Theatre Knoxville Downtown – Celebrating our 42nd Season!

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Opens July 21 ... small logo

Greater Tuna
by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard

July 21–Aug 6
Tickets: $15    

Directed by Tiffany Tallent

 

This is the one that started it all!

Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna—men, women, children and animals.

"Howlingly funny."
Variety

"The audience all but exploded the theatre with laughter."
The New York Post

"Hilarious, a tribute to the art of acting"
Washington Post

"Sharp, satiric, & funny"
New Yorker

"A whale of a funny evening"
Houston Post

Cast

  • Kevin Teffeteller
  • Joshua Farner

Artist's ConceptSecond Act Campaign

Raising the Curtain on the Future

TKD has been at 319 North Gay St. since 2005, where seating is limited to 50 or less, depending on set design.

Attendance has grown steadily in recent years and, starting in early 2014, shows have been selling out regularly, often forcing us to turn away patrons.

We've outgrown our space and it's time to move!

The Second Act Campaign is focused on raising $250,000 to:

  • occupy a new downtown space that provides a bigger stage, space for set construction, dressing rooms, at least double the current seating, and improved patron amenities
  • cover the increase in occupancy costs for the first three years in the new space

(Online donations fully secured by PayPal.)

Help raise the curtain on the future of TKD by making a contribution today!


Next Up ...

God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
Aug 25–Sep 10, 2017

Directed by Greg Congleton

The Tony Award-winning comedy of grown ups behaving badly.

God of Carnage begins as two highly strung couples, Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak, meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly morphs into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an afternoon among savages, called "ninety minutes of sustained mayhem" by The New YorkerThe New York Times hailed God of Carnage as a "four-way prize fight" and the Chicago Tribune praised Reza’s play, calling it a "savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy."

This must-see received the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play.

"Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fueled on pure bile. It's Reza's sharpest work since 'Art'."
—Variety

This production contains strong language.

The Mousetrap
by Agatha Christie
Oct 13–29, 2017

Directed by Rebecca Gomez

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

 

Patron Testimonial

"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
- L. Denton, Knoxville

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