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When we laugh, thrill and wonder with the characters of Memphis, Buckminster Fuller, A Little Princess, Moxie and The Light in the Piazza as they go on their fantastic journeys, we can gain that quality that we most need to succeed on our own journey of becoming who we are created to be - courage. Theatrical Outfit presents the 2015-2016 Season of Courage with the hope to not only entertain and engage, but to inspire and transform. Welcome to the adventure of the human experience. -- Tom Key, Artistic Director 



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September 10 – 20, 2015

at the Rialto Center for the Arts

co-production with AuroraTheatre

Electric Rock-n-Roll Musical!

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro

Music and Lyrics by David Bryan

Based on a Concept by George W. George

Directed byTom Key

Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence

Choreography by Waverly Lucas


Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and inspired by the underground clubs of the 1950s, Memphis follows the forbidden love of a white DJ who falls for everything he shouldn’t: R&B music and a magnetic black singer chasing stardom. Our lovers embark with courage on a dangerous affair but are challenged by family, personal ambition and a non-accepting world. This roof-raising musical, about a revolution that erupts when a vision meets a voice, features a mix of electrifying music, high-octane dancing and soulful, soaring emotion.


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October 1 – 25, 2015

One Man. One Mission.

By D.W. Jacobs,
from the Life, Work and Writings of R. Buckminster Fuller

Starring Tom Key


Hop onboard a captivating quest chronicling the Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century in this unconventional one-man show blending multimedia, poetry and humanist humor. Can humankind sustain itself on Earth, and if so, how? Do we have the courage to reinvent ourselves? So ponders R. Buckminster Fuller – engineer, environmentalist, futurist, poet, philosopher and inventor of the geodesic dome. A visionary who foretold many of today’s challenges, Bucky teaches us to save the planet by doing more with less. Meet the mesmerizing man behind the world-saving mission.

R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE was developed and received its world premiere production at San Diego Repertory Theatre—March 31, 2000”

“Use of the name, likeness, and words of R. Buckminster Fuller is by arrangement with the
Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller.”



December 3 – 27, 2015

Spunky Family Musical!

Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley

Music by Andrew Lippa

Based on the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Directed by Mira Hirsch


Privileged Sara Crewe, daughter of an adventurer in Africa, finds herself shipped away to drab Victorian-era London. Though she wows new school chums with tales of magic and mystery, she also draws the wrath of the Headmistress, Miss Minchin. When grim news arrives from afar, Sara’s charmed life crumbles, and she’s forced to become a servant. Relying on imagination, courage and inner-royalty, Sara faces adversity with the dignity of a true princess. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, this spunky family musical, full of African music, dance and exotic locales, is a treat for all!


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January 28 – February 21, 2016

Globetrotting Adventure Tale!

World Premiere!

Winner: Alliance Theatre’s Reiser Atlanta Artist Lab!

Winner: Inverness Prize for Playwriting!

By Lane Carlock and Brian Kurlander

Directed by Elisa Carlson


An American marine in Afghanistan connects with his son across the world by crafting a handmade book. As the unfinished Book of Moxie journeys on to a chic Parisian apartment, the slums of India, and, finally, an inner-city American school, all who touch it are sparked to add their personal stories, contributing to its enchanting and mystical force. This globetrotting adventure tale acts as a reminder of the power of storytelling, the potency of words and the courage we all must summon to thrive and connect in modern times.


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April 14 – May 15, 2016

Heart-stopping Romantic Musical!

Book by Craig Lucas

Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel

Based on the Novella by Elizabeth Spencer

Directed by Richard Garner

Musical Direction by Greg Sudmeier


In 1953, Margaret Johnson of Winston-Salem is on holiday in Italy when dashing Fabrizzio falls fast for her daughter, Clara. As the courtship races, Margaret must reveal a family secret or summon the courage to consent to marriage. Themes of sacrifice, destiny and the effervescence of first love ripple through this lush period musical. Adapted from the novella by Elizabeth Spencer with a score by Adam Guettel (grandson of composer Richard Rogers), this winner of six Tony Awards transports audiences to sunshine-filled Tuscany and into the hearts of some of musical theatre’s most endearing characters.

 [All photos by Mark & Tracy Photography.]




Dear Patron,

Beginning May 1, 2015, all box office operations for Theatrical Outfit will be brought back “in house.”  We will no longer be using the services of an outsourced ticketing agency.  This means that you, our dear patron, will be speaking directly to Theatrical Outfit staff to assist you with your theatergoing plans.  In this manner, we can more fully understand your needs and develop ideas and programming that mirror your interests – theatre tailored to you! We’re thrilled with the change and hope you will agree.

THANK YOU for your enduring support.  Welcome to our transformational season.

Best and warm regards,
Lee Foster, Managing Director


Seating options have changed 

We now offer seats in sections A and B (see seating plans below).
Prices vary depending on the performance day. 


5 show Season Subscription price

Opening Night

Section A $195
Section B $175

Wed.,Thu. Eve. & Sat. Mat.

Section A $125
Section B $100

Fri.,Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.

Section A $135
Section B $110

Preview Performances

All Sections $90


Single Ticket prices

Opening Night

Section A $50
Section B $46

Wed.,Thu. Eve. & Sat. Mat.

Section A $44
Section B $40

Fri.,Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.

Section A $48
Section B $44

Preview Performances

Section A $35
Section B $20 

Seating Plans 

Rialto Center for the Arts
Venue for MEMPHIS only 


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