Just Like Mama Used to Make
Here’s a not-so-secret: I’ve always been a Memphis resident, but I haven’t always lived here. For four years, I attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. There weren’t very many Southern people in Muncie (and there were even fewer from Memphis).
My Hoosier friends weren’t quite sure what to do with me – I talked funny, thought that 50 degrees was unreasonably cold, and had no idea how to drive in the snow. There were a dozen small cultural differences that made me start thinking about how growing up Southern had influenced me.
That’s why I’m so excited about Voices of the South’s newest show, the J & K Self-Rising Cabaret. Veteran actresses Jenny Madden and Kim Justis will be singing songs, eating home-cooked meals and talking about what it means to be Southern.
The show is packed full of witty, fast-paced dialogue (written by Kim’s husband Flip Eikner), big musical numbers (including the Judds’ “Mama, He’s Crazy”) played by a live band, and plenty of silly puns. The show was directed by Voices of the South’s incredible creative director Jerre Dye.
The show opens Friday night at TheatreSouth (in the basement of First Congregational Church) and runs through January 30th.
And here’s the best part: I’ve got two tickets to the show for the reader that best answers the question “What does it mean to be Southern?”. Leave your answers in the comments. A winner will be picked tomorrow.
**** Congratulations to Jane S. She won two tickets to the J&K Cabaret. Thanks for playing, everybody!