoming a blues singer on Beale Street. After falling hard for the blues musician, Ace Of Spades, who comes and goes without remorse or guilt, Toulou seeks the aid of her next-door neighbor, Candylady, who is adept at hoodoo. When Toulou’s brother Jib shows up, pronouncing himself as a traveling preacher, he perceives the special relationship between Toulou and Ace and goes to shocking lengths to come between the two lovers - setting them all up for hard and irreversible lessons in love.

KING HEDLEY II
Written by August Wilson
March 19 - April 12, 2015
Main-stage
Tragedy
Contains explicit language and themes
Hattiloo Book Club Selection: Understanding August Wilson by Mary L. Bogumil

Peddling stolen refrigerators in the feeble hope of making enough money to open a video store, King Hedley, a man whose self worth is built on self-delusion, is scraping in the dirt of an urban backyard trying to plant seeds where nothing will grow. Getting, spending, killing and dying in a world where getting is hard and killing is commonplace are threads woven into this 1980's installment in the author's renowned cycle of plays about the black experience in America. Drawing on characters established in Seven Guitars, King Hedley II shows the shadows of the past reaching into the present as King seeks retribution for a lie perpetrated by his mother regarding the identity of his father.

Dorothy O. Kirsch presents
PURLIE VICTORIOUS
Written by Ossie Davis
April 23 - May 24, 2015
Black Box
Comedy
Hattiloo Book Club Selection: The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker

This comedy is the story of a black preacher who returns home to rural Georgia to claim an inheritance and bring down the ruthless plantation owner, Cothcipee, that he once served. Accompanying Purlie is Miss Lutiebelle Jenkins, a pretty young girl who has captured his heart. Purlie persuades her to convince Cotchipee that she is the long-lost relative entitled to the family inheritance. But, the plot goes awry and Purlie must hide to escape the old man's wrath. He finds a surprise ally in Cotchipee's son, Charlie, a progressive Southern gentleman who takes matters into his own hands, eventually helping Purlie emerge victorious. While played with comedic effect, Purlie Victorious reflects the powerful themes of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

SIMPLY SIMONE
Created by Robert Neblett and David Grapes
All music and vocal arrangements by Vince diMura
June 4 - 28, 2015
Main-stage
Musical
Hattiloo Book Club Selection: I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiography Of Nina Simone by Nina Simone

Child prodigy. Jazz superstar. Civil rights activist. Political exile. Nina Simone was all of these things, and more. One of the true divas of the 20th century and a genuine musical powerhouse, she defined a generation and defied classification. This is an electric new revue based on the turbulent life and rich artistic legacy of this American musical icon. The music crosses genres from gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll, and features such definitive Simone classics as “I Loves You Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

Hattiloo Children's Theatre

NARNIA
October 16 - 26, 2014
Main-stage

Four children discover a wardrobe in an old house that leads to the magical land of Narnia. The children help Aslan, a talking lion, save Narnia from the evil White Witch, who has reigned over the land of Narnia for a century of perpetual winter with no Christmas.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
March 5 - 15, 2015
Black Box

Jack goes to the market to sell the family cow and a stranger offers him for the cow. Jack takes the beans and the next morning there is a giant beanstalk. Jack climbs the beanstalk up through the clouds and sees a castle - the home of a giant. He goes into the castle and steals a singing harp and a hen that lays golden eggs. The giant chases after him and follows him down the beanstalk.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

WHO WILL BELL THE CAT
The story of benjamin L. Hooks
In partnership with the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis
Written by Ekundayo Bandele
February 10 - 21, 2015
Main-stage

Born in Memphis, in 1925, Benjamin Hooks became a lawyer and minister who was active in the Civil Rights Movement. He was Tennessee's first African-American criminal judge, as well as the first African-American commissioner of the FCC. Students and adults both will enjoy this one-hour production that highlights Hooks’ early life with his grandmother - the second African-American woman to get a college degree in the United States - his service during World War II, his time as the executive director of the NAACP, and suspenseful scenes like when he and other civil rights lawyers were driven out of one town by shotgun-wielding sheriffs.

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