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On Golden Pond
by Ernest Thompson

Jan 4–20, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15    

Directed by Candace Moore

 

On Golden Pond is a classic American comedic drama that's every bit as touching, warm, and witty today as when it debuted off Broadway in 1978.

Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer are spending their 48th summer at their vacation home on Golden Pond, in the woods of Maine. Their delightful summer routine—fishing, picking strawberries, enjoying old mementoes, listening to the loons call—is given a bitterly comedic edge by Norman's unreliable memory and cantankerously morbid statements.

When their daughter Chelsea visits for Norman's 80th birthday, bringing her boyfriend Bill and Bill's teenage son, Billy Jr., the whole family must come to grips with Norman and Chelsea's mutual bitterness, while Norman blossoms with his chance to mentor young Billy.

The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the difficulties of a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine in a play that effortlessly illustrates the hilarious, heartbreaking, human moments of which life is made.

Cast

  • Norman - Greg Congleton
  • Ethel- Eileen Conway
  • Chelsea- Lisa Howard
  • Bill Ray - Dennis Hart
  • Charlie - Luke Atchley
  • Billy Ray - Boone Sommers

"On Golden Pond is a work of rare simplicity and beauty, and in Thompson our theatre has found a fresh new voice."
NY Daily News

"…a rare and memorable theatrical experience…"
Variety

"What courage it must have taken for Mr. Thompson in the 1970s to write a play with so much affection in it!"
The New Yorker


Artist's ConceptSecond Act Campaign

Raising the Curtain on the Future

 

TKD has been at 319 North Gay St. since 2005, where seating is limited to 50 or less, depending on set design.

Help raise the curtain on the future of TKD by making a contribution today!

We've outgrown our space and it's time to move to 800 S. Central Street! [click here for map]


Next Up ... in our NEW location!

One Slight Hitch
by Lewis Black
Mar 8-24, 2019 [New Dates]

Directed by Windie Wilson

In our NEW location at 800 S. Central Street!

When it comes to something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue, few brides expect the something old to be an uninvited ex-lover ...

It's Courtney's wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect.

The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose.

So much for perfect.

"There's more than a touch of Neil Simon in the morose Mr. Black."
NY Times

"If you think of Lewis Black solely as a curmudgeonly comedian whose default setting is a state of apoplexy at the imbecility of his fellow man, you might be surprised by ONE SLIGHT HITCH. It's not unexpected that HITCH should abound in snappy wisecracks and keen social observation. Those, after all, are hallmarks of Black's stand-up act and his appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But what is that we detect on Black's sleeve at the end of his play? Is that his … heart?"
Boston Globe

"If sustained laughter is the best measure of a comedy, ONE SLIGHT HITCH makes the grade."
Asbury Park Press

Jerome Bixby's
The Man From Earth
Apr 19–May 5, 2019

Directed by Sarah Campbell

In our NEW location at 800 S. Central Street!

After history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the University, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement: John claims he must move on because he is immortal, and cannot stay in one place for more than ten years without his secret being discovered.

Tempers rise and emotions flow as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, but it soon becomes clear that his tale is as impossible to disprove as it is to verify.

What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax.

Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome Bixby, writer of the original 'Star Trek' and 'The Twilight Zone', originally conceived this story back in the early 1960's. It would come to be his last great work.

"The Man From Earth restores dignity to science fiction of the mind."
—Michael Guillen, Twitch (www.twitch.com)

"A tall tale ... that ends with a devastatingly clever twist."
—Michael Janusonis, The Providence Journal

 

Patron Testimonials

"FYI ... We love your theater! That last play was outstanding!"
– T. Hertzel, Knoxville

"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
– L. Denton, Knoxville

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