Playhouse on the Square COVID-19 Updates:

Published in reverse chronologically order starting with the most recent update at the top of the page.


UPDATE #7
FRIDAY, JUNE 5th, 2020

CONTACT:  Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations (901) 937-6496 marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org

Playhouse on the Square Seeks to Entertain its Patrons with New Web Series

Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, and with a generous grant from the Jeniam Foundation, inject a healthy dose of theatre content back into the Mid South.  The five part web based series will welcome theatergoers into the once filled halls of Memphis’ largest professional regional theatre as they prepare for live performances in August.

These live events will be streamed into the homes of theatre fans around the world through Zoom.  Each episode, airing Wednesday’s at 4:00 pm central, is themed to illuminate what patrons can expect when they return.  Hear stories and watch performances from Playhouse on the Square’s most beloved artists of today and the past.

Here is a detailed list of the Summer Spotlight episodes:

Episode One: Subscriber Q & A –  Features a “back to business” update from Executive Producer, Michael Detroit, as well as a Q&A session with long-standing subscribers. You’re missing theatre, and we’re missing YOU!  Come hear how we plan to move forward — together. Click the link below to register now!  (Wednesday, June 10th)

Episode Two: Season Re-Reveal –  Help Playhouse on the Square #FillThePOTS as we re-reveal our exciting 52nd Season! This telethon style event will feature a digital tour stop at many of the Circuit Playhouse, Inc. properties where viewers will be met with performances from shows in our upcoming season! Get to know our season, get to know us, donate and support along the way! Click the link below to register now!  (Wednesday, June 24th)

Episode Three: Archival Round Table –  ”Let the sunshine in” with members of the cast and crew of our 2001 production of HAIR! Think POTS in the Vault featuring special  LIVE onscreen director/cast commentary. Join this special group of Memphis favorites as they relive their experience working on such a groundbreaking musical. Click the link below to register now!  (Wednesday, July 8th)

Episode Four: Company Cabaret –  Missing your Playhouse family? Join us for a digital cabaret featuring performances by Resident and Associate Company members from the PAST and PRESENT! Meet our new company members and check in with your favorite faces from the past, all across the nation! Special guest performers will be announced soon, so click the link below to register now and be the first to know who will be joining us! (Wednesday, July 22nd)

Episode Five: Little Shop Sneak Peek –  Our return to the Playhouse main stage is quickly approaching! Get a behind the scenes look at the making of “Little Shop of Horrors” at Playhouse on the Square! This documentary style event will include rehearsal clips and exclusive interviews with the cast and design team as they strive to safely produce a large scale musical during these challenging times. (Wednesday, August 5th)

Visit http://playhouseonthesquare.org/summer-spotlight-series.html, to register for a direct link to each episode prior to the live stream event.  Donations will support the theatre’s artistic staff and performers.  Subscriptions for the 52nd season are on sale now! Find your place at Playhouse on the Square, by purchasing yours today.

For questions or concerns, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496 or by email marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org.


UPDATE #6
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2020

CONTACT:  Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations (901) 937-6496 marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org

Playhouse on the Square Announces Live and Streamed Performances for New Works World Premiere

St. Paulie’s Delight, By J. Joseph Cox
Running July 10 – July 19, 2020, The Circuit Playhouse

Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, and with a generous grant from the Jeniam Foundation, inject a healthy dose of live theatre back into the Mid South with the winner of the 2019 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition.

When Paul learns his estranged aunt has passed away, he holds a wake for her that doubles as a testing ground for his exquisite, Big Gay Wedding.  A day of shift in plans leaves Paul’s life in shambles. Forcing him to confront burying his definition of family along with his mysterious aunt.

Eager to unify its community and in conjunction with phase three of the City of Memphis’ “Back to Business” plan, Circuit Playhouse, Inc., will offer a limited live engagement of J. Joseph Cox’s prize winning play.  New streaming equipment, purchased with the aid of a grant awarded by the Jeniam Foundation and ArtsMemphis, will allow the theatre to stream the production online to patrons around the world.

“While all shows since March have been cancelled outright, the NewWorks@TheWorks production – the world premiere of St. Paulie’s Delight – presents us with a new opportunity forged from the challenges we currently face,” shares Executive Producer Michael Detroit.  “We are excited to try something new and evolve our offerings as the times dictate.”  The theater’s production and facilities staff are working to ensure the health and safety of our artists and patrons during rehearsals and performances.  A detailed list of the theater’s safety measures may be found on their website, www.playhouseonthesquare.org.  The unique situation has also created new challenges for veteran director, Irene Crist (On Golden Pond,Sweat).  Social distancing and health concerns have been taken into account by she and her design team. 

Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations, reveals the theatre’s choice of St. Paulie’s Delight to resume live performances.  “Our theatre has chosen to offer a comedy to our community during these unprecedented times because they have a way of making sense of things, when life may seem so uncertain.”

The theatre is also announcing that in lieu of tickets, patrons will be able to support Playhouse on the Square’s artists and staff with donations.  Subscriptions for the 52nd season, beginning in August, will also be available for purchase.  Playhouse on the Square’s production will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

The complete cast and crew listing of St. Paulie’s Delight is as follows:

Cast:
Paul Blinker – Jonathan Christian
Nancy Dowdrick – Susan Brindley
Oscar Ramirez – TBD
Ricky Morendes – Isaiah Rosales
Xandre – Javier Pena
Darius – Ural Grant

Crew
Diretor: Irene Crist
Stage Manager: Pedro Da Silva
Scenic Designer: Amy Forester
Lighting Designer: Trey Eikleberry
Costume Design: Coral Rose
Sound Design: Carter McHann
Props Design: Eli Grant

Performances will run Thursday through Saturday with an 8:00 pm curtain. Sunday Matinees have a 2:00 pm curtain. For more information, call the Box Office at (901) 726-4656 or visit our website www.playhouseonthesquare.org. Follow with social media using #StPauliesMemphis

For questions or concerns, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496 or by email marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org.


UPDATE #5
FRIDAY, MAY 15th, 2020

CONTACT:  Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations (901) 937-6496 marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org

Playhouse on the Square Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory will go Digital this Summer

The Playhouse on the Square Department of Theatre Education announced today that the 35th annual Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory will move to a digital version this summer, in response to the effects of the city’s COVID-19 quarantine regulations.  “Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory is an institution for Mid-South youth and the greater arts community. To not offer the program to our youth and their families just seemed wrong. Our team has worked tirelessly to find a way to offer the program while maintaining the health and safety of our community,” replies Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations for Playhouse on the Square.

The education department, in partnership with ArtsMemphis, Autozone, Tennessee Arts Commission, and a generous grant by The Jeniam Foundation, will conduct Zoom meetings with instructors according to camp sessions.  The sessions will resemble the traditional camp setting. Attendees will participate in classes for acting, dance, or playwriting; depending on their desired concentration. There is also an intensive session for future designers.  Sessions will be a mixture of live and taped instruction by professional artists.  One-on-one sessions will also be available for enhanced training of Senior Conservatory (grades 7-12) attendees.

This year’s Summer Youth Conservatory Sessions will breakdown by the following:

June 8-12 – Myths, Monsters, & Magic – Rising 3rd-6th

June 15-26 – Acting Intensive – Rising 7th-12th

June 29-July 3 – Digital Play Lab – Rising 3rd-6th

July 6-17 – Musical Theatre Intensive – Rising 7th-12th

July 20-24 – Rock the Summer! – Rising 3rd-6th

July 27-31 – Digital Play Lab – Rising 3rd-6th

June 15-July 31- Design Intensive – Rising 7th-12th

The online conservatory requires registration. The tuition is reduced from the traditional on-campus amount. For those families experiencing financial hardship this summer, tuition free session excerpts will be available through the Playhouse on the Square’s Facebook and YouTube platforms.

Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory began in 1985.  Participants attend daily workshops in theatre dynamics, singing for the stage, and movement. They work toward a final showcase, which they present to family and friends at the end of each session.  Conservatory traditionally included Tots@POTS, 4 one-week programs for 5–6-year-olds; Junior Conservatory, 4 two-week programs for 7–11-year-olds; and Senior Conservatory, a three-week program for 12–17-year-olds.

To register for this year’s program, visit www.playhouseonthesquare.org/education/summer-conservatory.html.  Or call (901) 726-4656.  You may also ask questions to Conservatory Director, Jason Gerhard, jason@playhouseonthesquare.org.

For questions or concerns, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496 or by email marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org.


