Here's Why You'll Love Hattiloo Theatre

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Season 17 Plays

July 28  - August 20, 2023

August 25 - September 24, 2023

September 29 - October 22, 2023

November 17 - December 17, 2023

February 2-25, 2024

February 23 - March 24, 2024

April 12 - May 12, 2024

LGBTQ Rainbow Crosswalk in Overton Square
Alex Shansky

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
Tyra Johnson

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. 

The Color Purple Pamphlet at Hattiloo Theatre
Tyra Johnson
T-shirts, hats, and more merchandise from Hattiloo
Tyra Johnson

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.

All though some plays are sold out for Season 17, you still have a chance to get tickets to performances down the line! I went to see The Color Purple and there were 13 empty seats (yes I counted) So if you really want to see the play, just show up in hopes you can snag an unclaimed seat. You might get lucky! 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
Tyra Johnson

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 so you'll never miss a sold out show. 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.

Why do you love Memphis:

Memphis has so much personality-- the people, food, music-- it just all feels good! We have so much to be proud of when speaking about the city. Also, I'm big on memories, and most of my core memories involve Memphis.

What's on your Memphis playlist?

Stay Fly by Three 6 Mafia. It's the PERFECT hype song!

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