Veronica's Room and the Birth of a New Memphis Theatre Company

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Jason Spitzer, Mark Rutledge, and Randi Sluder have been been talking about producing shows together since Playwrights' Forum imploded back in the oughts. The plan became more realistic after the new Playhouse on the Square opened, Circuit moved from Poplar to Cooper, and the old Circuit Playhouse became The Evergreen Theatre, a rental space similar to TheatreWorks.

"It finally gave us the last piece of the puzzle: performance space," Spitzer says. "Up until then, TheatreWorks had been booked years in advance. You couldn't get space."

Working Title Productions, as the new company is called, launched last week with the Ira Levin creeper Veronica's Room. "Because I enjoy thrillers, audiences enjoy thrillers," says Spitzer. "It was ambitious enough from a stagecraft perspective to show our mettle by fully realizing the show in the same way it would be at Theatre Memphis or Playhouse on the Square. But small enough to still be manageable for three amateurs."

According to Spitzer, who directed the inaugural show, audience reaction has been strong and there will be more to come. "Our aim is to do shows forgotten by the passage of time—that still pack a wallop though—or to do newer shows that don't seem to get much traction or support at the other theaters where the bottom line has to be considered a little more carefully," he says.

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Veronica's Room is at The Evergreen Theatre through May 6. Tickets are $10. (Mention WKNO and half the cost will be donated to public broadcasting in Memphis). 278-3486

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