UPDATE #4
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020

CONTACT:  Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations (901) 937-6496 marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org

Circuit Playhouse, Inc. Makes Decision in Regards to Shelby County Phase In Protocols

Due to the mandates of city government and health officials, Playhouse on the Square has made the difficult decision to cancel the performances of Little Shop of Horrors, Mississippi Goddamn, and St. Paulie’s Delight, which were set to close the 2019-2020 season. 

In addition to these unfortunate cancellations, Circuit Playhouse, Inc. has also made the following decisions:

The 2020-2021 season opener Catch Me If You Can will be replaced by Little Shop of Horrors and run August 7-30, 2020.

The Department of Theatre Education will no longer host Summer Youth Conservatory on the Playhouse campus.  Plans for an alternate version of the camp are currently being discussed.  An announcement to that end will be forthcoming.  Any questions or concerns in regards to registration should be addressed to Conservatory director, Jason Gerhard at jason@playhouseonthesquare.org.

Patrons with tickets remaining in their subscription can support our artists and staff by donating the ticket value back to us.  We are also happy to credit your account for our fabulous 52nd season opening in August. If you are able to donate your tickets or hold your money on account, we would be most grateful. That said; please do what is best for you in this difficult time. To donate or request a credit, please contact Director of Ticket Sales, Amy Harwell at amy@playhouseonthesquare.org.

The script for the “new normal” has yet to be written.  But we know that the arts will play a significant role in helping our community understand it. Your support of Playhouse on the Square will make this possible.

Additional information to these changes may be found on the website www.playhouseonthesquare.org. For questions or concerns, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496 or by email marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org.


UPDATE #3
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020

CONTACT:  Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations (901) 937-6496 marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org

Playhouse on the Square Announces Digital Content During Shelter in Place Recommendations

The safety of our patrons and artists are very important to our organization.  To that end, The Circuit Playhouse, Inc. has taken every recommendation from federal, state, and local leaders, as well as from the leadership of the CDC and World Health Organization to continue the “Safer-at-Home” mandates that have been extended until May 1st.  Though we know that our current situation is fluid, we hope to reopen our offices and resume productions in June.

Playhouse on the Square will continue its artistic engagement with the community by offering PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE AT HOME – a series of digital content through its website and social media platforms.  The following, details current content available to enjoy now!

By visiting Playhouse on the Square social media platforms, patrons will be able to enjoy:

The 3-part miniseries: Story Time in Neverland on Facebook and YouTube.

The Dance Like a Lost Boy Competition on Facebook – The competition is now over, but kids can still watch the video to learn choreography and get moving!

POTS Trivia Quiz (found on Facebook). A Production Photo Quiz will be released next Tuesday.

In the Vault – Snippets of past shows on YouTube and Facebook.  Clips from the 2015 production of Assassins kicks off the series on Friday, April 24th.

The Department of Theatre Education’s Digital Play Series is a weekly scene writing competition with a new writing prompt each Monday and a winning performance filmed by local actors and released on Sundays.

Instagram Takeover Series #ArtistLifeInQuaratine – Playhouse Company Members and Mid-South Theatre Favorites take over the Playhouse Instagram story every other day. So far, 15 artists have been highlighted.

Playhouse on the Square is partnering with City Current Friday, April 24th at 10:00 am – giving an Exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour of our facility with Executive Producer, Michael Detroit.

Additional content and special announcements will be released in the next few weeks. Playhouse on the Square is committed to continuing the pursuit of telling the stories of our community, even in the midst of these trying times. Our team thanks you for your continued support. 

We look forward to welcoming audiences for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season including the following:

Little Shop of Horrors: Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
June 26 – July 19, 2020 / Playhouse on the Square

Mississippi Goddamn by Jonathan Norton
June 12 – June 28, 2020 / The Circuit Playhouse

St. Paulie’s Delight by J Joseph Cox
July 10 – July 26, 2020 / TheatreWorks at the Square

For questions or concerns, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496 or by email marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org.


UPDATE #2
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020

CONTACT:  Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations (901) 937-6496 marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org

Playhouse on the Square to Adjust Performance Schedule Further, Due to COVID-19 Recommendations

The safety of our patrons and artists are very important to our organization.  To that end, The Circuit Playhouse, Inc. has taken every recommendation from federal, state, and local leaders, as well as from the leadership of the CDC and World Health Organization to continue the “Safer-at-Home” mandates that have been extended until April 30th.  Though we know that our current situation is fluid, we hope to reopen our offices in May with onstage productions resuming in June.

