Theater

2018-2019 Season

Imagination (February 15–17 and 22–24, 2019)

a play by Southwest professor Levi Frazier Jr..

Alexander Pushkin and Phyllis Wheatley

Imagination is a tragicomedy written by Associate Professor of Communications, Graphics and Fine Arts Levi Frazier Jr.

The play centers around two historical figures -- Alexander Pushkin, Russia’s greatest poet and playboy, and Phyllis Wheatley, America’s first recognized African-American poet and intellectually gifted women of letters -- who meet each other in a passionate cat-and-mouse encounter.

These two literary geniuses were born decades apart, yet find themselves hurled through time and space and into each other’s lives for no apparent reason other than to grate on each other’s nerves, which they do quite well. Fireworks explode as the pair struggle to gain dominance over each other with wit, intelligence and gender. Unlike John-Paul Satre’s characters in No Exit who must live together for eternity, Pushkin and Wheatley discover that they only have one evening to figure it out.

The fictitious meeting features a heated battle of the sexes, and 18th Century poetry slam, and an intense literary rivalry that stops short of a physical altercation.

Note: An augmented reality presentation of the works of Wheatley and Pushkin will be on exhibit at the Bert Bornblum and Parrish libraries prior to and during the run of the show.

Performance Schedule
Date/Day Time Location
Feb 15/Fri 12:30 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Feb 16/Sat 7 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Feb 17/Sun 3 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Feb 22/Fri 12:30 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Feb 23/Sat 7 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Feb 24/Sun 3 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)

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Baby Book (April 12–14 and 19–21, 2019)

by Sybille Pearson, Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.

Performance Schedule
Date/Day Time Location
Apr 12/Fri 12:30 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Apr 13/Sat 7 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Apr 14/Sun 3 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Apr 19/Fri 12:30 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Apr 20/Sat 7 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
Apr 21/Sun 3 p.m. Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)

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Contact Information

Union Avenue Campus A Building, Room 220
Phone: 901-333-5179
Fax: 901-333-5352

Main Contact: Levi Frazier Jr.
Email: lfrazierjr@southwest.tn.edu

Secretary: Cathy Levine
Email: cfarr@southwest.tn.edu