Voices of the South presents DISTANCE A new play by Jerre Dye
Generously sponsored by Marjorie Palazzolo
DISTANCE is a new play by award-winning playwright and Voices of the South company member, Jerre Dye. It is the culmination of Voices of the South’s “THREADS” audience participation story project, where patrons were asked to choose from a selection of scenes & monologues they would like to see expanded into a full length play.
Alzheimer’s is taking Irene Radford further and further away from the small universe of people who inhabit her world. The further Irene drifts into memory, the closer these relative “strangers” become connected to one another. DISTANCE explores questions of memory, identity, relationship, and the vulnerability of change.
The Playwright: Also known for his celebrated work as an actor and director, Jerre Dye most recently work-shopped Ghosts of Crosstown, for which he wrote the libretti for 5 short operas as part of an Opera Memphis collaboration with Voices of the South. His acclaimed play, Cicada, which was developed with Voices of the South in 2011, opened in Chicago in April and was recently nominated for two 2014 Jeff Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Memphian, Cecelia Wingate. Also for Cicada, Mr. Dye won the The Bryan Family Award for Dramatic Literature from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2011. Writer: Jerre Dye Director: Alice Berry Cast: Jon Castro, Jenny Madden, JoLynne Palmer, Steve Swift, Cecelia Wingate Stage Manager: Brent Davis Set Design: Jerre Dye Lighting Design: David Newsome Sound Design: David Newsome Costume Design: Caleb Blackwell
Voices of the South and Theatre South are generously funded by: ArtsMemphis, Tennessee Arts Commission, Dorothy O. Kirsch, The Jeniam Foundation …and other members of the community.