These extensions will affect our original plans to continue our 2019-2020 season, reopening in May.  Due to the extended time away from the theatre, the remainder of the 2019-2020 season will include the following:

Little Shop of Horrors – Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
June 26 – July 19, 2020 / Playhouse on the Square

Mississippi Goddamn – by Jonathan Norton
June 12 – June 28, 2020 / The Circuit Playhouse

St. Paulie’s Delight – by J Joseph Cox
July 10 – July 26, 2020 / TheatreWorks at the Square

In response to these adjustments, the Playhouse on the Square 2020-2021 season will now include Something Rotten opening April 30, 2021 and running until May 23, 2021.  Patrons will have to wait for the musical’s Regional Premiere.  But we can ensure you it will be worth it!

Announcing the Two More Shows to Playhouse on the Square’s 52nd Season

Circuit Playhouse, Inc. is excited to announce the 2020-2021 season will now include the Regional Premieres of

Ink – by James Graham
August 21 – September 6, 2020 / The Circuit Playhouse

A team of underdog reporters and a rogue editor set out to beat the competition and change the way the world looks at news— all this, under the watchful eye of controversial newsman, Rupert Murdoch.

Something Rotten – Book by John O’Farrell & Karey Kirkpatrick, Music & Lyrics by Karey & Wayne Kirkpatrick
April 30 – May 23, 2021 / Playhouse on the Square

When Nick and Nigel Bottom decide their theatre troupe rivals that of William Shakespeare the best way to beat him is to hire a soothsayer and write a musical about Eggs… right? This Tony Award-winning romp is a love story to all things theatre!

Our world has faced challenges before and art has a significant place in making sense of how we are all affected by those changes.  Playhouse on the Square is committed to continue our pursuit of telling the stories of our community, even in the midst of these trying times.  Our team thanks you for your continued support.  We can’t wait to see you in our theaters once again.

For questions or concerns, please contact Playhouse on the Square Director of Community Relations, Marcus Cox (901) 937-6496 or by email marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org.


UPDATE#1
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

CONTACT:  Marcus Cox, Director of Community Relations (901) 937-6496 marcus@playhouseonthesquare.org

Dear Valued Friends, Supporters, and Patrons of Playhouse on the Square,

The safety of our patrons, staff, artists, teachers, and volunteers is of utmost importance, and we at Playhouse on the Square (Circuit Playhouse, Inc.) have been adjusting our plans to confront the challenges of COVID-19 on a daily basis based on information from the CDC, WHO, Shelby County Health Department, City of Memphis, and the State of Tennessee.

With 18 productions on 3 stages, 2 school touring productions, and 13 education and outreach programs, reaching 10s of 1000s of people yearly, there are many moving parts, and we strive to present our offerings with as little disruption as possible.

This past weekend, the CDC issued new recommendations, and we will be implementing the following courses of action:

  • Beginning on 3/16/20, we will be cancelling remaining performances of The Book of Will; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Schoolhouse Rock Live; The Ant and the Grasshopper; and Days of Rage through May 7, 2020.
  • We will push the entire run of Little Shop of Horrors 1 or 2 weeks later to run May 8 through May 31 or May 15 through June 7.
  • We will shorten the run of Mississippi Goddamn by opening one week later to run June 12 through June 28.
  • We will push the entire run of Something Rotten 1 week later  to run June 26 through July 12.
  • St. Paulie’s Delight’s run will retain its current schedule, July 10 through July 26.
  • After School Acting Program (ASAP) and Theatre School will be cancelled until the Fall.
  • TnT and PlaySlam will be postponed to a later date.
  • Summer Youth Conservatory programming will retain its current schedule.
  • The 43rd Annual Original Art Auction, scheduled for April 25, will be postponed until Summer or Fall of 2020.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we hope that you will continue to support Playhouse on the Square as we endeavor to confront both the health and economic challenges to our patrons, staff, teachers, and volunteers.

If you have tickets for upcoming cancelled performances, our Box Office team will be reaching out to you to change your reservation to another show, issue refunds, or process your payment as a donation should you prefer that option. Our Box Office (901-726-4656) will maintain normal business hours until further notice.

For updated information concerning shows, classes, and events, please visit our website www.playhouseonthesquare.org or our FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

You may also contact Michael Detroit, Executive Producer, at michael@playhouseonthesquare.org.