Hattiloo Theatre’s 10th Anniversary: Announces its 10th Season

Hattiloo Theatre’s 10th Anniversary: Announces its 10th Season

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Hattiloo Theatre is a free standing theatre in Memphis, TN . This is our 10 Anniversary and we just recently moved to our current location a little less than a year ago. We are one of the few free standing independent Black theatres in America and looking to expand our reach.


Here’s a list of our plays for this Season:



August 13 – September 6
PG / Musical

Turn up the heat and get ready to feel the rhythm as this Broadway dance spectacular brings the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan to the stage. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. And watching it all from her front stoop is Abuela Claudia, the neighborhood sage. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.



September 10 – 27

Written by August Wilson

R / Drama / Regional Premiere


Set in 1997 Pittsburgh, Wilson’s lifework comes full circle as Aunt Ester’s onetime home at 1839 Wylie Avenue is slated for demolition to make way for a slick new real estate venture aimed to boost both the depressed Hill District and Harmond Wilks’ chance of becoming the city’s first black mayor. A play in which history, memory, and legacy challenge notions of progress and country club ideals, Wilson ultimately asks whether it is possible for black culture and heritage to be preserved when it is integrated into mainstream white society.



Written by Tarrell Alvin McCraney



October 1 – 25

R / Drama


Oya misses her opportunity at a college track scholarship to care for her ailing mother. Displacing her desires into a pair of stormy romances and an unhealthy obsession with pregnancy, her hopelessness leads to a climax that feels at once surprising and inevitable.



November 27 – December 20

Written by Ekundayo Bandele


Back from a sold-out and extended run in Season Nine, Eb Scroo is a successful African American businessman with a surly attitude about the world, black people, and Christmas. Scroo is so set in his vile ways that he has allowed his heart to grow cold, displaying no pity on the poor. Three spirits visit Scroo after his former mentor and partner Boss Marley warns him about the punishment he’s making for himself in the afterlife. The Spirit of Christmas Past is not only symbolic to Scroo’s own history but to those of his ancestors. The Present shows Scroo how a little salvation makes a difference. Finally, the future shows him the ripple effect he could create if he remains the same. With Scrooge as a brother, this Christmas will be like no other.



January 7 – February 7

R / Drama


When Oshoosi is released from prison, his brother Ogun Size (from In the Red and Brown Water), who runs an auto repair shop, decides that Oshoosi should work with him. Their relationship is complicated by the appearance of Elegba (from In the Red and Brown Water), Oshoosi’s best friend from lock-up. Throughout the play Elegba and Ogun vie for Oshoosi’s loyalty: Ogun can’t compete with the bond formed by Elegba and Oshoosi in the pen, and as Elegba says to Ogun: “I can’t never be his brother like you his brother.”


Regional Premiere



March 3 – April 3, 2016

Written by Chuck Smith

G / Drama / Classic


When John Newton Templeton is unexpectedly freed after his master’s death, he migrates to the free state of Ohio where Robert Wilson, an avowed abolitionist and president of Ohio University, brings Templeton to his home. Seeing the opportunity to use Templeton to prove that African-Americans were capable of the same academic excellence as whites, Templeton works as the president’s personal “student servant” while attending classes. In this play about race, culture, and the differences between education and assimilation in America, Wilson is forced to reevaluate his abolitionist views and Templeton is forced to examine the reason he was chosen to be the “first.”


Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Musical)

April 15 – 24, 2016


This classic musical follows Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” and “Conjunction Junction.”



April 14 – May 8, 2016

R / Drama


Marcus is the 16-year-old son of Elegba (from In the Red and Brown Water and The Brothers Size). As he grows into his sexual identity, haunting dreams of his father, and confusing feelings for his female friend Osha and a handsome stranger named Shua complicates his life. This conclusion to The Brother/Sister Plays is a coming-of-age story about a young gay man in the South.




June 2 – 26

Story adapted from L. Frank Baum

Music by Charlie Smalls and Luther Vandross

G / Musical


An African-American re-imaging of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, a kindergarten teacher from Harlem, and her dog Toto are lost in a snowstorm and end up in the Land of Oz. Dorothy learns the only way she can get home is to ease on down the road to see the Wiz. Along the way she meets a scarecrow made of garbage; a Tin Man, who is a turn-of-the-century mechanical carnie; and a lion that was banished from the jungle and must make his living as a statue in front of the New York Public Library.


Hattiloo Theatre produces works that help us understand how our minds and hearts as well as the minds and hearts of others work. Our Tenth Season is a line-up of award-winning, cutting edge performances that serve as a window through which we can see how the environments in which we live affect who we are and who we will become.

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