Here's Why You'll Love Hattiloo Theatre

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Hattiloo Theatre has fueled my love for the arts for about a decade. Obviously, the outstanding production of each play and notoriety of being the only freestanding Black repertory theatre in the five surrounding states are what draw the crowd, but one thing I love about Hattiloo is the intimate theatre setting. 

No matter how large their support grows, the play space remains the same. This allows the audience to not only feel emotions from the actors, but also from their neighbors. Sometimes I find my eyes wandering off to another viewer to observe how they are reacting to the performance.

exterior image of Hattiloo Theatre at nighttime
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There's so much culture at Hattiloo

Opening nights for the plays are always so special to me. I went to see Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (from Season 16) on the premiere night. There were almost no seats left unfilled. I used to dance competitively, so I know how anxious an actor may feel right before a performance. It all seems organic at Hattiloo, as if there’s no such thing as acting. Words and body movements flow naturally.

Plays at Hattiloo feel so familiar to me. Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, in particular, left a warmth in my heart. The overall message was ‘it takes a village’— something my mom says almost daily when speaking about life. 

Hattiloo Theatre with School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls play pamphlet
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T-shirts, hats, and more merchandise from Hattiloo
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Plays at Hattiloo Theatre feel personal

After the bow at the end of the performance, the actors head to the lobby to greet and thank the audience. This adds a personal touch to the whole experience. Recently, I’ve seen Hattiloo hosting special talk back sessions immediately after select performances. This allows the audience to speak directly to the actors and director about in-depth details regarding the play.

There are more plays being performed in Season 16, featuring School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls from March 24- April 16. It's on my radar since Mean Girls the movie will be turning 20 years old in April 2024. I am looking forward to many more seasons as my momma and I have made it a tradition to watch the fantastic plays together. 

Hattiloo Theatre stage for School Girls Play
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Whether it's date night, an evening out with your parents or children, or a friendship rendezvous, Hattiloo Theatre is sure to be your favorite destination.

Be sure to subscribe to Season 17 plays. Check out the programs Hattiloo Theatre has for people of all ages. You can also audition to be in the plays—we’d love to see you on stage.

Keep in touch with Hattiloo Theatre on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



Know more:
37 South Cooper Street
Shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m.
& 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

General Admission: $30
Students/Seniors/Military: $25

About the Author

Hey there! I’m Tyra Johnson, writer and content creator for the I Love Memphis Blog. I'm a Memphis native and after a few years away, I'm back home. I love art, good eats, and live music. Join me in reclaiming my passion for Memphis, mane.

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