Performances will run on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from February 16 through March 3 at Evergreen Theatre
Memphis production company LoneTree Live serves up the essence of Memphis food culture in a unique theatre production. A Bite of Memphis weaves together authentic interviews with a diverse array of voices, including local chefs, home cooks, clergy, and passionate food enthusiasts. The monologues are based on real-life stories from the interviewees, including:
- Gage Collins as Rev Paul McLain, Associate Rector at Calvary Church
- Jordon Douglas as Branon Mason, Head Chef from Ciao Bella
- Blake Shirley as Dan Kopera, chef at Second Line
- Nic Harris as Derravia Rich, Founder of Black Seeds Urban Farm
- Eliana Mabe as Leann Edwards from Project Green Fork
- And many more!
The production brings their words to life on stage verbatim, painting a vivid picture of the city’s food traditions and the deep connections they foster within the community. A map that lists all the Memphis locations mentioned in the show can be found here.
The documentary theatre piece is directed by talented guest director Nathan Markiewicz, who hails from Austin TX. Through the creative use of compelling narratives and engaging storytelling, A Bite of Memphis is a testament to Memphis’ unique blend of tradition and innovation.
“Our goal is to reveal the heart and soul of our city through our shared love of food. Audiences will have the opportunity to savor the rich flavors, traditions, and stories that define Memphis through its culinary heritage,” said Julia Hinson, LoneTree Live’s founder and producer. “Opening night will be a grand celebration, featuring live music from The Hectics and a reception brimming with delectable Memphis-inspired cuisine and beverages from Ciao Bella and other local establishments. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss!”
Performances will run on every Friday (7:30 p.m.), Saturday (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.) from February 16 through March 3 at Evergreen Theatre, 1705 Poplar Ave. A special industry night performance is open to those in the hospitality and theatre industries on Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available here.
About LoneTree Live
It is the mission of LoneTree Live to push the boundaries of theatre using the creative use of the body, voice, imagination, and technology. It strives to foster talent and create community through every offering. LoneTree Live has been part of the family at TheatreWorks Memphis since 2017, creates new and devised work and offers classes in acting, movement, ensemble work and creative storytelling. Find out more on their website, Instagram, and Facebook.