No, the City of Byhalia is not being moved to TheatreWorks in Memphis, but the play by the same name, “Byhalia, Mississippi,” is coming there Jan. 8 – 31, 2016. In a press release from Noby Edwards, Director of Public Relations for Playhouse on the Square, the play is announced.
“Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. When Laurel finally gives birth to their overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives when their baby boy is black, the result of Laurel’s affair the previous year. The lives of their families and friends are thrown into turmoil in Byhalia, Mississippi, a town with a racially-charged past that still very much affects it’s present. Byhalia, Misissippi is a winner of the 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition. This will mark the second time that TheatreWorks has played host to the work of Byhalia, Mississippi playwright Evan Linder. Playhouse on the Square audiences might remember his work from the 2013 production of the comedy Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche.
Making their Playhouse on the Square debuts as Jim & Laurel Parker are Evan McCarley & Jillian Barron. Marc Gill (Peter Pan; Carrie the Musical) is Karl, Gail Black (Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche) is Celeste, and Jessica Johnson will be making her Playhouse on the Square debut as Ayesha. Byhalia, Mississippi is directed by John Maness.
Byhalia, Mississippi is being presented as a co-world premiere production in conjunction with theatre companies in Chicago, Toronto, and Charleston SC. By participating in this larger co-world premiere platform, Playhouse on the Square hopes to encourage conversations that shed light on and bring attention to facets of life in the Mid-South.”
The cast for this production includes Jillian Barron as Laurel, Evan Mcarley as Jim, Gail Black as Celeste, Marc Gill as Karl and Jessica Johnson as Ayesha. The production team consists of Director – John Maness, Stage Manager – Katharine Ogden, Costume Designer – Rebecca Y. Powell, Scenic Designer – Chris Sterling, Lighting Designer – Zo Haynes, Sound Designer – Zach Badreddine , Properties Designer – Kellie Bowles and Technical Director – Phillip Hughen.
The performance dates are January 8 – 31, 2016. The times are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m and Sundays at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $22 Opening Weekend (January 8, 9, 10), $30 Thursdays and Sundays, $35 Fridays and Saturdays and $22 Seniors/Students/Military. $10 Children under 18. They can be purchased at the box office at (901) 726-4656, ot at the Playhouse on the Square website.
This play is sponsored by Sedgwick and The Pay-What-You-Can Performance is Thursday, January 14, 2016, and is sponsored by ArtZone/AutoZone and Southland Park Gaming and Racing. TheatreWorks is located at 2085 Monroe Avenue in Memphis.
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