Current Productions & Special Events

2018-2019 | Our 95th Anniversary Season

Fences

By August Wilson | Directed by Ricardo Morris

February 15-March 10

The Theatre Centre has committed to produce an August Wilson play each year for the next decade, and we’re starting with his towering masterpiece, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play. Set in 1957, it explores what holds families together (and drives them apart) in a powerful story filled with humor, love, hope, failure and triumph. The play follows Troy, a former Negro League baseball star whose prime came before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. After Troy’s rapid rise ends, he is forced to let go of his dreams and deal with his headstrong athletic son who has a chance to go so much further than he did. RATED PG-13

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The Exonerated

6 Riveting Stories about Innocence, Injustice & Redemption

Sunday, February 24 @ 3 p.m.

The Theatre Centre presents a special staged reading of “The Exonerated,” a play of justice deferred. Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s deeply affecting play tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. Hard-hitting and socially relevant, the play moves between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, with the six interwoven stories painting a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it. This one-night-only performance benefits the Theatre Centre and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga.

 

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One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

May the Farce Be With You!

Saturday, March 2 @ 8 p.m. | Sunday, March 3 @ 2:30 p.m.

Canadian actor and uber geek Charles Ross brings his solo madcap creation “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” to the stage in this mind-bending whirlwind of a show. Ross retells the classic bad hair trilogy in 60 minutes – no costumes, no props, no sets – all the characters, the music, the ships, and the battles. If your kid’s name is Chewbacca, this show is a no-brainer. If not, get your nerd on and experience the global sensation loved by audiences from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai, the Sydney Opera House, Lucasfilm, and Charlie’s mom. Saturday’s performance is a benefit for the CTC and includes a cantina after-party featuring Star Wars characters!

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Love, Loss & What I Wore

A Star-Studded Benefit for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Saturday, March 9 @ 8 p.m.

A play of monologues performed by 5 local actresses and community leaders, exploring the lives of women through 28 interwoven characters who share their memories of mothers, prom dresses, buying bras, hating purses, wedding dresses, miniskirts, and why they only wear black. The show has played to sell-out crowds from London to LA, using clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny, startling, and often poignant stories that every woman can relate to. Starring Alice Lupton Smith, Lakweshia Ewing, Becki Jordan, Alison Lebovitz and Kristina Montague. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert included. Rated R for mature language and themes.

 

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Ben Van Winkle & the Figment Chamber Ensemble

Chamber Music Like You've Never Heard It Before

Saturday, March 16 @ 7 p.m.

Prepare yourself for one of the most unique chamber music events you’re likely to see. Ben Van Winkle and the Figment Chamber Ensemble feature the highest caliber classical musicians in our area playing Ben’s delightful contemporary compositions. A Chattanooga native, Ben has performed with the Chattanooga Symphony and as frontman of the popular local band, Masseuse. A cellist, beat boxer and singer, he has arranged his layered compositions for a bespoke ensemble featuring strings, winds, vibraphone, hammered dulcimer and guitar. It is sure to leave you wondering if it was all a figment of your imagination!

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Adapted from the story by Beatrix Potter | Directed by Scott Dunlap

March 30-April 7

In this enchanting adaptation of the Beatrix Potter story, Peter is famous as the clever and daring rabbit who succeeds in invading mean Farmer McGregor’s cabbage patch, in spite of traps, scarecrows and other dangers. His sisters Flopsy and Mopsy, their friend Squirrel Nutkin and Cawdy the Crow all share his adventures in this endearing dramatization. (Appropriate for kindergarten and up)

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Avenue Q

Music Direction by Jennifer Wilson

May 3-12

This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. RATED R

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Murder on the Nile

By Agatha Christie | Directed by Courtenay Cholovich

May 17-June 9

One of the best from acclaimed mystery writer Agatha Christie. Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare. RATED PG

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Little Shop of Horrors

Directed by Magge Cabrera Hudgens | Music Direction by Dexter Bell | Choreography by Jessica Laliberte-Bowman

July 12-August 4

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination. RATED PG-13

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