Memphis Matters

Saturday, August 10, 2023, 7pm

TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper St., inside First Congregational Church

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With Playback theatre, there is no script. Playback theatre thrives on spontaneous stories. At a Memphis Matters show, an audience member – a teller – will share a reflection, moment, or story – perhaps lighthearted or funny, perhaps moving or difficult. Then, our Ensemble plays that story back, reenacting the teller’s story with care, creativity, and compassion. This sharing and witnessing of stories affirms that each teller’s story deserves to be told, is valued, is accepted.

Through the words, movement, and music of a Memphis Matters show, the tellers, Ensemble, and audience share connection and dialogue through theatre that unites art and social change. Join us in celebrating and valuing the experiences and people of our city to unlock healing, transformation, and joy in Memphis — one story at a time.

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Participate how you feel most comfortable. Feel free to share a story, or simply sit back and watch the magic unfold. We welcome and value you as a teller or witness.

Interested in telling a story? Here are a couple of prompts to think over: What is rich and wonderful about life in Memphis? What can be complex and challenging?

Performances take place at TheatreSouth, located inside First Congregational Church at 1000 S. Cooper St. The entrance to the theatre is located on the south side of the church, to the right of the wooden ramp. Please park in the lot at Cooper Street and Walker Avenue. Check out our parking map to guide your way, and look for signs when you arrive.

Security will be on site to monitor the theatre entrance and parking lot at Cooper Street and Walker Avenue.


Regular tickets are $20 and support the work of Playback Memphis. If you would like to “pay it forward,” $40 tickets are also available and cover the cost of tickets for members of our Community Matter partner organizations to attend the performance highlighting their work.

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Money should not be a barrier for participation. If you have concerns about ticket costs or have questions regarding your ability to attend, please reach out to Jalisa McGaha at [email protected] so we can make sure you are part of our story.

How Your Tickets “Pay It Forward”

When you choose a “Pay It Forward” ticket to Memphis Matters, you help Playback bring our storytelling tools to nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening community well-being and centering the voices, stories, and wisdom of marginalized peoples.

Each year, our Community Matters Partnership Program awards six local institutions a scholarship for a tailored performance or workshop. Led by members of our ensemble, Playback’s listening practices and story sharing help these nonprofits increase connectivity, meaning making, and trust within their communities.Our Community Matters Partner for this month is Memphis Rise Academy. Memphis Rise Academy is a public charter school serving 760 students in grades 6-12 from the northeast Memphis communities. Their mission is to provide students with an excellent education, preparing them to pursue ambitious goals and succeed in college. They are designed to serve any student who has a determination to rise to meet and exceed his or her most ambitious goals through the attainment of an excellent education.

Community Matters partners also receive complimentary tickets to a Memphis Matters show highlighting their work. At this performance, we are honored to recognize. Your “Pay It Forward” ticket to Memphis Matters helps members of our Community Matters organizations attend the performances where their work is highlighted and supports the scholarships that make the transformative work of Community Matters possible.

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Our Sponsors

Memphis Matters is supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission, ARTSmemphis, FedEx, InDev Supported Living, and Huey’s Restaurants.

Playback Memphis' sponsors

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Tennessee Arts Commission
Arts Memphis

Playback Memphis is proud to be supported by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
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