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Packing Up Polly

Packing Up Polly

By Leslie Kimbell

Directed by Jill Stapleton Bergeron

July 21st - August 6th, 2024

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 3 PM


Polly Porter, famous 1970s gospel singer of the group Polly Porter & the Praise His Name Singers, has gone on up to heaven. Her daughter, Caroline, has come home to Savannah, Georgia, to pack up Miss Polly’s house, but there is just one little problem (or two or three): Miss Polly was an extreme hoarder of epic proportions, Caroline’s useless siblings are totally MIA, and her three best friends from high school, former co-cheerleaders, have all shown up… unannounced! Lizzy now owns the Miss Georgia Belle Pageantry system, Donna Jo is the local community theatre diva, and Becca is having a late-in-life geriatric pregnancy with baby girl number five. The gospel music plays and the margaritas pour as the four ladies laugh, cry, scream and come together to pack up Miss Polly’s house, heal old wounds, and make new plans for their future.

With humor, wit and vulnerability, Packing Up Polly delves into themes of forgiveness, acceptance and the transformative power of letting go… unpacking the layers of our own lives to find healing and redemption.

Packing Up Polly made its world premiere at OnStage Atlanta in Scottdale, Georgia on April 9, 2021. Directed by Barry West, the production featured Marita McKee, Irene Polk, Cat Rondeau and Kelley Gray.


  • To be announced!

This project is being supported in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Knoxville by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance