Best described as "Several Horton Foote characters in search of an exit from a Sam Shepard play."
The action of this "Texas tragicomedy" whirls around one disastrous Memorial Day weekend at the Beckle cabin in the Texas hill country. Aubrey, his four daughters, and Great Aunt Tammy gather there for the first time since Mrs. Beckle's death. Nothing goes right. Aunt Tammy is trapped in the bathroom. Daughter Cesca arrives bearing scars from a new round with her abusive husband. Her sister Pidge, on sudden leave from the group home for the emotionally disturbed where she lives, shows up in Cesca's car with Cesca's chloroformed husband locked in the trunk.
The Beckles must pull together or the family will self- destruct. When all is said and done, it is the Beckle family's most alienated member who proves to be the one most invested in her family's happiness.
AUBREY – Randy Springer
KAREN – Crystal Braeuner
CESCA – Christina Perkins
PIDGE – Carrie Thompson
GEORGINE – A.J. Tierney
AUNT TAMMY – Dorothy Giles
MIKE – Daniel Ford
"Successfully juxtaposes the comical with the tragic."
"Witty and wise. Dunn showed promise with Belles; he makes his mark and fulfills the promise with Cabin Fever."
— Two River Times
Next Up ...
[title of show]
Music & lyrics by Jeff Bowen, Book by Hunter Bell
Sep 2–18, 2016
Directed by Courtney Woolard
Braxton Kiser, Music Director
Tony Award® nominee for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.
[title of show] is the story of Hunter and Jeff, "two nobodies in New York," who are writing a musical with the help of their gal-pals Heidi and Susan. Throughout the show we get to know the four with their goofy quirks and inside jokes, as they put together something they all believe in.
[title of show] is a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration.
Biting and witty, clever and inspiring, vulnerable and hilarious ... this edgy musical comedy chronicles the serious and hilarious challenges of following one's dreams.
HUNTER – Clark Herd
JEFF – Matt Lyscas
HEIDI – Laura Schoonmaker
SUSAN – Jessica Magers-Rankin
"silly, sassy, inspired"
— Entertainment Weekly
"terrific. a kick-ass time!"
— New York Daily News
by Anne Nelson
SPECIAL PRODUCTION - Sep 10-11, 2016
@ The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street
Directed by Courtney Woolard
Presented in partnership with the Knoxville Firefighters' Association in remembrance of the events of 9/11.
Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Donations will be gratefully accepted. All proceeds in excess of expenses will benefit equally the KFA's Firefighters Relief Fund and TKD's Second Act campaign.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY. Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call from Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He's looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services.
Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. In the process, they discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city.
As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, they draw on humor, tango, the appreciation of craft in all its forms—and the enduring bonds of common humanity.
JOAN – Windie Wilson
NICK – Joe Jaynes
"[A] straight-from-the-gut beautifully written two-hander…laughter is heard as often as sobs." —CurtainUp.com
"The kind of quiet hybrid that the situation and the times—an era of a million pithy sound bites, booming rhetoric, and the numbing repetition of the CNN loop that followed the attacks—seemed to demand…A small jewel of a play."
"Ms. Nelson's play…gives credible and powerful voice to a very specific kind of pain…perhaps the keenest message to emerge from THE GUYS is the assertion that writers—and actors—have a serious role to play in a grieving society."
"A courageous and riveting…play that tackles the horror of September 11th with an intimacy that's both unsettling and healing."
—Christian Science Monitor
"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