Performance Club is a great way to experience local theater, dance and music! Led by Memphis arts journalist Christopher Blank, WKNO's Performance Club attends a variety of shows on Memphis stages, from musical theater to contemporary dance.
As always, we meet an hour before each performance to talk with the artists. After the show, we mingle for an informal discussion about the production itself. It's free to join us. Just buy your ticket. Sign up for our mailing list at email@example.com or friend us on Facebook!
September 10: Opera Memphis Viewing Party
Learn more about Wagner's Ring Cycle at a special preview party for a documentary on the Metropolitan Opera's current production.
October 21: Ballet Memphis' "River Project"
On the program are a series of dances inspired by the Mississippi River — including Steven McMahon's gospel-inspired revelation, Julia Adam's New Orleans French-imbued expedition, and Matthew Neenan's Motown-infused experience.
Friday, January 18: "The Mountaintop"
This award-winning play by Memphis playwright Katori Hall takes place in the Lorraine Motel, the night before Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
Friday, February 1: Playback Memphis
This theater troupe takes stories from the audience and brings them to life using improvisation.
March 23: "Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2"
Playhouse on the Square stages Tony Kushner's epic drama about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s in two parts. At 2 p.m. we watch Part 1, have a dinner break, then see part 2 at 7 p.m.
April 4: Midtown Opera Festival
We're attending two one-act operas, both by Lee Hoiby, that should make for delightful conversation. First is "Bon Appetit!," a clever one-woman operatic reenactment of a Julia Child cooking episode. In this opera, the singer literally bakes a chocolate cake live onstage. Metropolitan opera singer Jamie Barton plays the role of Child. After that is "This is the Rill Speaking," a reflection on growing up in a Southern town in the 1950s.